FGF 590: Back 2 Life, Back 2 Reality

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This week saw Singletrack head back to the office. For the first time since The Before Times, we were pretty much all in the building on one day this week. Coffee was drunk. Pastries were eaten. Bantz were banted. Plans were afooted.

Without any further ado, here’s this week’s Fresh Goods Friday, especially for you. No, not you.

Cheer up Chubby. The clocks change soon!

Pace RC295 AXS Ultimate

Pace RC295 on Nan Bield

We first saw the first iteration of the Pace RC295 back in 2018. There have been some tweaks since then and wholesale change in forks, shock, spec and component options.

Full carbon. Unidirectional Toray apaz. 135mm rear travel delivered by Pace’s version of a dual linkage. Think Giant Maestro, DW Link or Santa Cruz/Intense VPP type shenanigans. Fork travel is 140-150mm (150mm on this build). Full 29in or can do the mullet thang with an offset shock bushing if requested.

This particular bike is going in a future ‘WTF even is a trail bike anymore?’ bike test for the magazine. It’ll be pitched against one other trail bike with a bit less travel and one with a bit more travel. Just FYI like.

TRP Trail Evo disc brakes

Tektro Racing Products

The TRP Trail EVO has all the features of the TRP DHR EVO but without some of the cosmetic finishing. Better braklng bang for buck. 4-pot calliper designed specifically around the 2.3mm thick rotor

New resin brake pad; shorter bed in time, increased thermal stability. New mineral oil fomraula; lower viscosity for better flow, higher heat tolerance, easier to bleed. Thinner 5mm hose system; increased stiffness for improved hydraulic pressure, increased thermal stability, easier to feed through frames.

Another set of 4-pots for our future group test of Big Trail Brakes.

Endura shoes

  • Price: £89.99 Hummvee Flat, £119.99 MT500 Burner Flat, £129.99 MT500 Burner Clipless
  • From: endurasport.com
Gotta love an optimistic colourway

One big story this week was Endura’s move into the shoe world. They’ve launched with three models. Hi-tech flat and clipless MT500 Burners plus a slightly less tech Hummvee flat shoe.

The Endura MT500 Burner Flat shoes feature in the next issue’s flat pedal shoe Kit Essentials group test feature.

Bontrager Adventure bags

  • Price: £94.99 handlebar bag, £109.99 seatpost bag
  • From: trekbikes.com
“Come and get yer black bin bags. On offer ’til December.”

Adventure handlebar bag has 9 litres of capacity and an additional bungee cord and strap on top. Plus, this bag has a zipped pocket that can hold an optional drink bladder (up to 1.5 litre) with silicone hose port.

Adventure seatpost bag attaches via two buckles around the saddle rails and a Velcro closure. Zipped side entry. 9 litres of capacity with and an additional bungee cord and strap on top.

Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station

Jackery in the box

Not the best time to be saying the words “power station” but… moving on.

Consisting of a portable power station and two 100W solar panels. Rated power 1000W (2000W peak). Two AC outlets and a few other device charging ports. Claims to take 8hrs to full charge the station via the solar panels. Not sure if this will be the case for camping trips in North Wales. You can also charge it via car battery or domestic mains supply.

What’s in the box? 1 x Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station, 2 x SolarSaga 100W, 1AC Adapter, 1 x Car Charger Cable, 1 x SolarSaga Parallel Cable, 2 x user manuals.

VATT Men’s Revo Winter Thermal Bib Tight

VATT are you looking at?

Designed to provide maximum comfort even in the coldest temperatures, these tights use a ‘Ronde’ pad and ‘Super Roubaix’ fabric.

VATT Men’s Nord Rust Thermal Winter Jacket

Not baggy

Three-layer fabric with windproof and waterproof membranes. Four-way stretch properties. Super Roubaix fabric can be found in the back and underarm of the jacket. Three decent size rear pockets.

Orbea Onna 10

It’s a nice blue

New hardtail range from Orbea called the Onna. Prices start from much less than this top-end £1,099 Onna 10. The Onna 50 at £629 looks to be the more interesting proposition actually but, it’s 2022 and we only get what we’re given. So here is the £1.1k Onna 10.

In Euskera, the word “Ona” means “good.” In Orbea’s case, “Onna” has more than one meaning, as it’s also the name of one of the first revolvers that the brand manufactured around 1840.

Klean Kanteen Insulated TK Wide Mug with Cafe Cap 473ml

It’s hot, and cool, and really flasky

Charlie says: “20 years of Singletrack Mag, coffee and trails, and now we have this awesome insulated mug. Yeah sure, there are cheaper insulated mugs out there, but this past winter I didn’t get one hot coffee on the trails. Cheap shite flasks, that not only arsed my coffee up, they also went straight in the bin. One of them wouldn’t open, it actually took my coffee hostage in cheap muggy way.

