1986 Fat Chance mountain bike (now “Gravel Bike”)
Give this bike another chance (to be ridden).
Thirty years ago this was a custom high-level mountain bike from one of the best builders on the East Coast, Fat City Cycles. Don’t let it die a dusty death simply because technology and what we call a “mountain bike” has evolved.
This wonderful vintage steel mountain bike is back, only now we’re going to call it a “gravel bike”. The hand-built steel frame and terrific ride quality is still there only we’ve updated the components that matter most.
This hot-rodded old mountain bike now has 30 speeds thanks to a modern Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur and new thumbshifters.
The vintage Saturae rims have been rebuilt with new Velo-Orange hubs, Panaracer Gravel King tires and fresh spokes. The new Velo-Orange Grand Cru crankset looks just right on the vintage bike but with modern chainrings the shifting is precise and smooth. The vintage Magura brake levers have always had an insane amount of stopping power but now with fresh Kool Stop pads in place the brakes will work quietly and reliably in the worst conditions.
Topping off this new old bike is a quilted remake of the classic Selle Italia Turbo saddle, an original Blackburn rear rack from 1986 and a Nitto front rack from 2021.
This is a medium size 19” frame and will be most comfortable for a rider between 5’7” and 5’9” tall. $1799.