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Old December 24th, 2011, 7:59 PM   #441
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I have (and have seen) quite a few bikes on which it is difficult/impossible to read the serial number (because of the paint). Have others had the same experience?
Any one else have a frame without a serial number?
I was told by the guy over at hottubes.com, a builder and bike painter in Mass that many of the early, (did not ask about the later FC bikes) bikes were powder coated. This would explain the thick paint issue. Same problem with mine. I can only make out a few numbers.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 11:57 PM   #442
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When working at a LBS in 1983 I was contemplating buying a smoked chrome Diamond Back MTN bike with bear trap pedals then Chris Chance came by looking for retailers and I was smitten. Bike below was actually my second as the first was stolen (a blue tig).

Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Original Tig Fat Chance
Frame number:8389
Year of manufacture: 83
Frame size: 19 or so
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Orignial Black with red decals
Location (city, state, country):MA, USA
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Old January 12th, 2012, 8:49 AM   #443
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Frame type: Wicked
Frame number: 13229W
Year of manufacture: 1989?
Frame size: 21
Color: Florecent Orange original
Location: Ohio, USA
Owner name: Dana


21 inch Florecent Orange Wicked Fat Chance ordered 1-25-1990 as a custom frame build in Aspen Colorado 1990. Serial number looks more like a 1989 serial numbers in the registry though so maybe it was a 1989 frame.

Mostly original Deore XT components except rear wheel, seat, seat post and tires. To make it the lightest at the time before the Ti Merlin and Lightspeeds and these goofy looking grey colored carbon frame bikes came out I went with Ti spokes and bars. It was a very light bike for the time.

In Aspen early 90's you had two main bike shops. One sold Richey and the other Klein, Marin, Ibis and Fat City. The Fat City's around had the typical primary colors with opposite color forks. That was the style. As an 80's holdover I went with the Florencent orange. Even dorked it out with a matching orange Mt. Zefal Pump. That thing was BRIGHT.

I became interested in FAT City after seeing their Stan the Mud Man advertisement. When it was new bike was so tight and fast fast. I could launch over fallen trees and over the downhill rollers. I try to bunny hop over stuff now and face plant. But at least I look good wiping out on a Wicked.




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Old February 18th, 2012, 5:46 PM   #444
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Frame type: Wicked
Frame number: 329W08
Year of manufacture: 1990
Frame size: 18"
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Original color - purple, had it painted Yellow in 99 (Ya, its ugly now, time to repaint again)
Location (city, state, country): Purchased in Little Rock, Ark. the bike now resides in north west Louisiana
Owner name: David H

Original Paint- Slick Rock Trail in 93


New Paint - Monkey Trail - Louisiana 11






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Old March 1st, 2012, 7:47 PM   #445
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Old April 11th, 2012, 11:53 AM   #446
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Team Yo Eddy
Serial number 652Y2M
Year 1992
Size Medium
Original colour blue/green fade
Current colour baby blue
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Old May 19th, 2012, 3:28 AM   #447
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Team Yo Eddy
Serial number :: 164Y3M
Year :: 1993
Size :: Medium
Original colour :: Black
Current colour :: rust

Full restoration planned for this very tired looking Yo. It was covered in surface rust but has come out of the blasting cabinet in good shape. It needs a repair to the canti mount and there's a small ding in the top tube that needs sorting but otherwise all good. Paint will be aquafade and it will be matched to a BOI fork and dressed in period clothes.

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Old June 22nd, 2012, 6:04 PM   #448
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Fresh from the shop and a tune-up courtesy of Mark and Co. at Tri-City Cycles in Rochester, NH.

Team Yo Eddy
Serial number :: 756Y2S
Year :: 1992
Size :: Small
Original color :: Kandy Wild Cherry
Current color :: well ridden Kandy Wild Cherry
Location: Burlington, Massachusetts
Owner: Todd Huxley Smith

Picked this up used from a kid in Derry, NH in the spring of '94. When I first saw the bike I was a bit bummed, as I thought it was a tad small since I'm 5'10. I rode it around a bit and it didn't feel awkward or cramped, though I acted the opposite and hemmed and hawed some. He was in need of quick cash and after a bit of haggling let it go for $750.

