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Old April 3rd, 2014, 6:40 PM   #1
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Hey folks, just got my first Fat Chance today from a guy looking to sell a bike from a friend, and who knew absolutely nothing about it. As for me me , I was totally clueless about Fat Chance, until I did some web research before buying it. Not being one to turn down a really cool and legendary old-school MTB for $20, I grabbed it. I know it's an '86 from the serial #, but I can't find one just like it on the web. It's got the Shimano Deerhead derailleurs, Shimano cranks, the Magura brake levers, Suntour shifters, Biopace chainrings and the under-chainstay mounted rear brakes. Front hub is shimano, can't read the rear, 6-speed rear cogs. What do you think? Any info appreciated. The bike is very rideable (except the seatpost is sticking like a bear), and I'm anxious to fix it up.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 7:23 PM   #2
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Great deal on a great bike. Is it your size or are you going to flip it?

Value-wise, I'd say $450-$600. The paint is a feature - that's not normal.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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Great deal on a great bike. Is it your size or are you going to flip it?

Value-wise, I'd say $450-$600. The paint is a feature - that's not normal.
Thanks for the reply. The size, I think will work for me. It's on the edge. I have to feel it out a little more. Does it have a model name? Is it a 'Kicker', by chance. When you say 'the paint is a feature' what exactly do you mean, that it's a custom job?
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Old April 4th, 2014, 9:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. The size, I think will work for me. It's on the edge. I have to feel it out a little more. Does it have a model name? Is it a 'Kicker', by chance. When you say 'the paint is a feature' what exactly do you mean, that it's a custom job?
Yeah, it's a Kicker.

The paint would have been requested. I've never seen one like it, but it looks right.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 12:41 PM   #5
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Here's my assessment

I believe it is an '88 Fat Chance and not an '86. I started at the end of 1986 and all of those bikes had seatstay-mounted brakes. The rear brake appears to be a roller-cam and not a Shimano U-brake. When the chainstay-mounted brakes came out (1987, I think) we primarily installed them on the Fat Chance models and the Wickeds got seatstay cantilever mounts.

I believe Shimano came out with those silly "Biopace" chain rings in 1987 also

As for the paint, it appears to be a knock-off of the 10th Anniversary model paint scheme but with solid black decals instead of the black outline type used on the 10ths. I would like to see a photo of the bottom of the bottom bracket. If the frame has a plastic rivet-on cable guide then it is definitely not an '86 model.

When we came out with the Wicked in 1987, we dropped the "kicker" name from the regular Fat Chance.

It is hard to tell exactly from the photo, but the frame appears to have the 69 degree head angle and 2" rake fork which would be on the Fat.

Post a close-up of the serial number if you can. I am betting that there is an 8 on the end and not a 6. Still, an extraordinary find for $20 - lucky bastard

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Old April 4th, 2014, 6:09 PM   #6
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Here's my assessment

I believe it is an '88 Fat Chance and not an '86. I started at the end of 1986 and all of those bikes had seatstay-mounted brakes. The rear brake appears to be a roller-cam and not a Shimano U-brake. When the chainstay-mounted brakes came out (1987, I think) we primarily installed them on the Fat Chance models and the Wickeds got seatstay cantilever mounts.

I believe Shimano came out with those silly "Biopace" chain rings in 1987 also

As for the paint, it appears to be a knock-off of the 10th Anniversary model paint scheme but with solid black decals instead of the black outline type used on the 10ths. I would like to see a photo of the bottom of the bottom bracket. If the frame has a plastic rivet-on cable guide then it is definitely not an '86 model.

When we came out with the Wicked in 1987, we dropped the "kicker" name from the regular Fat Chance.

It is hard to tell exactly from the photo, but the frame appears to have the 69 degree head angle and 2" rake fork which would be on the Fat.

Post a close-up of the serial number if you can. I am betting that there is an 8 on the end and not a 6. Still, an extraordinary find for $20 - lucky bastard

Let us know
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Thanks Scott for weighing in. You'll have to trust me on the serial number. It is 86375, You probably couldn't make it out in a picture anyway. It's very hard to see whether the second number is a 6 or 8, but I can definitely see here that it's a 6. And the chain guide at bottom is metal and part of the bracket. Definitely not plastic.

'It is hard to tell exactly from the photo, but the frame appears to have the 69 degree head angle and 2" rake fork which would be on the Fat.'
What do you mean here, on the 'Fat." Which model are you referring to. The rear brake is a Suntour XC power, a roller cam type I believe. Lucky? You don't know the half of it. It's a funny little story. So let me know further thoughts. Thanks for the help, Rchard
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Old April 4th, 2014, 7:52 PM   #7
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This one for sale, right here on Fatcogs, is the closest to mine I've seen. http://www.fatcogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4024
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Old April 4th, 2014, 7:53 PM   #8
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Those parts are much more '86 than '88, and the rings woudl be something pretty common to replace (as opposed to the brakes and mechs).

