We covered the Fat Chance Yo Eddy hardtail back when the brand relaunched at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in 2015. At Sea Otter this year, Chris Chance was on hand to show off the revised Yo Eddy 2.2 as well as his new cross/gravel/adventure bike. What hasn’t changed is the material – both bikes use steel tubes.
Yo Eddy 2.2
The new Yo Eddy is now compatible with 29″ or plus tires up to 3.0″ thanks to a revised chainstay yoke and Boost 148 rear spacing. Other updates include new dropouts and a new brake mount. The brake caliper now sits on the chainstay instead of the seatstay, giving the bike a tidy appearance.
Chris designed the bike around a 120mm-travel fork with 29″ wheels, but customers can opt for a slightly longer stroke. The geometry is stock, although there is the ability to customize certain things such as dropper post routing and singlespeed dropouts, or add a rigid fork.
The frame in one of five stock colors sells for $1,799. Two-color fade paint jobs are an option for a $400 upcharge.
Fat Chance also had a new cross bike on hand. Calling it a cross bike might be selling it a bit short, though, as it sports tire clearance for up to 27.5×2.1″. With 700c wheels and an ENVE fork, the Chris Cross has room for up to a 44mm wide tire.
The steel frame has small diameter tubes mated to an hourglass-shaped head tube, designed to accommodate a tapered steerer fork. It’s a classic silhouette. If it weren’t for the disc brakes and tapered head tube, it would be hard to tell that it’s a new bike.
Pricing for the Chris Cross starts at $2,195 for the frame with a Ritchey fork. Like the Yo Eddy, customers can choose from a single color paint job or opt for one of the fades.