Pace EVO III Front Shock

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pace EVO III

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[Jan 18, 2004]
g m
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

well engineered

Weakness:

seals

I have bee rideing pace forks for 12 years and they have steadily got worse,I now ride sid teams they are so musc better,the main problem with all the pace forks i have used is the wiper seals , they always let water and crud into the lower legs ,this causes the fork to lose its suppleness and eventually lock I have tried new seals but th eproblem remains .No good for yorkshire rideing or am I doing some thing wrong ? can you get Winter seals ?

[Mar 10, 2002]
Dick Barton
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strength, flex-free riding, Carbon lower act as dampers themselves, steel uppers for long life, double-brace to increase stiffness, no drop-out tabs for quick wheel changes (good thing this fork ain't a yank product then!!!), British-built, Pace product

Weakness:

Bushings are bonded into the fork, if they ever need replacing then it's a 4 day turn around from Pace - not real hassle as the forks haven't needed this and they have had serious use over the last 2 years in hellish conditions - price - you aren't paying for mass produced products like Rock Shox or Manitou so you are paying for the builders time.

Superb fork, they have performed faultlessly over the 2 years I have owned them. I thought the bushing was worn but it turned out to be my wheel bearings were shot!, the forks are silky smooth and with the grease posts they get regular greasings which maintain the action.
I'm well impressed with these forks and they seem to go very well with the Pace frame...the frame and forks look different from similar products and therefore stand out from the crowd.
If I ever buy new forks it will be another set of Pace forks.

Similar Products Used:

Pace RC-36 MXCD forks

[Jan 16, 2002]
michael thomson

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3

This is a follow up, now that i have been using these forks for about a year now i can now say that they have never let me down once, but i have now noticed some play in the top end when pulling the front end up , they make a bit of a strange noise when you compress them, the spring is definetly to soft most riders and the decals are damaged to easy.
My forks are going back soon to pace, so i will wait to see if they are better after a good overhall and i am having the spring replaced with a harder one.
Overall after a year of use in many competition riding including the dutch championships and the world cup course at houfallize and three weeks hard riding in france i can't really complain to mutch.
All i would say is that there are better forks for the same money on the market now, but i don't have any regrets buying them, and they still get very admiring glances.
I have marked my scores down since the last time but that's
only on weighing them up on the compatition now.

[Oct 27, 2001]
Andy Shelley
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Sufficiently engineered to handle UK winters.

Weakness:

Internal circlips and air seal design

Fork works as well as it should for what is an expensive product. Let down by air seals at bottom of fork allowing air past the final o-ring. Internal design of lower air seal lets the fork down a little for reliability. Its too expensive now that the competition has improved.

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox

[Feb 17, 2003]
James Howard
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Quality materials, externals, beautiful looks. Good suspension action. Superb geometry (or is that my Pace frame?). Ability to remove brake bosses.

Weakness:

I'm usually a big fan of Pace stuff (frames etc), but I have to say this fork has left me a bit cold. The first one I had was replaced as the bushings were too loose, but the same thing has happened with this one (feels like a loose headset, but feel the right leg and you can detect loads of fore/aft play). once the fork is compressed this diminishes, but rears its head again under braking as patter. Also, as other users have noticed, the air seals are really bad which means the forks dive too much. I think I'll have to send them back to Pace, but I'm not really convinced they'll get much better. I think basically the internals aren't a very sturdy design and the quality control/tolerences on the forks aren't up to Pace's high standards. One mate's forks work fine, the others are shtot to bits and we all ride the same trails. Also, a bit heavy these days. Lastly, Pace get a pat on the back for using a schrader valve on the fork leg, but you have to take the wheel out to get to it and you need a shock pump to fit in by the drop out, but shock pumps are really too high presure and their gagues don't normally read in the 30/40psi region the forks should be charged to.

This pains me a bit, but not the best design/quality control. I couldn't recommend them really.

Similar Products Used:

Pace Rc35s, Rock Shox Judys, Marzocchi bombers

[Jan 24, 2001]
Michael Thomson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Qaulity of engineering,looks,smoothness.

Weakness:

Weight,decals easily damaged.

Great forks,the hand made qaulity really shows.
The fork is a little heavy for the money, but i can live with that,for the level of ride qaulity and smoothness is better than any other fork i have ever used.
Adjustabillity is easy and noticeable.
Not a fork for the weight saving extremest or race ace, more suited to you weekend xc addicts.
Only one mark down for weight.
Hand made qaulity at an affordable price.

Similar Products Used:

rst,rockshox

[May 25, 2000]
Andy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic suspension movement. Plush smooth action. Stiffness over rocks in the peak district. Look seriously cool. Far better than my Manitous SX Ti's I 've had for over a year.

Weakness:

Have a problem with the air spring. Back to Pace on warranty.

Although I have had a problem with mine, They are fantastic, and I can only say ditch those other forks and get some of these. They rock.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou SX Ti. Judy Race and SIDs. Manitou MArs

[Jan 09, 2000]
john
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

work well

Weakness:

none (price)

these forks are the best, they are so smooth they make all the rocks go away

Similar Products Used:

rst
rockshox

[May 04, 2001]
Andrew

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Resonable: abjustablity, performance, and looks.
Good owners manual!

Weakness:

Poor value for money...
For all that bracing, carbon and magnesium they’re not particularly stiff nor that light.
Exceedingly complex internals, making them fiddly to service yourself.
Poor rebound damping - the forks are always spring back and "toping out".
Poor surface finshing on the stantions - mine have been chipped by small rocks flung up from the front wheel.

In my view is these forks suffer from an identity crises; they don’t have long enough travel for free ride/play biking, yet they’re a bit too heavy and have too much travel for XC racing, and they’re not cheap enough to be a good value general purpose fork.

I can’t complain too much, they do most things adequately. But they never feel exceptional and considering Pace charge a premium price they should be utterly f*ck’n amazing!

My final word, if you buy these forks you won't be dissapointed but I doubt you'll ever be delighted.

Similar Products Used:

Bombers, RST

[Jan 05, 2001]
Si
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awesome smooth action, incredable compression and rebound damping, brilliant big hit capacity, mind blowingly small bump senseitivity, very adjustable, 90mm travel is great for trail riding (but adjustable down to 70mm), they have a disk mount, they don't bottom out with a bang, they also look the DB's

Weakness:

Mine have developed a small amount of play (a bit like a loose headset) but this dissapears when you ride. I can live with it.

I still have my old RC35's on my old bike, they still work brilliantly after 4 years of being smashed around. Thats why I bought the Evo 3's. Pace stuff rules. I was impressed first time I rode them, now they've loosened up and you can compress the fork with 1 finger (honestly!). The damping adjustment is amazing, forget the lock out lever on other forks, wind the damping full on and it stiffens up the fork enough for 99% of smooth stuff. Everyone of my mates who's ridden them want a set. I can't praise this bit of kit enough. This is the most impressive part I have bought for any bike in the last 5 years. Mind blowing.

Similar Products Used:

Pace RC-35 MXCD (with retro fit rebound cartridge)

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