FIRST LOOK: WICKED FAT CHANCE

By Zap

While traipsing around The Big Gear Show in Park City, Utah, we came upon Fat Chance booth that was showing-off this brand new titanium Wicked Fat Chance. Also in  attendance was the man himself, Chris Chance who has been in the frame business since 1977.  Although Fat City Cycles of old (originally based in Sommerville, MA) is  history, Chris has opened a new frame shop in Medford, Oregon where both steel and titanium versions of his legendary mountain bikes; the Yo Eddy and the Wicked Fat Chance are being hand-built one at a time.

The Wicked is geared for the Enduro crowd with a 65=degree head angle and rolls on either 27.5 or 29 inch wheels. Chris said that since each bike is custom made, they can build a Wicked with different Mullet-friendly geometry. One point of pride that Chris called-out  was that the he was able to maintain short (429mm) chainstays with a custom seatstay yoke and slightly curved seattube  to help maintain both proper tire clearance and quicker handling.

THE WICKED FAT CHANCE

As evidence of the level of detail that Chris Chance puts into all of his bikes, each model has a heavy metal head badge made from bronze. Note the matching color of the Chris King headset and machined head tube.

 

As opposed to the trail worthy Yo Eddy model, the Wicked frame has a radically sloped top tube which adds an angled tube to support the seat tube. The front triangle uses custom butted tubes.

 

Although Chris says he is considering a move to flat mount  brakes, the Wicked uses a unique post mount that, like the rear dropouts, is a proprietary design.

 

The Wicked frame is available in four sizes for $3950.

 

The Man himself, Chris Chance started making frames back in 1977 and model names like the Yo-Eddy and Wicked Fat Chance soon became legendary in mountain bike circles.

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