UK mountain bike company Pace are introducing four new mountain bike frames for 2010 as well as a commuter and an easily serviceable new bottom bracket which should last a lifetime.
The new 104 cross-country hardtail is made from Reynolds 853 ProTeam double-butted steel and Pace were keen to point out that all the 104 hardtails will be traditionally made by hand. Fillet brazing and the chrome plated rear end and chainstay are highlights on this £595 (frame) good looker.
The Slide Out System allows for gears, singlespeed, fixed or adjustable wheelbase length and claimed weight is 5lb. The 104 will be available around Christmas 2009.
Pace’s 204 is a new Scandium aluminium frame in the company’s full suspension arsenal, suitable for 100-130mm forks up front, and comes with a DTM210 rear shock as standard.
The new trail bike frame uses the Slide Out dropout system to allow for longer or shorter wheelbase depending on terrain and uses the Pace FreeFloater suspension system with a tough as nails lower linkage and easy to use grease port.
Pace 204: pace 204 Matthew Cole/BikeRadar
Available in red or yellow, price for the frame is £1395.
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Pace have introduced this aluminium long travel hardtail into their range for 2010, suitable for forks with up to 150mm travel and, as you can see from the picture, the frame has an ISCG mount for use with Truvativ’s HammerSchmidt system – or for use with a chainguide.
The Slideout System allows for 13mm of wheelbase adjustment and it’s also got an anti-chainsuck mount. Frame price is £575.
42:16 fixie/ss: Matthew Cole/BikeRadar
The 42:16 fixed/singlespeed frame is a bit of a departure for Pace, but the handmade double-butted steel machine definitely caused a stir at the Cycle show.
Available as a frame only deal for £495, you can have it with a one piece stem and bar combo with a choice of either straight or drop handlebars.
RC80 Bottom bracket
According to Pace, the £68 RC80 is a bottom bracket for life. The Yorkshire-based company know plenty about the filthy UK conditions we encounter – mud, wet, grime and the rest of it – so this unit combines rubber seals between bearings and crankarms, and comes with a pump to purge grease from the inside out.
Bad grease out, good grease in: bad grease out, good grease in Matthew Cole/BikeRadar
De-seal, pump, purge, re-seal, ride.
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