After 12 years of business, the pioneering mountain bike manufacturer Fat City Cycles was insolvent and the brand was sold off in 1994. The company closed its Somerville, Massachusetts doors leaving behind an empty factory and a handful of workers. But what kind of story would this be if that's where it ended? A group of former Fat City employees still had the itch to design and build custom bikes, so they dusted off their work boots, brought out the drawing board, and started their own company. An independent company. A company that would make bikes the way they knew they should be made.