Fat City Cycles, builders of some of the finest steel frames
in the world, will be closing down at the end of August this year.
Fat City made the Fat Chance range of MTBs, including the Yo Eddy, one of the finest
steel frames I’ve ever ridden. I owned one for three years (paid for, with cash!)
and still regret selling it. I first rode a Fat City bike, a Team Issue Wicked in
Norway in the summer on 1990, and it’s superb ride still proves a benchmark for other
bikes I ride today.
Fat City merged with Serotta in 1994. Founder Chris Chance and Wendyll Behrend and
Mark Yardley repurchased the company three years later and moved operations to Vermont.
Company officials said they were unable to develop a retail network large enough
to generate adequate sales volume after the buy-back.
Fat City employees have over the years left the company to found dozens of companies,
including Independent Fabrications, Merlin, One-Off Titanium, Seven and Specialty
Racing Products. The company will offer rigid forks and replacement parts and take
orders for new frames through Aug. 31.
After that… that’s your lot.