Other than a Rock Shox Mag 10 and a Zoom stem it wasn't tricked out with any notable goodies, and after a season on it I upgraded to XT components. I soon added Time Atac pedals, an Answer Hyperlite bar with Pedro's Blackwall grips and Onza bar ends. When my brakes wore through the original Araya rear rim I replaced both front and rear with Mavic 217s and Ringle hubs.

Looking at it as it leans up against the wall I am thinking that a number of parts are going to find themselves replaced this winter when the frame gets a fresh coat of paint!
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Old June 30th, 2012, 1:29 PM   #449
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Hi Im new to the site. just starting the process of restoring my monster! It was my second mountain bike and it changed me! I am actually glad i didnt start out riding such a beautiful machine or i never would have appricated it. Bought it new in Denver while living there. sure would love to find an orginal fork.......

Frame type Monster
Frame number: 138M19
Year of manufacture: 1991
Frame size:19
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Black
Location (city, state, country): Sioux Falls SD USA
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Old July 1st, 2012, 8:09 PM   #450
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Default ....and another Monster, a '90.

Frame type : Monster Fat
Frame number: 017M07
Year of manufacture: 1990
Color : Black
Location: Vermont, USA
Owner name: wickedwillie

Other: Original condition (aside from brakes/levers/tires) as pictured. Full XT kit with Sakae 'Pipe' stem & TCO seatpost.


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Old July 1st, 2012, 11:11 PM   #451
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Hah! My info on the way..

I just received an aqua fade yo eddy, I'll get the info soon! I really really REALLY want to see all of Rick's FAT's that he owns; it sounds like a dream I've had a couple times
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 6:26 PM   #452
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I just received an aqua fade yo eddy, I'll get the info soon! I really really REALLY want to see all of Rick's FAT's that he owns; it sounds like a dream I've had a couple times
I wonder if Rick has seen all of his Fats?
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 10:07 PM   #453
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Default 1989 Wicked

Frame Type: Wicked
Frame Number: 04829W
Year of MFG: 1989???
Color: Black re-paint
Location: San Clemente CA
Owner Name: James Cassano

Other: If your read my Wicked RIP post, this bike was a replacement to my previous bike I lost to a hit and run accident. It was originally pumpkin orange but had it repainted to match the wicked I laid to rest.
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 12:50 PM   #454
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i wonder if rick has seen all of his fats?
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 10:05 PM   #455
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I wonder if Rick has seen all of his Fats?
ummm, yeah Michael I think so but never in one place at the same time

right now I have my commuter Fat partially taken apart to change the bottom bracker bearings and I crashed a Wicked SS on Monday and trashed the rear wheel. I am hoping that I can fix it without re-building the wheel completely. Fortunately I have a few other bikes to ride.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 11:55 PM   #456
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Default Wicked I think

Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Wicked I think
Frame number: 87431
Year of manufacture: '87 I think
Frame size: 20.5"
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Silver repainted
Location (city, state, country): Santa Cruz, CA
Owner name: Dan Henderson
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Old August 18th, 2012, 11:05 AM   #457
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Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Team Yo Eddy Team
Frame number: 003Y4M
Year of manufacture: '91?
Frame size: 17" M
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Original Aqua Harlequin Location
(city, state, country): Clacton Essex Uk
Owner name: Andy Dodd
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Old August 24th, 2012, 11:08 PM   #458
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Default Titanium Fat Chance

Frame type: Ti Fat Chance
Frame number: TFM1073
Year of manufacture: 1999
Frame size: Medium
Color: Bead Blast Titanium
Location: Clay, NY USA
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Old September 14th, 2012, 9:48 PM   #459
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Default 1993 Yo Eddy

Figured I'd better stop lurking and register my ride.

