Pace RC36 EvoII Front Shock

4.31/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $400.00


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Pace RC36 EvoII


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack Slade a Cross Country Rider from Knaresborough England

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2005

Strengths:    Plush. Bounced straight from the box. Rear Brake mount is actually a good idea. Have given them some serious stick and they just come back for more.

Weaknesses:    Carbon can mark easily but they still look good

Bottom Line:   
These forks are now 7 (49 in dog years) and I think the top seals are just starting to go (I THINK!). Super super fork that has earned its pride of place on my garage wall when (IF) it dies. Recommend Pace forks to anyone. They rock..........

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Favorite Trail:   Castle Bolton Wensleydale

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy (Yuk !)

Bike Setup:   Kona Muni Mula. Mavic 217 rims. XT mechs. XTR Brake levers. Avid Brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stefan Becker a Racer from Berlin, Germany

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2003

Strengths:    You can buy it also at 1 inch. Normal level of spring. Cabon and steel tub are a garante of a undefatigable product.

Weaknesses:    Not any

Bottom Line:   
What did you say?

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Favorite Trail:   Grunewald

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Berlin

Bike Setup:   Original hand made Bontager Race. Year of construction approximately 1999. Weight 11.2 kg

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Toby a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2002

Strengths:    They look nice

Weaknesses:    They break

Bottom Line:   
The reviews here say it all. Great - 5 chillies, Fantastic - 5 chilies, Mine Broke - 1 chillie.

This forks is nice when it works. Mine has been back to Pace twice under warrenty in one year. The first time the steerer tube bent, I subsequently found out that my serial No. was on a recall. The second time on a 1 foot drop (on an XC race course) something broke and the fork compressed until the arch hit the wheel, the bike stopped dead and the rest writes itself. These weren't the only problems, the arch bolts worked loose but that almost goes without saying with Pace.

Of the 10 or so people I ride with about half use Marzochi Z1's and half use PAce RC36 or Evo III's. Every one of them who has the Pace forks has had trouble with them and wouldn't buy another set.

In fairness to Pace, the warrenty people are good. I just wish I didn't talk to them so often.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Stiff - Leeds

Similar Products Used:   Z1, Fox

Bike Setup:   Superlite, Hope, XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Durham England

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2002

Strengths:    lightweight, sooooo plush straight from the box, look peachy
very little flex under hard braking


Weaknesses:    my lockout didn't work as soon as i fitted them

Bottom Line:   

i'd saved up for ages for these. i'd tried them on a mates Orange sub 5 & thought wow!!!. Everything you could wish for in a trail fork.

The best fork i've ridden...........buy them!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   leisure lakes

Similar Products Used:   bomber z3, flylight, rockshox psylo

Bike Setup:   intense tracer, hope minis, easton bits

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Strengths:    British. Look the dogs bollox, and are perfect for practical anything a [sane] rider could want. I've had mine for two years, done nothing but squirt grease into them and they're still running smooth. Damping works well, and they're just so plush, close to bombers but without the weight. Flex isn't an issue, not compared to the back end of my marin full susser. They've taken 5' jumps without moaning and are basically cross country forks. Amazing.

Weaknesses:    Stupidly soft alu bolts, steerer has rusted slightly, make sure you use [a lot] of locktite to keep things in place.

Bottom Line:   
Expensive, but worth it and not mass produced by a trained monkey in Estonia. Check out the new inverted ones for ultimate lovelyness......

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   bombers z1 and z2, headshox

Bike Setup:   Marin Rift Zone, Conti Tyres [the best] xlite bits, hope hubs [indestructible] maguras

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2002

Strengths:    Sid XC weight, Bomber plush, great service in New Zealand including race support, look trick, not mass produced in Asia by an American 'brand'. Perfect for Kiwi mud.

Weaknesses:    Nil to date.

Bottom Line:   
Neat piece of kit!

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Favorite Trail:   Rotorua Redwoods

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop, of course!

Similar Products Used:   Almost all other brands, none hit all ride qualities as well.

Bike Setup:   Avanti Hammer (steel NZ rig), 9 spd XTR, Maxxis rubber, Roox post, Pace stem, Dragonfly Ti saddle.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mirja a Cross Country Rider from Germany

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2001

Strengths:    Very sensitive to small bumbs but handles the big ones perfectly as well

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I have the (gold coloured) pro version which looks even nicer. Which other company produces crowns as beautifull as these?? I love this fork

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Jett XC, Judy XC, Sid XC, Pace RC 35

Bike Setup:   Agresti steel frame, Chris King, XT, Mavic, Hügi, Syncros, Magura HS33,Shannon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Racer from UK

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2001

Strengths:    Very good progressive action

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Expensive but excellent handling. Greaseport keeps the crap out. No flex (like rockshox) and they're British. If you live in the UK buy these they're built for British conditions and last.

By the way you can get them serviced by a Pace service centre for peanuts.

Five chillies as they have lasted. Rockshox I have had the bushed have failed after 6 months of racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Judge Judy

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   rockshox

Bike Setup:   M2

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Helly a Weekend Warrior from Northumberland

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2001

Strengths:    Fantastic build quality, Very supple action

Weaknesses:    Bad engineering principles?- falling apart!

