The Pacific Reach
is one folder that doesnt get the recognition it deserves, with the exception of the few people that own them.
George Lin(Pacific founder) says its the best bike they have ever made.
This coming from the people who build and/or design bikes like the Birdy, iF Mode, CarryMe, Airnimal, Dreamslide and suspension bikes like Astrix MTB's , Canfield Brothers, or Niner MTB
(considered by many some of the best in the world) and many more.
OLD vs NEW
Something you should know is that Pacific dont do "Old" and "New" models they dont have a new "2011 Reach" and they never will, in a world where the average bike life cycle is 100km(US stats), they want you to enjoy your bike for the rest of your life, without needing to buy the "latest model". Its easy to bend a tube, change colour and call it a new model, but its not what they are about.
I owned both the earlier Reach and the latest Reach, the difference are subtle, little thing here and there, but the "spirit" is exactly the same, the geometry is exactly the same, and so are the elastometers (that can be changed to harder/softer ones).
Mounton vs Reach
Many people compare this two, here is what I know from my own experience
I recently rode the Dunwich Dynamo ride
a 200km ride at night, I did this on my Reach together with a friend on his beloved beautiful Moulton AM. The first 20km in town I could see why the Moulton suspension system was so loved by many, it was like a boat! no vibrations, very little movement, maximum confort. My Reach looked much stiffer, with the suspension moving only 1cm it was a more uncomfortable ride than the Moulton. But then we got up to speed: up hill the Moulton struggled, it was tough to put power down without the suspension absorbing a big chunk of the efford, the Reach with its pivoted rear triangle felt striff and transfering power felt very efficient, once the hill was over the down hill would come, having suspension makes the whole experience of high speed cycling much more fun, it feels safer and confortable, until you brake to take the corner, here is where the Reach is in my eyes outsmarts any suspension system out there, I dont know of any other suspension that when you brake, it does not dip!
We both concluded that both bikes are awesome, the Moulton suspension could obviously be adjusted, but at 3ish KG heavier than the Reach you have to ask yourself if its a little over-engineered?
Should you upgrade?
YES! but I wouldnt go for a new frame, the City Reach frame is just as good as the Racing frame but with lower end components, it uses of the shelf components, start with getting a new chain drive?
Moulton = English gentleman, confortable & a little overweight
Reach = Young hunk, a little crazy & chiselled ABS
Hope this helps,