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Old June 3rd, 2007, 2:41 PM   #1
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Default Big bikes

Inevitably, a thorough search would probably dig up a few gems, but I'd love to see a thread all on it's own for what seems to me to be the Holy Grail of Fat Chances - the big ones.

In all my years of lurking here and checking ebay for Fats (as well as working in a shop that sold more Fats in Canada than anyone else for a while), I've only ever seen one XL for sale. Repack Rider's 85 catalog post made me do a double take: 23 inch! There were 23 inch Fats?

If it wasn't written, I'd never believe it because I sure as heck have never seen one.

So - pardon the pun - who's got the biggest Fat?
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Old June 4th, 2007, 9:40 AM   #2
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Well here is what one looks like anyway. A little rough, but ....


http://cgi.ebay.com/Fat-Chance-Bike-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old June 4th, 2007, 9:36 PM   #3
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Well here is what one looks like anyway. A little rough, but ....


http://cgi.ebay.com/Fat-Chance-Bike-...QQcmdZViewItem
But that 23 incher still eludes me...
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Old June 8th, 2007, 8:13 PM   #4
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Default 1986 21" C BB to C ST

Seriously, I am still Looking for the BIG 23, but recently a friend and I each found 21" 86 FAT CHANCEs. Mine was complete, but pictured below dialed in for my daily circus commute through the burbs to work. To me it was a miracle find.

My friend's is totally 80's, Purple and Yellow Fade, a custom ordered original paint job, and is mint, when he tricks it out it will probably be the most impressive FAT CHANCE Singlespeed I will have ever seen.

Anyway, thought this was right up your alley. It is fast as hell and its like mounting a horse, for a me, I am only 5'11". Maybe a 23" will turn up this weekend atthe big North Carolina swap meet?

ti bars with ouri grips
avid lever with black ops v brake
control tech stem
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17/48 drivetrain
cook bros 181mm cranks
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Old June 8th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #5
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Default Excellent - SS to boot

I also had one of those - an 87 Deore equipped Fat Chance in black/yellow in the 21 inch size. It was nice, and bigger than any Fat I'd ever seen before I bought it over the internet. I sold it prior to re-locating last year to the now infamous lagunacoupe (who's singlehandedly making Cook Brothers collectors reassess their insurance needs). It fit great and in retrospect...

I'm 6'3 and currently bomb around on an old 19.5' Team Comp SS with about 12' of seatpost and 5' of stem.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 10:12 PM   #6
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That's a lot of fork my man! Bling!
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Old June 11th, 2007, 12:14 PM   #7
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Default 86 FAT CHANCE with a Big One Inch

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Upon steppin on to the horse, it is a bit sluggish at first, almost like a chopper, the odd combination makes you aware of the rake. a couple nascar swirves, and about 5 minutes you acclimate and no longer are aware of the rake and it gets responsive and fast.

It a great daily rider, I go 8 miles each way to work and it serves its purpose with style and grace.

Generally, I wanted to make the ride a bit more aggro and the look a lot more Circus. Eventually I will put a Black IF fork or a Black Vicious fork, and this un-cut BOI will go back to its matching 94 Yo Eddy frame.

Anyone score a 23" at the BikeSwap in NC?
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Mis-Matched Geometries

Upon steppin on to the horse, it is a bit sluggish at first, almost like a chopper, the odd combination makes you aware of the rake. a couple nascar swirves, and about 5 minutes you acclimate and no longer are aware of the rake and it gets responsive and fast.

It a great daily rider, I go 8 miles each way to work and it serves its purpose with style and grace.

Generally, I wanted to make the ride a bit more aggro and the look a lot more Circus. Eventually I will put a Black IF fork or a Black Vicious fork, and this un-cut BOI will go back to its matching 94 Yo Eddy frame.

Anyone score a 23" at the BikeSwap in NC?
i didn't like the vicious fork on my wicked. it raised the front and the short rake made matters worse. as soon as i had a wicked fork on the bike gained a proper balance.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 4:47 PM   #9
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The biggest Fat I've ever seen.

