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.
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.
Check out our previous look at Chris Chance, here: singletrackworld.com/2018/04/chris-chance-and-the-new-fat-chance-wicked
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!
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.
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.
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.
For more details about the whole range, have a look at fatchance.bike
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