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Chase Skidmore

Chase Skidmore

Wild Places of Utah

Chase Skidmore's Bio

I'm a Utah native. Mountain biking, climbing, and traveling are three of my passions that consume most of my time. Split boarding is becoming my winter obsession.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

This is a great product. Well thought out, easy to setup and adjust, and very durable. My 2 year old is still figuring the thing out, but it's easy to adjust it to his height, and he's getting better at it each day. This will teach him balance and give him confidence to transition over to a pedal bike when he's ready. I don't know if he or I am more excited about it.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I'm giving this 5 stars because it is so good, but it does have one minor flaw. I don't understand why they built the chest pocket the way they did, it is in a funky spot, and gets bunched up. Ok complaint out of the way. This jersey is great, it wicks well, is very lightweight and comfortable. It fits slim, but not skin tight. The standard 3 pockets and full zip makes it perfect for all day epics. Perfect for mountain biking.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the oval. I was skeptical at first, but now I'm running oval on the hardtail and full squish. The direct mount is so clean and easy. 0 dropped chains, 0 shifting issues, just pedaling efficiency and mountains of PRs. I find myself able to keep my speed up better while climbing without burning myself out, and I feel just as fast, or faster on the way down. 1x drive chains just got even better.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on June 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll be honest, these are not my daily go to gloves, just because I usually opt for a little padding. But they are light, well-designed, and they fit well for the days when I want the most minimalist glove I can find. Also, I love the finger details for brake lever grip, and the poppy bright colors.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on June 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always go with a size L in gloves and these are spot on. The graphics are unique and so far they've been pretty solid. I've got a couple hundred miles on these and they are still going strong. Definitely the top pick out of the last 4-5 pairs of gloves I've had.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

I upgraded my Seca 800 recently with this bad boy. It is insanely bright! Everything is dialed in with the light as I've come to expect from light and motion. The cord reaches a jersey with ease. It mounts to a handlebar or helmet easily, and the battery is shaped to hug a seatpost if you don't want to carry a pack or throw it in your jersey pocket. Depending on where you mount it. No issues for me so far, I never had any in the 3 years I've had my seca 800 either, so I think it should be smooth sailing. Battery life is great. If you want to ride fast at night, and maybe blind some unsuspecting night hikers at the same time, than this light is for you.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

Solid Saddle
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Built up a new bike over the winter and went out on a limb and bought this saddle. I wanted to try something new and customize my sizing a little bit. I went with the medium based on my measurements as other reviews have mentioned. Once I got all the new bike tweaks out of the way and the saddle positioned where I needed it I realized I'd made a great decision on a comfortable, durable, and stylish saddle. Happy with my purchase and looking forward to many more miles of riding.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

Amazingly Comfortable
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet fits wonderfully. It is extremely light and ventilated. I can wear a buff or cap underneath in cooler weather. The dial is easy to adjust and get perfect. Very nice helmet that is superbly designed and manufactured.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on January 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I built up a new bike with this as a front tire literally a few days before the snow blanketed the trails in Utah. I got a few rides in then, and have been able to make a few winter trips down south for some more riding. I don't have a full season of riding on this tire but I have enough time to know it grips well and holds up to mountain and desert riding. The side wall on this tire seemed really soft out of the box, but so far no issues with punctures from sharp rocks etc. This tire is a good in-between for grip and weight.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I built up a new bike with the M8000 drivetrain literally a few days before the snow blanketed the trails in Utah. I got a few rides in then, and have been able to make a few winter trips down south for some more riding. I don't have a full season of riding on this stuff, but I have enough miles to know that Shimano has taken it's XT performance, reliability, and durability and added an 11th gear. Smooth shifts, durable parts, and a smaller price tag then XTR or the SRAM 1x11 drivetrains (X0 and XX) make this an obvious choice to make your rig go to 11. Plus no XD driver! I have had 0 shift issues since I've been running this shifter. I look forward to many more miles of frustration-free shifting.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

I built up a new bike with the M8000 drivetrain literally a few days before the snow blanketed the trails in Utah. I got a few rides in then, and have been able to make a few winter trips down south for some more riding. I don't have a full season of riding on this stuff, but I have enough miles to know that Shimano has taken it's XT performance, reliability, and durability and added an 11th gear. Smooth shifts, durable parts, and a smaller price tag then XTR or the SRAM 1x11 drivetrains (X0 and XX) make this an obvious choice to make your rig go to 11. Plus no XD driver! I have had 0 shift issues since I've been running the XT setup. Shimano kept the pricetag down here with a steel and aluminum mix on the cassette, small weight penalty, but added durability. I look forward to many more miles of frustration-free shifting.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I built up a new bike with the M8000 drivetrain literally a few days before the snow blanketed the trails in Utah. I got a few rides in then, and have been able to make a few winter trips down south for some more riding. I don't have a full season of riding on this stuff, but I have enough miles to know that Shimano has taken it's XT performance, reliability, and durability and added an 11th gear. Smooth shifts, durable parts, and a smaller price tag then XTR or the SRAM 1x11 drivetrains (X0 and XX) make this an obvious choice to make your rig go to 11. Plus no XD driver! I have had 0 shift issues since I've been running this mech. I look forward to many more miles of frustration-free shifting.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on November 6, 2015

A Sure Upgrade
5 5

I recently parted ways with my 2013 Santa Cruz Solo (purchased before the name change). I had mixed emotions about parting with such an amazing bike, but any doubts I had where quickly quelled within 20 feet of pedaling on my new rig. The 2016 5010 is absolutely an improvement over the prior model.
Pedaling is even more efficient, and slightly more upright. Mash on those pedals and you'll be propelled uphill with stiff carbon and little movement in the suspension. Turn back around and open this thing up. The new VPP, added travel, and geometry tweaks make this bike a rocket on the downhill. While it won't handle as big of hits as the Bronson, it'll be more forgiving on poor line choices than it's predecessor.
This bike definitely fulfills it's intended purpose and is ready for long rides in varying terrain, and will always provide a huge smile to the rider. My only complaint is that summer is ending here in Utah and I can't ride this more!
I'm 5'9" and probably right between medium and large (I have really long arms and legs). I went with the Medium to save some weight and go for a less stretched out more flickable frame.