Nice pick up! I like the color scheme too, but it of course preceded the 10th scheme by a number of years.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:13 PM   #9
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it looks like the rear derailleur cable is run on top of the bottom bracket, is that correct?
Scott, correct me if I am wrong, but that would be more 86 than 88, yes?
Neat looking bike, certainly a great deal at the price

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Old April 5th, 2014, 9:35 AM   #10
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Since you say that there are metal cable guides on the BB, then indeed it would be an '86.
Since I came along late in '86, they obviously built some chainstay-mounted brakes before I got there. Must be that old smoky shop thing again
I stand corrected.
I do think the paint is not stock, though.
Still, neat find!! Have fun
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Old April 5th, 2014, 10:57 AM   #11
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Thanks again, folks, for all the input. So, I'm comfortable with the description of this bike as an'86 Fat Chance, plain and simple. Any more thoughts on the paint job? Stock, custom, or user mod? Seems like nobody has seen one like it, so that aspect is pretty intriguing. I don't see any evidence that it's not a factory job, but maybe there is something I could look for that would indicate that.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 12:52 PM   #12
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Thanks again, folks, for all the input. So, I'm comfortable with the description of this bike as an'86 Fat Chance, plain and simple. Any more thoughts on the paint job? Stock, custom, or user mod? Seems like nobody has seen one like it, so that aspect is pretty intriguing. I don't see any evidence that it's not a factory job, but maybe there is something I could look for that would indicate that.
I think we'd all say the same thing: better pictures might work and a painter's decal, mark or signature would seal the deal.

I know it's a little thing, but I called it legit - factory - because of the tubing decal. Something a restorer might take in to consideration, but not something I'd expect from a repaint-because-it's-looking-a-little-tired.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 5:02 PM   #13
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Hey folks, finally got aroumd to dealing with my seatpost stuck in the seat tube issue. Got my vise mounted on a heavy piece of furniture, squirted some PB blaster as far down as I could, and twisted and pulled for about three hours and damn, got that sukka out. And, without really damaging the seatpost. Any way, been working on the bike, tuning, cleaning, etc. and getting ready to possibly flip. Re the rare paint job, just came across some interesting info re the 86 Fat Chance. Check out this link; http://yoeddy.blogspot.com/2009/01/p...at-chance.html. Look at the second of the spec sheets, and look at the paint job options. There is a two color custom option. It seems most reasonable to me that, this is what I have a two color custom paint job. BTW, comparing the component spec sheet, my bike is all origininal except for the tires. I have checked out the seat yet. It's laying somewhere beat to crap from my initial attempts to twist the tube out. Any more feedback welcome. Now what do you think the bike may be worth, assuming I'm right about the paint job.
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As it sits, the earlier estimate is a good starting point. It doesn't look to be particularly well cared for (the seatpost is another testament to that, as is the general condition of the components and frame). If you were to give it a deep and thorough cleaning/restoration/refresh and make some key parts changes (saddle/tires) I could see it pulling a bit more. Then again, that's the kind of stuff a lot of people like to do themselves. That is to say, right now it is a bit of a 'project' bike (that's not a bad thing! and it doesn't need much more than elbow grease).

Either way, not bad for what you have into it.
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As it sits, the earlier estimate is a good starting point. It doesn't look to be particularly well cared for (the seatpost is another testament to that, as is the general condition of the components and frame). If you were to give it a deep and thorough cleaning/restoration/refresh and make some key parts changes (saddle/tires) I could see it pulling a bit more. Then again, that's the kind of stuff a lot of people like to do themselves. That is to say, right now it is a bit of a 'project' bike (that's not a bad thing! and it doesn't need much more than elbow grease).

Either way, not bad for what you have into it.
Thanks for the response, Nate. So, yes, at first I wanted to keep the original stuff like the ratty tires and grips, just because they were original. . But I decided I'd be better off replacing them, so I changed out the tires, and grips and seat. Also, the front rim was different than the back. I couldn't ID it, it had a Deore hub. It also was way out of true. As luck would have it, I had a Shimano RM-20 rim in great condition, also with a Deore hub that I replaced the front wheel with. So here's some new picks. What do you think, better?
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Old August 1st, 2014, 1:34 PM   #16
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Can anyone help me ID this rim that came on my 86 Fat Chance. It has no identifying marks except there is a number on the inside edge that looks like 8809. Also, as you might be able to see from one of the picks, it looks like there was a label on it which has long since peeled off, leaving what looks like some glue residue. The hub is Deore. Any help appreciated.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 5:15 PM   #17
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Specialized GX something (23/25?). Sticker residue by the valve give it away.
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Old August 11th, 2014, 7:27 PM   #18
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Hey--Good call. It looks like a GX26. I believe the rims were introduced as a 1987 model year product released in mid to late '86. I have them as original on an 86 Ibis that was built up in the Fall of that year and remember they were brand new on the market. The GX23s didn't come out until the late 80s/early 90s.
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