Support Fat Chance on Kickstarter Jan 8, 2015


Yep, it’s true. Fat Chance is back and he’s not only selling shirts and jerseys, but frames. Now on Kickstarter, the new 2015 Yo Eddy frames are available for backing, with a September 2015 delivery. Limited to 150 frames, these bikes won’t last long.

Hopefully this means the New England legend has returned for good.

Support Fat Chance on Kickstarter by buying stickers, shirts, jerseys, or yeah, a frame.

  • Alex Forbes

    So I am stoked that Chris Chance is getting back into the industry and making frames again, but as someone who is familiar with this sort of stuff, who has bought custom frames, and who works in the industry, what do you think of the frame pricing? If you subtract the amount for jersey’s and shirts and all the other stuff, it basically comes out to $2250 for a production steel frame. I am not trying to knock the guy, and i know that start up is expensive, but isn’t that pricing on par with a lot of custom mtb frame offerings? Can these new production frames really be that good?

    • awesometown

      If ever there was a bet you could take on a frame being “good” it’s probably this. We faithful radavist readers go ape$hit over new names in the business everyday who just moved to portland and decided to apply their art school degree to frame building. This is a guy with a true pedigree who made some of the nicest frames for almost 2 decades.

      • Eric Wang

        I agree with both viewpoints, having lusted after an original Fat Chance for the better part of 20 years. That said, yes, it is a well-sorted steel hardtail, not unlike one of the many you can buy from other makers (some even boutique) for less. However, IMHO the sublime feeling of knowing you’re riding a piece of cycling lore and history, or the feeling you get from glancing down and seeing “FAT CHANCE” on the downtube can’t be overstated. To many people that feeling is worth the premium.

  • professorvelo

    From the Kickstarter page my understanding is that you are basically helping to bring the brand back:

    “The offers I have received from investors to bring Fat Chance bikes back to market quick and cheap are of no interest to me. That’s not what I’m here to do. My goal is to continue making great bikes and to find new ways we can enhance the experience of riding them.

    I am turning to you, the riders who love and appreciate Fat Chance Bicycles, to “crowd fund” this project and help me begin making frames again.”

    I am not sure the pricing structure will continue into real production, but it seems reasonable that he wants to start this without compromises wrought by “investors”. Yes, it is a production frame, but it’s still handmade – as are lots of other boutique builders: Speedvagen, Cielo, Breadwinner, etc. Stock sizing is far less of an issue with mountain bikes anyhow. A quick trip around the pricing of ANY production frames from mid- to major builders will have you paying at least this much… and typically for outsourced carbon… then again, maybe he’s just a prick. My sense, though, is that we should extend benefit of the doubt – especially here.

    • that’s what I gathered too. Although, I’d like to see more geo specs before dropping that coin and believe me, I would!

      • Schmeebs

        Unless I’m mistaken, Chris Chance never built the frames, but rather got together some of the industry’s all time greatest wizards (Gary Helfrich of Merlin, etc.) and brought some really game changing ideas to the table which his crew made reality. The rest is history! But I don’t see him starting to fab bikes now… He must be expecting to piece the frames out to another builder.

  • dDOTv

    It’s a little unclear to me if these are going
    to be domestically produced. I feel like that would make a difference in justifying
    the pricing.

    Chance has always been a small company with an unwavering commitment to quality
    and innovation. Our frames were made by hand in the USA by people who love to
    ride. As Fat Chance Bicycles grows, I will continue to produce the highest
    quality and best built frames on the market.”

  • geoff.tewierik

    So as someone who has a history of working with 26″ and nailing it, how’s this going to pan out with 27.5″ and 29″? It’s not just a matter of making longer chainstays, or is it?

  • Tyler Morin

    It’s interesting, from a lot of the comments I’m reading it doesn’t seem like people are super eager to jump on this. I definitely agree that plunking down $2500 for a frame that you don’t know the geometry of seems like a bad idea unless you are made of money. I wonder if he (they?) anticipated that there would be hesitation without knowing some of the more important details such as tubing selection and frame geometry.

    • Tyler Morin

      That being said, they are almost halfway to their goal with 31 days still to go. Damn, people must be made of money.