Chris’ Blog: Coming Full Circle.. Again.

Hey Fat fans! What a ride these past few months have been. With the last few frames from our first batch of Yo Eddy’s rolling out the door, we’re now on our way Sea Otter with 2 prototypes of the new updated Slim Chance! Yes it’s true! Our much loved road frame is back! If you’re around come check them out at the Mavic booth this weekend at The Sea Otter Classic.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 23.55.37For me, the Slim Chance is about coming full circle again. Starting in 1977, I built custom, tailor made road frames. They were silver brazed lugged frames. Each one was carefully designed & crafted for the customer. In 1982, I began Fat City Cycles and learned about building frames in production. For the following 20 years the Fat team built around 15,000 frames. We fine tuned our mountain bike designs, leading to the lightweight and very durable Yo we’re known for.

This provided the perfect foundation to build the Slim Chance. We integrated all that know-how into creating the Slim and the feel that many of you know and love, and 25 years on from the launch of the Slim in 1991 (you can read the original review from Bicycle Guide here), we’re now pleased to bring the Slim back.

You may be wondering how we’re handling production of the new Slim, and I’m stoked to have worked with Aaron Stinner and his crew at Stinner Frameworks over the past few months on the design and construction of the first few frames. We’ve pooled our considerable frame building knowledge to combine their expertise in custom road frames, and i’ve helped them get set up for small batch production and taught them a thing or two! With a well earned reputation, they are very excited to collaborate with me and join our expanding Fat Family.

Finally, we have not forgotten the original Yo Road Fork, we’re working with my old friend and former Fat City employee Chris Igleheart on some prototypes which will be ready very soon… we’ll have photos up on the website in the coming weeks. For now you can order the frameset here which comes as standard with an ENVE carbon fork and Chris King headset.

See you at Sea Otter!