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Old January 11th, 2011, 3:00 PM   #1
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Default Fat Chance Beam bike frameset for sale!

I have for sale a one of a kind Fat Chance beam bike! If there were more then one made, I have never heard of it. The frame and the fork are the same as a Wicked, just built for a beam. I am sad to see this go, but go it must. Frameset also includes a 1” Chris King headset, Shimano XT bottom bracket and a Softride Alloy stem. This frame is a medium. This was one of the last bikes built in Somerville. Asking $800 obo. Buyer pays actual shipping.














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Old January 11th, 2011, 4:26 PM   #2
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I've never even heard rumors about a beam Fat.

+1 on its rarity, but care to explain the provenance?
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Old January 11th, 2011, 4:45 PM   #3
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This was built for a former employee just before Fat City moved, hence the one off-ness.
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Old January 11th, 2011, 5:05 PM   #4
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Super cool. Thanks for posting it---I'd never seen one either.
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Old January 11th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #5
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Beam = Softride? ... seems like it to me.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 12:46 AM   #6
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Beam = Softride? ... seems like it to me.
Did anyone make them besides Allsop? For what its worth, they did and do still call 'em "beams."

http://www.allsop.com/articles/about-allsop
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Old January 12th, 2011, 7:58 AM   #7
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That's same Breezer, cool unique frame
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Old January 12th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #8
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WOW
I had completely forgotten about that thing! I don't remember who built it. It may have been Gary Mathis who was one of the proponents of suspension. Gary worked mostly in finishing but also did a fair amount of development work on the Shock-a-billy - especially when we were designing our own rear suspension. I'm sure Allsop just gave the beam to Chris in hopes that we would make a production model for it but we went with the conventional rear suspension that was commercially available and seemed to have a better reception in the marketplace.

So cool to see that again. I would bet that is a one-of-a-kind. Honestly not sure if I even welded it. Could have been a night project.

That should sell pretty quickly
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Old January 13th, 2011, 10:02 PM   #9
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first, this frame needs to be in the frame registry. second there were a few people building beam bikes, Ritchey, otis guy, breezer to name a few. someone buy this, this is the ugly ducking that turns into a swan. this frame needs to be in first flights collection.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 11:28 PM   #10
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Its a Fat version of the "$hit" bike. I don't really know what to think of it?
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Old January 14th, 2011, 7:19 AM   #11
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Frame sold
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Old January 14th, 2011, 10:49 AM   #12
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Would the lucky buyer please raise their hand? Just curious who got this one off.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 9:17 PM   #13
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Am Happy To Say It's Me - Thanks All !
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Old January 26th, 2011, 5:13 PM   #14
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Default Beam frame Serial #001

Not surprisingly the Fat Beam Frame serial # is 001A4SM That means it was built in 94 and its a Small Medium ,right ? Frame is in really nice original condition with black metallic original paint . Will start to choose parts for the upcoming build soon & will post pics when completed
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Old January 31st, 2011, 12:50 PM   #15
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I believe you would be correct on the serial number decoding. It's not likely that FCC NY would have built anything like that. I do vaguely remember that bike being built. Not sure if I ever rode it.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 1:20 PM   #16
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Default Not the only one!!

I happen to have another FCC "beam bike" and Scott (hi BTW) is correct. These were made by employees who wanted to experiment with alternatives.

My bike does not have the curved top tube because I didn't like the aesthetics of it. I made a secondary tube that supported the beam. Anyway, I'll post a picture soon (I just joined FAT COGS to reply to this post) and you can see it.

Serial # is "666BIKE" because in the process of aligning the frame the down tube buckled and I had to cut it out and replace it. It still has the black krylon paint it left the factory with.

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Old July 13th, 2011, 1:26 PM   #17
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I happen to have another FCC "beam bike" and Scott (hi BTW) is correct. These were made by employees who wanted to experiment with alternatives.

My bike does not have the curved top tube because I didn't like the aesthetics of it. I made a secondary tube that supported the beam. Anyway, I'll post a picture soon (I just joined FAT COGS to reply to this post) and you can see it.

Serial # is "666BIKE" because in the process of aligning the frame the down tube buckled and I had to cut it out and replace it. It still has the black krylon paint it left the factory with.

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Welcome to Fatcogs. We love having past employees post here. So glad you found the place. Chime in anytime. Post up some photos of your beam bike if you get a chance.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 1:42 PM   #18
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Welcome Josh!
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Old July 14th, 2011, 5:19 AM   #19
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......im too late as ever ! i remember seeing a frame similar to this back in the day in a magazine, may not have been a Fat Though, great piece of history
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Old July 14th, 2011, 1:23 PM   #20
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Default Here it is...

OK, this is my first time trying to post a picture. Cross your fingers.

I wanted to eliminate any bent tubes from the main triangle, so I ended up having to make the additional tubes to support the Allsop beam. I hand picked the lightested tubes that had been sent to us as samples so it's a relatively light bike.

Components...

Forks, FCC, Big One Inch
Head set, Chris King
Suspension, Allsop Beam and stem
Brakes, Marinovative, Cheap Trick
Cranks/BB, Bullseye
Hubs, High-E
Rims, Mavic
Shifters, Grip Shift
Derailleur F, Sachs
Derailleur R, Campy
Seat, Concor, Supercorsa

It's been used as a urban commuter for many years and needs an overhaul and some paint. The mix 'n match of drivetrain components make shifting kind of a chore, but it mostly works. The biggest improvement I could make would be a complete drive-train form one mfg.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 5:36 PM   #21
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Default #1 Fat Chance Beam For Sale Again

Well I never ended up building this Rare #1 Beam bike up , & figure I might turn it loose for someone else to enjoy. If I had the period correct parts already ,it probably would have been built .Comes just as pictured ,no mods whatsoever. Price is $800 plus ship.
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