Pace RC39 XC Fork review

This is Pace's new 80mm (3in) travel cross-country fork. It weighs 1.42kg and it's used by the Specialized XC team, including recent Commonwealth gold medalist Liam Killeen. You can tell it's made by Yorkshire company Pace

Our rating 
4.9 out of 5 star rating 4.9
GBP £429.00 RRP
Pace RC39 XC Fork

Our review

The best cross-country fork money can buy - just ask Liam Killeen
Skip to view product specifications

This is Pace’s new 80mm (3in) travel cross-country fork. It weighs 1.42kg and it’s used by the Specialized XC team, including recent Commonwealth gold medallist Liam Killeen. You can tell it’s made by Yorkshire company Pace because it features their signature carbon hollow form sliders and rear-facing arch – a detail pioneered by Pace well before Manitou did their Reverse Arch.

Advertisement

The cast magnesium dropouts, bonded to the lower legs, are a minor work of art, and the stanchions are made from 7050 T6 alloy and sport a black hard anodised finish. The cold-forged, heat-treated and CNC’d crown is hollow and it has ovalised arms to help make it one of the stiffest and lightest on the market. A new wet lube system with double lip seals and a foam lube ring also keeps the stanchions sliding smoothly, with zero breakaway force required (i.e. no stiction).

A positive air chamber combines with a negative coil spring to provide a plush, fluid, coil-like ride but with a nice ramp-up to stop the fork getting bogged down at the end of the compression stroke. Pace also introduce their bar-mounted Soft Start lever, which locks the fork out for smooth trail or road riding but features auto blow-off to start the fork moving again if you hit anything rough.

Advertisement

We’ve ridden the RC39 XC hard for several months and we can now say it’s the best performing cross-country fork available.

Product Specifications

Product

Name RC39 XC Fork
Brand Pace

Crown to Axle Length 455
Features Air Spring
Weight (g) 1.42
Steerer Size 1 In
Material Alloy Carbon Magnesium
Max. Fork Travel 80mm