Pace 2001 RC200 FS Hardtail Bike

5/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $3695.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Piers Newland a Cross Country Rider from Yorkshire

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Strengths:    Still fantastic after all these years (see earlier reviews).
BUT :(
I broke it last week on a rocky descent in the Lake District.
Gutted!
The seat tube cracked all the way around, just above the botomnracket weld bead. Rode 7 miles back to cottage where we were staying, out of the saddle to stop the poor thing grinding.
Other than that I'm very happy with the use I've had from it. It's been hammered up hill and down dale.


Weaknesses:    It didn't last forever.

Bottom Line:   
Enjoy it while you can, aluminium doesn't last forever, it has a finite fatigue life.
If you are getting one second hand, check the tube junctions near the welds (heating weakens Al) and suss out the type of riding that it has prior to it coming onto the market.

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Favorite Trail:   Any without dog toffee

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Stif

Bike Setup:   Fully rigid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lee a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2006

Strengths:    Fantastic ride very for giving, nible rides like it's on rails, very forgiving compaired to the RC200

Weaknesses:    None price new lol

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike from a guy in Shefield he'd only riden it 150 miles paid £1250 sold the hope wheels( fine fine wheels but just not CK I'm affraid) The RC 38 stated leaking not paying pace service charges so got 05 Fox fx80 (ebay new boxed £270!) they simple blow the pace away the bike amazing now so so stiff when cornering I have riden RC200 in the pasted and they are a bite harsh compaired to my ARC at the time however I can honestly that the RC300 is not is up there with the best simply it's that good.

You can ride all day and after fitting the moots bar and stem
I just can't help smiling only problem now is I what a YBB!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Klien, Yeti ARC, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   Chris King headset\Hubs Zipp 515 rims full XTR, Moots Post and stem Easton EC70 Fox FX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Wood a Cross Country Rider from Grimsby, Lincs, U.K.

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    Geometry, brakes, power, handling, looks, reputation

Weaknesses:    slightly short in the top tube

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the bo~~ocks. I've previously owned a Klein attidute and the pace is by far a superior machine.
Climbing is made so easy by the ultra stiff chain stays and power is put to the ground just when you need it.
Full XTR makes the bike virtually faultless. I'm 6'3" and use an 18" frame. for me the top tube is slightly too short but nothing that you can't get used to.
Shame they don't make em anymore.

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Favorite Trail:   peak district

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   second hand from Leeds

Bike Setup:   Pace rc200 F8, rc36 forks, easton bars, hope hubs and m4's, race face cranks and bb, dmr V8's, IRC mythos II. Everything else is 2004 XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danny a Cross Country Rider from Athens

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2005

Strengths:    Real HARDtail. It realy stays where you aim it to. Very strong and fast uphill. Very well balanced and stable on extreme uphills. It really puts the power on the track!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
A real hardtail for singletrails or races. I have had it with Pace fork and magura brakes for almost five years and really was very satisfied every time I rod it. For about two weeks now have changed to Fox Forx 130RLC (by mistake; wanted to order the 100RLC)and disc brakes XTR. The bike got UNBELIVABLE!!
Now its even faster than before!! (it seats better on the back without loosing any of its agillity or its climbing abillity)! Now its lighter (changed from XT to XTR) and can't wait everyday to ride it.Fox Forx is perfect, rely reads the track. If I was to buy a new hardtail, I'm sure I would buy it again. SIMPLY THE BEST

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Favorite Trail:   around Starnberg/Germany

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   Div. KLEIN

Bike Setup:   full XTR + XTR discbrakes (middleburn center and chaindiscs),
Fox forx 130, Mavic 717 disc, specialized tyres, TISO headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich Matthews a Cross Country Rider from Faversham, Kent, England

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2005

Strengths:    Beautiful old skool aluminium frameset, square tubes yes including the downtube too with uni rear stay and original PC RC35 suspension forks up front...

