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WHAT THE CUSTOMERS SAY: MENNO BOON.
EXCEPT, IT DIDN'T.
To be fair, I wasn’t planning on buying a new frame. I was perfectly happy with my previous bike that, as the name implies, would be able to withstand a nucleair impact. Except, it didn’t. I was practicing for an Enduro in Belgium when I discovered a cracked seat tube. The bike wasn’t that old, so, off to my dealer to claim warranty. No problem, it was a warranty case and a new bike would be shipped to me as soon as possible.
Except, it didn’t.
The frame never arrived. I waited for about seven months. I bought a simple gravel bike to overcome this hiatus in MTB-ownership, and it was a lot of fun. Still is. I had a lot of contact with both dealer and manufacturer, but regardless of all the promising words and plausible explanations, still no frame. In the end, the dealer bought my frame (that I never even got to see) so I could move on.
In fact, I already had. Somewhere in the back of my mind, something told me this was the chance of converting to steel. I’d seen steel bikes around me from local frame builders and they let me ride theirs in my MTB-less months, so I’d already decided it had to happen. And a friend pointed me towards Pace. The 2019 RC529, in fact.
It had it all. Threaded BB. External cable routing except for the dropper post cable. ISCG-05 tabs. Nice big tire clearance. Lovely colour and choice of decals. But more important, reach for miles (I’m 1m92), a slacker head tube than my beer can frame, and a steeper seat tube angle as well.
I ordered it, the first Icelandic Blue XL frame to be shipped to Holland. Orange decals on it. Well, at least that was the plan. It came with grey decals but that was quickly sorted: Pace sent me the right ones straight away (thanks Sophie!). At least now I can say I even put on my own decals, in addition to transferring everything from my previous frame to this one.
This thing is great. The steel frame seems to filter out the vibrations you get with an aluminium hardtail, but I’m not sure if it hasn’t got something to do with the longer and slacker geometry, too. I don’t really care either, I’m smashing my PR’s both up and down and I can stay in the saddle longer. That’s all thanks to that long reach and steep seat tube angle. New bike syndrome has worn off, already, so it has to be the bike.
My main training grounds are flat. That’s what you get in the middle of Holland, but I manage to get out to Belgium and Germany to do some proper trail riding too. No enduro’s yet, this year, but I’m sure my Pace will get its fair share of those in the near future.
In the mean time, I’ll sit on this Pace and love it.
DAWNRAID - BLENCATHRA, LAKE DISTRICT
Danny and Kate O'Callaghan make the most of the Easter Bank Holiday and hit the trails before any of you lot have had time to hit snooze on your alarm.
PACE OWNERS WEEKEND
That’s right, 20th and 21st July 2019 based in North Yorkshire.
This is for all die-hard Pace fans who own a Pace bike. This could be owning any model from an original Pace RC100, downhill, trials or any other retro model right through to the latest generation 529 or 627 (and sorry this event does not include those who used to own a Pace bike or fork! )
This is your chance to come and meet the original and current designer and owner of Pace Cycles – Adrian Carter, ride bikes and maybe have a few beers with him and like minded people…what is there not to love?!
Saturday 20th July: Meet at Sutton Bank Bikes for a brew before heading out on Adrian’s favourite trails taking in some of the finest views of North Yorkshire on fast, flowing singletrack with some more challenging bits thrown in for good measure (optional). All level of riders welcome.
Saturday evening meet up in Pickering at The No4 Bar for beers and a talk from Adrian then maybe hit the local Indian restaurant!
Sunday 21st July: Meet at Dalby Bike Barn (Thornton-Le-Dale) for a nice hangover ride up into Dalby Forest so Adrian can show you the trails he has been riding since way before Pace even started. We expect to be finished by 3ish on Sunday to give you plenty of time to head back.
Our new bikes will be there for you to try if you like but also our retro bikes from 30 years ago for you to reminisce over.
There is no charge for this event. If you are interested please book your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Eventbright page website by clicking here to see event times and further information.