The greatest comeback since Lazarus? Fat Chance Cycles has been crowd-funded back to life and is relaunching one of its iconic frames, but it comes at a price.

Fat Chance Cycles has reached its KickStarter goal and is now ready to start producing frames for pre-order.

The campaign in January managed to raise over $130,000 with 200 backers, which easily broke the original target of $116,000. Since the KickStarter we’ve had tantalizing glimpses of prototype bikes at NAHBS and Sea Otter but today the production models of the Yo Eddy frame have finally been revealed, the first in 15 years.

The 650b Yo Eddy in "arrest me' red

The 650b Yo Eddy in “arrest me’ red


We spoke to Chris Chance, the frame designer and owner of Fact Chance, earlier this year, and true to his word, the bikes will be steel framed and available in both 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes.

The production run of 100 frames in each wheel size will begin in July with delivery worldwide expected in August. A frame will cost $1,699 (£1133.59) but you can secure one now with a deposit of $699 (£466.38), leaving an outstanding balance of $1,000 (£670).

The "grello" colour looks very nineties but also very now

The “grello” colour looks very nineties but also very now

It’s certainly a lot throw down on a steel hardtail, especially when you consider you could get two Cotic Soul frames for that and still have change left over. But it’s unlikely you’re buying this frame without a bucket load of nostalgia, which has to be worth something.

A custom rigid version was created, but was limited to Kickstarter only. Fat Chance are currently only selling the frameset but will offer full builds nearer the shipping date, the 29er is built around a 120 mm fork and the 650b around a 130mm one.

Chris Chance with his new frame

Chris Chance with his new frame

Although the lines on the frame are classic, the Yo Eddy will feature some modern adaptations such as a curved seat tube on the 29er to reduce the length of the chainstay, a dropper post compatible seat tube and 44mm headtube to allow you to fit tapered forks.


The frame will be available in four colours: black, arrest-me red, grello yellow and the classic team purple.