Our tall and wiry correspondent, Brad Quartuccio reports from the North American Hand Built Show (NAHBS) in Louisville, Kentucky. First up, he’s got the shots of the new, Kickstarter-funded Fat Chance Yo Eddy.
Fat Chance Bicycles
After a 15 year hiatus, Fat Chance Cycles is back. Unlike many revived brands, this one has the original DNA running the show, with Chris Chance himself behind the scenes at the Ventana fabrication shop and involved in every piece of the production process. Some things never change. First out of the gate is the Yo Eddy Team Fat Chance, available in 29in or the pictured (red) 27.5in wheel size version. The name may be the same, but these aren’t strictly throwback bikes. The Big One Inch fork is back with gussets on both sides, and now fitting into a tapered headtube with a thru-axle keeping everything pointed the right direction. A dropper post, carbon rims, and 1x drivetrain make it clear this bike is from 2015, not 1995. Click on individual photos to make them huge.
On the true throwback front however, it was only appropriate to shoot a couple of vintage Fats that Chris had along for the NAHBS ride. The black and gold Wicked Fat Chance dates from 1986, the early days of mountain biking when parts were first becoming readily available, and everyone was still figuring out exactly what a mountain bike could do.
Fast forward to the mid-nineties with the purple Team Fat Chance, and the parts that many of us lusted after but couldn’t afford at the time. Both bikes represent significant parts of the evolution of the machine, with the latest Yo Eddy being another piece of the Fat Chance story.
Find out more details at www.fatchancebicycles.com