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    86 Fat Chance Build & Fork Questions

    I recently picked up this FC Kicker (86-389) from Fleabay on a 2nd chance offer (4th actually). The bike was advertised incorrectly, but FC's don't come up a lot in my size.

    The box crown fork is immaculate, but does not appear to be original; it's too clean. Anybody guess who made it? The frame has a little rust in the seat tube, but no worse than my 87. The previous owner repainted the frame, but it looks like they did not strip the old paint first. The BB is new. I think for now I'll leave it alone. I'll pull off the "Wicked" decals though.

    Which Shimano group is period correct for this frame? The Deerhead group is found on a lot of 86 bikes, but I've also seen the M730.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Forgot the pic of the crown:
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    Hey. I was bidding on that too.

    I asked the seller about the fork. He said that the fork was a replacement fork made in the late 80's by Fat Chance. He said that he damaged the original fork and the replacement was a "heavy duty" version of the fork.

    Nice pick up! That's a great looking frameset.
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    Sorry about that Laffeaux Good to know about the fork. Did they make any Fats with Wicked-like geometry before 87? The seller insisted it was a Wicked (but it's definitely an 86 & has the guides above the BB). Thoughts on which group?

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    86 is deerhead. 87= M730,
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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