Weaknesses:    Not ridden yet, but will have to stick with the 1" pace stem and steerer set which is not a problem

Bottom Line:   
I'd been searching for a replacement MTB ever since I sold my Hei Hei last year to finance a move to New Zealand. I desparately wanted a Pace RC100 framset, but couldn't find one locally or on Ebay. I then scouted this one, a Pace RC 200 F2 Frameset on Ebay for £200.00 for with a pace stem and steerer one piece with RC35 forks, mavic headset, mavic front mech, and thought I couldn't let this get away from me.

So now it's being built up ready to be hammered once again. Why Pace you say? I rode my mates RC100 back in 1990, and have drolled for one ever since...not even titanium could sway me again....hehe

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Favorite Trail:   Dorset Coast Path

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Kona Hei Hei, Trek 8500, Trek 970, Orange Clockwork Deore II

Bike Setup:   Bit of a mix and match really, Kooka crankset, XTR rings, Mavic Headset, Mavic front mech, Dura Ace rear mech, X lite ti bars, X lite seatpost, Hope/Mavic wheelset, Carbonworks levers on Diacompe SS7 brakes, and LX V brakes, opps almost forgot the Pace RC 35 forks (naughty me)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Piers Newland a Cross Country Rider from Wakefield

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2004

Strengths:    British, beautifully made and tough. It begs to be ridden faster, to be slung into corners, hurled down steep rocky hairpins and powered up long climbs. It's not harsh, nor does it beat you up on long rides any more than other Al frames. Strangers ask to touch it (true) and are impressed by its legendary status.

Weaknesses:    It doesn't do "slow".
That bloody creak! Copper ease, mud, water: none seem to work for long, though gasket sealent is rated I've heard.


Bottom Line:   
I've had mine for 3 1/2 years and its still a blast to ride. You can't go slow and you can't be uncertain so softies need not apply.
Last year I spent 4 days riding the red and black routes of the 7Stanes project in Scotland and I was up with (or in front of) my suspended friends all the way. Effiecient power transfer and top handling kept the trills coming and everyone else puffing. This is amazing since I run RIGID RC31 forks on this bike. I did get blisters, but they were worth it for the looks of amazement on everyone's face and the satisfaction of storming round the rough stuff.
Attention to detail is top class (what else at £900?) and I have no doubts about durability.
Disc specific and lots of mud clearance make it ideal for the UK, but don't trust the little rubber seat-tube seal to keep water out of the frame.
Treat yourself, buy the best. And remember, the price is for the frame, not the frame plus shipping half way around the world plus import duty, plus marketing hype.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Stif, Leeds

Similar Products Used:   Custom steel frame (Columbus Genius tubes), Saracen Trekker (fat Al tubes), Santa Cruz Heckler full sus.

Bike Setup:   Rigid forks (Pace RC31 carbon composite), Hope/Mavic wheels, XT go bits and Hope Minis for stopping, Roox seat post, Syncros stem, Pannaracer Smoke and Dart kevlar tyres (last of the batch?)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Bloxham a Cross Country Rider from Sussex, UK

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2003

Strengths:    Total quality,rigidity,precision.

Weaknesses:    A hard ride,particulary if you have lost fitness and hence speed as thie bike become smooth with speed.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a new RC 200 F3 (Version 3) for £2000 fully built up and after a year it got lost(stolen) on a flight. Went and bought an F4 second hand for £600 which was less than a year old. Never even looked at anything else. The Pace is as rigid as anthing on the the market. It has all the virtues, pin point steering, climbing prowess(if you have the power) ,single track king, down the other side will make you concentrate and put a big grin on your face. The only thing I will say is that the fitter you are the better the ride as it becomes smoother with speed. The year my bike was made they didn't anodize the frame but polished instead,big mistake as it marks up badly.Next winter it will have to go back to the factory to get anodized and have the RC31 forks fitted to smooth up the front end a bit.I will never replace it. GO ON, BUY ONE!

