Chris’ Blog: Post NAHBS update

Wow, what a reaction to our new bikes at NAHBS! It was humbling to hear all of the positive comments from fans, industry and media. So many folks welcoming us back to the bike biz, cheering us on and asking us if were going to make a Fat bike, the Slim Chance, cyclocross bike (or you name it) soon? I’m happy to say, we’re making plans to do all the models that we get enough demand for! So much to do to get them all done right.

As you all know Kickstarter was a great success! There’s lots going on right now in bringing back Fat Chance, we’re building a great team of people to make this happen, and I wanted to give everyone a brief update and share some Fat news. I’ll chew the Fat in more regular blog posts on our website in future too.

Getting back into building and designing bikes after a long break has been great for me. I’ve been surprised at just how much it feeds me and my enthusiasm to be back in the game. So much has changed since Fat last produced bikes. But what definitely has not changed is the art of designing a steel bike with my attention to every detail and high quality small-batch manufacturing. There were lots of questions at NAHBS about where we were building the new bikes and we’ve tried to be very open about our relationship with Ventana who we’re partnering with on this.

In relaunching Fat we looked very carefully for the right production partner to get us up and running, and to stay true to our roots of high quality production. Working with Sherwood Gibson at Ventana has been a great experience and our skills complement each other very well. We have a mutual respect for each other and an appreciation for what we each bring to our working together. We have a strong commitment to doing the job with the highest quality possible. My overseeing production quality with Sherwood will certainly continue as we increase our production and range. This allows me to focus on the design, testing, tooling and tube spec of all the new models we’ll be coming out with in the coming months.

Since NAHBS, we have have been testing the first Yo Eddy prototypes and taking your input into refining the production frame design. We’re hoping to show a few final changes at Sea Otter in the WTB booth (You’ll find us rolling around on some vintage Fats). Production of our first Kickstarter rewards frames is scheduled to start post Sea Otter, and we plan to offer the production version of the Yo Eddy 2015 frame for pre-sale very soon (with delivery this summer). The production version of the frame won’t have all of the special extras which are only available to people who backed us on Kickstarter, and the pricing will of course reflect this.

More Fat news over the coming weeks, so keep checking our site. In the meantime, I’m back to work, infusing the fun-factor into more great bikes from Fat!

Chris Chance

2 Responses

  1. Darren Giordano

    Hi Chris!

    I plan on buying one of your production frames. However, I prefer to buy from my local bike shop. How long before my lbs can sell Fats?

    Darren Giordano

  2. Chris Chance

    Hi Darren, thanks for your comment.

    Right now as we’re starting out with the relaunch of Fat we’re only going to be offering frames (and bikes at a later date) for pre-order here on our website. We’d love to work with some dealers further down the line when our volume has increased enough for this to be financially viable. In the meantime keep an eye on the website for details of when the frames go on pre-sale and let us know if you have any more questions.