1991 Yo Eddy non purist build

slimjoe

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Last year I acquired an early Fat City Yo Eddy frame with the usual metal termite issue! Wasn’t really looking for a project but right now I’m made up I took it on.
I have quite a few classic MTB’s built up with 26” wheels and period components. Fancied doing something a little bit different and also because this needed a new seat tube decided to go quite a few steps further by removing the canti bosses, triple cable stops, rear seat tube roller and adding a PMW post mount disc bracket and hose guides. The frame had a bit more room added for 27.5 wheels too. Also ended up having a custom segmented fork built using Columbus fork blades, dropouts and Willits style IS mount. The paint was already decided in my mind.
The build is a mixture of US modern stuff. Paul Components , White Industries, Velocity and a Shimano/Praxis/Wipperman Drivetrain. I guess this will certainly offend a lot of retro folks but to be honest if I had not done this it would have been another wall hanger. First ride out proved that the beautiful handling of a classic YO could be enhanced further with the bigger wheels, disc brakes and modern drivetrain.
 

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27motorhead

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Certainly not for purists! :LOL: But what an awesome build. Looks WAY better than the re-issue Fat Chance that was launched a few years ago. What a cracking job you've done and I've no doubt it does ride amazing! BRAVO.

Who did the work resurrecting the frame?
 

Haaland

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As a Fat City Cycles lover, purist and hater of anything that looks like a mess (i.e. not period correct) I'd say that this is just sublime! Good to see it done properly and not messing up a perfectly good frame to just make it look new.

This build is so on point with the early philosophy of MTB: Take a bike and do the best out of it - make it faster and better than any other bike.

Now go out and thrash it in the woods!
 

slimjoe

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Re:

The work was carried out by a former work colleague and good friend. This includes the custom fork and paint.
Already been through the woods on it. It’s quick!
 

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slimjoe

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For some reason when I’ve tried to attach pictures they get flipped over! It’s been quite a while since I posted a bike up on here. Any mods on here who can please sort it out? The pics also were a bit more organised and seem to have become jumbled up.
 

27motorhead

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Haaland":1en8o8i7 said:
As a Fat City Cycles lover, purist and hater of anything that looks like a mess (i.e. not period correct) I'd say that this is just sublime! Good to see it done properly and not messing up a perfectly good frame to just make it look new.

This build is so on point with the early philosophy of MTB: Take a bike and do the best out of it - make it faster and better than any other bike.

Now go out and thrash it in the woods!

Well put Haaland.

Keeping the original segmented forks was essential... and your former work colleague/good friend is uber talented!!! I so want to ride that bike! :cool:
 
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