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IT WAS EXHILARATING TO PUSH TO THE LIMITS OVER GNARLY, TECHNICAL, ROUGH AND STEEP TERRAIN, AND FELT LIKE IT HAD MORE THAN 135MM OF TRAVEL

PACE RC295 ULTIMATE GX (2020)

£3,999 Legendary UK brand’s first full-suspension bike for a decade

Forever remembered for the iconic, square-tubed RC200 – one of the most lusted-after bikes of the ’90s – Pace have kept a low profile in recent years, focusing on building hardtails for the faithful. So the release of the RC295, not just their first full-sus for 10 years, but their debut carbon fibre bike too, came as a bit of a surprise. We’ve put it through its paces (sorry) to see whether it’s worthy of their long-standing reputation.

The frame

The RC295’s frame is built from hand-laid, unidirectional Toray carbon fibre, moulded using a special latex technique claimed to improve the smoothness of the tubes’ internal walls, making them light and strong.

Pace’s Freefloater suspension system – a twin-link design with floating shock – delivers 135mm of rear wheel travel

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