Until the advent of the Fat Ti, the Team Comp was the most exclusive Fat Chance made by the boys in Sommerville.
This link has a little bit about its history:
This is a quote from Scott Bengston who welded ALL the Team Comps for Fat back then:
Wish I had something to trade for that!!
The George Wilson dropouts are cast from 17-4 PH stainless steel (the PH stands for precipitation hardening). I welded them to the 4130 tubes using SS 309L filler metal. I think by 1990 I was purging the insides of the chainstays when I was welding them but I'm not 100% sure now. The GW drops were at least 10 times the price of steel Shimano drops but so much nicer! We used some other stainless drops later that were machined from plate but I forget who made those.
The tube set was a mix of Dillsburg aircraft 4130 and Tange Prestige which was much more expensive than the True Temper since it was was seamless drawn tubing. All of the True Temper tubing that was 1" diameter and larger was seam welded. The Tange tubing was imported from Japan and it was made in a Japanese factory and not in Taiwan or mainland China. It was nice stuff but it was really intended to be brazed. The True Temper tubing actually welded better. The early Team Comps also came with a box crown fork that used Tange blades and a Columbus steerer tube that was rifled. Since we had a number of box crown forks fail, I think that's why that one has a unicrown. I think we used Campy dropouts for the forks. I don't remember using stainless for the front drops.
I welded virtually all of the Team Comps that came out of Somerville from 87 on since they were the high end of high ends and Chris only wanted me to weld them. We had some other good welders but I was the lead and the only certified inspector and welding engineer on the staff.
She still looks pretty good for a bike that has obviously been ridden and that was always our intent. It s nice that there are still some pretty ones tucked away for posterity but the ride is what makes them so special. We can thank Chris for that!
Somerville chief welder 1986 -1994
Anyway, this bike is a worthy "keeper" It is built up with period correct parts: Full XT. A Strong seatspost, Fat Chance handlebar (as I'll take off the titec bar). Thumb shifters. It has modern tyres but you could track down a set of gum-wall tyres from First Flight Bikes if you really wanted a period correct show piece. I've pup plenty of miles on it, but it juuuuust a little big for me. I'd like it to go to someone that will appreciate and ride it.