Frame type: Yo Eddy Team Fat Chance
Frame number: 146Y3M
Year of manufacture: 1993
Frame size: Medium
Color: Purple (original)
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Owner name: Vic H

She's sporting the same configuration as when I built her up in '93.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #460
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(saddle positioning aside) that looks great! I dig the Syncros finishing kit.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 9:42 AM   #461
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Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Yo Eddy
Frame number: YO SM 109
Year of manufacture: 1992
Frame size: S/M
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Harlequin Mettalica but being repainted now
Location (city, state, country): VT, USA
Owner name: Chris Trapeni
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pictures:
http://www.fatcogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3334

pictures after sandblasting showing the seat tube cancer:
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Old November 21st, 2012, 7:38 AM   #462
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Default 1986 Fat Chance

Frame type: Fat Chance
Frame number: 86691 (originally read it as 16998!)
Year of manufacture: 1986
Frame size: M
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Red f/f with yellow decals - original afaik
Location (city, state, country): Derby, UK
Owner name: Kevin
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 10:07 PM   #463
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Frame type: Yo Betty
Frame number: YB-12-032
Year of manufacture: 1998
Frame size: 12"
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Original color - Raspberry Ice (bright pink custom color)
Location (city, state, country): Madison, WI
Owner name: Kathy J.

I am the original owner of this bike, and it is the only mountain bike I ride. In 1998, when I ordered the bike, I chose bright pink for the custom color. The nice people at Fat Chance decided they liked the color so much they included it as an option for Yo Betty starting 1999. In fact the catalogue for 1999 featured my yo betty. :-)

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Old January 20th, 2013, 2:49 AM   #464
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Default '89 Team Comp

Frame type: Team Comp
Frame number: 13519TC
Year of manufacture: 1989
Frame size: 21"
Colors (original ) custom three color Imron sponge fade (color names ??)
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
Owner name: mark o.

Purchased from Ridley's Cycle in Calgary, Alberta the summer I worked there, after meeting Chris at the Anaheim bike show. Discussed my options and sizing with him, then waited impatiently all summer!! During it's lifetime it's had fenders, bar ends, a Blackburn rack, a speedo, various lights and accessories. Now back to minimal, and pretty much as first assembled by the best bike tech I know: Randall Carr:
•Salsa stem/True Temper Fat bars
•Suntour XC Pro
•Cook Bros. cranks
•many bolts (incl. main stem bolt ) are titanium
[SPD pedals, WTB saddle and current grips were not part of the original build]
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Old January 20th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #465
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Wow Mark, what a stunner.

Do you have any more pictures? I'm really digging that paint.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 11:04 AM   #466
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Thanks ! i remember obsessing over the paint color choices that summer and thinking that it was too subtle when it finally arrived...

I did post a few in the Gallery, including the hang tag, if you haven't seen them. I'll see if I can post a few more, now that I have changed to Kenda Small Block tires and replaced the decals. My friend that originally assembled it had given me a pair of down tube decals in black ( same as stock ) that I've been holding onto for twenty years or so. Originals were removed for security reasons, hoping not to attract the bad guys, but who am I kidding!

Here's one from Jericho Beach in Vancouver...
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Old January 27th, 2013, 1:13 PM   #467
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Yo Eddy W/ Manitou fork(red)
451Y3L
1993
Aqua Fad Marine
Original w/ Yellow Decals
Mass
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Ti Fat w/Manitou fork (red)
TFML1075
1998
Blasted finish w/ Yellow Team Decals
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Team Comp
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Blue
Original w/white decals
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Fat Chance w/unicrown fork
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Red Original w/yellow decals. black fork
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Wicked
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Wicked
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Old March 1st, 2013, 3:39 PM   #468
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Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Kicker
Frame number: 86002
Year of manufacture: 1986
Frame size: 19
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Red
Location (city, state, country): Portland, Maine USA
Owner name: Bruce
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Not yet

