It seems only yesterday that we saw the rebirth of Fat Chance and their signature trail riding Yo Eddy steel hardtail. (It’s been two years actually. Where does the time go?) While from its first debut, the modern Yo Eddy was designed to run either 27.5″ or 29″ wheels, tire clearance was pretty tight and they already made a running change just a couple of months later. Well as better light & wide tires keep popping up, Fat Chance put the Yo Eddy back under the knife and has it back ready to roll on fatter rubber. Now it is officially 27.5+ with the ability to run a 3.0” tire or even a 2.5″ 29er. Plus thanks to new Boost spacing, even with the bigger overall tire diameters Chance was able to keep the super short 429mm chainstays…

The key difference in this latest generation of the Yo Eddy is the all new chainstay and dropout designs, and of course their Boost 148mm spacing. The chainstay setup is completely different with a new asymmetric CNC machined yoke on the driveside to squeeze tire and chainrings even closer together. Now you can run up to a 27.5 x 3.0″ or 29 x 2.5″ tire out back.

The thru-axle rear dropouts also get a wholesale redesign, with a lightweight extended design that lifts the seatstays up to fit the post mount 160mm brake inside the rear triangle for cleaner, more protected hose routing. Plus it gave them the chance to make for a tidy pierced chainstay post, with the other connected right back to the axle.


Geometry on the updated steel trail bike remains the same, for an agile trail bike ride paired with 120-140mm forks (with a tapered 1.5″ steerer in the 44mm headtube.) While the redesign focused on the rear end, it also saw Chance revise the custom-drawn tubing spec, with the main triangle now being built from stainless steel for its improved performance properties.


Each one of the new gen 2.2 standard Yo Eddies at $1800 is still handmade-to-order in the US, which gives buyers the chance for a bit of customization. That also means around a 10-12 delivery timeline, with frames shipped around the world, and complete bikes available in the US-only from an entry SLX build adding on $1638 to the frame, up to a premium XTR & carbon build for $6029 +frame.

You get to pick a lot of paint & decal options, plus altered/extra routing options, a front derailleur mount if you want, even a painted to match fork or stem. Color wise, there are 5 standard options – Grello, Lavender, Red, Black & Sapphire Blue, plus a few fades like this green to blue AquaFade for $400 extra, or any custom single color for just $150 over the base price.


    • TomM on

      The vast majority of people don’t need full custom. For my same $$$, I’d get this Yo Eddy. In fact, with this new configuration, I think this just jumped to the top of my list.

      • Bryan on

        Since most people don’t need a sweet Fat Chance *or* a Waltworks, I think Paleo Velo’s point might be that if a person is considering spending $1800 for steel trail bike frame, they could certainly choose this sweet Yo Eddy, or they could spend a comparable amount of money on a frame that is tailored specifically to them and their riding preferences. Full custom is sometimes–though rarely–about “need”. But this is a price point that starts to open up a lot of options, including custom.

      • Paleo Velo on

        No one “needs” an expensive mountain bike in the first place. But if custom is the same price as stock, why not go custom? Tubing tuned to you weight, head tube just the right length to avoid spacers, long or short reach depending on your preferences, etc. Anyway, chacun a son gout.

    • contrarian on

      Why make a forward thinking future-proof product when you can sell yesterday’s product today and today’s product next go around?

    • Bigschill on

      I asked Chris yesterday at Sea Otter if they would build me the new Chris Cross with a slacker seat tube and was told they are not doing any custom geo changes now… maybe later. Major bummer.

  1. Tim on

    This is actually not a bad price for a frame of this quality. It certainly looks fantastic, from the welds to the geometry to the paint. Still- 429mm is not “super short”. Lots of companies say their bikes have super short chainstays because people seem to like to hear that. Some bikes with short chainstays are the Canfield EPO, Kona Honzo, and new SC Chameleon, all of which have chainstays around 412mm. There’s also the Trek Stache, whose stays are around 404mm.

    Eds. Even with the Stache’s unique elevated chainstay, it still is actually 420mm long.The Honzo is 415, but can only clear a 29×2.25″ tire, same for the Chameleon at 415mm & max 29×2.25″ vs. this one’s larger diameter 29×2.5″. 429mm is still pretty short for such massive tires.

    • Tim on

      According to a few sites (bikeradar and a much lesser known one), the Stache’s stay length can be adjusted between 405 and 420, so if those others are to be believed, I guess we’re both right about the Stache. Thanks for the corrections on the others, I should have checked before I wrote.

      • TheKaiser on

        You can safely run the Stache down to around 410 with the 3.0 Chupas. As you drop below that it gets less and less tolerant of frame flex, wheel flex, wheel wobble, etc…and I have noticed rub marks on the inside of my stays from contact. Given the complex curvature of the area, it is a little tough to actually measure the clearance to see where it would no longer meet industry requirements.

    • i on

      I have to take a bit of an issue with the geometry looking fantastic. It seems to me like Chris is still sizing bikes like it’s 1989. 425mm reach in an XL? That’s a small by today’s standards, unless you’re running a 150mm stem.

      Shame, because I used to lust over a Fat – they went out of business before I could afford one. Plus I’m sort of thinking about a plus hardtail as my next bike. It’s really too bad they are basically only making kids bikes these days (even though I would have outgrew their XL at age 11).

    • Jesse Edwards on

      My Honzo has 2.35 Nobby Nics on i25 rims with lots of room to spare with the dropouts slammed (415mm). Lots of people running 2.6s with decent clearance.

  2. A. on

    Is anyone else concerned that there’s no contact phone number anywhere to be found? There’s no way to get a hold of these guys other than email.


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