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Industry Ticker: Igleheart/Chris Chance collab yields re-issue of Yo Eddy! Road Fork

Posted by on April 17th, 2017 at 1:44 pm

New fork made in north Portland.
(Photos courtesy Echos Communications)

Portland-based builder Chris Igleheart has teamed up with another bike industry legend on an old fork design made new again. The Yo Eddy! Road Fork is based on the 1995 version first released by Chris Chance of Fat Chance. Now the two bike-making veterans have updated its design to modern standards.

Igleheart works out of his shop on Page Street in North Portland where he specializes in frames and forks. Check out the official release below:

Fat Chance Releases Yo Eddy! Road Fork

Chris Igleheart.

A Timeless Segmented Fork For The Road Less Traveled

Monday, April 17, 2017 — Ashland, OR: Fat Chance Bicycles announces the release of the new Yo Eddy! Road Fork. First released in 1995 by Fat Chance, the Yo Eddy! Road Fork was the first segmented steel fork on the market, fast forward 20 years and she is back with a vengeance! The Yo Eddy! Road Fork has been updated to modern standards, handmade by frame building icon Chris Igleheart in Portland, OR. Igleheart has worked with Chris Chance, founder of Fat Chance since it’s birth in the early 80’s.

Fat Chance relaunched in 2015 producing new versions of their iconic and historic line of bikes, reimagined for modern components and spec. The Yo Eddy! Road Fork is a natural extension of the line, updated to accommodate a 1 1/18 steer with laser cut top caps and struts. The struts themselves are expertly welded onto the Reynolds 853 fork blades. The Yo Eddy! Road Fork responds predictably in its resilience, steel has the ability to flex with road input while inspiring confident cornering and sprinting.

“Since relaunching Fat Chance, the Yo Eddy! Road Fork has been one of the most requested products. More riders are opting for bigger tire clearance and using their road bikes for more than just racing, and the fork speaks to those folks. It’s a durable, light and responsive fork, that just looks downright awesome.” says Chris Chance, owner of Fat Chance. “ It’s been a pleasure working with Igleheart again. We have a great history and he has been making forks for my bikes for decades.”

Yo Eddy! Road Forks are available for purchase either a la carte or with a Slim Chance Road Frame. The forks will be offered in black, as well as a variety of single color options. Contact Fat Chance for full custom paint offerings. While the fork was designed to work as a frameset with the Slim Chance, the Yo Eddy Road Fork is a great upgrade for any bike.

Technical Spec:
– Axle-Crown 368mm
– 1 ⅛ inch Steerer
– Reynolds 853 Blades
– True Temper OX Platinum Steerer
– 28mm Tire Clearance
– 700c Wheel Size
– Weight: 638g (22 oz.) 300mm steerer tube

More info and photos here.

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Steve Scarich
Steve Scarich

Let me guess…$500


Will there be a disc brake version in the future? Seems like that will have a larger market…

Harth Huffman
Harth Huffman

Always liked the look of this fork on mtb’s. This narrower version seems even more stylish. Beautiful bend to the legs and a svelte overall look. Seems like they could also offer a slightly wider version for more of an all-road and gravel option, with tires up to 38mm. But this is cool as-is.

todd boulanger
todd boulanger

Yes, I too wish more bike companies offered the “out dated” curved fork sweep like one used to see of french bikes etc…vs. the ramrod straight fork


My heart! Chris is a true craftsman. It’s totally unfair that Portland has access to so much talent, quality and pedigree in bicycle fabrication. Another reason to be a proud bikie Portlander.