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Pace RC300 '0209/09/2004

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Pace RC300 '02 (Owner: Ian)

Frame:Pace RC300 Team F1 '02 18"1545 g
Fork:Pace RC38 Airforce Hollowform 70 mm1395 g
Headset:Hope XC 1 1/8"105 g
Headset spacer:USE Ring-O-Star23 g
Headset spacer:Carbon 10 mm4 g
Seatpost:USE Carbon Alien 25.0 mm + 27.2 mm shim167 g
Saddle:Selle Italia Flite SLR143 g
Stem:Syntace F99 (Ti bolts)98 g
Handlebar:Easton EC70115 g
Grips:Titec Pork Rinds + end plugs20 g
Bottom bracket:Race Face Signature XS220 g
Crank arms:Middleburn RS8 ISIS 175 mm387 g
Crank spider:Middleburn XC Duo 29/42138 g
Crank Fixing bolts:FSA Alloy ISIS22 g
Pedals:Crank Bros Egg Beaters287 g
Brakes (Front):Hope Mono Mini 160 mm (complete) Ti bolts368 g
Brake (Rear):Hope Mono Mini 140 mm (complete) Ti bolts360 g
Shifters:Forge MTB Thumbshifer Mounts & Dura-Ace SL BS77 9-speed levers (Ti Bolts)133 g
Rear derailleur:Shimano XTR RD-M960-GS (tuned)187 g
Front derailleur:Shimano Deore XT 31.6 BP124 g
Cassette:Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7700 12-27T. Ti179 g
Chain:SRAM PC89R incl. PowerLink (100 links)265 g
Front wheel:Chris King ISO, Mavic X317, DT Revolution, Alloy Nipples, Continental rim tape703 g
Rear wheel:Chris King ISO, Mavic X317, DT Revolution, Alloy Nipples, Continental rim tape843 g
Tubes:Maxxis Flyweight162 g
Tyres:Schwalbe Fast Fred698 g
Skewers:Control Tech Ti 47 g
CablesAvid Outer/ XTR inner53 g
8795 g

I've been gradually upgrading and tweeking my Pace RC300 for about a year now. The result is a very fine XC machine that tips the scales at just 8.8kg, with suspension and discs front and rear. Given the weight of the frame you could certainly build a lighter bike, but the Pace RC300 is easily the best hardtail frame I've ever riden. It's super stiff for climbing, yet supple over the rough stuff due to the carbon seat tube and handles like a dream through tight twisting singletrack :) The other components are carefully chosen to maintain full functionality for general XC riding in UK conditions. I've opted to kit the bike out with a number of British made components, as I know they are guarenteed to work well in typical UK conditions.
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