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Favorite Trail:   South Downs

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Private sale

Similar Products Used:   A five bar gate

Bike Setup:   Pace RC 30 rigid forks and other good stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Gadd a Cross Country Rider from Leeds

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2003

Strengths:    Awsome looks, handling, strength, and above all the acceleration! Power down and leave your mates for dust!

Weaknesses:    Harshness! Thank you Easton for your carbon CT2 post!

Bottom Line:   
Seriously light, strong and fast! It may be old but still gives the modern full sussers a run for their money! A frame you learn to respect and love, work with it and it will give you the grin factor back! Tried to sell it due to my daughter, glad I didn't I couldn't do it last minute. Once you own a Pace thats it! A Pace is for life! I will never sell it.

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Favorite Trail:   various

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Frame second hand/ components Stif in Leeds

Similar Products Used:   Kona Explosif, Orange P7, etc.

Bike Setup:   RC200 F5, Pace Evo II's, XT + XTR Rear Mech, Avid SD7's, Easton carbon bars/post, Hope X/C on 517's with USe Ti Spinstix and Trailblaster 1.8's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon Kerr a Cross Country Rider from Dover, Kent

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Strengths:    Awesome handling, climbing ability and looks to kill for. Goes uphill like a mountain goat on speed!! and down the other side quickly too. Build quality is second to none, and its british, so no problems with a warranty its for 5 years and covers racing. How many yank bikes do that.Mine had to back to the factory when I snapped the seat post after 2 1/2 years i phoned the manufacturer posted the frame off, and waited. They asked if i would like any extra work done to the frame, I had disc mounts welded on , and what colour I would like my frame in, all at no extra charge, usually costs in excess of £200.

Weaknesses:    Be very careful how the bike is built, and component choice. Can be a harsh ride, but not if a lot of seatpost is hanging out. I snapped my frame as a result of using the wrong chainset (a Syncros revolution). Some frames 'creak' around the bottom bracket area i have tried everything to rectify this the only solution i have found that works is to go out and get it dirty.....and thats the truth.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the bollox. Sell your children to buy one, you will not regret it, you can always have more kids later!
A proper X Country hardtail, I can still beat full sus bikes down hills, all they see is my back on the climbs.
Do whatever you have to do to buy one life is too short to worry.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Bell Hill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Medway cycle centre

Similar Products Used:   Roberts Dogs Bolx, various Marins, Nishiki Alien, and a yeti FRO

Bike Setup:   EVO 3 forks (Service them regularly), XTR Chainset f/r mechs Hope Mini's (185f/165r), syncros s/post, raceface stem, monkeylite carbon risers, wtb grease guard aheadset XTR shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Al Unsworth a Cross Country Rider from Bolton,England

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight,fast, very responsive excellent climbing ability, utilises 7005 Alu square tubing for perfect bike geometery and ride feel frame has anodised finish hand made in England for perfect craftsmanship and quality

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The ultimate hardtail frame which is as fast as a full sus XC bike downhill

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Favorite Trail:   Rivington Pike

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   There are no products similar to this

Bike Setup:   Pace proclass shocks,hope hubs Chris King headset X-Lite and XTR components middleburn RS8 cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris goddard a Weekend Warrior from missouri, usa

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2002

Strengths:    It's a stiff and strong frame, virtually bombproof and so solid that it goes where you want it to.

Weaknesses:    cost and it's a rather unforgiving ride - one lapse in concentration and you're off

Bottom Line:   
It's an English hand made bike, highest possible quality, and it still draws admiring looks after being thrown down several mountain ranges over the last couple of years. Lightweight and fast. Definitely one to sell your granny for. Luvvly-jubbly.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   essex, england

Similar Products Used:   Nothing comes close to this bike

Bike Setup:   Shimano xt and xtr, hope hubs, pace fork, use seat post,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Dodd a Cross Country Rider from Edinburgh

