The Fats is the reason I’m interested in old steel bikes. When growing up in Norway and working in a bike shop in the early 90s there was mostly aluminium bikes and there was a lot of buzz with the early suspension forks. Everyone wanted them, and I had a few. Despite this, I never actually had the fascination for them. I always liked the more exotic stuff and when I read about these legendary steel bikes from Fat City Bikes, I was sold. They were described as extremely well balanced and maybe the best steel bikes that were made. I think that was around the time Yo Eddy was released. Fast forward a lot of years and with my eyes opened to the past once again I just had to check out the bikes I never tried or even saw live back in the days. The Wicked Fat Chance is to me the perfect 80s bike. It oozes 80s flair and many of them were painted with all sorts of cool paint jobs. This one has a quite typical splatter paint, probably painted by lead painter Hoss Rogers.
The Wicked was introduced in the 1987 model year. It was a race ready bike, a lot more modern than the Kicker that was offered until this one came out. The geometry is made for fast fast racing, technical terrain and climbing. It was for sure no west coast bike, and until the Wicked Fat Chance came, the Fat City bikes was mainly an east coast thing. The bike was welded, not brazed, to save weight, and it had the latest drivetrain from Shimano, the all new 730 XT-series. Until 1989 the standard brake levers were Magura, but the rest was Shimano. Tubing is True Temper custom drawn triple butted 4130 Crome-Moly.
Because of the paint I cannot read the serial on this, but the rear cantilever brake is typically 1988. In 1987 the Wicked Fat had a rear u-brake mounted under the chain stay. Although it’s hard to be certain since the bikes were offered with all sorts of options. The paint on this is original, but the decals have been replaced since the originals have a tendency to peel off.
Frame: Fat City Cycles
Fork: Fat City Cycles unicrown
Rims: Mavic Oxygen
Hubs: Shimano Deore XT 730
Tires: Tioga Farmer Johns Cousin
Pedals: Shimano XT M731
Crank: Shimano M730 XT
Rear Cogs: Shimano
Bottom Bracket: Fat City Cycles press fit
Front Derailleur: Shimano M730 XT
Rear Derailleur: Shimano M730XT
Shifters: Shimano M730 XT
Handlebars: Fat City Cycles True Temper T2
Grips: Grab On MT-2
Stem: Salsa Pro Moto
Headset: Shimano 600
Brake set: Shimano 730 XT
Brake levers: Magura Shorty
Saddle: Specialice Fat Chance
Seat Post: IRD 26.4
Paint: Black with blue and white splatter