Pace vintage carbon mountain bike suspension fork

Pace vintage carbon mountain bike suspension fork

How embarrassing, I have forgotten what this fork was called, but it is a 1994/1995 model I think. Pace is a UK based mountain bike manufacturer who is most famous for their line of aluminium MTB frames made out of square tubing and carbon fibre suspension forks beginning from the later half of the 80’ies.

Today the square tubed MTB frames are history and the fork department is under the wing of DT (I think) but the brand is still operating in UK now focused on less squared tubed MTB frames as I have understood.

The Pace suspension forks where known for two things, they where made out of the space age material no 1: carbon fibre and on a Pace suspension fork you mounted the brakes backwards on the back of the fork instead of on the front of the forks. According to the tech guys, a backwards mounted brake flexes less than a front mounted brake.

A fun detail of this Pace suspension fork is the amount of small index bolts it uses, no less than twentyfour small index bolts are used to screw together this CNC-machined wonderfork! (do not forget to check them all before the ride).

Notice the double brace, it should add stiffness, however MBA found the fork to be a little flexy, and maybe I have to agree there to a bit. The difference between this fork and a late 90’ies Marzocchi is huge in the stiffness department.

Inside the fork we have MMC elastomers, IIRC it was like some kind of next generation suspension fork elastomer, it worked relatively well on high impacts but just the next year springs become the defacto standard in suspension forks and I guess there where a spring kit for this fork including a oil damper but I never got them.

The fork still feels smooth but new owner should get new elastomers as fast as possible.

This is a 1 inch fork for a threaded headset, the steer tube is 6.5 inches long and has got about a little more than an inch of threading on the top. Steerers are interchangeable but you need a special Pace spacer if you want to run 1-1/8, if you want to run 1-1/4 you only need to find a suitable steerer tube since the hole already is in that format.

In used condition with some vintage dents and dust this fine UK carbon fibre Pace suspension fork in need of some TLC is yours for the pathetic sum of only 45 euro. SOLD!

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Posted in Suspension forks on Oct 17th, 2009, 12:09 am by Retro mountain biker   

6 Responses

  1. Andrew
    October 22nd, 2009 | 9:09 pm

    Hi, Very interested in these Pace forks, could you please tell me what the postage will be to FY4 (post code) England.
    Many thanks

  2. steve
    November 11th, 2009 | 5:48 pm


    i’m interested in the pace forks if they are still available?

    Im enquiring about them on behalf of my brother, who is trying to build up his orange p7 frame with mid ninties parts, so i would have to check that 6.5 inches of steerer is long enough.

    nice site by the way.


  3. Neill
    November 12th, 2009 | 3:35 pm

    These are Pace MXCD 🙂

  4. Retro mountain biker
    November 12th, 2009 | 4:20 pm

    Thanks for letting me know!

    It was quite hard to find any kind of information on Google what they where called 🙂

  5. Guy Wood
    March 3rd, 2010 | 7:47 pm

    I got a set of these when I was fixing up my 1993 Dave Yates which I’d has repaired and resprayed. I had them new when they *were* new and wanted the retro-look. The pair I got had bent stanchions and the crown was mangles but a quick call to Pace and I had a new brace, 2 new stanchions and a full set of new elastomers. The bike looks awesome – just like it did with the originals! Btw, mine are/were the model before the pictured ones with no front brace and a tubular rear brace.

  6. Retro mountain biker
    March 5th, 2010 | 9:18 pm

    Sounds cool! These forks messed up the handling of my Miyata because they where slightly longer than the standard fork, but it was nice to have a softer front end.

    Not many people had carbon front forks in 1995.

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