My dream bike/spec -1994 Pace RC200 F3 - BOTM December 2020

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From the second I laid eyes on a spanking new 16" Pace RC200 F3 at a round of the South West Series in 1994 I wanted one, but alas funds at the time couldn't stretch to one, let alone building my dream bike/spec with anodised blue parts, RC35's, Middleburn parts, USE, Hope, XTR M900 and a Disk Drive. A couple of years later I ended up moving across from racing XC to DH and my focus was then on DH bikes and the Pace fell by the wayside...roll on 24 years to 2018 and I managed to source a near mint 16" Pace RC200 F3...

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So with the frame sourced the quest was then to start sourcing the parts...

First off were 94 Pace RC35AB forks where I ended up sourcing three sets in order to make a serviceable set with all of the correct parts and the rare brake rocker.

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I then managed to source NOS "tin" Pace decals for the forks and decided to do my own version of the Pace Stage 2 titanium bolt kit, so sourced anodised blue titanium bolts for the crown to match the build theme. After around 20 hours of restoration and polishing the forks were finished...

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Next on the agenda was sourcing the build parts and as being a British bike and being from the UK my dream build mainly consisted of British made parts from Middleburn, Hope, USE, Royce, etc. I also wanted a Disk Drive and some other non-British parts...

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Next on the agenda was to start the build...
 

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Before the build started I was really lucky to source a mega rare original Pace RC200 F3 Crud Catcher...

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The first "finished" build...

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This version of the build was displayed at the Malverns Classic in 2018 and was also featured in the 2020 Bike Ninja retro bike calendar...

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I manage to source some subtle period correct NOS finishing touches for the build...

NOS USE anodised blue seat post clamps
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NOS Pace Stage 2 Titanium "tin" decals
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NOS Royce foil decal
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So onto the second "finished" build where I switched to NOS black wall Panaracer Smoke/Dart tyres, subtle period correct retro touches were added alongside a sprinkling of anodised blue titanium/aluminium bolts...

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Full spec...

Frame: 1994 Pace RC200 F3 16"

Fork: Pace RC35AB

Headset: Miche Sterzo Speciale 1" (NOS)
Stem: Control Tech 0 deg rise 120mm 1" (NOS)
Handlebar: USE silver (NOS)
Grips: Onza Ules in black (NOS)
Barends: USE direct mount (NOS)

Brakes: Shimano XTR M900
Brake Pads: Shimano XTR M900
Brake Cables: Shimano XTR M900 (NOS)
Cantilever cable hangers: Onza Chill Pill anodised blue (NOS)
Brake Levers: Shimano XTR M900

Shifters: Shimano XTR M900
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900 with anodised blue mech hanger bolt and jockey wheels
Derailleur Cables: Shimano XTR M900 (NOS)
Cassette: Shimano XTR M900 (NOS)
Chain: Shimano HG71 (NOS)
Cranks: Middleburn RS2 175mm with anodised blue spider
Crank Bolts: Middleburn anodised blue (NOS)
Chainrings: Middleburn (NOS)
Chainring bolts: Middleburn (NOS)
Bottom Bracket: Royce Titanium
Pedals: Onza HO (NOS)

Hub Skewers: 1st gen Hope Titanium anodised blue (NOS)
Rims: Mavic M231 Sup CD hard anodised grey (front NOS)
Hubs: Front Hope Titanium Suspension anodised blue (NOS) / Rear Shimano XTR M900
Nipples: Front anodised blue / Rear Tioga Disk Drive
Spokes: DT double butted snowflaked front
Tyres: Panaracer Smoke and Dart blackwall (NOS)
Tubes: Panaracer (NOS)

Saddle: Flite Evolution Carbon (NOS)
Seatpost: USE silver with anodised blue clamps (NOS)
Seatpost Binder: Pace OEM with anodised blue titanium bolt

Extras: X-Lite top cap, custom machined 1" aluminium headset spacers, anodised blue titanium/aluminium bolts and Ringle H2O black bottle cage.

Weight: 23lbs


This build is kind of finished with only a couple of period correct Middleburn chinrings to source before I would truly class it as finished

I will be posting a new thread up soon of another 1994 dream bike build that I have recently started.

Cheers

Hatch
 

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Re: My dream bike/spec from when I was 15 - 1994 Pace RC200 F3

Wow! Bet that’s been a total labour of love.

Garage queen/wall hanger??

Outstanding!
 

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