Chris Chance’s personal Fat Chance Ti

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This Fat Chance Ti was Chris Chance’s personal bike in 1996.

This Fat Chance Ti was Chris Chance’s personal bike in 1996.

I have a dirty secret to admit, I’m a millennial. That could mean a lot of things, but what I’m trying to say is I’m not old enough to have obsessed over the heyday of American MTB manufacturing.

Syncros Stem.

Syncros Stem.

That said, I am obsessed with bikes. So when this vintage Fat Chance rolled past me at Interbike, I had to find out more.

Those brakes.

Those brakes.

According to Tommy Breeze, who works for the Marin Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, the bike is Chris Chance’s personal Fat Chance Ti.

Stem.

Stem.

Chance manufactured a few titanium bikes in the mid-80s when Gary Helfrich (who would later found Merlin) was still an employee, but they didn’t start producing the Ti Fat as a production model until the early 90s.

Onza risers.

Onza risers.

This bike was built in 1996 and is Chris Chance’s personal bike. It is mostly original, although there are supposedly some special bits. As I stated earlier, I’m no vintage expert, so I have no idea what I’m looking at. Instead of pretending I know more, I’m just going to post some pretty pictures. Enjoy!

Gripshift.

Gripshift.

Fat Chance.

Fat Chance.

Brake Booster.

Brake booster.

OG tires.

OG tires.

Continue to page 2 for more photos of Chris Chance’s personal Fat Chance Ti »

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  • Heffe says:

    That’s neither a brake booster or a separate mechanism – it’s all just the famous Avid Arch Supreme V brake. As seen on my vintage Moots YBB SL, on display in my basement right now!

  • Andre says:

    If you put helium in the frame and in the tires, your bike can hover standing up like that.

  • Mark says:

    I’m a baby-boomer, and checked out the Fat Chance back then. I chose the Bontrager Ti-Lite. They only made about 800 of them, and only 100 in my size; XL. Still have it, Keith signed it, and I love it.

  • Ery Meha says:

    When SRAM buys Sachs, the firsts years keep some products lines and names. The FD Neos was originaly a Sachs Neos, but the picture shows a SRAM stamped back.
    Also, the shifter is a SRAM-era GripShift. Possibly a Plasma or a ESP 9.0 SL.

  • Jesse says:

    That’s a Serotta built FC, most likely made after 1996…you can tell by the frame decal indicating it was built in Saratoga NY. Frames made before Serotta bought the company were made in Somerville, Ma.

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