This bike was stolen from me. A year and a half later I was riding a Univega Alpino Pro that a true friend had given me when I saw my Kicker go riding by. Needless to say I followed clown boy to his apartment, locked it with my Krypto and called 911. Let this be inspiration to anyone who has had their heart ripped out that miracles happen.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 2:20 PM   #469
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Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Buckshaver
Frame number: 043B3M
Year of manufacture: 1994
Frame size: Medium
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): lime green - original paint job
Location (city, state, country): Dallas, TX
Owner name: cbh
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G'day Fellow Fatsters. I am currently rebirthing my faithful Bro Eddy into its third incarnation as a single speed. IIRC, the Buckshaver frames were replaced by Bro Eddy and Yo Betty frames around 1998 (losing the mono seatstay but retaining the relaxed geometry, thinner down tube and rack/fender braze-on fittings) and were only in production for a year or two. I initially snapped up this frame as a mate of mine living in the States tipped me off that Fat Chance was winding up. It is one of the last frames from the Saratoga NY frame shop and sat idle at my house in Aus as I had neither the time nor cash (post first child) to build it up until 2001.

Initially it was a bitza, with a constantly revolving mongrel mix of leftover XT 8 speed parts and an elastomer Manitou II fork. Needless to say, the scrimped parts didn't do the frame justice and I eventually rebuilt it with a sweet suite of then sexy '05 LX rapid rise components and a Skareb air fork. Loved the ride for several years including some 12 and 24 hour enduros until I succumbed to a Yeti 575 and from there to Yamaha motos as the Bro' gathered dust in a corner of the garage.

After resisting the strong urge to sell it for a modern hardtail or convert it to a horizontal dropout/disc brake compatible, I've now come full circle back to the Fat and the more chilled thrills of a rigid steel frame ride, mainly to get my lardy arse into some semblence of fitness again as my kids learn the fun of mountain biking with me. The Bro' now sports an assortment of LX cranks, XT V-brakesand steel Surly (1x1 fork, Singleator, SS rear cog) bits 'n pieces and I finally fitted the Thompson seat post that I have been after for a decade! Plan is eventually to rebuild the rear wheel up with a White Industries Eno eccentric hub, a way overdue new Mavic plus beefier tyres. And return to a flat bar as soon as my girth reduces!!

Sorry about the picture quality: overcast day, iPhone, muddy bike, you know the story.

Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Bro Eddy
Frame number: BE SM 091
Year of manufacture: 1999 as best I can remember
Frame size: s/m
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Sapphire blue, still original
Location (city, state, country): Victoria, Australia
Owner name: Dan Staff
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Cheers
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G'day Fellow Fatsters. I am currently rebirthing my faithful Bro Eddy into its third incarnation as a single speed. IIRC, the Buckshaver frames were replaced by Bro Eddy and Yo Betty frames around 1998 (losing the mono seatstay but retaining the relaxed geometry, thinner down tube and rack/fender braze-on fittings) and were only in production for a year or two. I initially snapped up this frame as a mate of mine living in the States tipped me off that Fat Chance was winding up. It is one of the last frames from the Saratoga NY frame shop and sat idle at my house in Aus as I had neither the time nor cash (post first child) to build it up until 2001.

Initially it was a bitza, with a constantly revolving mongrel mix of leftover XT 8 speed parts and an elastomer Manitou II fork. Needless to say, the scrimped parts didn't do the frame justice and I eventually rebuilt it with a sweet suite of then sexy '05 LX rapid rise components and a Skareb air fork. Loved the ride for several years including some 12 and 24 hour enduros until I succumbed to a Yeti 575 and from there to Yamaha motos as the Bro' gathered dust in a corner of the garage.

After resisting the strong urge to sell it for a modern hardtail or convert it to a horizontal dropout/disc brake compatible, I've now come full circle back to the Fat and the more chilled thrills of a rigid steel frame ride, mainly to get my lardy arse into some semblence of fitness again as my kids learn the fun of mountain biking with me. The Bro' now sports an assortment of LX, XT and steel Surly (1x1 fork, Singleator, SS rear cog) bits 'n pieces and I finally got the Thompson seat post that I have been after for a decade! Plan is eventually to rebuild the rear wheel up with a White eccentric hub and a way overdue new Mavic. And return to a flat bar as my girth reduces!!