Please stop for a moment and appreciate fewer but higher quality possessions, that will stick with you.

“Why is it so awesome… The lid seals super tight, so it can be thrown in your Camelbak. The threads are not threads, they are nipples as that not only looks way cooler, it is also much easier to clean. They are tougher than nails. It has an easy swigging on the go lid, but is equally handy for thick soups gulped down from the open neck. And that is not even the best bit.

“The best thing about this is its thermal qualities. They claim it will keep your drinks hot for 14 hours, and cold for a whopping 47 hours. In real terms this means, you can have hot coffee all day, and cold cocktails all night. To be honest, I am not sure how hot it will be at 14 hours, as mine is always empty way before then.

“And then just when you think a techno mug can’t possibly get any better, we made it better. We etched on our “Singletrack Est 2001. A meandering narrow slice of heaven” logo, using real laser beams and crazy space stuff.”

Thread of the Week

This week’s TOTW goes to @escrs for this most excellently and relentlessly entertaining typo thread. Is that a bugle in your pocket or…?

This week’s #STWFGF winner

Tag us on Instagram and/or Twitter – and win stuff!

Every week we running a competition over on Instagram and Twitter to win a free subscription to Singletrackworld (or some other item of merchandise if you’re already a subscriber/member).

Simply tag your riding pics with #STWFGF on Instagram or Twitter and… that’s it.

We sift through the tagged candidates at the end of each week and pick a winner. The winning #STWFGF pic gets proudly displayed in Fresh Goods Friday.

Congratulations go to @simonr_1000 for this winning shot. Email editorial@singletrackworld.com we’ll sort you out with your prize.

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Ahhh… Shropshire gold.

A tough old week on the global front. If you need a quick, cheap laugh…

Still love this.

As the mighty Jerry Springer would say, look after yourself. And each other.


Cotic RocketMAXer. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • FGF 590: Back 2 Life, Back 2 Reality
  • dangeourbrain
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    £1600 for a battery with a plug socket on it? How spendy?!?

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    Is that a wee mudguard thing ziptied on the Pace?

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    Anyone else see the irony of a thread of the week based around a typo, in a FGF with more typos than I have seen for many a week?

    – camping trips kin North Wales
    – There have been seem twekas since then (2 for 1 offer)


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    batch valley /jynlea – i think my lad has still got the kom for that as a climb, not that i’m a proud dad or owt:-)

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    camping trips kin North Wales

    That’s a good spot but possibly not the typo your looking for. It’s lost an apostrophe, not gained a k

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    kin North Wales

    is how my family seemed to describe North Wales after our rather boring summer holiday there last year.

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    Who thought putting the disc calliper inside the swingarm on the Pace was a good idea? How the **** do you get an Allen key in there when you need to remove it?

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    Who thought putting the disc calliper inside the swingarm on the Pace was a good idea? How the **** do you get an Allen key in there when you need to remove it?

    AXS bike – surely the bolts undo themselves if you press the right button 🙂

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    Who thought putting the disc calliper inside the swingarm on the Pace was a good idea? How the **** do you get an Allen key in there when you need to remove it?

    Same way you got them attached in the first instance I guess?

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    Hold on is that Pace less than £6k? With a Lyrik Ultimate and AXS gears? What a strange world we live in where Pace are now offering better vfm than Spesh or Trek

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    “Trail” brakes with 203mm 2.3mm thick discs and four pistons?

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    disc mount

    Looks like you can get an allen key in behind the seatstay, even if you need a long one…

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    Always liked the Pace.. be nice to see
    It up against the Deviate Highlander..
    Two small uk Brands…

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    I want to like the Pace but I just don’t, wonder if it’s the colour?

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    That VATT kit is really, really hideous. Just about everything about it that could be nasty, is nasty. Is it some sort of elaborate parody?

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    I want to like the Pace but I just don’t, wonder if it’s the colour

    Not a looker, is it? Ugly, cheap looking linkage, mishmash of curved and straight lines, nothing parallel, esp. compared to ther hatdtails which look great. Hard to argue with the value if you get past the looks though.

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    I use one of them to work out the tight notchy bits in my legs after long rides.

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    That Paces brake mount is just dumb, makes using a torque wrench impossible without a long extender socket piece, and why design the stays like that, what a stupid pointless shape.

    Those trp brakes are just ugly and cheap looking.

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    He’s dug himself a hole with the Pace Club comment.

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    Many thanks for featuring my #stwfgf photo – made my day 😁

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