electrical bike Tempo RC295 Final GX evaluate – Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes – Mountain Bikes
In the event you’re sufficiently old to recollect Tempo’s early years you’ll little question have dreamed at some point of proudly owning its square-tubed RC100 hardtail with a carbon fibre fork and rear-face entrance brake.
In the event you’re a bit of youthful and had a penchant for gravity using – like me – then it’s the Pace RC500 downhill bike that more than likely caught in your thoughts. Its boxy tubes, carbon fork and dazzling paint job – or uncooked end – cemented it as true mountain bike exotica in a sea of extra widespread steeds.
After a substantial hiatus from mainstream consideration, and an absence of full-sus bikes in its vary, Pace launched its comeback RC295 trail bike firstly of 2020.
Though the British model has quietly been producing hardtails for a small however extremely loyal fan base for years, its absence was famous.
I’ve been placing the Final GX model of the RC295 by its paces (badum-tsh) in Scotland’s Tweed Valley over a number of several types of terrain and climate circumstances to search out out whether or not the British model’s comeback bike is worthy of its long-standing repute.
Tempo RC295 Final GX body and suspension particulars
The RC295’s body is constructed totally from hand-laid uni-directional Toray Industries UD carbon fibre, moulded utilizing a particular latex approach. Tempo says this system helps to enhance the smoothness of the tubes’ inner partitions, which implies the body must be each lighter and stronger in comparison with frames that don’t use this system.
The linkage plates – that type Tempo’s Freefloater Suspension system – are constructed from CNC-machined billet 7000 collection aluminium and pivot on sealed Enduro Max bearings, with further CNC-machined alloy covers and O-ring seals.
Tempo and Enduro assure the bearings with a five-year guarantee which means if the unique proprietor’s bike bearings put on out, they’ll get replaced freed from cost.
The bike’s brake, gear and dropper cables are internally-routed by the entrance and rear triangles, passing between the 2 body sections beneath the underside bracket. To cut back the possibilities of the brake and equipment cables getting broken from rock strikes, Tempo has added silicone tube covers over the cables.
There’s a custom-moulded Rockguardz carbon-fibre body guard on the underside of the down tube too, which extends to the again of the underside bracket to guard the carbon fibre tubes from affect injury.
Tempo’s Freefloater Suspension drives a RockShox Deluxe RT3 DebonAir shock from each ends – the linkages compress the shock from the highest and backside – and the shock has an offset bushing within the prime eyelet as customary to accommodate a 27.5in plus or 29in rear wheel, relying on orientation.
The system has 135mm of rear-wheel journey and Tempo says the kinematic has been designed to work with shocks with gentle compression tunes.
Tempo RC295 Final GX geometry
Accessible in three sizes from medium to extra-large, Tempo’s numbers are principally spot on for a contemporary path bike.
The pinnacle angle sits at 64.5 levels and I measured the efficient seat-tube angle at 74.5 levels – from the highest of the centre of the pinnacle tube to the seat tube on my measurement massive – and an precise seat-tube angle of 68 levels.
The chainstays are 436mm throughout all sizes, whereas the dimensions massive I examined has a 1,241mm wheelbase, a prolonged 484mm attain and a 457mm lengthy seat tube.
Elsewhere, there’s a 630mm stack top and a claimed – and pretty low – 327mm backside bracket. In actuality, the underside bracket measured 337mm within the low setting with the inventory Maxxis tyres.
The offset bushing is used to vary the peak of the underside bracket to swimsuit totally different terrain sorts and private preferences.
Alternatively, it may be used to change the geometry to higher swimsuit a 27.5in rear wheel. Rotating the bushing will even change different bits of the bike’s geometry, similar to the pinnacle angle.
I opted to maintain it within the low setting throughout the check interval.
Tempo RC295 Final GX specs
The Final GX construct is Tempo’s entry-level RC295 full bike, but it surely’s nonetheless decked out with top-performing, branded package.
Headlining the spec is RockShox’ Pike Final fork with 150mm of journey and RC2 Charger damper. Additionally from the RockShox secure is a Deluxe RT3 DebonAir rear shock with lockout lever and rebound adjustment.
A 150mm journey Reverb C1 Stealth dropper publish is specced with a plunger lever moderately than a extra generally seen and customarily most popular gear shifter model 1x distant.
The bike is constructed round a full GX Eagle 12-speed groupset with 165mm lengthy crank arms moderately than the extra extensively used 170mm or 175mm arms.
Tempo says it’s opted for the shorter cranks to assist scale back pedal strikes, which it says generally is a downside on bikes with low backside bracket heights.
It’s received Hunt Path Large 29in wheels as customary with a 30mm inner width. They’re wrapped in Maxxis tyres, with a Minion DHF 29 x 2.5in WT EXO TR on the entrance and a Dissector 29 x 2.4in WT EXO TR on the rear. My check bike was arrange tubeless, however bikes shall be offered tubed with a package to transform to tubeless.
SRAM’s Information R brakes deal with stopping, with a 203mm Tektro entrance disc and a 180mm XLC rear.
