Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles’ 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

Nick Kazmaier of Ohio’s Commodore Cycles loves restoring vintage MTBs, especially a certain brand called Fat Chance. For Nick, it’s also a case of preserving the memories and stories they hold, like those contained within this 1989 Wicked Fat Chance.

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

Commodore Cycles is listed on the Fat Chance website as a recommended restorer, and has published numerous stories on their blog about his previous projects. He places special emphasis on retaining as much of the original patina as possible.

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

Nick still has the first bike his parents bought him in 1987, a Fuji Dynamite BMX. He was a trials rider and transformed his 1993 Specialized Rockhopper into a trials bike. His own collection still contains his favorite trials bike, a GT Team Trials from 1997.

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

“I also have a Chris Chance Cycles Criterium bike that was built for Micheal Bruhn in the late 70’s,” Nick tells us. “That bike is dripping with history and patina. My current mountain bike is a 1993 Wicked Lite Fat Chance.”

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

This particular Wicked belongs to Ron Tapp, a Canadian who scoured his home country and the US trying to source someone with the necessary skills and empathy to bring new life to his beloved machine.

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

Nick spent a considerable amount of time discussing with his client what Rod’s own vision for the bike was. He wanted it restored to its former glory but still be trail ready, so Nick sourced Shimano XT parts that were either NOS or ex-display components.

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance

The Wicked was introduced to the Fat Chance lineup in 1987 and used smaller tubes and a unicrown fork, compared to the race-ready Yo Eddy. Rod’s 1989 Wicked is still going to ridden on local trails — not hung on a wall — just as Chris Chance would prefer it.

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Special thanks to Nick’s dad, Dave Kazmaier, for the awesome photos.

Maumee MTB: Commodore Cycles' 1989 Wicked Fat Chance