with its dropper post. The X01 shifted well, and the Knight wheels
were stiff and responsive. Our test riders were very impressed with
the confidence-inspiring stopping power of the MT5 brakes as
well. Up front, the 130mm-travel Fox Factory fork was stable and
effective on technical bits and groomed singletrack.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Swinging a leg over the saddle, we discovered the Fat Chance
has a long top tube and aggressive fit. Combine this with a somewhat slack head tube and a little extra front suspension and the Yo
Eddy feels more versatile than some would expect. Our bike came
with 740-millimeter-wide bars and an 80-millimeter stem for more
Suspension Setup: We set the sag at 25 percent for the first
couple rides. After a few rides, we chose to change it to 20
percent for a little more supported feel but with plenty of small-bump compliance. We ran the rebound knob in the middle and
didn’t have any complaints during our testing.
Cornering: The original Yo Eddy was known for its playful
geometry that could also allow riders to get serious when necessary. This Yo Eddy does just that but with a modern twist that’s
ready to handle more aggressive trails. Through banked turns
and tight corners, the 27.5-inch wheels and aggressive geometry
allowed our test riders to lean the bike over confidently. The short
chainstays and tight wheelbase make the Yo Eddy a seriously fun
bike to rip through corners.
Climbing: We spent plenty of time climbing on the Yo Eddy—
from long fire roads to winding singletrack. Out of the saddle
during hard efforts, the Eddy sprang to life and was stiff and
responsive. In the saddle during long grinds, the steel frame gave
our test riders a smooth, comfortable ride up the mountain. The
bike is also impressively light considering it’s built from steel—
something we don’t see often anymore. The low weight combines
with the efficient hardtail feel to make a bike that ascends quite
well. Despite the longer-travel fork, Fat Chance has done a nice job
keeping the geometry in check, preventing the bike from “
wheelieing” back on the rider, even on steep and technical climbs.
Descending: Compared to modern trailbikes, you would expect
a steel hardtail to have a hard time keeping up on descents; however, the Yo Eddy surprised us as a seriously fun machine to rip
downhill. The steel tubing made us feel like we were gliding on a
Stiff and stable: The front end of the Yo Eddy has a massive
44-millimeter head tube that gives the bike more stability when
ripping down the trail. Our bike came with a matching, cus-tom-painted stem that complements the overall build.
Order it how you want it: The sky is the limit when you build
your Yo Eddy. Chris Chance will allow riders to pick just about
any drivetrain and wheels to dial in exactly what they want on
their new machine.
Handmade: Every frame comes with the “Made in the USA” logo
and Chris Chance’s name. It’s hard to find handmade American
frames these days. We recommend keeping this bike in good