There are Renthal Fatbar 35 handlebars, DMR Deathgrip grips and a Cost Spoon saddle together with a Tempo RC46 32mm stem.
An InvisiFRAME package – a layer of custom-cut paint safety for the RC295 – is obtainable for an additional £159.99 on Tempo’s web site.
Tempo RC295 Final GX trip impressions
I rode the Tempo RC295 on a number of various trails from XC singletrack and bridleways to steep, gnarly and rocky downhill trails within the Tweed Valley, house to rounds of the UK’s Enduro World Sequence and Glentress and Innerleithen path centres.
Evidently, the Tempo RC295 had an intensive exercise.
Tempo RC295 Final GX arrange
As customary, the forks and rear shock are equipped with one token, however after some preliminary check rides I felt like this wasn’t sufficient and added an extra token to the rear shock and two further tokens to the forks.
As soon as put in, the bike turned extra balanced and simpler to trip sooner and with extra management.
I additionally set the offset bushing into its ‘low’ place. This diminished backside bracket top, elevated the wheelbase and slackened the pinnacle angle.
Tempo RC295 Final GX climbing efficiency
Heading uphill, the Tempo’s rear-end was nicely behaved, with barely any pedal-induced bob when spinning at a reasonably excessive cadence, each standing up and seated.
Decrease cadences whereas standing up and cranking did reveal a restricted quantity of undesirable shock motion, however the agency lockout place on the rear shock was in a position to remove that bob.
As a result of the bike’s pedalling platform was fairly secure, I ended up leaving the rear suspension within the open setting for your complete testing interval to assist enhance traction, compliance and luxury.
Beneath energy, the suspension remained impressively lively, particularly on bigger hits and holes, and as soon as it was arrange with sufficient tokens it additionally resisted plunging by its journey by bigger hits.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t describe the rear finish as delivering a buttery clean trip over path chatter and smaller bumps.
A contributing issue to the shortage of small bump sensitivity was how the suspension wanted to be arrange with a purpose to give probably the most balanced trip.
When the bike was run with decrease spring pressures it was smoother, however the payoff meant it compressed deeper into its journey too simply, upsetting the general steadiness.
Due to the sunshine compression tune and linear leverage curve, the Tempo wanted the upper pressures and tokens to maintain it propped up in its journey.
Though the claimed efficient seat-tube angle appeared pretty steep at 76 levels, when measured it was barely slacker. When climbing, the seated place was pretty rearward, which meant I wanted to angle the saddle nostril down and push it forwards on the rails to get my hips extra instantly over the underside bracket.
Whereas this labored to some extent, it’s nonetheless a irritating compromise that may very well be rectified with a steeper seat-tube angle.
Nevertheless, the highest tube was lengthy sufficient to make attacking climbs when seated simple and cozy. Its size additionally means the bike is firmly within the ‘path’ class and it was a pleasure to trip over undulating terrain, particularly with a slight drop in rear shock strain – so long as I used to be positive I wasn’t going to be using any gnarly descents.
I discovered the Charge Spoon saddle to be uncomfortable and would select to vary it on the earliest alternative. I wish to see manufacturers providing extra customisation choices for contact factors, given how essential and totally subjective they’re.
Equally, the Reverb plunger lever feels archaic now we’ve all received used to utilizing trigger-style dropper publish remotes. A 1x lever is way simpler to make use of and it stunned me how unintuitive the plunger-style distant was.
For me, although, the most important downside on the climbs had been the quick 165mm crank arms.
Driving the bike the primary few occasions – earlier than checking the geometry and spec as I do with each check bike – I used to be satisfied it was fitted with a 34-tooth or 36-tooth chainring as a result of I spent rather more time within the best 50-tooth cassette sprocket on sure climbs than regular.
I felt the elevated use of the biggest sprocket and better perceived efforts required on climbs to take care of my standard speeds was all the way down to the quick 165mm crank arms.
This was significantly irritating on steeper climbs, and diminished my skill to munch up miles on all-day epics as a result of I felt like I used to be utilizing extra power in comparison with longer-cranked bikes with the identical gearing, of which I’ve ridden a lot.
The selection to make use of 165mm crank arms is a wierd one given the RC295’s 337mm backside bracket top. Whereas it’s pretty low, it isn’t excessive and Tempo may get away with speccing 170mm arms with out creating points with frequent pedal strikes.
For instance, Whyte’s G-170 165mm travel enduro bike has a 339mm backside bracket top, solely 2mm greater than the Tempo’s, and is specced with 170mm lengthy pedal cranks.
Tempo RC295 Final GX descending efficiency
Fortunately, the linear-feeling charge of its rear suspension was a clean canvass to tune and, after becoming the tokens to the rear shock, the Tempo got here alive when tackling descents.
Including tokens to the rear shock made the suspension rather more progressive and matched the forks to the rear shock. This made the RC295 exhilarating to push to the boundaries over gnarly, technical, tough and steep terrain.
With the tokens put in, the Tempo felt prefer it had rather more journey than its 135mm determine, basically ‘levelling-up’ the kind of terrain I used to be anticipating it to deal with. Actually, it had a really impartial and composed feeling when heading downhill, thriving the more durable and sooner it was pushed.
