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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:04 am 
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So after breaking my RC300 I've picked up a NOS Pace 303 frame while I get my RC300 sorted and transferred all the bits over.

I transferred my RC39 forks over as well - but they seem a bit skinny on the 303 frame - so was looking for something better suited.

I had thought 100mm forks would be right for the 303, but having had a quick search on the net people seem to be running 130/140mm forks.

Anyone know what is best to run with this frame?

For 100mm forks I was thinking these - any thoughts?

http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... Forks_2010

Thanks in advance for any advice...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:53 am 
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RB member Bertr00t has one of these, and has some lovely carbon pace up front.I can't remember what model, it rides very well :)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:03 am 
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I just found the link for you
They're RC41s I think
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=125360&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:47 am 
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RC41s. 130mm travel version.

Or RC40s but with max travel setting. Don't touch the travel adjustment dial after setting to 130mm.



Should look something like this.
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Both forks will bob down when locked out for climbing.


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I didn't like RC41s or the later DT Swiss version when i tried them a few years back. Very light yes, but they blow through their travel too easily and they seriously lack torsional rigidity. Not a great fork tbh. Go for a Magura Thor instead- not too much heavier (100g or so), much better damping and adjustability and incredibly stiff with the double arch and bolt through axle. Easily the best 130/140 fork i have tried.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:00 pm 
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Can't say I have noticed any rigidity issues with my RC41s. Only had them a month or so but they fit the geometry of the frame perfectly.

I had some Marzocchi All Mountain IIs on it when I got it too that were nice too but I was after the Pace ones to go with it. They rode well and were stiff but not as light as the RC41s which are a little hard to come by as well.

Got the Marzocchis up for sale if you are interested...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:16 pm 
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Was pretty happy with my RC41s riding in Ventoux area last summer (and the RC40s on the Stumpy FSR same place the year after, once I solved the leaky leg problem).
Can't say I noticed them flopping around all over the place either.

(Of course danish conditions don't exactly overexert them and I'm not a big lad.)

And the rules of Pace surely still apply, even to non-UK made frames.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:47 pm 
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I agree with the Doc; Pace Forks are pants! Go with Magura; Thor, as the Doc says , or Menja 130mm or even Durin MD120.
They're cheap too, secondhand. Expect to pat £250-300 for some very nearly new examples. (Fit Fox seals ASAP, though) :wink:


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