Putting aside everything else... I'm not getting why there's a brace in front of the brakes? The fork looks braced already, front and back, does it really need another, in front of the brakes?
Im guessing (And may be wrong) but the Orange Brace (Brake Booster) is there to brace the Canti Brakes & Brake Mounts, similar to if it was fitted to Rigid Forks, The PACE forks, by virtue of it being double Braced gives the owner the option of Front or Rear facing Cantis or V's. Although some PACE only come with one Brace, My RC38's have one Front Fitted Brace, but rearward mounted Brake Mounts, whilst my RC35's have a Rearward facing Brace and rearward mounts.
I must be having a stupid moment - I'm still not getting it. There's a brace on the forks (well actually 2 - but just say there was one) why would you need another in front of the cantis? Especially given there's 2 on the forks already.
The brake booster is there to bolster the fork legs (or seat stays at the back) from flexing when braking, isn't it? So if the fork is already braced - or so good they braced it twice, what's the point of putting another one in front of the cantis?
Could the brake bosses flex that much, if the fork legs are braced with one (or 2 in this example) brace(s)?
Well, i can see how it can be confusing, PACE Forks, obviouslt they need to be Braced like all Suspension Forks.
As mentioned previously Front and Back Brace can give Multiple Brake Options, where the Brake monuts are incroporated within the Brace, Front or Rear Facing (Rearward facing normally the preffered orientation for V's or Canti's on PACE forks)
The Extra Brace does not just brace or Stiffen the Forks, or Rear Stays (Can be fitted on the back brakes also) But stops flexing of the Brake Mounts, Some would argue that the forces do not warrant it, however hard braking can cause Flex and possible damage along the way.
Its a personal thing, not mandatory, some may say its cosmetic, some say they can feel the benefits, better braking etc.
Just try this experiment, Apply the brakes on your bike hard and watch the Flex in the Frame or Forks and Brake Mounts!!!
Hope this helps
*The Pic is my 1996 Orange C16R with PACE RC38's AIRFORCE MK1 Forks, Front Brake Brace, Rearward Brake mounts, i dont brake heavy on this bike from the front so find its more than adequate for my style of riding.
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