G'day Fellow Fatsters. I am currently rebirthing my faithful Bro Eddy into its third incarnation as a single speed. IIRC, the Buckshaver frames were replaced by Bro Eddy and Yo Betty frames around 1998 (losing the mono seatstay but retaining the relaxed geometry, thinner down tube and rack/fender braze-on fittings) and were only in production for a year or two. I initially snapped up this frame as a mate of mine living in the States tipped me off that Fat Chance was winding up. It is one of the last frames from the Saratoga NY frame shop and sat idle at my house in Aus as I had neither the time nor cash (post first child) to build it up until 2001.
Initially it was a bitza, with a constantly revolving mongrel mix of leftover XT 8 speed parts and an elastomer Manitou II fork. Needless to say, the scrimped parts didn't do the frame justice and I eventually rebuilt it with a sweet suite of then sexy '05 LX rapid rise components and a Skareb air fork. Loved the ride for several years including some 12 and 24 hour enduros until I succumbed to a Yeti 575 and from there to Yamaha motos as the Bro' gathered dust in a corner of the garage.
After resisting the strong urge to sell it for a modern hardtail or convert it to a horizontal dropout/disc brake compatible, I've now come full circle back to the Fat and the more chilled thrills of a rigid steel frame ride, mainly to get my lardy arse into some semblence of fitness again as my kids learn the fun of mountain biking with me. The Bro' now sports an assortment of LX, XT and steel Surly (1x1 fork, Singleator, SS rear cog) bits 'n pieces and I finally got the Thompson seat post that I have been after for a decade! Plan is eventually to rebuild the rear wheel up with a White eccentric hub and a way overdue new Mavic. And return to a flat bar as my girth reduces!!
Sorry about the picture quality: overcast day, iPhone, muddy bike, you know the story.
Frame type (Yo!, Wicked, etc.): Bro Eddy
Frame number: BE SM 091
Year of manufacture: 1999 as best I can remember
Frame size: s/m
Color (original and repainted, if applicable): Sapphire blue, still original
Location (city, state, country): Victoria, Australia
Owner name: Dan Staff
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