Chris Chance Unveils Fat Chance Yo Eddy Titanium At The Sea Otter

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Chris Chance is celebrating moving the Fat Chance workshop from the Bay Area to Medford Oregon by announcing a full, US-made titanium version of the legendary Yo Eddy hardtail. He was at the Sea Otter Classic to launch it and to meet up with fans from all over the world.

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Chris Chance. One of those legends.
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This machined yoke will slim down for production.

Welcome back Yo Eddy Ti!

Just like the nineties original, the Yo Eddy Titanium features externally butted titanium (in beefy tube diameters). It’s a 29in hardtail, with room for a 2.6in tyre. It has the same geometry as the Yo Eddy and is aimed at being the kind of bike that should last you forever (or until you fancy a chance…)

Chris is taking orders now and expects the bikes to be ready in the late summer.

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Look at that pierced chainstay/brake mount!

Check out our previous look at Chris Chance, here: singletrackworld.com/2018/04/chris-chance-and-the-new-fat-chance-wicked

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Welding!

The price is going to be somewhere in the region of $3500, with a wait of 12-14 weeks, though Chance thinks this should come down now that they have the new workshop dialled in. Welcome back Yo Eddy Ti!

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Downtube bolt-on cable routing
The most famous skull and crossbones in cycling?

The Fat Chance brand was dormant for years until Chris reappeared a few years ago and launched a Kickstarter campaign for a newly redesigned steel hardtail that would be made in the US. Enough retro fans, and lovers of steel hardtails rallied round to make it a reality and Chris has been appearing at the Sea Otter each year with new models, including the Wicked and the Slim Chance road bike.

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It’s good to see that name back
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Neat dropouts as standard

Chris had originally opened a workshop in California, but found that the cost of living too high to be able to pay his fabricators a decent wage, so he has moved the workshop to Medford, Oregon while Chris himself lives in Ashland nearby.

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Threaded BB – and an awkward prototype chainstay bridge that’ll become sleeker in production.

While there are many riders who shake their heads at the prices and the fact that ‘it’s just a hardtail’, there’s an equal number who remember the (equally premium priced) original bikes and UK team riders like Dave Hemming and Darren Tapp from the nineties glory days with fondness.

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Coming soon to a well-off bike nut near you.

For more details about the whole range, have a look at fatchance.bike

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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