BIKE TEST / FAT CHANCE YO EDDY
26. 5 pounds
130mm ( 5.1")
Fox 34 Factory (130mm)
Knight Composites (30mm internal width)
DT Swiss 240
Maxxis Ardent ( 27.5x2.4")
W TB Rocket, carbon rails
Thomson Covert Dropper (100mm)
Thomson carbon, flat (740mm)
Thomson (7-degree rise, 80mm)
Magura MT5 Trail
SRAM X01 Grip Shift (11-speed)
Praxis Turn (threaded BB)
SRAM X1 (11-speed, 10-42)
None (weighed with X TR Race)
FAT CHANCE YO EDDY
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
Suspension travel (front)
magic-carpet ride rather than a hardtail, and the handling made it
feel almost as if it could read our minds when picking lines on the
The geometry gave our test riders a much more playful feel than
they were expecting. We ripped groomed singletrack and even
some more technical bits of trail to push the limits of the Eddy.
Regardless of which trail we rode, there was no shortage of grins.
A carbon full-suspension trailbike may be more forgiving on technical terrain, but the Yo Eddy proved to us that a well-dialed hardtail
is seriously fast, especially in the hands of a talented rider.
TRICKS, TIPS AND UPGRADES?
The Yo Eddy can be built any way that you want and gives riders
endless options to dial in their rigs. Given the playful nature of
the Yo Eddy, we would strongly recommend a long-travel dropper
with your frame, like the one we used for this test. A slightly wider
set of bars and aggressive tires will complement the trail feel of
the design as well. We spent all of our time testing the 27.5-inch
version but are confident that the 29er will deliver a faster ride for
those looking for a more XC-oriented bike.
Chris Chance has a strong history when it comes to frame
building. His designs have helped influence modern bikes and set
the tone for what a quality machine looks like; however, this is far
from a reproduction of the original machine. It’s a bike with all the
modern touches that is ready to shred some trails. It only happens
to come with a jaw-dropping paint job, finish quality that’s second
to none, and a history that will blow any “plastic” carbon bike out
of the water. This bike is for riders who will appreciate the attention to detail and history that is welded into each frame but who
still want to have the technology to hit the trails—and hit them
Some modern touches: The new revamped Yo Eddy has
some modern touches to keep up with the changing times,
including stealth dropper routing. This doesn’t come stock on
every frame, but riders can opt to have Chris add it on when
designing the bike.
Not your grandpa’s Yo Eddy: This bike comes with a
relatively slack and trail-friendly geometry that’s built with
a longer-travel fork in mind. You will want to spring for the
dropper post upgrade when you build it.