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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 Skidmorewrote 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 Skidmorewrote 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 Skidmorewrote 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 Skidmorewrote 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 Skidmorewrote 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.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2015

The Whip Needs New Shoes
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wheels are awesome! I actually have the TR version. The DT 240s all blacked out look amazing. I've got this on a Niner one9 RDO and the thing flies. Acceleration is fast and effortless and wheels are amazing stiff yet damp enough to make the hardtail ride like a dream. Running with Vittoria Sagauro and Barzo, both of which I setup tubeless with just a floor pump. Many miles on the wheels so far and no issues with spoke tension or any other issues.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2015

Go Wherever You Want
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this bike. The bike is extremely comfortable, compliant on rougher terrain, but stiff and efficient. The build from GT is spot on. Ultegra with disc brakes is amazing, the wheels and hubs are out of this world. Dabble in a few 'cross races, grind the firebreak roads, go on a 200k ride, explore some singletrack. Whatever and wherever you want, the Grade can handle it.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an awesome bike. Equally good at going up or downhill. Geometry and suspension instill confidence and ability to handle higher speeds. Really soaks up the bumps and lets you go over roots and rocks that you used to go around. SRAM drivetrain works flawlessly. Only issue was getting rid of some rear brake squeal that took a little patience ….. resolved with a larger diameter rotor and new pads.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these in lieu of the more expensive XTR rotors for a bike with XT brakes. They are definitely heavier and more shiny than XT or XTR rotors. Stopping power seems to be the same. And I've had no noise issues. I have no complaints but next go around I'll probably go XT or XTR just for the weight savings and better aesthetics.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded to shimano brakes on a bike, went 180 front and rear. No squeals, no chatter, just stopping power. 180 rotors require adapters, but they are cheap and easy to figure out, and you can find them here
www.competitivecyclist.com/shimano-disc-brake-adaptors
Buy these, install them, and go shred. Simple.
Every bike I own from here on will have Shimano brakes and rotors.

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