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Phat Bikes? Can find much info

Old 05-03-20, 09:55 AM
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Phat Bikes? Can find much info

A friend dropped off this bike to fix his wheel, and asked me to see what I can find out about the bike. I'm finding very little, but have pieced together some info. Please make sure I'm right and maybe point me in a better direction.

Phat cycles started in 1998 in Huntington Beach, CA by David Manahem. They make cruisers mostly, and stretch cruisers that coincide with their cruiser line? In 2015 ASI bought them. ASI almost went bankrupt in 2016, and did go bankrupt in late 2018 and was bought out in Feb 2019 by Tiger Group LLC. It seems Phat cycles were dissolved at that time.

I have a stretch Femme Phatale in my garage. From what i can tell it's a 2009, 2010, or 2012. I haven't looked at the SN yet, but just trying to find info right now about the company and their bikes.
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Old 05-03-20, 10:12 AM
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Googling "Femme Patale" this is what comes up. It explains the lingerie paint on the front forks Haha

femme fa∑tale
/ˌfem fəˈtal,ˌfem fəˈtšl/
noun
  1. an attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to a man who becomes involved with her.
    "a femme fatale who plays one man off against another in pursuit of money.
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Your search of the history of Phat cycles is correct. They went through a number of buy-outs but eventually got caught up in the ASI bankruptcy that saw Nashbar disappear and Performance Bike close all their physical locations in favor of a on-line-only business model.

That said, they are decent cruiser bicycles - built with far better components that anything you'd buy at Walmart or another big box store. That 'femme fatale' is a novelty one which might not be the most comfy for cruising around on for extended periods of time (even slowly). As for repair and maintenance, the parts are pretty generic and you should be able to find what you need on web-base bicycle shops. If I was to get a basic cruiser for free I'd probably throw a few $$$ at it to get it running for a neighborhood 'run-around' bicycle, or give it away to someone who needs a bicycle.
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Thanks skidder. Do you know the background to the start of the company and bikes? I think I read mention somewhere that it started in a motorcycle shop?
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Originally Posted by Dwillems26 View Post
Thanks skidder. Do you know the background to the start of the company and bikes? I think I read mention somewhere that it started in a motorcycle shop?
I have no info on them starting in a motorcycle shop. Here in SoCal they were in just about every LBS if that store's main brand (Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc) didn't already have there own line of cruisers. Phat had a lot of 'branded' bicycles: the 'paul' guy whose brand was a monkey caricature?, 'Kilroy' (WWII joke), and others, most were just custom paint jobs on an existing line of bicycles. I almost bought a stretch bicycle once, but just riding it up and down the block I could tell it wasn't all that comfy to ride for any great distance, and I had no need for it. These days I use an old early-1990s Trek MTB for a cruiser; I got it for free, only needed some basic parts costing <$100 to get it running, and its got 7-speeds so a little more useful that a single-speed cruiser. Cheers.
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