Another broken pair here.
Long story - enjoy!
I bought my Pace RC31 with a 1" steerer second hand from a bloke who to this day swears they were never abused. First outing with the Pace forks was really enjoyable and I was wondering to myself if I should even think about putting the Z2 Bombers back on?
Second outing was not so enjoyable... I had a wee crash It didn't seem like much at the time because I didn't actually come off the bike, but we were stopped pretty much dead by a tree stump. My front wheel was buckled and I had to take the front brake off to get back to the car. I noticed that the wheel was not straight in the fork and noticed when removing the wheel that one of the bonded magnesium dropouts had moved on the carbon fork leg
I phoned Pace, got a returns number and sent them off. Pace informed me that both dropouts needed rebonding which I gave the go ahead for
A day later and another call from Pace to say that after bonding both the dropouts on they torsion tested the forks and found that one of the legs was moving in the crown. This is non repairable damage and hence the forks will be scrapped
Pace offered to sell me a new set for £110 when they built a limited batch of new forks in about a months time - which I guess is not bad considering I bought them second hand and they are obliged to do nothing for me really
Adrian reckoned that the forks had seen a severe twisting force: When he described the forces it pretty much described my crash. It didn't seem like much at the time because I didn't come off... but my whole speed and weight went straight through the front wheel and fork when I was stopped pretty much dead by a tree stump. My handlebars were at an angle so there was definetly a twisting force going on, also evidenced by the buckle in the front wheel - Hope superlight hub so no support there.
Nobody likes to break a £100 component on it's second outing but heyho In my biking time I've done a lot worse but it's been a while since I've broken anything because I tend to ride stupidly overbuilt monster bikes when I'm riding the silly stuff.
The moral of this story is not to crash when using superlight bonded carbon fibre forks
Reason for crash? I was riding with an injured hand which means I was not covering both brakes effectively, when I lost control over a 1ft drop I could not react quick enough to get on the brakes and scrub off speed before launching into the undergrowth... and then the tree stump got me
Oh well... chalk it up to experience and fun.