Chris Chance first started building frames in 1977. By 1982 he’d generated an interest in mountain biking and founded Fat City Cycles. The Fat Chance was one of the first models in the Fat City range, and the Ti version was released in 1992. Fat City was sold for financial reasons to Serotta in 1994, and moved to Glens Falls NY. The employees that were left behind decided to start their own workshop, called Independent Fabrication.
This Fat Chance is in the collection of the Museum Of Mountain Bike Art and Technology (MOMBAT), one of the most extensive collections of retro mountain bikes in the world. It’s been built with as much titanium as possible, and weighs in at around 22.5 pounds. The rear hub is a TNT Ti, the front is a Ringle and both have been laced up with ti spokes to Mavic M231 rims. There’s a Grafton bottom bracket and Joy Stix crank set providing the drive to a ti cassette, the mechs are Shimano XTR. Grip Shift SRT-500 shifters actuate transmission, the cantilevers are Critical Racing and are moderated by Kooka levers. Manitou 2 forks provide front suspension.
We can all be thankful for the MOMBAT crew for their restraint when it came to the anodised accessories. In those halcyon days of the mid 90s, anodising was sometimes applied to excess, almost always with disastrous results. Bookmark the MOMBAT site, it’s an invaluable resource for those of us who are passionate about the early days of mountain biking.