Fat Chance Is Back – Teenage dreams for the modern mountain biker
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If you’re a certain age, chances are you’ve coveted a Fat Chance Yo Eddy before, and now that you’ve grown up, there’s a little more chance that you can afford one. After a hiatus of around 15 years, Chris Chance has returned to building bikes, and their team of four builders build two or three a week – often for people who say they’ve wanted one for years – from their new base. in Oregon. .
The bikes stay true to their roots, introduced in modernity just enough to make them meet the standards and expectations of today’s riders, but still look like their vintage ancestors.
What happened to Fat Chance?
Chris explained that he quit making bikes when he got burned out and spent about 15 years out of the industry. During this time he designed and made garden decorations – keeping his hands busy and developing his 3D modeling skills, although at the time he had no intention of returning to frame construction, he just likes to work with his hands. Another profession for the hands, he also trained in shiatsu, which included many deep meditations. He credits this job with helping him overcome that exhaustion and comes back to the world of bikes with a fresh perspective.
The seeds for a return to bicycles have been sown by a few interviews. First, he was interviewed by someone who was doing a PhD in mountain biking culture (which might just be the only PhD many of us would really like to read). Thinking about the bikes he had made and the scene he had found himself in for the first time in years, he realized that whole areas of his brain were dormant, but it came alive when he was getting a little stimulation from the bike. .
Then he was interviewed for a “where are they now” article, during which he was asked what he thought of the whole retro bike scene. His response was “what retro bike scene?”. It wasn’t until then that he discovered that there were a lot of runners who felt like Chris had created something important for them, and people thought he was somehow important to them.
Realizing that he still loved bikes and people loved his bikes, he thought it was time to get back in the game. So here he is, with modern versions of Yo Eddy, Chris Cross and Wicked Fat Chance.
Fat Luck Yo Eddy
- Starting at $2,349 (steel), $3,950 (titanium)
He kept this as similar to the original as possible, using a machined ‘Half yoke’ which allows the bike to have clearance for 27/5+ tires, but retains the same chainstay length as the Yo Eddy d ‘origin.
Frames are made from its own double butted stainless steel tubing, or titanium. Then all that beautiful, shiny metal is covered in a ’90s-worthy paint job, with custom options all the way through.
There’s something about this font that makes you lose years.
A choice of metals. So you have to choose your model, your metal and your paint – which teenage dream will win out?
Chris designs the various head tube badges and they are made locally.
Just makes a pit like they’ve never been.
The bike has been given a longer top tube and shorter stem and will accommodate a longer fork than the original – you can have a 120 or 130mm fork, or a rigid fork. You also get Boost 148 disc spacing and brakes and a 73mm English threaded BB.
This is designed for riding over constructed trails and jumps. It has a 65° head angle, 75° seat tube angle and received a longer top tube and shorter stem than the Yo Eddy. It is designed to ride with a 140 or 150 mm fork. This one here is titanium, and it’s also available in stainless steel
Straight head tube.
Larger tubes on titanium models.
It’s not a totally modern gravel bike. Chris likes the bikes to climb well and dislikes the handling of the lower BB heights of current gravel bikes. It then looks more like a cross bike.
You can make it all match, as painted stems are an optional extra on all bikes.
It may be more of a cross bike than a gravel bike, but it’s still an all-around bike rather than a race bike. It will take up to 700 x 44 mm tires or 27.5 x 2.1 inch mountain bike tires. He can even build it to take a dropper post if you want to go for it.
The chainstays are ovalized to give clearance to the tires. The steel frame is made from a mix of Columbus and Reynolds 853 tubing – or you can opt for titanium.
This titanium frame is about to be painted and sent to a customer. Right now it takes about 6-8 weeks from order to build a bike for a customer. Will you be next? Visit the website to find out more.
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