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.