It's 23.5 square.
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No offense to the tall people here, but that looks ridiculous IMO. Seriously, is there a circus act featuring that thing? The owner would benefit from a 29er
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Old June 13th, 2007, 6:34 PM   #11
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No offense to the tall people here, but that looks ridiculous IMO. Seriously, is there a circus act featuring that thing? The owner would benefit from a 29er
Hey Believe it or not.
Tall People are also entitled to amazing bikes .
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Old June 13th, 2007, 6:51 PM   #12
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Tall People are also entitled to amazing bikes .
Hence this thread...
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Hence this thread...
the amount of seatpost showing makes the whole thing look weak.
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No offense to the tall people here, but that looks ridiculous IMO. Seriously, is there a circus act featuring that thing? The owner would benefit from a 29er
the front does not look like a triangle anymore..it's more like a trapeze.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 9:03 PM   #15
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the front does not look like a triangle anymore..it's more like a trapeze.
how do you get a rock shox steerer tube in that length to go with the length of that there headtube? and how tall does one need to be to make that fit? no offense to the taller riders, just curious.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 9:44 PM   #16
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...about 6 foot 7. The picture shows the seatpost in a position that obviously wouldn't have suited the original owner.

The other possibility is that it was built for a tall someone with fused vertebrae or a spinal issue that prevented them from anything other than a handlebar at seat height position.

I'm 6 foot 3 and if I could have a perfect mtb frame it'd be about 20-21 c-c on the seatpost and around 25 c-c on the top tube (maybe a little more). Having built a bike I know this really limits the tube set options and I wouldn't be at all surprised if this frame is - as you noted fat tony - the absolute biggest frame they could build with the Yo tube set and a suspension fork.

Bring on more big bikes!
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Old July 11th, 2007, 11:18 PM   #17
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Well here is what one looks like anyway. A little rough, but ....


http://cgi.ebay.com/Fat-Chance-Bike-...QQcmdZViewItem
I bought this one, only arrived just before I went on leave so not ridden yet. Although paint is a little tatty (as per the eBay pics) it is structurally sound and the parts are in good working order (the two spare rear wheels are great too).

Feels a better fit than my L (although that is a great ride) but will have to confirm next week when I get home, jet lagged but eager to test ride!
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And here is the XL Yo with a few parts changed over from when I got it (far from finished but rideable) and the Mavic sticker covering the worst scratches!

Not at all sure about the fork but where would I find a FAT fork with a long enough steerer?
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And here is the XL Yo with a few parts changed over from when I got it (far from finished but rideable) and the Mavic sticker covering the worst scratches!

Not at all sure about the fork but where would I find a FAT fork with a long enough steerer?
You might consider an Inglehart fork. Just as nice as an original, a little cheaper probably and it'll fit.
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You might consider an Inglehart fork. Just as nice as an original, a little cheaper probably and it'll fit.
Do you know where I'd get one, a quick Google search didn't help!

I contacted a well known frame builder in the UK and a rough estimate for a BOI-a-like was
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Hello my pretty:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...22#description

Is it just me, or does that fork look a little messed up? It kind of looks like someone had their first day on the fork raking tool. Perhaps it's just the angle...
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Hello my pretty:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...22#description

Is it just me, or does that fork look a little messed up? It kind of looks like someone had their first day on the fork raking tool. Perhaps it's just the angle...
Yes, I noticed that, but it's too big for me. Completely appropriate for this thread, however.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 7:28 PM   #23
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I think there was a spelling issue, try http://www.iglebike.com/ I talked to them before I found my Yo fork, fully custom for less than Yos have been going for on Ebay lately (the Unicrown in $250 and the Yo type is $350). Give him a call, he probably built the fork that was originally on your frame.

[quote=ededwards;6895]Do you know where I'd get one, a quick Google search didn't help!

I contacted a well known frame builder in the UK and a rough estimate for a BOI-a-like was
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I think there was a spelling issue, try http://www.iglebike.com/ I talked to them before I found my Yo fork, fully custom for less than Yos have been going for on Ebay lately (the Unicrown in $250 and the Yo type is $350). Give him a call, he probably built the fork that was originally on your frame.
Christopher is a great guy to talk to, very easy going. I just called him this week to schedule some work on my bike. Easy going and really into the art of the bike.
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