While Chris Chance keeps pumping out the legendary Yo Eddy steel hardtails that brought Fat Chance back to the world, he had his latest creation on show at Sea Otter — a cross/gravel bike. With a variety of build options to match your intended use, the Chris Cross is another contender to add to the growing list of super rad adventure bikes.
If you’re a product of the 90s, this bike will immediately make you want to throw on some baggy backwards jeans and start singing, “Jump! Jump!” But while Kris Kross may have been a one hit wonder, this Chris Cross certainly won’t be.
This steel frame adventure bike features a custom tapered head tube to fit a variety of forks — you get 4 different options, including a steel Yo Eddy road fork made by Chris Igleheart — depending on whether you want to use it for road, cyclocross racing, or gravel adventures. The frame allows for a wide variety of tire sizes up to 700x40c (with space for much wider than 40mm depending on the tire brand). It is also designed to fit 650×2.1″ tires depending on how big the tread.
The Chris Cross sits somewhere between a touring and cross geometry — a bit similar to the Diamondback Haanjo Trail and even the Co-op Cycle ARD 1.4 — with a long wheelbase to deliver a comfortable and stable ride.
Both the seat stay and chain stay bridges have a threaded bolt insert for fender mounting. In addition, the frames will have a replaceable rear dropout insert with a fender eyelet.
Depending on which options you choose, such as fork and paint color, a Chris Cross frame will set you back around $2000. Beyond that, Fat Chance will have a variety of build kits from Ritchey, Praxis, SRAM, Shimano and more — details will be available around May.