Just In - Pace 42:16 Limited Edition Street

From the the bit of Yorkshire that makes more than just good puddings comes this fixed-wheel dandyhorse

by VecchioJo   January 6, 2011  

Pace have been producing bikes, forks, components and clothing from their base on the Yorkshire moors for near on 25 years although as they have been mountainbikers through and through you may never have heard of them. During their history several products that have emerged from their workshop have become iconic in the off-road world, most notably their square-tubed aluminium frames that can still bring a wistful tear to a mountainbikers eye in the way an old lugged steel Colnago can do to a roadie's.

Designed by Adrian Carter, the head boy of Pace Cycles, the 42:16 is the first complete bike Pace have manufactured for many years, we asked him why after almost a quarter century of designing off-road equipment they've suddenly decided to come out with a tarmac bike, and a fixed one at that. Adrian said that riding to work on his MTB was becoming bit of a drag in winter so he converted it to a fixed gear by bolting on a drive sprocket to the hub through the disc-brake bolts. Then whilst he was using it as a 'Frankenbike' complete with panniers on a long-distance ride with his wife he realised he should really design a proper bike fit for purpose. As the market seemed awash with cheap disposable commuter fixies he decided to create something that's a pleasure to own, easy on the eye and more stable and comfortable to ride.

The 42:16 frame is made from fillet brazed custom double butted
4130 CrMo steel, the top-tube passes the fingernail flick test with a pleasing and resonant ptingggggggg, and the whole bike track-stands on the scales at 19lbs for the Large without pedals. The steel theme carries on into to the almost unique steel one-piece stem and handlebar that sits on top of a straight blade steel fork. The frame and fork are littered with lovely little details; the stem ahead bolt hidden round the wrong side of the bike, an artistic feature that’s also kind on knees, "42" and "16" embossed in the tops of the fork legs, the chromed chainstay, pin-stripe paint detailing and enigmatic graphics. On a more practical level the frame is designed with room for mudguards, eyelets decorate the track-ends and the forks, and a there's a suitable hole in the seatstay bridge, so there's rear brake possibilty as well.

Attention to detail is displayed in the components too, the 42:16 LTD Ed comes with a Pace CNC machined track rear sprocket, a Charge Spoon saddle with colour-matched logos, stitching and underside to co-ordinate with the frames "Ultra Pale Green" paint scheme, although it looks nearer light blue to us in some lights.

Wheels are Halo Aerotracks with deep section rims, the front is radially spoked and the rear is flipable for singlespeed freewheel fitting should you not have the knees or cojones for fixed. Schwalbe Blizzard 700x25c tyres circumnavigate the rims. FSA supply the headset, layback seatpost and Vero crankset with its smartly hidden chainring bolts. A Tekro brake and lever do the stopping bit that back-force in your thighs can't handle.

The gearing is, as you may have guessed, 42:16

Pace say the 42:16 is not just another track frame dressed up for an urban role but has dedicated geometry and spec’ to provide just the right balance of stability, speed and comfort when out on the town. The twin bottle cage mounts hint at the fact that the bike isn't just designed for trips to the brasserie (do they have brasseries in Yorkshire?) but for longer jaunts as well, to the brasserie on the other side of the hill then.

The 42:16 is initially being made available as a Limited Edition of only 100 bikes, each with individually numbered brass ID plates mounted on the bottom-bracket, ours is number 12, if you were wondering. The 42:16 is available in four sizes, each with a dedicated stem length and bar width, supplied with a front brake only and without pedals for £795.

Everyone that's seen the 42:16 so far has gone a bit gushy with how pretty it is, we'll see if it rides as sweet as it looks.

While we were chatting Pace were keen to mention that they've just moved from their old shed right on top of the moors down into Dalby Forest, home to a MTB World Cup race, a Tour Of Britain finish and some really, really nice riding, both road and off. We have happy memories of pedalling along the wonderful Dalby Forest Drive, part of a great hilly road loop that we must go and do again sometime.


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I would love to see/have a 700c single speed version of their classic RC200 frame with the square tubing. A bit like what SE Racing did with their 700c version of the classic PK Ripper.

It's not just about the size of your cog.

