pace rc129 steel hardtail

Pace Cycles Goes Big With the RC129

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Pace Cycles has just quietly announced via its website a new mountain bike in its range to join the RC127+ and regular RC127. This one grows the wheels up to a 29in diameter, though it’s still a steel trail hardtail that’ll take a 130-150mm travel fork. There are sliding dropouts that afford 13mm of chainstay adjustment for potential singlespeed-ability, while also giving the RC129 frame dual wheelsize personality – it’ll fit up to a 29×2.4in tyre, or a 27.5×2.6in semi-chub tyre.

Geometry is very, very similar to the RC127+ that we currently have on test (a bike that is also 29in and 27.5+ compatible), so we’re awaiting confirmation from Pace Cycles about the specific differences between the two frames. We’ll provide an update here as soon as we can.

Update: We can confirm that the RC129 shares an identical frame to the RC127+, with the difference simply being the wheel and tyre choice between the two complete bikes. However, that means if you buy just the frame on its own, both the RC129 and RC127+ will accommodate 29in and 27.5+ wheels and tyres.

pace rc129 steel hardtail
Tan walls? Check. Gold Kashima? Check. Badass UK steel hardtail? Mos’ definitely!

Gone are the days when 29ers were the preserve of old skool cross country whippets riding short and upright big wheelers. With the right geometry 29ers can be transformed into a trail slaying weapon and gravity defying grinfest. And that concept is fully realised in our new RC129- a bike designed for real world trail and off-piste rocks ‘n’ roots,  slow and technical or flat out flow and jumps” – From Pace Cycles.

pace rc129 steel hardtail
Oh man, we’re going to need a minute…

The Pace RC129 Features:

  • Reynolds 853 steel chassis
  • Designed to accommodate 29in or 27.5in wheels
  • Max tyre clearance: 29×2.4in or 27.5×2.6in
  • Tapered head tube
  • Designed for 130-150mm travel forks
  • 65° head angle
  • 73.5° seat angle
  • 435mm – 448mm chainstay length
  • Adjustable CNC machiend alloy Slideout dropouts
  • 148x12mm rear thru-axle
  • 73mm threaded bottom bracket
  • ISCG 05 cahinguide tabs
  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
  • Claimed weight: 2.48kg (Medium frame)
  • RRP: £575
pace rc129 steel hardtail
Like the other hardtails in the Pace Cycles range, the RC129 features dropper post compatibility, external cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket and ISCG 05 chainguide tabs.
pace rc129 steel hardtail
Slender Reynolds 853 steel tubing promises a smooth ride, with loads of mud clearance out back thanks to shapely S-bend seat and chainstays.
pace rc129 steel hardtail
Tapered head tube up front fits an external headset and will accommodate 130-150mm of fork travel. Stock bikes come fitted with a 140mm travel 29in fork.
Frame geometry on the Pace RC129. It’s identical to the RC127+ that we currently have on test.

We’re chasing up more specific details on the new RC129 frame, but if you want to explore the bike and any other models in the Pace range, then head over to the Pace Cycles website.

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