Pace RC39 C-Type 2007 Forks

DESCRIPTION

For those who want a true race replica - enter the new RC39 C-Type. On top of all the highly functional and cool 39XC model features the C-Type benefits from a lighter weight damper (moved away from the disc side, safe from disc generated heat), shorter kevlar lockout cable with alloy fittings, titanium hardware and of course C-Type graphics and smoked chrome crown finish. Ovalised Hollowform crown and carbon fibre sliders make the RC39 models the most accurate steering and control rich fork on the circuit and all this at a remarkable 1.38 Kg.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 31, 2010]
jwyatt
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Ultra light weight, very supple suspension, bar mounted lockout, carbon looks

Weakness:

Seep oil onto stanchions, lockout can need tweaking, can be overwhelmed by the really big stuff

I love these forks - I have a few similar ones (RC39 85mm, RC39 100mm, RC39 C-type 100mm) and they all feel very similar. They have a superb low-stiction supple feel over small to medium stuff, and can also handle big hits a lot better than most lightweight forks. They all seep oil onto the stanchions, but when I service them the oil still inside is clean, it just seems to be a "feature" and in UK conditions it does not matter. If you lived somewhere always dry and sandy/gritty it might wear the stanchions, who knows. I have a few bikes so don't hammer one set exclusively - if you ride a lot I suspect they would need a full factory service annually as Pace suggest.

Similar Products Used:

Various Pace/Marzocchi

[Feb 12, 2007]
Julien De Braekeleer
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, stiff, damping caracteristics, not too expensive and... superd looks!

Weakness:

We'll see if there will be after some months...

I had also the RC39XC last year. Compared to the Sid it was a fenomenal change! Way much stiffer and the 100mm travel let me do more crazy riding than with a 63-80mm travel of teh Sid. Past year I had some problems with a oil leak of the fork. After a few months the fork worked like I was riding on stairs. Maybe a little exagerated, but it wasn't the same anymore. I had to put a little film of oil to get at least the impression I had an expensive high-end fork. After contacting the distributor of Pace for the Benelux, they told me a whole production serie had the same problem. They fixed the problems and now no any problems more. I sold the bike with the fork and didn't hear anything bad form him.
Now with the new c-type it seems te be a lot better than last year. I have allready done some long trips and muddy tours and there seems to bee no leak. The damping is very good. That is my opinion. The fork is hard enough with the right air pressure (130Psi for 154 pounds or 70kg). The oil seems to be ok too. With a little les than 1" of sag, I have a perfectly balanced fork. Smooth damping with a full 100mm travel and no major pump effects when I get of my saddle!!! The remote lock-out locks the fork and doesn't leave 1mm travel.
I can't say anything bad about the fork. Even the looks are superior to all other forks I know...
I hope all things stay the way they are and this must be the best fork ever made!

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox Sid (Team, WC), Pace RC39XC 2006

[Dec 30, 2006]
Thomas Harris
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Smooth action, Super light weight- 2.95 pounds with cut steerer. Remote lockout.

Weakness:

Price. The prices listed so far for Pace forks on this site Havent been converted to US dollars. They List the fork retailing at $499.00. Thats the retail price for the fork in england where its made. The damping on the fork is waaaaay too soft. It comes stock with 7.5 weight oil. I switched to 15 weight and it feels perfect now. I even emailed Pace about the problem and they said the compression stroke is that soft on purpose, so you will use the entire 100mm of travel. Thats a joke. With the air pressure in the fork set to Paces recommendation you can use the entire 100mm of travel by riding off a curb. I dont know where they came up with there settings. After setting the air spring to there recommendation I sat on the bike and watched the fork use about 75% of its travel just sitting there. Im 152 pounds and ended up settling on 110 psi. I run the stock oil height with 15 weight oil. Now the fork only bottoms on big impacts and is still pretty active on the small stuff, and soaks up medium sized bumps really well. This setup may be to firm for some riders, but guys like me who race the expert class and like to go fast through rough stuff will prefer this type of setup. Theres also a mod I did to the lockout lever. Stock the lever has 2 arms to it, which doesnt leave enough room to slide the grips on all the way is your running gripshift like I am. I never used the longer lever anyway. So I cut it off and ground the area smooth. Another issue is The lever works with a friction type action with 2 detents. Theres a mod I do that takes the friction out of the lever and gives a more positive detent for the locked out position. Stock you have to actually push the lever from the locked position to the unlocked position. The mod I do lets you just nudge the lever with your thumb and it will snap back into the unlocked position. I dont know who Pace has working in there testing department, but they must ride rail trails and love the feel of old thumb shifters. Anyone interested in these mods can email me at [email protected]

This became a great fork after I was done with it. Stock its a really expensive pogo stick. My first email to pace about the soft damping was answered in 1 day. My next email asking about how to disassemble the damper side of the fork to change the oil was also answered in 1 day, advising me to contact QBP- the US distributor for pace forks, and ask them there suggestion on disassembling the fork. Thats pretty bad when the manufacturer of the fork doesnt even want there customer happy. After several calls to QBP and never getting to talk to there suspension guy, I got on Paces website and looked at the diagram of the fork in the parts section and figured out myself how to change the oil. Thanks for nothing Pace. After setting up the fork for real riding, I emailed Pace my "real world" settings. Never got a email back. What a suprise. Theres a 2006 fork review on here about a pace fork where another guy had the same issue. So to sum things up, this is a badass fork after you tune it for real riding, not a rail trail. Pace wants nothing to do with helping there customers achieve the feel they want, they just say "thats how the fork was designed to feel". Or they tell you to call someone who never seems to answer his line. If anyone needs help settng up there fork id be glad to help, either by talking you through it or doing the work for you at a reasonable price- hey its work, and kinda messy too, lol. After being set up right, you will love this fork. Its super light, steers well, and looks badass. I gave it a 3 for value because come on now, how much could this fork have cost to make? The cheapest ive seen it mail order is $925.00. The 5 for the overall rating is for AFTER I tuned it. Stock id give it a 2. If your looking for a super light fork and willing to do some tuning this fork is for you. On the other hand if your looking to look cool with a carbon fork and burn up some rail trails this fork is also for you, just leave it stock, lol.

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Fox F100X

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