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
6th January 2011 - 14:41


yeah that would be pretty lush

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
6th January 2011 - 15:04


A friend of mine used that setup for years in London, a RC200 with 700c wheels, disc brakes, and trackends. Was quite lovely, and interesting. The thing above doesn't interest me at all, except the nice paint job.

posted by kelvin [13 posts]
6th January 2011 - 15:13


Sorry, the VERY nice paint job.

posted by kelvin [13 posts]
6th January 2011 - 15:15


I wonder if they still weight the grease they put in the bottom bracket?


posted by Andy_Moorhouse [4 posts]
6th January 2011 - 15:31


So pretty! Would that rear seatstay bridge take a second brake? I'd be happy running fixed but I like a second brake (call me soft) and it would need one for anyone running it with the flip-flop flip-flopped.

Also, any ideas where they can be bought from in London? Might look into one at a Cyclescheme shop...

posted by step-hent [718 posts]
6th January 2011 - 16:13


Lovely fillet brazing, not sure about the bottom bracket though for heavier riders, Woodrup insisted on a bb shell on my fillet brazed 653, nicest frame I ever owned.


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posted by antonio [1108 posts]
6th January 2011 - 19:42


step-hent wrote:
So pretty! Would that rear seatstay bridge take a second brake? I'd be happy running fixed but I like a second brake (call me soft) and it would need one for anyone running it with the flip-flop flip-flopped.

Also, any ideas where they can be bought from in London? Might look into one at a Cyclescheme shop...

Well, the brake bridge is drilled for one and it looks like it means business so that shouldn't be a problem. As for a London dealer, well I've drawn a blank, literally on the Pace recommended dealer page http://www.pacecycles.com/?page_id=158 which might be my browser, or their site, or maybe they don't have any recommended dealers. We'll ask them.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
6th January 2011 - 20:10


I can't help thinking these machines are the bike equivalent of high heeled shoes.

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posted by joemmo [1112 posts]
6th January 2011 - 21:16


Thanks Tony - good to know it will take a rear brake. I'll be interested to know who their recommended dealers are in London town...

posted by step-hent [718 posts]
7th January 2011 - 12:20


Yum... have Pace made something that'll last? (Their carbon forks used to be a bit ropey...)

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posted by Morgan [60 posts]
7th January 2011 - 16:45


Looks like you've got two choices step-hent, Evans (in either Spitalfields or Waterloo), or Moose Cycles. Evans do their own cycle to work scheme so if your employer is with CycleScheme you wouldn't be able to use them, so Moose Cycles might be a better bet.


Interestingly Pace don't list any dealers in London - they're all in Middlesex, including Evans in Waterloo which if it isn't in London is surely in Surrey. Maybe it's a Yorkshire thang.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
7th January 2011 - 17:02


Thanks Tony! Apparently Moose Cycles don't deal with Pace any more, so I'm looking in to places that will do mail order.

Ride review eagerly awaited (they seem to be thin on the ground so a test ride may be difficult before ordering).

posted by step-hent [718 posts]
7th January 2011 - 17:24


I have tested a fair few fixies and I tried the 42:16 at a Demo day in the lakes back in the summer. I have to say it is by far the best fixie I tried - trust me I have tried a lot to find the right one for me. All my mates who have tried my 42:16 are also very impressed with not only the "very nice paint job" as Kelvin mentioned but also the high spec and unique design of the bike. The attention to detail on the 42:16 brilliant and it rides and handles beautifully.

posted by jontssmith [1 posts]
10th January 2011 - 16:28


Yet again another great product from pace....This bike is so sweet and smooth to ride. Best thing I have purchased in a long time - worth every penny.

@Morgan 7th Jan......ropey folks.... I have had four folks off Pace and not one single problem with any. whats the saying...Dont blame the bike, blame the rider Wink

posted by susieseets [1 posts]
10th January 2011 - 16:49


I ride my fixie from 2wheelbikes.com all the time. I love fixies... Nerd

posted by joejeronimo [1 posts]
12th January 2011 - 0:14


Nice, but imagine it with some narrow shallow drop bars.... gorgeous....


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posted by Marky Legs [125 posts]
12th January 2011 - 10:06


That 700c RC200 : http://flic.kr/p/99xwZL

posted by kelvin [13 posts]
12th January 2011 - 10:30