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Behold the Pacer. For years we sold it only as a frameset. It was understated, didn’t draw a lot of attention
to itself, but it rode great and people who rode one loved it.
The Pacer is not what most race-inspired roadies seem to drool over. It isn’t on the cutting edge of design,
it isn’t made of the ultra-light, super-expensive materials, and it isn’t festooned with lots of bright colors
and graphics. Rather, it is a road bike made of our favorite material, CroMoly steel, using frame geometry
that makes it fast and efficient like a road bike should be. But this is not a racing frame. This is a frame
meant for all-day rides. There are a lot of other road frames out there that are flashier, more exotic, and
full of promises most riders only dream of fulfilling. The Pacer doesn’t make promises. It’s simply a great
riding steel frame.
We decided to offer it as a complete bike to make it easier for folks to try one. It’s comfy but responds
when you push hard on the pedals. It’s got plenty of tire clearance for larger tires. Since tire casings flex
before the frame, higher volume tires take the edge off the bumps and jangles which otherwise can harsh
your ride. We use the complete 28mm tires, a good all-around size that will still allow you to add fenders
if you like. As you might expect, we built it up with a parts kit that is more than capable, but not snobbish
or unnecessarily expensive.
The Pacer reminds us, quietly, that there is a road bike out there for the rest of us.
Headset: Cane Creek 40 1-1/8˝ threadless. Black
Crankset: Andel RSC2 RSC2-217XR. 34/50t. Silver
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN-54 68 x 110mm. Square taper interface
Brakes: Tektro R358 Dual pivot. Standard reach (47–57mm). Silver
Rims: Alex R390 32h. Black
Front Hub: Shimano Tiagra HB4600. 32h. Silver
Rear Hub: Shimano Tiagra FH4600. 32h. 130mm O.L.D. Silver
Tires: Continental Ultra Sport 28mm. Steel bead. Black
Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano Tiagra ST4600
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD4600
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra RD4600-SS. Silver
Cog or Cogset: Shimano Tiagra CS-4600. 12-28t
Stem: KALLOY AS-008 26.0mm bar clamp. Silver
Saddle: WTB SST Comp Steel rails. Black vinyl. Feels pretty o.k.
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-342 27.2mm. 350mm. Black
Chain: SRAM PC-1071 10-speed. Silver
Extras: Surly stainless steel post clamp. Cushy cork bar tape