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Old October 20th, 2010, 3:18 PM   #1
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What would be good examples of rare Fat Chances? Curious to see what's out there in FCland
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Old October 20th, 2010, 4:09 PM   #2
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All of 'em.

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There were a lot of one-off paint jobs.

It also seems that there were far fewer "wall hangers" out there, so a Yo Eddy in really nice condition is pretty rare.

There were comparatively fewer Slim Chances and definitely fewer Team Comps.
I haven't seen all that many pink Monsters
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Honestly, if I could have one Fat that seems to never come up for sale, it would be a Chris Cross cyclocross frame. A nice Team Violet in 55cm would make me REALLY happy.


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Honestly, if I could have one Fat that seems to never come up for sale, it would be a Chris Cross cyclocross frame. A nice Team Violet in 55cm would make me REALLY happy.


My birthday is coming up... in 4 months.
I'd have to agree with Doug - as far as normal, supposedly production bikes go, the Chris Cross is an extremely rare beast.

I would also add that the non-True Temper bikes are pretty scarce and every tandem I've ever seen seems to be unique.

As far as paint, any of the multi-color jobs - do you still have yours? - are pretty rare and the factory Fcuk'N Fats are also not exactly dime a dozen.
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You know which special paint limited edition I'd vote for
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Are far as production bikes, besides the Chris Cross, any 10th with the matching fork since there were only 200?
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Old October 21st, 2010, 10:05 AM   #8
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As far as paint, any of the multi-color jobs - do you still have yours? - are pretty rare...
Yup, I still have my Zig Zag Wicked. Still not sure if it was factory paint or not, but I lean towards yes. damn cool bike, no matter which way you slice it. Never seen another one like it anywhere.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 11:46 AM   #9
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Are far as production bikes, besides the Chris Cross, any 10th with the matching fork since there were only 200?
I can't say for certain, but I'd bet there are fewer Chris Cross'.

It's really only finishing, but genuine Fatlanta's are pretty rare too.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 2:30 PM   #10
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Are far as production bikes, besides the Chris Cross, any 10th with the matching fork since there were only 200?
I tried to buy a 10th with matching fork for 2 years from the local FC dealer here in N. AZ and could never make it happen,,,,,,,,,,ended up being sold for near cost to a lucky guy who was in the right place at the right time,,,,,,,,,I don't think he rode it much and have no idea whatever happened to it,,,,,,,,,another local guy had a Chris Cross that he did ride a bunch on fire roads and mellower trails,,,,,,,,,,,last sighting was about 10 years ago. Still a good number of FC's here in town being used on a regular basis but the numbers have dwindled in the last 5 years or so. I try to get out on mine as often as possible, nothing rides like a Fat
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It's really only finishing, but genuine Fatlanta's are pretty rare too.
Yup, only paint and stickers, and only 3 of them.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 7:49 PM   #12
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The rarest Somerville Fat that I can think of would be a titanium Shock-a-billy prototype that had an in-the-headtube suspension fork. I forget the brand of fork but that bike rode like an absolute dream. We all took turns on it - even me. It was the sweetest riding bike I have ever been on and I would mortgage my house if it ever turned up for sale. I think it had a Horst Leitner rear end (not the greatest but it was a start). I would love to know where that bike is. There were a few other TI shock-a-billy's that had the standard headtube. Those frames were a bitch to weld and keep straight. I had to build this jig that pushed the seat tube out just enough so when the gusset tube was welded the shrinkage from that weld would pull the seat tube straight. I used it on the steel shock-a-billy's too. Any Somerville built Shock-a-billy would be pretty rare especially any that had the steel rear end that we designed and built - definitely not many of those.

Also rare would be any Gary Helfrich-welded Titanium Fats from 1984 - 1985. Chris didn't want to go to TI so Gary said see-ya and founded Kestrel Metalworks and then he lost the name to the Kestrel guys who made the carbon fiber bikes (still around?). Don't know how many Fat-branded early TI frames were built.

If anyone sees that TI Shock-a-billy... (sorry my eyes are watering)
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Old October 21st, 2010, 8:41 PM   #13
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Scott's post reminded me, and it was for sale a while back - PROTOL2 at Absolute Bike. Earl Bobs Shock-a-Billy. I'd like that one.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 12:01 AM   #14
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I forget the brand of fork but that bike rode like an absolute dream.
Does Action Tec ring a bell?
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Old October 24th, 2010, 10:21 PM   #15
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Scott, this is the first that I have heard of the Ti SAB, sounds very cool. I have a Billy with the Action Tec front end, Wendyl told me that it was the only one made. The serial number is AMP TEC.

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to pick up many of the bikes on my wish list (tandem, 10th, Team Comp, Slim, Ti), but have never found a Cross bike in my size (and few in any size). A Fatlanta would be neat as would a 2nd generation SAB and a Fat F**** Chance bike like the one at First Flight Bikes.

Original & unusual paint jobs are appealling to me (how many fades do you see on non-Yos?). The bike at FFB with all of the signatures is certainly unique too. Any bike with a box crown fork is of interest to lots of people, particularly if it has roller cam brakes. I would gues that not too many Wicked Lites were made (selling more Yos at that time)but it is one of my personal faves to ride.

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Old October 24th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #16
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Pics please!
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Old October 25th, 2010, 11:24 AM   #17
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I don't have any pics of any of those prototypes unfortunately. Action-Tec definitely rings a bell now. Perhaps we only made a steel SAB with that fork. I thought sure that we made a TI SAB for it as well but I could be wrong. I know we made a TI SAB prototype, it probably did have the regular head tube, wish I could remember for sure.

