Pace RC41 XCAM review£489.00

Our previous category champion, Pace's ultra light, ultra stiff 5in trail fork is still a stunning ride. The evolved 'Launch Control 2' lock down gets a spanky looking new adjuster and the bump sensing auto release threshold is finger adjustable, too.

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Pace's ultra light, ultra stiff 5in trail fork is a stunning ride. The evolved 'Launch Control 2' lock down gets a spanky looking new adjuster and better sealing to stop crap from wedging it open, and the bump sensing auto release threshold is finger adjustable, too. Otherwise, it's the same super rigid hollow carbon fibre structure and machined alloy structure giving 5in travel at race fork weight.

The remarkably smooth single chamber air spring, with separate rebound and compression damping circuits, gives a sublimely floated ride, too. You need to watch for shrubs moving the new look rebound adjuster though, and take care that you don't move the compression adjustment outside its working range either, or it gets upset. Inconsistent build quality and reliability are also a slight concern, although Pace's customer service is excellent, and it's a phenomenal fork when it's working 100 per cent. The 50g heavier 'Fighter' 150mm travel version is £539, while a 20mm bolt through version of both forks will also be available soon.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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