Pace RC29 29er Forks

DESCRIPTION

The Pace RC29 disc specific carbon rigid fork is great for single speeds (and other hardtails). 465mm axle to crown, 34mm carbon fiber legs. Magnesium dropouts (ISO mount).

  • Featherweight fixed blade design for 29” dedicated singlespeed and cross-country bikes
  • Hollowform carbon fibre composite legs provide unequalled compliance and strength
  • Cold Forged and cnc machined 7075T6 Monobox oval arm crown
  • Magnesium safety dropouts with IS std disc-brake mounts (max disc diameter 185mm)
  • Rider weight restriction is 210lbs or 92kg

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Apr 26, 2007]
    Tison
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Soft ride, light weight, reliability, lack of required maintenance.

    Weakness:

    It flexes a lot (like 2 inches) under hard braking and hard impacts. I guess the fork is designed to do this, but I still have visions of it braking. I weight 180 pounds and I have been riding the fork real hard for a year. I am slowly gaining confidence in the fork.

    This fork was a huge improvement over the Surly fork. With the combination of the fork, a 29er wheel, fat tire, and Jones Ti bars. I rarely miss the suspension. Every time I need to wheelie over something or climb a hill I am happy with the weight savings. I think this is one of the best improvements you can make to your bike. I would recommend it to anyone.

    Similar Products Used:

    Surly Karate Monkey rigid fork, Reba

    [Apr 02, 2007]
    xtrsmith
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    super stiff, complient, welcoming feel, fast.

    Weakness:

    cracking sound can happen from time to time

    The appearance of this fork will get you laid.

    Pretty sweet feel, rolls over most everything small, but it is 29er.

    Like Rain Man mentioned in his review it tends to have a cracking sound at times. I try to check my headset when it happens but I think it might be a nature of the beast. No damage or breaking down yet.

    I think this fork is gaining popularity, some friends have mentioned they like this fork better than the Ibex overall.

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    suspension forks, this is the only rigid I have ridden since my '94 Cromoly Rockhopper

    [Dec 03, 2006]
    Rain Man
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light weight, damping effect, appearance, build, reputation.

    Weakness:

    Fragile carbon legs...and prone to damage if hit hard.

    I have used this fork on both my lightweight Scandium framed One Niner and my steel SIR 9. It worked equally well on both bikes. The damping effect of carbon is readily apparent, it takes some of the 'buzz' out of constant smaller ripples in the road and on the trail. It felt 'softer' than the Niner rigid fork, and quickened up the steering slightly.

    But .... the best thing about this fork is the light weight! It makes lofting the front end over obstacles a breeze. The steering is very direct, no slop, you go where you point it, and there is no brake dive at all. It flexes under brakes over ripples, you can see the legs moving backwards and forwards as the carbon legs absorb the braking forces and bumps.

    This is a very well made and constructed product. The workmanship is good, the finish is a clearcoat over the weave and it looks great. Pace have a great reputation with carbon forks, so the product is already proven, unlike some other carbon forks that have recently become available.

    One thing that stood out ... the keeper tabs on the drop-outs. This makes it harder to get the wheel in and out of the fork, but it also makes it waaay harder for your front wheel to drop out of the fork if you somehow forget to tighten the QR properly. A nice safety measure, and indicative of the forward-thinking that Pace employs.

    The ONLY downside to this fork is the fragility of the carbon, which applies equally to all other carbon forks as well. If you hit this fork hard enough to notch or damage the carbon, then it *may* fail catastrophically under brakes or similiar pressure without warning.

    However, in several months of riding it with quite a few crashes, I have yet to see any damage to the fork.

    So ..... the bottom line?

    A great fork, well made and well designed that enhances the dampening effect we rigid riders all look for in a front end. This is a very nice fork.



    R.


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    None.

    [Dec 03, 2006]
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Weight
    Compliance
    Lack of dive

    Weakness:

    Weight (could be lighter ;) )
    Steerer seems to be very very slightly undersized. My Syntace stem cannot hold the fork well enough to keep from sliding after a couple rides. Requires the stem cap to also tension.
    The Syntace works fine on my Reba without the cap. This may just be the rigid VS sussy impact to the HS.

    At 465mm, it rides lower, and better to me, than the Niner. It weighs 760g cut to 175mm, and saved me 300g over the Niner fork. I wanted the sharpen the steering on my frame, so this was perfect. It is more compliant than the Niner steel fork, as well as taking out the buzz (as only carbon can).

    Keep in mind this is a 465 AC, and will change your bike's handling. A Reba 80mm is 488, the Reba 100 is 508. Every 20mm is 1 degree in head angle, which is a big change in handling.

    I'd love to try the On-One and the White with this fork, back to back.

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    Niner

    [May 13, 2007]
    Marc

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Light & Clean looking

    Weakness:

    FLEX.........Like two wet noodles. Took some time to get used to, but it still freaks me out in some situations.

    This fork is for someone that doesn't want the harshness/stiffness of steel/Ti, but isn't ready to strap a +4lb suspension fork on their lightweight SS. Fexy is a understatement, but will get used to it after some time. it is very forgiving in the corner and does soak up some of the high freq. vibrations. Still wouldn't do any jumping/drops with this thing and maybe it's just me, but i inspect mine after every ride. Pace assures us that it is one of, if not the strongest carbon rigid fork on the market, but the flex will freak you out. :)

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    [Mar 14, 2007]
    Rain Man
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    This is a follow-up of my original review on this Pace carbon fork.

    Weakness:

    The fork developed cracking sounds at the junction of the fork legs and the crown. I suspect that the bonding between the fork legs and the crown has broken down.


    This was a good fork and I was happy with it. However, recently I noticed a "cracking" sound coming from the fork when riding it. I removed it from the bike and examined it closely. There seems to be a breakdown in the bonding between the carbon legs and the crown. Pace aren't interested in looking at it to see why it is breaking down in order to improve their product.

    For this reason, I can NOT recommend that you buy one of these forks. If the thing breaks as you are riding down a steep hill at speed, you are really going to get hurt, badly.

    There are other, better options available on the market.



    R.


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    All types of forks.

    [Oct 15, 2007]
    Victor
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light weight, zero maintenance.

    Weakness:

    Price.

    You have to be choosy about line selection with a rigid bike, and this fork allows you to do that. It's extreme light weight makes lofting the front end easy; and there is, so far, no compromise in the area of strength/reliability. The fork does have a noticeable damping effect, which I really like.

    Similar Products Used:

    Steel fork on my Raleigh XXIX.

    [Sep 27, 2007]
    Mike Barnhart
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    It really lightens up your front end! Steers fast but not to fast!Came highly recommended by Davis Carver!!!

    Weakness:

    Light weight makes you wait for it to break! But it has not as of yet!!!

    I've been ripping up my local trails for over a year,kind of reserved at first but i have grown to trust this very light fork! I ride lots of woopy and fast trails i have jumped quite a bit but am really smooth nothing stupid!! Mine also creaks but no problems as of yet!I like how this fork handles and highly recommend it to any one!!

    Similar Products Used:

    Reba 29er

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