I would say a 10th anniversary Team Comp would be very desirable as well. I've started going through some of my photo prints that I have stored away and will see about getting them scanned to share here. I really don't have a lot though. That's what I get for spending so much time with the hood down and the bright light on, I guess.

If there's any regret, I wish I wrote down all the serial numbers that I worked on. I wish I knew what happened to that old notebook that the numbers were entered into. Don't know if Chris ever took that and made a computerized back-up. (Probably made too much sense to do that)
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Old October 26th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #18
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At 30 secs in, you can see someone riding around on the SAB with the Action Tec fork

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yu5oF6hVUg
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Old October 26th, 2010, 6:21 PM   #19
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That "someone" is Lawrie Pinkham. He painted part-time early on and then came back after Linden St. opened and became the production manager. Lawrie's a cool guy and an unbelievable auto mechanic too. Probably nothing about Volkswagens he doesn't know.

His first day as production manager was marked by Chris reading a scathing letter from me to the entire staff at a meeting after Wendyll decided to yank me off of the cover of the brochure where Rob the machinist is peeking out from behind the welding hood.

Poor Lawrie had no idea what was going on. Pretty funny now looking back on it. He talked me into not quitting and we got along great after that.

Thanks for pointing out the SAB!! Sharp eyes there ameybrook!!

That looks like the steel frame prototype. A production unit is on the cover of Mountain Bike Action (I think its the Feb. '94 issue) that also has the article on welding the titanium frame

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Old November 20th, 2010, 6:46 PM   #20
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A friend of mine was an earley (hint,hint) FC employee and still has, in fact still rides the crap out of, the first Ti bike Gary welded. I also seem to recall riding a tandem at the first Ross Stage race in Wendell S.F. that Gary welded. Where'sthat tandem now?
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Old November 21st, 2010, 3:59 PM   #21
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First Flight Bikes also has what is touted as the first Fat Chance tandem, rather unusual, sort of BMXish in some ways. You can check their web site.
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Are far as production bikes, besides the Chris Cross, any 10th with the matching fork since there were only 200?
wendyl told me a few years ago they didnt build the intended 200. at least 3 of the 10th's were painted white, instead of the silver/burgandy colour, so I guess they must be pretty rare.

no ones mentioned the FAT trials bikes. scott/ I-ROBOT, do you have any idea how many were built?
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for someone who already has everything, especially the money

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Old August 4th, 2011, 7:19 AM   #24
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here in germany there popped up a wicked lite in an absolute stunning paintjob - pink with black polka-dots

its sharis fat - I asked to post pics and been allowed

Christian got the following info from Wendyll:

"Hi, Chris! I might have personally painted this frame, as I designed this paint job and believe that I was the only person to use LetraSet graphics on frames. There were a number of different designs I created. Ultimately, the concept led to custom graphics and paint jobs like the 'Desert' and 'Lobster' paint jobs with custom little cartoon graphics."
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Old August 6th, 2011, 11:34 AM   #25
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Yeah Micha, there is a really mouth-watering when I see this "porn
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Old August 6th, 2011, 2:21 PM   #26
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This bike was for sale here in the US a little while ago - seems it made it's way across the pond like many others.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 6:57 PM   #27
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Does anyone have the "desert" paint scheme in pictures?
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I remember a TI fat that had been anodized with the yo decal all down the down tube...wonder where that one went ?
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I remember a TI fat that had been anodized with the yo decal all down the down tube...wonder where that one went ?

There were at least two of these frames made.
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[QUOTE=AB;17023]There were at least two of these frames made.[/QUOTE
They were done by Leni I think ?
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They were done by Leni I think ?


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Back when I got my florescent orange Wicked the LBS owner's wife got a small frame Fat Chance or Wicked with either a florescent pink or white frame and small stick figures hand painted all over it by FAT CITY. The stick figures were doing everything you could imagine like skiing, climbing, riding etc.
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Ano. Fat ti here. Purple fade graphics on raw ti. I was holding out hope it might be a one- off feature. Leni Freid says on her site that this graphic would start at $1000. Lots of little mojos on frame also. S# starts 050. Bike build-up in Campy OR mix. 4th chain ring for overdrive actually indexes on the thumb shifter.

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Ano. Fat ti here. Purple fade graphics on raw ti. I was holding out hope it might be a one- off feature. Leni Freid says on her site that this graphic would start at $1000. Lots of little mojos on frame also. S# starts 050. Bike build-up in Campy OR mix. 4th chain ring for overdrive actually indexes on the thumb shifter.
Ummm... I think I speak for many regulars here when I ask - pic please.
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Ano. Fat ti here. Purple fade graphics on raw ti. I was holding out hope it might be a one- off feature. Leni Freid says on her site that this graphic would start at $1000. Lots of little mojos on frame also. S# starts 050. Bike build-up in Campy OR mix. 4th chain ring for overdrive actually indexes on the thumb shifter.
Photo's..... I've seen this bike once
and want to see it once again.....
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The fat ti ano is in storage,so stay tuned.Thanks for this cool site.

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Old January 10th, 2012, 9:43 PM   #37
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I'm also excited to see it again! Was it on Leni's site? I know I saw it somewhere.....
In any case, get digging'---we're all waiting!
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Looks like the downtube graphics on her site are the same. You can click to enlarge the sample. The subtle mottled fade is hard to see in pictures. I have not been successful loading pics here. Anyway .....
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Old January 31st, 2012, 9:00 PM   #39
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When I requested a "Sunrise" be created in my original order, this was suggested as the only other one belonged to Mr Chance.
As I recall there were near 20 paint colors to make the fade.

I have to say that the geometry was certainly aggressive and despite better than 10 years of motorcycle woods riding on a Bultaco, the Team Comp took every opportunity possible to pitch me over the bars. Perfectly suitable for boney New England trails.






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