Custom Fat Chance with a 24" rear wheel. The chain stays still measure 17.25" so the small rear wheel was not designed to shorten the rear of the bike as was done with some of the trials bikes of the same era. The smaller rear wheel was for more clearance over the top tube. This was still back when a 21" frame was still considered a normal medium size so it was difficult to find smaller bikes. It appears as if most of the parts were chosen to fit a woman better, smaller brake levers, shorter stem, smaller rear wheel and sloping top tube.
From Wendyll @ Fat City
"....after seeing the photo, it is one of very few that were built as prototypes and inspired by our Sales Manager at that time -- Christie Lawyer -- who is a fabulous gal."
This bike was made for Claudia Nix ,who along with husband Mike, owns Liberty Bikes, in Asheville, NC.
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|Frame||True Temper T1 AT cro-moly double butted|
|Rims||Ritchey Vantage Pro WCS hard anodized, 24" rear, 26" front*|
|Hubs||Mavic sealed cartridge bearing, 28 hole|
|Spokes||Stainless steel laced 3 cross|
|Tires||Tioga Farmer John rear, Farmer John Cousin front|
|Pedals||Shimano Deore XT (big cage) with Specialized clips|
|Crank||Specialized triple with 175mm arms|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano 6 speed freewheel|
|Bottom Bracket||Fat Chance press-in cartridge bearing|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT FD-M730|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT RD-M730|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore XT 6 speed index SL-M730|
|Handlebars||Fat Chance True Temper T2 alloy|
|Stem||Salsa w/ roller|
|Headset||Specialized sealed alloy|
|Brake set||Dia Compe AD-990 U brake rear with Dia Compe NGC 982 front cantilever|
|Brake levers||Dia Compe 183|
|Seat Post||SR Laprade|
|Colors||Blue with yellow decals and fork|
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