Interbike: Chris Chance to revive Fat City Cycles

Legendary builder outlines comeback as Fat Chance Bicycles in exclusive video

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In an exclusive interview at Interbike, Mtbr has learned East Coast frame building legend Chris Chance is hatching plans to revive his seminal Fat City Cycles brand. Known for lightweight, hand-built mountain bikes, Fat City Cycles had a run from 1982 through 1999 when the brand was shuttered.


Chance wants to know what you want him to build. The Fat Chance Bicycles website opens with a questionaire.

Many consider 1994 the year the brand symbolically died when it was acquired by a holding company and moved from Sommerville, Mass. to South Glen Falls, New York. A number of the employees who refused to make the move started Independent Fabrication in 1995.


Fat Chance’s Yo Eddy is the most iconic of the East Coast builder’s designs. Photo from Mtbr’s Forums

Fat City’s Yo Eddy model is a legendary and much sought-after collectors bike now, and it was nearly as coveted back in its day. Though most of Fat City’s bikes were cro-moly hardtails, the company made a beautiful titanium model from 1993 to 1999, and dabbled in full suspension with 1994’s Shock-A-Billy Full.


Fat Chance’s Titanium showcases Chance’s beautiful handiwork. Photo from Mtbr’s Forums

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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