Bottom Line:   
The nice guys at Pace offer a high quality product and a very friendly tech. back-up service. However mine were early EVOIIs. They worked superbly over the local rooty trails for 18 months until the left stanchion detached itself from the crown mid-ride (ouch!).
Turns out that hard steel stanchions were press fitted into softer aluminium crowns on early batches?????. Result- Many scars gained and much confidence lost in Pace for this oversight and lack of warning.

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Favorite Trail:   Peebles mast/ridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox & Marzocchi

Bike Setup:   Heckler- Hope, XT etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jools a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2000

Strengths:    Work brilliantly and look great

Weaknesses:    Mine broke twice

Bottom Line:   
For the second time they have come apart this time the dropout came about 10mm out of the lower leg causing me to go flying when I lost the front end.
It's unfortunate but I feel that reliabilty is an issue with Pace.
These are good forks easily the measure of any of the big companies in terms of function but I have lost any confidence in them now they have failed me twice .
I can't recommend EVO 2s to anyone who is likely to use them hard at speed.
Having said that I am a big heavy and very hard on my kit
I am also even toying with the idea of getting evo3s and accepting that big boys break toys.
Warranty has been excellent.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Various

Bike Setup:   Heckler all the bits

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Wallingford, Oxon, UK

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

Strengths:    not as heavy as my Hi-5's
plush (see later...)



Weaknesses:    bushing wear
springs packing down
adjustability


Bottom Line:   
Hmmm, after all those rave reviews, I was expecting to be blown away. So far the top bushings are completely trolleyed after 18 months, the springs have packed down, the adjusters for damping don't, the 90mm long travel kit now gives me 65mm of travel.....all in all I've seen better.
So, bye-bye Pace, hello SID 100's.

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Favorite Trail:   Wilder Ranch, Santa Cruz

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Indy C
Rock Shox Judy XC
RST Hi-5's


Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight X with Hope discs, LX/XT drivetrain, King and RaceFace bits

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Porter a Cross Country Rider from Leeds, England

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2000

Strengths:    Excellent tracking and performance.

Weaknesses:    Don't hold air pressure too well

Bottom Line:   
These forks are amazing, they keep your front wheel on the ground whatever the terrain. Mine were the first batch of forks to be made and suffered with the stanchion coming away from the crown. A quick call to Pace and they were fixed and given a full service within 3 days.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   RST Mozo Pro 3.5, Rock Sox Quadra 21

Bike Setup:   Zaskar Le, Hope Disk, XT and XTR bits

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Evans a Downhiller from Swansea,Wales

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2000

Strengths:    Strong,adjustable and way unique.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely amazing.No problems riding in my local cack filled area, the seals are good(just a quick squirt with a grease gun)tha action is smooth.They work superbly and cheer me up everytime I look at them.I may be a bit biased but the support I had with my previous forks helped me choose them(I only needed to call Pace to get advice on fitting maguras and the like,and they were very helpful).

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Favorite Trail:   Any singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Pace Rc35,Pace Rc36,RockShox Mag 21,RST Mozo Pro3.5,Girvin Pro Fork

Bike Setup:   Voodoo Canzo ESP,Cane Creek AD10,Pace Rc36 Evo II,Avid ArchRival 50,Middleburn Cranks,Goldtec Rear SAMS XC,Pace RC50 Front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Duncan a Cross Country Rider from Bradford, England

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Strengths:    Stiff, action, ease of maintanance, design

Weaknesses:    A little heavy

Bottom Line:   
Every body should buy PACE forks. Hardly any other forks come close for smooth controled action. They can appear quite soft and do bob when climbing out of the saddle, but this is all part of the way they work I have never bottomed out but have managed to use the full travel of the fork.

The best bit is there simplicity and the fact that they last and do not stop working at the first sign of mud. Friends Maintou's anf Rockshox have all seized where the PACE just dosen't. Maintanance is simple, and requires very little time or effort.

You can buy lighter forks, but will they last as well as the EVO II? Try and get hold of a set of these UK made forks they may be a little bit more pricey, but they're worth it!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude XT + USE XCR Seat Post

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Edwin a Cross-Country Rider from Amsterdam

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2000

Strengths:    
see previous review


Weaknesses:    
leaks air,top out problems,


Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up on my previous review.
After my initial enthusiasm the problems started.
First the fork didnt return fully on rebound .I sent the fork back to Pace for repairs after some fruitless attempts from my side to fix it.It came back repaired so they said but had the same problem.I took it apart again and careful inspection revealed that the topout bumper inside the left leg(=spring leg) had teared.This caused it to expand over the machined ring on the spring pushrod.I told this to the distributor in Holland,
he sent note to Pace and after some time they sent me a new elastomer and some plastic washers.
Problem fixed(after two months).
But then came the airleaks due to seal malfunction.
This took 4 months so far and after numerous repair attempts and receiving and installing my 2nd seal kit last week it still leaks air.
I bought this shock to replace my RockShox SID because i doubted it's reliability.So far the SID has performed excellent and I wasnt able to use the Pace for the last 6 months.
All but praise from me.
Oh by the way,you can forget about riding home on a leak air chamber with only the spring supporting you.The fork will bottom out fulltime.

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Favorite Trail:   
Roque los Muchachos

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
see previous review


Bike Setup:   
see blah blah blah

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