I managed to set a number of private information on the RC295 on a number of trails that I’d solely beforehand ridden on longer journey enduro rigs. I discovered this significantly spectacular contemplating the terrain I used to be using and the quantity of journey the bike had.
Its descending prowess was its standout high quality and the suspension’s calmness mirrored by sensations of smoothness – a product of the bike’s general construct.
There was little harshness reverberated into my arms and ft over square-edge bumps or by rock gardens, and contours had been simple to choose and persist with as a result of the bike tracked true and didn’t get deflected.
I discovered the connection between my arms and ft was spot on, too. I used to be by no means pitched entrance or again excessively, and didn’t discover myself needing to make excessive shapes to maintain management and keep velocity.
Important to those emotions had been the fork and shock air spring quantity reducer spacers. With out them, the bike felt unbalanced with mismatched damping, given how gentle the rear shock’s tune was and the way competent the Pike Final was.
A extra refined shock with elevated low-speed compression damping or a special tune on the Deluxe would scale back the necessity for therefore many quantity reducers and match the Pike higher.
The inventory suspension will swimsuit lighter riders, whereas heavier or more durable riders will wrestle to get entrance to rear steadiness with out putting in spring quantity reducer spacers to create extra progressive-feeling suspension.
Perhaps Tempo may provide the RC295 in an ‘enduro’ construct with beefier suspension to enhance the potential its geometry and chassis has.
In addition to the shock and fork needing loads of air spring quantity reducers, another issues turned obvious in the course of the check interval.
Because the bike inspired quick and exhausting using, I ripped the EXO casing rear tyre past possible restore to retain a tubeless setup early on in the course of the testing interval. As soon as I’d inspected the tyre, I observed it had been punctured and repaired by a earlier tester, highlighting the problem of speccing EXO casing tyres to bikes which might be designed to trip exhausting.
I wish to see Double Down or equal rear tyres specced from the manufacturing unit to scale back the possibilities of rips – the burden penalty is considerably mitigated by an absence of punctures and higher efficiency.
If the RC295 wasn’t as competent on the descents, an EXO casing tyre could be wonderful. However given the scope of the chassis’ efficiency, a beefier rear tyre would solely enhance issues.
Clearance between the chainstays and seatstays, linkages and rear tyre was additionally very restricted. Tempo claims there’s sufficient room for a 2.4 x 29in tyre when mounted to a 30mm inner width rim.
Though with that inventory arrange the tyre doesn’t brush the body when the bike is stationary, it does contact the perimeters of the body beneath loading, and my check bike’s swing arm had the marks to show it.
Measured, the tyre has simply 4mm of area on both aspect of the tyre’s tread on the narrowest level between the chainstays and seatstays.
As a result of the tyre is so near the linkages, bearings and body, there’s little probability for mud to clear, and I discovered the rear-end received clogged up when using by sticky gloop.
The tyre additionally flung mud instantly into the highest linkage bearings, which may scale back bearing life, although in the course of the two-month check interval I didn’t have any difficulty with bearing put on. The five-year guarantee alternative scheme will give long-term house owners peace of thoughts, too.
Contemplating the bike’s been designed by a thoroughbred UK firm, I anticipated to see higher mud-management.
Normally SRAM’s Information R brakes carry out nicely, nevertheless the manufacturing unit bleed on the pair connected to the RC295 check bike was poor with a spongy and inconsistent lever really feel.
Whereas this isn’t a serious downside for somebody with the package and know-how to re-bleed them, it’s not superb for the less-mechanically inclined who would wish to go to a motorcycle store or get again in contact with Tempo to get them fastened.
I used to be unable to get the 150mm journey Reverb low sufficient into the seat tube on the descents to cease the saddle contacting my bottom, whereas sustaining the right top for climbing with out manually adjusting its top within the seat tube.
The problem wasn’t with how far the publish may very well be inserted into the body – I may slam it low sufficient to get the seat proper down – moderately the Reverb’s stack top relative to its 150mm drop wasn’t appropriate for my preferences.
With manufacturers similar to OneUp now offering long travel, short insertion posts – which might be additionally cheaper than the Reverb – there are fewer excuses to not match extra versatile posts from the manufacturing unit.
Lastly, the under-bottom bracket routing of the cables makes them vulnerable to rock injury. Admittedly, Tempo has mitigated towards this downside with cable safety and in the course of the check interval I didn’t expertise any points, however extra considerate cable routing would have been a greater resolution with out the necessity for added cable covers.
Tempo RC295 Final GX backside line
The RC295 is undeniably flawed, let down by a number of element decisions, some unusual design options and a inventory setup that may solely swimsuit mild or gentle riders from the manufacturing unit.
Nevertheless, as soon as the bike has been arrange appropriately and some elements swapped out – such because the rear tyre and dropper publish – it comes alive on gnarly, technical trails with sufficient confidence to carry its personal towards for much longer journey rigs.
For that cause, I believe it’s doable to forgive the Tempo for its faults as a result of if you’re pointing it downhill, I can assure an ear-to-ear smile will seem in your face.