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Old November 19th, 2011, 1:55 PM   #1
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Default 1991 Monster Fat

Thought I would share my build thread with my Fat Cog Chums

Rather than run two threads on the same build , please find my build thread on Retrobike :


http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=167037
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Old November 20th, 2011, 6:44 AM   #2
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Wow she looks great!
Well done.
Dont you think she deserves her own build thread here rather than just a link to RBUK?
Just a thought.
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Old November 20th, 2011, 7:26 AM   #3
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Wow she looks great!
Well done.
Dont you think she deserves her own build thread here rather than just a link to RBUK?
Just a thought.

Ok then .................................
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Old November 20th, 2011, 7:28 AM   #4
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So this build is Fat number three, my first Monster.The pictures do not do any justice to the condition of this frame, its like new , the pepto pink is stunning

1991 Fat City Cycles Monster Fat in absolutely beautiful condition. This is the iconic
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Old November 20th, 2011, 7:34 AM   #5
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Managed to source the following NOS Parts to match a mint Frame :

XC Pro Brakes
XC Pro Front Mech
XC Pro Headset ( Grease Guard)
Fat City Cycles Stem

Even a copy of the original Fat City Cycles invoice
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Old November 20th, 2011, 7:36 AM   #6
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Some other parts for the build, Collars From Rody @ the Groovy Cycleworks , various other nice parts which I may or may not use
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So today I have fitted the NOS headset to frame and folks,feeling inspired to build , parts to find , Spindle ( from cook Bros) nice set of amber walls and grips (from Mombat) and decide on bars to fit

Will get a decent camera as the pics don't do any justice to what looks like a new build,i'm very lucky with the condition of the original paint
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Old November 20th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #8
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It looks great! I especially like this photo on Retrobike of you're Yo Eddy & Monster together. Nice to see 2 beautiful Fat City Paint Jobs next to each other. It's also interesting to see the subtle differences between the Monster and the Yo which appear to be the same size. Jon
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Old November 21st, 2011, 9:25 AM   #9
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It looks great! I especially like this photo on Retrobike of you're Yo Eddy & Monster together. Nice to see 2 beautiful Fat City Paint Jobs next to each other. It's also interesting to see the subtle differences between the Monster and the Yo which appear to be the same size. Jon

Thanks Jon, they do look stunning together , both frames are medium, heres a couple more pics i took at the same time ......
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this monster will be awesome with black suntour parts ..wow!!
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Old November 29th, 2011, 10:06 AM   #11
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Bit more progress today on the Monster, received a much anticipated spindle from Cook Bros for the press in Bottom Bracket, means I can slowly start to build up
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Old November 29th, 2011, 1:50 PM   #12
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Red...

so far so good...love the suntour mix

I just sent my monster to the powder coater...

I opted to go with purple vs pink. That pink is harder to match

the stem you have is probably a taiwan knock off

i would keep your eyes open for a salsa with a roller cam and a tru temper bar if you are going for the original period look.

I think that's what came originally on my bike

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Old November 29th, 2011, 3:44 PM   #13
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Default really like that color

even thought about painting the Wicked in the Pepto, then the wife vetoed that option.....
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Old November 29th, 2011, 6:14 PM   #14
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The stems are made in Taiwan but they aren't "knock-offs"--they were spec'ed on Monsters OEM from Fat.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #15
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My bad if Monsters came with taiwan stems...

the one I have - came with a salsa, although I am not the original owner.

This is what was passed on to me by the original owner - maybe he swapped it out at some time...

I guess this would be akin to NITTO making the original Ritchey Force stems

and Lee Chi making the copy Ritchey Farce stems (really Force but with a goofy angled typeface)

I have seen a lot of taiwan out there...most of it is pretty good.

I should have kept my mouth shut...I really like what has been done to this build so far...and will use it as a benchmark for mine, if I can get it all together. Great job so far theredchili.

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Old November 30th, 2011, 3:45 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone for the kind words,loving this bike, I have a set of True temper bars lined up for this build , though original condition, not as fresh as the rest off the build which begs the question, leave bars in original condition or respray

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6104/6...2288ef_b_d.jpg

My gut feeling is saying leave it as is ,the frame etc is all original paint and I like the idea of the rest of the build being in original form
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I say leave as is and if in your travels you come across a mintier set then swap them out.
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Another small update, Seat and seat post fitted ,tyres on its way from Mombat and bars should be with me in the next couple of days

The post I had resprayed and by pure accident matches the forks perfectly !
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nice fat part collection. I didn't know, there was also an FAT seat?
..and I could use one of your true temper bars (mine is gone somehow lost in transit )
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nice fat part collection. I didn't know, there was also an FAT seat?
..and I could use one of your true temper bars (mine is gone somehow lost in transit )

Yeah, made by Specialized, I have one also on my wicked, though its slightly different with Fat City written across the back and the specialized logo on the sides
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Old December 7th, 2011, 12:51 PM   #21
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I love that monster...and I'm excited to see more of the progress...will be an awesome ride
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Old December 9th, 2011, 4:11 PM   #22
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Finished

Will be next week before I can some some pics up, but here's a teaser !
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the pictures don't do any justice to the colour, but heres a few pics to wet your appitite !