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2002

Strengths:    Handling, Build Quality, Looks, Rigidity, speed

Weaknesses:    Cost

Bottom Line:   
This is not a forgiving bike and does not flatter the poorer rider (thats me.) Fast accuate handling and a harsh rear end means full concentration at all times. On the good days you will never find anything better, on the off day you will never find anything more hellish. I will never part from mine. My frame is now seven years old and has been lovingly abused.It still never complains because of sheer build quality.
If you race or find full suspension to clever by half and feel cut off from the trail by technology, buy one and get back to what its all about

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Favorite Trail:   Riks Red Route & others @Mabie

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Stiff & Riks Bike Shed

Similar Products Used:   Marin Eldridge Grade

Bike Setup:   Pace Stem, Pace EVO 36 Forks, Hope Hubs, Hope Mini discs, XTR, Middleburn Cranks, WTB Saddle, Synchros seatpost, Hope enduro headset, mavic 317 rims etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Malcolm Stonebridge a Cross Country Rider from County Durham, UK

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2001

Strengths:    Build quality, genius design, British, works in the mud (e.g. the Pace forks), ultra light.

Weaknesses:    Kind of a little expensive.

Bottom Line:   
Really rather superb (English understatement by the way). Just pop out on a Pace and you'll get a jolly big grin on your mug.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   MTS

Similar Products Used:   Various for the last 12 years.

Bike Setup:   RC-200 F6 Frame, Pace forks, Mavic wheelset, XTR/Raceface etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james howard a Cross Country Rider from swansea

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2001

Strengths:    The fastest, most responsive hardtail frame, bar none. It's light, stiff, strong and rules on singletrack. It's hand made and the quality and attention to detail is truly awesome: seat tube O ring, gussets, offset rear triangle, anti-chainsuck plate etc etc. The geometry may look nothing special, but when you ride it you see Pace have come up with a bike that handles in avery special way indeed. Quite simply, the bomb.

Weaknesses:    The frame rules, but be careful when building it up, this ain't your run of the mill taiwanese/yank tat. It takes a lot of care due to the awesome precision of the frame. Some seatposts squeak too, try gasket sealent eg Hylomar to sort it. Hard to get 29.4mm seatposts. I have to say though that while the frame rules, the Race Face System stem sucks ($100 stem that won't clamp?) and the EVOIII forks ain't too hot either with loads of play in the bearings.

Bottom Line:   
There has never been a better handling frame than this Pace. It is harsh and demands riding finesse, but get use to this and its razor sharp steering and you will be rewarded. It responds to your every input and accelerates amazingly. It's way strong and can take abuse, but is light enough to race and ride all day. On top of this, it's built to the highest standards possible and with more thought than any other frame. A classic and I'll never sell it.

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Favorite Trail:   afan agoed

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   M&P

Similar Products Used:   Zaskar LE, Manitou (remember them)hard tail, Kleins. Basically just about every other high end hardtail built since 1990.

Bike Setup:   Pace EVO III forks, Full Race Face with thermoplastic headset, Hope hubs, Full XT. Roox seat post, Xlite saddle, Bontrager clipless pedals. Hope discs to come.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon H a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001

Strengths:    Truly hand built bicycles are a rare thing. This has had care and attention lavished on it in a way that gives you Total confidence in its abilities. I am amazed at the way my riding has improved since I got it. Uphills become fun. Nice geometry for all day riding, very strong, very fast for single track.

Weaknesses:    It is a cross country/ single track bike, pure and simple, hence trying to do jumps, serious downhill or freeriding is not really where its at. I'm buying a Kona to remedy this.

Bottom Line:   
You know if you want this bike- you're a discerning cross country type who doesn't give a monkey's about this years colour schemes or fiddly rear suspension. It's a no thrills hard core bike and a tried and tested package. It spoils you with the ride quality, which although harsh is rewarding in its responsiveness. Once ridden there is no going back. I will keep this bike forever.

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Favorite Trail:   Epping Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   A gaggle of bikes not worth mentioning.

Bike Setup:   The usual high end stuff. You don't put Alivio on a bike like this. Best component- XTR drivetrain.

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