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Old June 2nd, 2018, 8:30 AM   #1
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Default Any help with an ID?

Any help with an ID? I bought what was supposedly an "'86 Kicker Team Comp" from the second owner, but the serial # is 87761. The paint is supposedly original and in the "Team Comp" color scheme that I've seen elsewhere, but from what I've read the component list is different (all Shimano XT) and it has the chainstay-mounted rear-brake. Photos attached, would appreciate any help! Got it a few years ago...you might see it in Patapsco from time to time and I want to know its true identity and sordid past...
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Old September 13th, 2018, 2:00 PM   #2
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Same model as the '87 Fat Chance that's currently for sale.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 5:54 AM   #3
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Very nice survivor bike! That is a regular model Fat Chance. the frame is a 21" with the chainstay u-brake. The regular Fat has a 69 degree head angle with a 2" rake on the unicrown fork. The Wicked has a 71 degree head angle with a 1.75" rake on the fork. IMO, the Fat handles better on high-speed trails such as jeep trails or gravel roads and the Wicked handles better on tight, rough singletrack type hiking trails.

The blue paint is epoxy powder coat which we outsourced to another company in Mass that specialized in that type of coating. The yellow forks were sprayed in house using Dupont Imron (if I remember correctly).

Your bike is the 761st frame of the 1987 model year. At that point, we had not yet incorporated the different models and sizes into the serial numbering scheme. The frame was likely built around August or so. One of the members here has the original serial number book and could verify.

Take the seatpost out and generously lubricate the inside of the seat tube all the way down to the bottom bracket. We had many frames rust out down there since the tubes are so thin. Chrome-moly steel actually rusts easier than regular carbon steel and the heat-affected zones of the welds are even more susceptible to corrosion.

Best of luck with her!

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