We’re quite used to seeing companies update frames from year to year with slight geometry changes. Add a few mm to the reach, steepen the seat tube a bit, slacken the head angle a little, oh and change the colour of course! So it comes as no surprise that the new Pace RC529 hardtail is longer, slacker and has a new colour, but Pace hasn’t added a few mm here and there, they’ve added a few INCHES!
Pace has really shaken up its range of steel hardtails for 2019. Back in September, we reported on the new RC627 which had seen some pretty radical changes, and now it’s the 29er hardtail that has undergone similar geometry updates.
The Yorkshire based brand has really pushed reach numbers on the refreshed version of the RC529 and has sent us a geometry comparison chart showing the differences between the new frame and the 2018 model.
As you can see from the chart above, a size M RC529 from 2018 has a modest reach of just 418mm whereas the 2019 version of the bike grows by 46mm to an impressive 464mm! The large frame gets an even larger increase of 65mm for an overall reach of 483mm while an XL frame is now a stonking 506mm in reach. That’s 70mm more than before.
We wouldn’t generally be all that excited about another LLS (long, low, slack) hardtail, but the RC529 specs are seriously impressive too! It all looks so good.
The chainstays have been shortened to 5mm for a more playful ride and more rear wheel love, and thanks to sliding dropouts and built-in chain tensioners the length can be adjusted to ensure correct chain tension If you decide to run a single speed drivetrain.
In traditional hardcore hardtail fashion, the RC529 uses quality steel tubing, including Reynolds 853 and the slack 65° head angle is designed to accommodate forks with up to 140mm of travel. Although Pace calls the RC529 a 29er, there’s also room in the backend to run plus sized 27.5in wheels with a max tyre width of 2.8in.
The 148 x 12mm Boost backend uses an included DT Swiss bolt-thru axle, while a 31.6mm dropper post is clamped into position with a Pace branded CNC seat post clamp.
Other nice features include external hose guides, stealth dropper post compatibility, ISCG-05 chain guide tabs, rack and mudguard mounts and a 73mm threaded BB shell.
Pace hasn’t shared the frame weight just yet, but they have confirmed that this progressive hardtail will come in sizes M, L and XL in either Stealth Black or Matt Icelandic colours. Pricing is pretty keen too with frames costing just £575.
Head on over to the Pace Cycles website for more info.