Spec Sheet :

Frame: Monster Fat Chance in Pepto Pink
Fork: Spinner

Headset: Suntour XC Pro (NOS)
Stem: Fat City Cycles (NOS)
Handlebar: Fat City Cycles
Grips: Grab on (NOS)


Brakes: Suntour XC Pro (NOS)
Brake Pads: Suntour XC Pro (NOS)
Cantilever cable hangers: XC Pro (NOS)
Brake Levers: Dia Comp SS5

Shifters: Suntour XC Pro
Front Derailleur: Suntour XC Pro (NOS)
Rear Derailleur: Suntour XC Comp
Cassette: Suntour XC Comp
Chain: Suntour
Cranks: Suntour XC Comp
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Chainrings: Suntour XC Pro
Chainring bolts: Suntour XC
Bottom Bracket: Cook Bros
Pedals: Suntour XC Comp

Hub Skewers: Suntour XC
Rims: Chinnock CR16
Hubs: Suntour XC Comp
Tyres: Panaracer Timbuk 2 (New)

Saddle: Fat City Cycles
Seatpost: Sakae
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Outstanding!

Okay now I am motivated to finish my Beast.

It won't look as good as yours, I don't have all the authentic bits.

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Outstanding!

Okay now ii am motivated to finish my Beast.

It won't look as good as yours, I don't have all the authentic bits.
Thanks Jim.

Will get some proper pictures done soon as these are quite poor.

I'm sure yours will look sweet , looking forward to seeing the finished job
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the pictures don't do any justice to the colour, but heres a few pics to wet your appitite !

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very tasty! I've already appitite ..but please better pictures
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Finally got some better pictures, looking forward to riding this over Christmas
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Truly an excellent job.
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Such a cool bike.

Love it!
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Well, Yesterday was a lovely bright day here in the Forest of Dean,perfect for the Monsters Maiden vouage,however I was working ,so I went today, the wettest day of December, if not the year !!!!
Venue was the local trail centre in case anything fell off ! it didn't had a great run, the handling is perfect,I really did feel like Tomac as I hammered the tech sections and over taking the Trail centre full sussers gave me great joy .It felt very quick and responsive,couldn't fault it at all.The last couple of technical sections ,the brakes started to fade as the new cables stretched , so much so that I couldn't shed any speed :evil: ,still point the Monster where I needed it and it was inch perfect

Very pleased with it,nothing i would do different, thanks to Dave getting a few pics.
Problem is I'm going to have to try really hard not to pull the Monster out every ride ops: it's certainly no garage queen !
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beautiful, I can never have enough of it. ..more please

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Well after going on a Retrobike Ride at Cannock chase I have the following updates !

NOS brake pads don't work, the rubber has gone hard which meant I struggled to stop and as a consequence came off twice !

Also the chain snapped on me ( to much hard climbing )

so new pads are the way forward

Still a great bike to ride, Cannock is a trail centre, trails built for modern bouncers, around 30 of us went round a couple of routes on various retrobikes, kept up with the best of them, happy days
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Old pads and probably canti's

I always forget they just don't have the stopping power as a V or disc brake...

also not as much control when feathering at a high rate of speed going downhill

the ride looks great though...

I hope all of us on FATCOGs vote for your monster on Retrobike this month...
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Old pads and probably canti's

I always forget they just don't have the stopping power as a V or disc brake...

also not as much control when feathering at a high rate of speed going downhill

the ride looks great though...

I hope all of us on FATCOGs vote for your monster on Retrobike this month...

Thanks Jim, think 2008 was the last time a Fat Won Bike of Month on Retrobikes !!! not much love for Fats I guess

hows you build coming along ?
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Thanks Jim, think 2008 was the last time a Fat Won Bike of Month on Retrobikes !!! not much love for Fats I guess
I like your monster and it's my favourite in any case.
But it will get a competition! my koga ridge runner will be involved this month as well.
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I dig the Etto helmet as well!

Very stylish.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:00 AM   #39
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Hi Everyone,

just wanted to mention this Monster is up for bike of the month over on Retrobike.co.uk,so If your a registered member over there and fancy voting, please consider the Monster

any votes would be much appreciated !

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=184378
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Old January 27th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #40
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Thumbs Up Voting BoTM 2012 January

You've just got my vote for this glorious monster

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