Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

For fans of the ‘Old School MTB’ genre, a Fat Chance Yo Eddy! Team is kinda like a Holy Grail. Minneapolis’ Jeff Frane of legendary bike site Bike Jerks fortuitously acquired one back in 2017, and he’s recently built it back up into a legendary, usable utility vehicle.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

Those Facebook markets can turn up some amazing finds for the astute customer. In January 2017 Jeff had been eyeballing some vintage MTB groups for a while when a real-life Yo Eddy! appeared. He hit up the seller and it was still available, so he nabbed it.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

Being the Brand Manager of All-City Cycles and a general all-round good bike guy has positioned Jeff at the heart of a passionate network. The Fat Chance was located in Belmont so he arranged with a local All-City dealer to box it up and send it.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

After a few years of use, it arrived in Jeff’s hands with a component mashup, retaining a number of original parts combined with a few upgrades and downgrades: Ritchey cranks and a Chris King headset, a 29.4mm Syncros seat post, and Real brake levers.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

Jeff traced the serial number back to 1995, its year of manufacture in Saratoga, New York, which featured a threaded bottom bracket and the most iconic Fat Chance color-way, the green-to-blue fade.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

Over the last couple of years, the parts bin was rifled through and the Yo Eddy! was rebuilt with a more consistent list of bits, like a pair of Sun Rims with a Ringlé Ti Stix front and an XT rear hub, matching Salsa skewers, and Kenda Small Block Eight tires.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

Nearly a full Shimano XTR M950 groupset was found, including cranks, rear mech, and brake levers, married to Avid’s classic Ultimate calipers. A Velo Orange rack was installed, and the Syncros post was replaced with a Thomson.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks

The Pacenti-crowned fork was actually made by Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H Cycles, which Jeff had repainted to match the frame, and today it looks like the Yo Eddy! has evolved into a fun and happy machine.

Who wouldn’t be, after a long life, to be retired to a leisurely life under an appreciative owner? Better than being a wallflower.

Big thanks to Jeff Frane for the photos.

Rowdy Townie: Fat Chance Yo Eddy By Bike Jerks