Sorry about the picture quality: overcast day, iPhone, muddy bike, you know the story.

Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Bro Eddy
Frame number: BE SM 091
Year of manufacture: 1999 as best I can remember
Frame size: s/m
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Sapphire blue, still original
Location (city, state, country): Victoria, Australia
Owner name: Dan Staff
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I love it.. i am partial cause it's my size, small medium.
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Yo Eddy Frame No YO SM 2237
date unknown, around 1998
original paint and stickers
was Australian agents own bike
XTR 8 speed, origianal 1st generation SID died, mavic 517's on Hugi hubs and 16 gauge S/S spokes
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Newbie here, forgive if i'm asking dumb ass questions regarding this thread, so I have a very early fat chance, probably 1983, it has no serial number on the bb - as in totally blank, which appears to be an oversized press fit phil wood or similiar model. About a decade ago i communicated with yobetty directly and she indicated this was not unheard of in the early frames, my question is this, are there any other tell tale marks that can help identify the year of this frame? Also, the frame has three issues, one there is a small ding in the top tube, about 4 mm, not deep, and second the paint around that area seems to have been rubbed off in an attempt to repaint it, is it possible to identify and get the paint needed to cover this, and is this dent worth fixing? can it be fixed, by whom? and finally, it does not have the original fork, did it come with an fat chance fork or not? thanks for any and all help.

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Hey all, while I know of the chart of frame numbers on list over at First Flight Bikes (if you haven't seen Jeff's pages yet, check them out, there is some cool MTB history there), I am planning on assembling a comprehensive database and registry of Fats all over the world. Until I can get something a bit more self-supportive, I'd like this thread to be a collection of Fats.

Here's what we'd like from you for the registry...

Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.):
Frame number:
Year of manufacture:
Frame size:
Color (original and repainted, if applicable):
Location (city, state, country):
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I know we couldn't get everything made out there, but it would be nice to begin the effort to track where these beautiful frames are. I'll begin with my newly acquired Wicked...
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Old April 30th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #474
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Newbie here, forgive if i'm asking dumb ass questions regarding this thread, so I have a very early fat chance, probably 1983, it has no serial number on the bb - as in totally blank, which appears to be an oversized press fit phil wood or similiar model. About a decade ago i communicated with yobetty directly and she indicated this was not unheard of in the early frames, my question is this, are there any other tell tale marks that can help identify the year of this frame? Also, the frame has three issues, one there is a small ding in the top tube, about 4 mm, not deep, and second the paint around that area seems to have been rubbed off in an attempt to repaint it, is it possible to identify and get the paint needed to cover this, and is this dent worth fixing? can it be fixed, by whom? and finally, it does not have the original fork, did it come with an fat chance fork or not? thanks for any and all help.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 3:22 PM   #475
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Picked up this Yo recently from the original owner, who is currently in his 70s. Since his knee surgery 20+ yrs ago, this museum piece was only ridden a handful of times on pavement. He did "upgrade" the original XT components to top of the line Sram stuff(dangit), and unfortunately gave away the old parts. Also converted to XTR V-brakes, switched to suspension stem, and fitted that mystery seatpost. Probably the only thing worth keeping would be the Kooka cranks. I already have a proper Syncros seatpost and cattleprod stem lined up; any suggestions on the components that would flow with this build? XTR? XT? Suntour? Looking for front and rear derailleur, shifters, brake levers and cantilevers brake set. I also plan on keeping the White Industry hub wheelset from '93. Either way, she's a keeper...
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it's good as it is. ride it.
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I like that advice, no more money out. Wipe down, tune up, and get riding...
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Old July 20th, 2013, 7:32 PM   #478
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I would ride it as is for a while, and eventually find a bunch of the gray XTR 950 stuff, which would look awesome with the gray/red paint job
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Geez. I think I would be bummed out with the non period correct parts and sell it to me immediately.
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The gray xtr 950 comps would be nice, though a couple years newer. Been looking for a clean YO for quite some time...
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