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.
That said, I am obsessed with bikes. So when this vintage Fat Chance rolled past me at Interbike, I had to find out more.
According to Tommy Breeze, who works for the Marin Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, the bike is Chris Chance’s personal Fat Chance Ti.
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.
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!