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Old 09-02-19, 09:37 PM
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Hey guys, first post here on a bike I JUST picked up. These pictures were taken before I even got the bike inside, as I wanted to document the starting point, down to the spark plug screwed in the pedal hole. This is my first vintage MTB, and any suggestions on what direction I should go will be taken well. I am no stranger to restorations and I also own a 1973 Schwinn road bike which is my daily commuter for college.

Anyways, I found this bike in the middle of no were Mississippi, and it feels like an amazing barn find. I did some googling on what "FAT CHANCE" meant, and I knew I had to pick up the bike.

The bike has undergone some sort of 1x conversion, and the biggest chain ring has been ground off. The smallest front chain ring is missing, if you're wondering what is going on there.

Let me know what y'all think!




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Old 09-02-19, 10:23 PM
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Any Chance is a good bike,IMO. Congrats! If it was mine, like my other old mtb's, I'd try to bring it as close to original as possible.
But it's all on you and what you want to do with it. Keep us up to date with the build.
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Old 09-02-19, 10:44 PM
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@Padgett

Well it's obviously a bit rough, no matter, a Fat Chance is a grail bike regardless, great find. Looks like the fork might not be original, again no matter and may be.

The outer ring was ground down to be a bash guard, fairly common. Looks like the frame is unmolested which is surprising given the rest of the hacks we see here.

Be careful with the brake levers and hoods, they look like Magura's and if so are likely original, cool, old and somewhat rare, especially with hoods.

You one lucky man, nice score.

Also, given the state, I would get the PB Blaster in the stem, seatpost and BB to free up anything that is sticky or stuck including the lever screws sparingly, being slotted they are usually kind of beat up and if stuck end up more so.

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Old 09-02-19, 10:57 PM
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@Padgett,

What is the tubing sticker at the top of the seatube, pic, levers too plz?
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Old 09-02-19, 11:12 PM
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@Padgett,

What is the tubing sticker at the top of the seatube, pic, levers too plz?
Pics as requested. I have the bike taken apart for now. My only obstacles are a frozen seat post and the threads are slightly mangled on the left pedal. Going to my LBS tomorrow to get those chased with their tap.


Included the american flag pic as I think its cool. At first I thought the levers needed to go but after seeing they are original and mentioned in the 1985 Fat Chance catalog, ill be keeping them. Also, thoughts on the seat?
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Pics as requested. I have the bike taken apart for now. My only obstacles are a frozen seat post and the threads are slightly mangled on the left pedal. Going to my LBS tomorrow to get those chased with their tap.


Included the american flag pic as I think its cool. At first I thought the levers needed to go but after seeing they are original and mentioned in the 1985 Fat Chance catalog, ill be keeping them. Also, thoughts on the seat?
That's awesome, Tx. Seat is toast, you may be able to find another or a repop, it may have been original. Like I said those levers are the real deal especially with the hoods, they are motorcycle levers that were used before bike specific ones came out. Also get the PB in the seatpost and be patient. Did the BB come out ok?

FYI you can make your own pedal chaser by cutting or filing sharp slots in a stripped down pedal spindle, like this. Mount it in a vise and do one step forward, two steps back with anti-seize.



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Old 09-03-19, 12:38 AM
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@Padgett,

Here's a pic from Chris Chance's Bio on the Fat Chance website, you may have a very serious grail bike as it's just like this one.

You should reach out to him with the s/n and see what he says.

Yours has the same parts that are left on it, looks like the fork is original.

This will be important to leave original despite being rough it should clean up well.

This just turned into one h**l of a find.


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Old 09-03-19, 10:27 AM
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@merziac thank you for the help! I am excited about the bike. I will reach out to him and see what he says. Do y'all think that I should start a thread for this bike specifically? I do not want to clutter this thread up too much.
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@merziac thank you for the help! I am excited about the bike. I will reach out to him and see what he says. Do y'all think that I should start a thread for this bike specifically? I do not want to clutter this thread up too much.
You're welcome and Tx for sharing, we live for this.

Yep, start a build thread.
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Old 09-03-19, 10:38 AM
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Great find, a very nice bike!
That saddle was popular with MTB riders in the eighties. The ground off big chainring is a fine period piece, a home-made bash guard to protect the smaller chainring from roots and rocks. The stem appears to me to be made by Salsa.
Enjoy.
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Old 09-04-19, 04:27 PM
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Nice Extreme. I was really intrigued by E-stay bikes and just had to have one. I spent a lot of time looking and finally got an almost original '91 Impulse Comp. One step below the Extreme. Surprisingly nimble bike.

That's a nice one. Ours shared the same frame. The Comp model had a higher end tubeset AFAIK.

I swapped out my front cantilevers for V brakes, and now run the same pads front and rear. The ride is very nostalgic for me, I am very happy to have it back.






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Old 09-05-19, 12:44 PM
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Great build, great work. Spent a lot of my youth on Megabites. Great tires.

Maybe the deerhead derailleur got swapped out?
Nope it was originally spec'd in the Fisher catalog with the Light Action.
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Took the Moab out for a cruise on the Great Allegheny Passage yesterday. Such a great riding bike.
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Old 09-10-19, 04:04 PM
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Had some of my bikes out today and figured it would be a good time for some photos.



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Old 09-10-19, 07:31 PM
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My 1988 Yeti FRO. I've owned this since I was a 20 years old kid. I worked in a shop so I called them every few days asking when it would be finished and shipped to me. Linda Parker and I becan quite good friends on the phone.... I raced it coast to coast in the U.S. and Mexico. I tortured this thing and it just kept taking whatever I would dish out. I will be buried with this bike!
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1988 sm500

I know I haven't gotten around to removing the reflectors; they will be gone soon.

Thinking of tuning this up and selling it; using the proceeds for a new hardtail soon hopefully!

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My 1988 Yeti FRO. I've owned this since I was a 20 years old kid. I worked in a shop so I called them every few days asking when it would be finished and shipped to me. Linda Parker and I becan quite good friends on the phone.... I raced it coast to coast in the U.S. and Mexico. I tortured this thing and it just kept taking whatever I would dish out. I will be buried with this bike!
So good! Love the looptail Yetis. And that Bullseye crank.
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New handle bars and housing on my 96 Trek 930. It helps with the look around while I am dodging cars during my deliveries.
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