1987 Fat Chance 

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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1987 Fat   1987 Fat   1987 Fat   1987 Fat


Frame True Temper T1 AT  cro-moly double butted
Fork Unicrown Cro-Moly
Rear Shock NA
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
Chain Shimano
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
Saddle Terry
Seat Post SR Laprade
Colors Blue with yellow decals and fork
Size 15"
Serial #   87085


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