Fat City Cycles Inc. Chris Chance Frames

5/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

Chrome-moly tubeset. Yo Eddy! Road Fork. Additional Frame Spex: 26.8mm Seatpost, 1 1/8" Front Derailleur (bottom pull only on the Chris Chance), 1" Headset, 41.5cm Chainstays. Stock Colors Include: Sapphire Blue; Chameleon Metallica (pictured), Chameleon Green or Chameleon Bronze; Ferrous Metallica; Hot Lava; Cherry Love; Arrest Me Red! or Black. http://www.fatcitycycles.com/htm/chris_chance.html

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spikes a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2006

Strengths:    Climbs well, nice stretched riding position, beautiful paintjob. Still an active Chance Owner Group (Fatcogs.com)

Weaknesses:    None I can think of. Too bad they closed the factory. Maybe Firstflightbicycles can resurrect them.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike because I loved my Yo Eddy! mountain bike from Fat City Cycles and I wanted to have a road bike with the same riding experience. What a bike! It's resilient, absorbs flaws without a problem and is still sfiff enough for that sudden attack.

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Favorite Ride:   Dunes

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   several stores

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale R2000, Raleigh Record Ace and others

Bike Setup:   Record 2006 ergopower (alloy cranks), Thomson Masterpiece, SLR seat, Ibis Ti stem, ITM Millenium bars, AM Classic hubs, Veloflex tires, Look Keo pedals, Sampson Fat Wrap bar tape.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by outspokin a Road Racer from San Francisco, California

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2002

Strengths:    Great on fast descents and climbs well also. Comfort and responsive for Il Vecchio

Weaknesses:    None- Clear coat has flaked a bit but that is to be expected after many miles of hard use

Bottom Line:   
Sweet ride especially with the loooong top tube and great climbing feel (when you are in shape that is)...Best road machine I have ever owned and excellent support from the builder (Chris Chance)over the years if I have ever needed anything.

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Favorite Ride:   Fairfax-Bolinas-Ridgecrest-Mill Valley-Marshall Wall-Marin County California

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Fat City Cycles-Some

Similar Products Used:   1986 Wicked Fat Chance Mountain Bike also from Fat City Cycles

Bike Setup:   Shimano DA 8sp (non-sti)
Cinelli bar and stem
Look pedals
Selle Italia Regal Giradi Saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Road Racer from Van Nuys, Ca

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2001

Strengths:    xlnt feel throughout the ride. climbs like a demon, descends as smooth as any bike I've ridden, stiff in sprints and extremely comfortable over long distance.

Weaknesses:    Fat City Cycles closed their doors last year. How sad!

Bottom Line:   
First of all,this frame is tough.I am 6ft 205lbs. and like to use the power in my legs that 15yrs. of racing and riding (mostly MTB) has produced. This frame is as well rounded and complete a ride as you would ever want. It is stiff in the BB ,yet compliant for the long rides. It reacts and handles as smooth as a hot knife through butter. At times, the bike seems to react as a part of me. As for the quality and looks, the welds and workmanship are as clean and beautiful as any handbuilt steel frame you will ever see. The previous reveiw mentioned magic in the frameset. I agree with enthusiasm. Thankyou Chris for your attention to detail and support of the spirit of cycling.

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Favorite Ride:   anything hilly (mtb or road)

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   various sources

Similar Products Used:   assorted steel and aluminum frames (limited Ti tests)

Bike Setup:   True Temper triple-butted tubing,Campy Record 8spd ergo shifters,Record Derailleurs,Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork,Salsa stem,Chris King headset, Chris King/open Pro wheelset,Sweet Wings cranks,Dura Ace brakes, Thomson seatpost,SI Era seat. (Yes,I'm a complete bike geek!)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wm. Lorman a Recreational Rider from Madison, WI, US

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2000

Strengths:    Comfort, climbing and supurb handling. Metal work and paint that puts jewlery to shame.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
It’s the best feeling frame I’ve had for climbing and when competent quick handling is needed. It gives these characteristics with comfort and reliability I did not get with other materials. Just throw away your break apart, and bone breaking crap and get one. Somewhere between an hour and 30 miles the comfort, handling and power will make any thoughts about weight of a steel frame disappear. You know the Fat/Campy combo is good when a bikaholic with who suffers from gottahaveit disease and chronic new toy syndrome has no desire to change. You will think AL is for beer cans and plastics for packaging and toys.

5 stars because ti is a lot of $ to save a few ounces, and because Chris puts magic in those tubes.

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Favorite Ride:   Any with a tail wind.

Similar Products Used:   Steel, AL and composite frames from well known makers.

Bike Setup:   Campagnolo Chorus/Record mix w/King headset, Ringle stem & Flite seat.

Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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Custom Chris Chance

Chris Chance road bike from 1997 with Campy Athena gruppo, Mavic Reflex rims, Veloflex Corsa open tubulars, 3T Pro Chrome stem, 3T Forma handlebars, Fizik tape and Flite in matching colors. Quite a unique bike. My brother will be riding this. I got this of Craigslist in fair condition and made a ful ... Read More »

My pink Chris Chance road

Here is a bit of cycling history! My pink Chris Chance with NOS Suntour Superbe Pro gruppo. More on my Flickr page: [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31761614@N08/sets/72157626214560428/"]http://www.flickr.com/photos/31761614@N08/sets/72157626214560428/[/URL]Read More »

Chris Chance Chris Cross

I bought this frame brand spankin' new years ago. I never had the time to build it up, but over the years I collected everything I needed. This week the last part (the stem) arrived, so today I finished this project. frame: Chris Cross (1998) gruppo: Campy Centaur 10-speed with TA rings and record ... Read More »

Chris Chance Pista

I was able to purchase this track bike from a German collector. It is a brand new Chris Chance Pista bike, with Campy Record Pista parts. Never ridden since it was built in 1984. Stem and bars are Cinelli, as is the Seat. The rims are Nisi "for professional use only". It has a silver plated head bad ... Read More »

Chris Chance bike

Sorry for the Xpost with the Classics forum, but I need to get a quote on this bike pretty soon. Do you know anything about this bike and its maker? Can you tell me whether this could make a good long distance bike for me, providing it fits? Wnat would you change? Thanks for your help! [IMG]http ... Read More »

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