First spotted as beautiful show pieces at the Sea Otter Classic, the Slim Chance road bike is back. Following the rebirth of the legendary Fat Chance line of mountain bikes, the Slim Chance pays homage to Chris Chance’s road bike pursuits with classic colors, modern appointments, and a U.S. build worthy of the name. When we last saw the Slim Chance, it was their first run. Now, Fat Chance is offering a super limited Slim Chance x True Temper road bike with limited edition paint and a few different options than the last batch.

If you want one for yourself, you only have until November 15th to get in a preorder for what could be the last run of Slim Chance bikes made with True Temper OX Platinum tubing…



Recently, it was announced that True Temper was getting out of the bicycle market. For brands like Fat Chance, that means one of the main U.S. tubing suppliers will vanish at some point leaving builders scrambling to find an alternative. Fat Chance makes it sound like this could be one of the last runs of Slim Chance road bikes built with their current stock of True Temper OX Platinum tubing, so if that means something to you, you’d better get on it.

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Introduced around 25 years ago, the Slim chance was one of the first tig welded road bike frames that followed a similar path of the Fat Chance mountain bikes. This time, the bike is built around a 1 1/8″ head tube as the only option, and Slim Chance x True Temper frames will have the option of a Yo Road steel segmented fork or an ENVE 2.0 straight steerer carbon fork. Both fork options are sold painted to match the frame which includes four solid colors and four rad fade paint jobs as well.

Further customization can be added with a painted ENVE stem ($280), painted Silca Impero Pump ($190), and mechanical or electronic shifting provisions at no cost. There’s also a matching race kit if you want the entire package.


Available in six sizes, the frame, fork, and Chris King headset will sell for $2395. The preorder window is open until November 15th and will require a 50% deposit, with the rest due on completion of the frame which is expected to be by the end of January 2017. Head over to the Fat Chance site to configure your dream Slim Chance.


      • I don’t really get why anyone would want a flat top tube these days. Unless you just want to store tons of crap in your front triangle…

    • Why? (Aside from being that cool contrarian dude at the party who has to let everyone within 100 feet know he doesn’t own a TV; lies about never having heard of the Macarena; and is into Turkish punk rock.)

      • the only reason this bike exists is to be retro. People that buy a retro bike (that doesn’t do anything as well as a modern bike) want it to be retro; is that really so hard to understand?

        • “the only reason this bike exists is to be retro.”

          Where in the release information does it say that?

          I see: ” the Slim Chance pays homage to Chris Chance’s road bike pursuits with classic colors, modern appointments, and a U.S. build worthy of the name. ”

          Modern appointments.

          • It doesn’t say that. People who know anything at all about bikes know that from looking at it. It has ‘modern appointments’ because you can’t new buy1990s era components anymore.

      • Target market. People who own a Chevy Chevette, Ford Pinto, or AMC Pacer with a $149.99 “custom” Earl Shiebe paint job. Optional eight track tape player is equivalent to press fit bottom bracket. Screams I want to have distinction in my life but in the end you just end up being one of the minions…..wait for it…..trying to be counter culturish. Got to go just cramped up in my cubicle.

  1. If you’re doing a “LIMITED” (and that’s exactly what this is, Ltd.) run of bikes sloping top tubes make perfect sense. You cover more people with less sizes to build, and the smaller front triangle makes for a slightly stiffer frame when out of the saddle. If you want a horizontal TT’d steel frame there’s plenty out there to choose from.

    • Why in the Earth one would love stiffer STEEL bike? Steel is all about comfort and riding quality. Get yourself one of those 90’s aluminum noname boneshakers or carbon Scott Foil made till 2015. Those are true spine killers if that’s what you prefer. This being said, my Olmo with level TT built from Columbus Cromor tubing is plenty stiff, not your average wet noodle hi-ten frame.

      • Ya, why would anybody wan’t to make a steel frame stiffer?!? Pffft. Giuseppe Saronni asked Ernesto Colnago to make the ‘Super’ STIFFER, so the Master was born. I have one, it’s great. Sloping TT’s, especially one this mild makes for marginally stiffer front end, and only really noticeable when out of the saddle. The only argument you people have with the slope on this bike is that it’s messing up your nostalgia. Good luck with that.

  2. Yet another lovely bike destroyed by the aesthetic of the dog ugly ENVE stem. When will builders learn to match the stem shape to the front end of the bike!

    • The whole aesthetic of those oversized 1.1/8″ head tubes is flawed. What’s wrong with 1″ quill stems? If stiffness is the point, then go for 3ttt Status.

  3. Why buy this when all of your money could go to the builder, rather than have some guy with a sad history skimming money off the top? And you’d get a better(full custom) product for the same or less money.

    • Is there any proof behind your allegation of “skimming”? Note that by “proof”, I mean verifiable facts, not opinion or hearsay.

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