Ben’s Purple Rigid Yo Eddy 29er

Benjamin Gutschik was one of our lucky KickStarter fully rigid Yo Eddy 29er customers, taking his inspiration from a classic Lavender Yo Eddy he explains the lengths he went to to get the perfect build!

My plan was to build it up using a good mixture of old school and new school parts. The main focus should be on the frame, so I planned to get only clean and black components. Also I wanted to use the brands I loved 20 years ago. 

There’s this thread on the german bike board about Fat Chance, and I loved the look of this old school yo eddy: 

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So I tried to stick to it… 

I always liked the Flite titanium (even more than the turbo) so that was one of the first items on the list.  

Then I tried to get a new Syncros stem, bar and seatpost – and then I found out that ever since Scott bought Syncros the parts aren’t as cool anymore.. 

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I found the Thomson stem too powerful, as well as the Race Face stems and bars – so I bought a Syntace Megaforce 2 and a carbon vector 20mm riser bar: clean, light and very functional.

Next I found the pink sensus grips at my local dealer, but it turned out that the pink color did not go well with the lavender. I remembered that Tomac once rode a Fat Chance and I knew there once were those lavender Tomac grips. Fortunately a guy from France was selling a sealed pair on ebay, cost me about 35 euros, but what the heck.

Then I got Tune King/Kong hubs with Ryde Trace trail rims, of course I removed all the annoying decals on them and the Onza skinwalls completed the wheels. 

Formula The One brakes were already there, waiting for the next bike – they were black and clean, perfect. 

Even though back in the day we were all riding Shimano – I decided to go with the SRAM X01 here, it’s black (even the cassette) and it’s lighter than the XT. Last but not least there was the cranks.. I had an almost new 1x Cannondale hollowgram crankset in my garage, I tried them – but it didn’t look right. 

The other crankset I had was a very used Sram XX1. In this condition I surely couldn’t add them to my beautiful brand new yo eddy! So I thought why not add a final touch.. and I designed a few different crank decals, then I removed the original SRAM decals, sanded them, put the new decals on them, clearcoat, polish and 3M tape. et voila! 

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And there it was, waiting for it about 20 years, my first brand new yo eddy 🙂

It’s 10.8 kg light, it’s steel, it’s old school and it’s new school. my perfect bike for my after work ride:  “feierabendrunde” – as we call it here in Germany.

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Full Specification:

Frame Fat Chance Yo Eddy 29er XL Team purple
Headset Chris King InSet™ 7 black
Fork Fat Chance Rigid Team purple
Stem Syntace Megaforce 2 31.8mm, 60mm, 6°
Spacer NoName
Bars Syntace Vector Carbon High 20 8° 780mm
Bar end plugs Hope Grip Doctor black
Grips ATI Tomac Translucent Lavender
Seatpost Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 125mm, 30,9mm x 380mm
Seatpost Clamp Fat Chance by DKG
Saddle Selle Italia Flite Titanium
Wheels
Hub front Tune King 15mm
Hub rear Tune Kong 12mm
Rims Ryde Trace Trail 25mm / 28mm
Tubeless Tape Schwalbe
Valves NoTubes universal 35mm
Tire f Onza Canis Skinwall 29×2,25
Tire r Onza Canis Skinwall 29×2,25
axle f NoName
axle r Shimano
brakes f Formula The One
Brakes r Formula The One
Disc f Formula The One 180mm
Disc r Formula The One 160mm
Adapter f Formula
Rear derailleur SRAM X01
Shifter SRAM X01
Cranks SRAM XX1
Chainring Race Face Narrow Wide 32t Sram black
BB SRAM GXP TEAM BSA
Cassette SRAM X01 10-42t, 11-speed
Chain SRAM X1 HollowPin 11-speed
Pedals Crank Brothers EggBeater 2