Fat Chance re-introduces the Slim Chance

True Temper OX Platinum steel retro road machine

As a cyclist, there are some halo bikes that you lust for but for whatever reason you're unable to obtain. Time marches on, and occasionally you scour eBay and used bike websites only to find beat-up, worn-out junk for way too much money. But on extremely rare instances, sometimes a re-issue is made. That's the story here with Fat Chance's Slim Chance road frameset. 

Fat Chance Slim Chance details

  • Handmade, designed, welded & painted in the USA
  • Custom mix of size-specific True Temper OX Platinum steel tubing
  • 68mm BSA (English Threaded) Bottom Bracket
  • Clearance for 28mm tires
  • Pricing is $2,395 for frameset with Chris King headset (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
  • Taking orders now for early 2017 delivery 

Remind you of anyone's bike? This color goes by the name LeMond
Remind you of anyone's bike? This color goes by the name LeMond

Chris Chance originally began making custom road frames in the late '70s. The early '80s came around and mountain bikes exploded onto the scene giving Fat Chance a near cult-like following for his fast, aggressive hardtails. Then at the start of the '90s, Chance took all the knowledge he gathered making mountain bikes and introduced the Slim Chance.  

Fat Chance's Slim Chance road bike returns with four classic fade paint jobs available
Fat Chance's Slim Chance road bike returns with four classic fade paint jobs available

True Temper OX Platinum tubing

The new Slim Chance is constructed in the US with True Temper Plantinum OX steel tubes. Fat Chance has had a long partnership with True Temper, with the renowned tubing being the basis for Fat City’s best known bikes including the Slim, Yo Eddy and Wicked. It's noteworthy that True Temper has decided to move away from the bicycle tubing business so procuring a brand new frame made from the fantastic ferrous metal will be difficult in the near future.

Just like back in the day, you have to be fast to roll this Pink/White fade
Just like back in the day, you have to be fast to roll this Pink/White fade

Framesets or complete bikes available

The framesets include a Chris King headset and either a Yo Road segmented steel fork or a carbon Enve 2.0 fork. Complete Slim Chances will be available with Fat Chance offering eight groupset options: SRAM Red and Red eTap; Campagnolo Record and Chorus; and Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical and Di2 and Ultegra mechanical and Di2. Wheelsets from Enve, Mavic and Ritchey along with bars and stems from either Enve or Ritchey round out the build options. And for those who desire to have it all, a matching painted Enve stem and Silca Impero frame pump are available for an additional cost.

Not tapered, the head tube is a classic straight 1 1/8in
Not tapered, the head tube is a classic straight 1 1/8in

Fat Chance Slim Chance pricing and availability

$2,395 for frame, fork and Chris King headset. If you ever wanted a new Slim Chance, now's the time, Fat Chance is taking pre-orders through a November 15th with shipping beginning late January 2017.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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