Pace goes full eeb with the Shimano EP8 powered Pace 170e boasting coil suspension, 170mm travel and huge 726Wh battery!
When Hannah published this article about which brands hadn’t launched an eMTB yet she managed to miss off Britain’s own Pace Cycles. Those who know, know that Pace isn’t shy of cutting edge technology. Remember back in the day when they made carbon fibre suspension forks? What about gold stanchions before Kashima became cool, not to mention those square tubed alloy dream machines.
In the modern era of mountain biking, Pace has still shown us that it knows how to push the envelope with ultra-progressive steel hardtails, and carbon fibre full-suspension trail bikes.
Today we see what Pace can do when they combine their passion for mountain biking with the latest eMTB tech! Meet the Pace 170e, an alloy eMTB that should be launched sometime next year. The bike shown here is a prototype large bike with the type of geo numbers that we associate with Pace’s hardcore hardtails. Reach on this proto is a generous 504mm, while the front end is a slack 63-degrees and the seat-tube a comfy 78-degrees.
For their first eMTB, Pace has gone the Shimano route with an EP8 motor, but the battery comes from an unknown manufacturer with a huge 726Wh capacity! Amazingly Pace has sourced a large capacity battery that’s physically shorter than a 625Wh battery. Keeping that massive battery cool is an adjustable radiator vent(?). We’re not sure where this is located and how it adjusts but it sounds like a neat feature.
To be fully on-trend the Pace 170e should have the ability to run either 29in wheels or a mullet set up and it does, thanks to a flip-chip located at the rear shock, and because this bike has a monster battery Pace have fitted the 170e with powerful LED lights to keep you motoring into the night!
170mm of front and rear wheel travel is controlled by coil springs front and rear thanks to Marzocchi, and to protect the EP8 motor while monster trucking down the trail, a pair of carbon fibre Rockguardz have been custom designed for the 4 bar alloy machine.
Pace will have more details of the Pace 170e up on their website later today, but for now, check out the stats below.
Pace 170e size large prototype geometry
- Headtube Angle: 63-degrees
- Seat Tube Angle: 78-degrees
- BB Height: 334mm
- Chainstay: 444mm
- Reach: 504mm
- Seat Tube Length: 410mm
Pace 170e features
- 726wh compact battery – Long-range and low centre of gravity. Easily accessible and housed in the broad spar alloy downtube.
- Shimano EP8 motor – Quiet and efficient high torque motor contributes to the range and power control.
- Pace custom alloy frame – High strength and durability – Handmade, tough T6 heat treated & beautiful in naturally polished finish.
- Efficient Pace 4 bar suspension system – Maximum control with minimum squat & pedal feedback.
- Twin Carbon-Fibre Rockguardz – 1x high strength motor Skid Plate combined with 1x rock deflector.
- Adjustable Radiator Vent – Assists battery temp for longer range and battery life.
- Mixed wheelset or 29in – Built-in shock flip-chip allowing you to run 29″ front and rear, or 29″ front and 27.5″ rear.
- Full coil-sprung suspension front and rear – 170mm travel nominal – a new plush E-Bike riding experience.
- Latest generation E-Bike lights – Extend your big day even when the sunsets. Worlds first road-legal high beam/dip. The headlight has 10 automotive LEDs, non-submerged deep beam developed for long travel bikes and high/broad high beam for curve illumination.
- Low profile frame – Allows long drop Seatpost, 213mm drop on the large size as standard.
- Progressive E-Bike geometry – Benefit from the same ride experience as the latest gen manual bikes featuring short chainstays, low BB, steep seat tube and long reach combined with slack headtube angle.