Pace RC36 EvoII Front Shock

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Pace RC36 EvoII

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 07, 2002]
Eric
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Sid XC weight, Bomber plush, great service in New Zealand including race support, look trick, not mass produced in Asia by an American 'brand'. Perfect for Kiwi mud.

Weakness:

Nil to date.

Neat piece of kit!

Similar Products Used:

Almost all other brands, none hit all ride qualities as well.

[Mar 18, 2001]
John
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very good progressive action

Weakness:

none yet

Expensive but excellent handling. Greaseport keeps the crap out. No flex (like rockshox) and they're British. If you live in the UK buy these they're built for British conditions and last.

By the way you can get them serviced by a Pace service centre for peanuts.

Five chillies as they have lasted. Rockshox I have had the bushed have failed after 6 months of racing.

Similar Products Used:

rockshox

[May 21, 2000]
Adam Porter
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellent tracking and performance.

Weakness:

Don't hold air pressure too well

These forks are amazing, they keep your front wheel on the ground whatever the terrain. Mine were the first batch of forks to be made and suffered with the stanchion coming away from the crown. A quick call to Pace and they were fixed and given a full service within 3 days.

Similar Products Used:

RST Mozo Pro 3.5, Rock Sox Quadra 21

[Jan 01, 2000]
Edwin
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

see previous review

Weakness:

leaks air,top out problems,

This is a follow up on my previous review.
After my initial enthusiasm the problems started.
First the fork didnt return fully on rebound .I sent the fork back to Pace for repairs after some fruitless attempts from my side to fix it.It came back repaired so they said but had the same problem.I took it apart again and careful inspection revealed that the topout bumper inside the left leg(=spring leg) had teared.This caused it to expand over the machined ring on the spring pushrod.I told this to the distributor in Holland,
he sent note to Pace and after some time they sent me a new elastomer and some plastic washers.
Problem fixed(after two months).
But then came the airleaks due to seal malfunction.
This took 4 months so far and after numerous repair attempts and receiving and installing my 2nd seal kit last week it still leaks air.
I bought this shock to replace my RockShox SID because i doubted it's reliability.So far the SID has performed excellent and I wasnt able to use the Pace for the last 6 months.
All but praise from me.
Oh by the way,you can forget about riding home on a leak air chamber with only the spring supporting you.The fork will bottom out fulltime.

Similar Products Used:

see previous review

[Aug 05, 1999]
Paul Rogers
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Lightish, looks great, and finally with proper disk mounts. Stiffer than most, very adjustable.

Weakness:

'After thought' disk mounts that are a real pain to adjust, stupidly small sized bolt heads, problems outlined below...

Both myself and my regular riding partner have upgraded to these forks and hope brakes, when working correctly they are great, setting the damping to being slightly lighter then stock with a little air pressure and bobs your uncle, great performance over the small stuff and good progression over the big hits. Steering prescision is excellent, far better than my old Mozo Pro, while being a fair amont lighter. Under heavy disk breaking thay do flex slightly , but nothing to write home about.They are not without their problems though, the disc mounts are a real pain to set up, they twist around the fork leg a small amount after the first few hard stops before they settle, and a torque wrench is paramount to adjust them.
They have also started to leak air from the top seal on the lower leg, and as I weigh over 13st, need the progression that the air spring gives. My LBS seemed to think that I would need to replace all internal seals to fix the leak, but was then told that they didn't stock them and would need to order. The forks have only seem a small amount of off road use as I have had a to have my frame replaced and it really p***es me off that the seals have only lasted about 200 miles of riding.Then to reduce my faith even more, the aluminuum drop out insert has become unbonded from the carbon leg on my friends forks, fortunatly no one was hurt, but it does make you very paranoid....Over all 3 chillies, 5 star performance let down be little niggles that really would make me think twice before buying Pace again, and the fact that I only have one Pace dealer within 40 miles of where I live (and they don't offer the backup I would expect for a fork costing 399 ukp).

Similar Products Used:

RST Mozo Pro, Pace MXCD EVO (98), Rock Shox Indy, Z1 Bombers, Judy XL

[May 04, 1999]
Edwin Stegman
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

fork action,wide range of adjustments,strenght

Weakness:

steerer tube connection to crown

The steerer tube connection is only a minor weakness.Just secure the bolts with blue Loctite or they might come loose.
At this moment this is the best fork for all around trail riding either in a XC-fully or a hardtail (70mm travel).
It's height,weight and easy and effective low speed compression adjustment allow for good uphill performance.It's travel(90mm, 70mm is optional),action and strenght gives it excellent downhill performance.
The combination of a progressive wound spring,open bath oil damper with a wide range of rebound and compression adjustment in one leg and an adjustable air chamber in the other gives
you the choice of fork action that you want.
The air chamber only controls the last third of travel and prevents bottoming (too often).I'm 149 lbs(67 kg),ride aggressive and get 86mm travel with no added pressure(=1 bar) in the chamber.
Overall craftsmanship is outstanding and it looks great.Nothing but praise from me.

Similar Products Used:

RockShox:SL,SID-XC
Marzocchi:Z1
Manitou:SX Carbon

[Mar 28, 2001]
Mirja
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very sensitive to small bumbs but handles the big ones perfectly as well

Weakness:

none so far

I have the (gold coloured) pro version which looks even nicer. Which other company produces crowns as beautifull as these?? I love this fork

Similar Products Used:

Jett XC, Judy XC, Sid XC, Pace RC 35

[Aug 08, 2000]
Jools
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Work brilliantly and look great

Weakness:

Mine broke twice

For the second time they have come apart this time the dropout came about 10mm out of the lower leg causing me to go flying when I lost the front end.
It's unfortunate but I feel that reliabilty is an issue with Pace.
These are good forks easily the measure of any of the big companies in terms of function but I have lost any confidence in them now they have failed me twice .
I can't recommend EVO 2s to anyone who is likely to use them hard at speed.
Having said that I am a big heavy and very hard on my kit
I am also even toying with the idea of getting evo3s and accepting that big boys break toys.
Warranty has been excellent.

Similar Products Used:

Various

[Feb 19, 2001]
Helly
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Fantastic build quality, Very supple action

Weakness:

Bad engineering principles?- falling apart!

The nice guys at Pace offer a high quality product and a very friendly tech. back-up service. However mine were early EVOIIs. They worked superbly over the local rooty trails for 18 months until the left stanchion detached itself from the crown mid-ride (ouch!).
Turns out that hard steel stanchions were press fitted into softer aluminium crowns on early batches?????. Result- Many scars gained and much confidence lost in Pace for this oversight and lack of warning.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox & Marzocchi

[Jul 26, 2000]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

not as heavy as my Hi-5's
plush (see later...)

Weakness:

bushing wear
springs packing down
adjustability

Hmmm, after all those rave reviews, I was expecting to be blown away. So far the top bushings are completely trolleyed after 18 months, the springs have packed down, the adjusters for damping don't, the 90mm long travel kit now gives me 65mm of travel.....all in all I've seen better.
So, bye-bye Pace, hello SID 100's.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox Indy C
Rock Shox Judy XC
RST Hi-5's

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