Rare or Cool FATs thread and pics that got lost in time…

zonq

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I will kick things off with this rarity. Anybody ever see this Ti SAB in the flesh or even ride it ? Was it a one off ?
I think the story was there were 4 (or 5?) made. I worked on acquiring that one back when it was up, but as I recall, in the end the frame did sell for the full $4500 the seller was asking.
 

I-ROBOT

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Wish I had a clear memory of the TI SAB's. It would make sense that we made more than 1. We had the tooling for the steel SAB and the TI version was not that different. We had to make a fixture that actually pushed the top of the seat tube back while the gusset tube was welded. The shrinkage of the gusset tube welds would pull the seat tube back forward and make it reasonably straight. The bottom bracket was also congested, that made proper shielding difficult. I'd love to see one of those again sometime
Scott
 

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A few bikes I have owned & loved a few years ago A 10th Anniv , Rody Custom paintjob
 

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AB

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Wish I had a clear memory of the TI SAB's. It would make sense that we made more than 1. We had the tooling for the steel SAB and the TI version was not that different. We had to make a fixture that actually pushed the top of the seat tube back while the gusset tube was welded. The shrinkage of the gusset tube welds would pull the seat tube back forward and make it reasonably straight. The bottom bracket was also congested, that made proper shielding difficult. I'd love to see one of those again sometime
Scott
Scott,
Do you have any memory of how many TI frames FCC sent to Ti Arts to get anodized?

Thanks,
AB
 

AB

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Also there can't be many polished Ti frames from the late 90's floating around as it was an expensive option.
 

I-ROBOT

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Scott,
Do you have any memory of how many TI frames FCC sent to Ti Arts to get anodized?

Thanks,
AB
Unfortunately, I do not. For most of the time at the Linden St shop, I just kept the hood down and the bright light on. I saw the writing on the wall about a year before Somerville went under. At that point, I was just playing out the string. Oh well
Scott
 

I-ROBOT

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Also there can't be many polished Ti frames from the late 90's floating around as it was an expensive option.
Anybody that had a polished TI frame in the shop did it themselves. I don't think we ever farmed any out to be polished but I could be wrong at this point.
Scott
 

Zooka

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Another 1 of mine sold and I miss having around
 

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greogoryraliche

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This is Nancy with her Ti Fat - purportedly the first ever. I took it at a yard sale we were having at 9 Olive Sq in 2014. She said this was the bike that convinced them to start Merlin
 

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Stingercut

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This is Nancy with her Ti Fat - purportedly the first ever. I took it at a yard sale we were having at 9 Olive Sq in 2014. She said this was the bike that convinced them to start Merlin
That is the first Ti Mountainbike frame EVER sold according to GH but he made some before it ( branded as FATs ) for bike shows in 85 afaik. One was stolen I believe. Its awesome she still love it and rides it. 😎

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Softride

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here we go, I dont think it gets much rarer lol, 1 of 1 softride, based on a wicked and serial 001..
a bit of background is that another was built but not the same, different beam mounting layout etc rather than the traditional bent/sloping TT
anyway will build it up later this year for all to appreciate
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This was the other one made:
 

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AB

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Fatlanta frames - Only 3 made S / M / L supposed to be 20 total made for the Atlanta Olympics. White pearlescent Yo Eddy’s ordered by Outback Bikes.
 
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