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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 19, 2018

5 5

This bike is from Niner's RLT stable and to me stands out as the most fitting bike of that range to bear the acronym of the Road Less Traveled. The steel frame is smooth but stiff. Yeah, it weighs more than it's Aluminum and Carbon counterparts but the weight pales in comparison the ride quality of the Reynolds 853. The bike also has bolts for almost any pannier or rack combination you can think of. This latest iteration of the steel frame has a lower BB drop which makes it even more stable. And really, the only difference geometry-wise between this bike and the RLT RDO is a 5mm longer chain stay, which makes room for wider tires and less "racier" feel. Make sure you Frame Saver this beast before putting it together and it'll last you for decades. I don't really consider myself a roadie by any stretch of the word, but when the trails are crap I reach for this bike to get some extra miles in. I think the best part about this bike is it's versatility. It could be a commuter, light tourer, city bike (setup singlespeed), and even a cyclocross/mixed terrain racer (Crusher etc). Highly recommend!

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

5 5

This stand is industry standard. I've never worked in any bike shop that has used any alternative. Easy centering, easy adjustment, durable, and essential if you want to get any actual wheel work done and have professional results. It's worth the price you pay if you tend to tweak rims, need to build wheels etc. You can even add attachments for wheel disc brake repair which is handy.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

5 5

I ride the BB30 through crap conditions on a single speed drivetrain and they last about 4 years between having to replace the bearings if you are the type to ride it and forget it. It's an easy DIY replacement even with the press fit. You just need to make sure you have the right tools. Best to have Park Tools BBT 30.4 or BB 30.3 tool in order to punch out the old bearings. Suggested to use Park's press tool HHP-2 or HHP-3 to press the new bearings in, or you can do it the ghetto way and use a really long, heavy gauge, threaded machine screw and some washers and use the press cups that come with the BBT 30 tool.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

5 5

These tires were built to be a long lasting gravel tire that can do double duty on the pavement and that's exactly what they do. The center tread feels great rolling over gravel as well as chip seal and pavement, with less vibration than even Schwalbe's G-One tire. Where I've really noticed this tire shine is how the block tread on the sides helps hold on in loose corners. Like another reviewer said, they're not great if you're just doing mostly pavement with some mixed gravel, but that's not what these tires were made for. The brown sidewalls are also a nice touch. They give my bike a real classy look.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

5 5

Niner's carbon post looks great paired with my Niner bike. But beyond those good looks performance-wise you could as for a better post. The post strikes a nice balance between putting watts down and comfort over the bumps. Plus it's lightweight and not nearly as expensive as other carbon posts. The slate grey color is, in my opinion, covert enough to rock on any bike not just a Niner.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

4 5

Easton is one of the finest maker of aluminum things and this stem is a stunning example of that heritage. It's understated, lightweight and tough to take whatever a road or trail could throw at it. 4 bolt makes for hassle free removal and keeps the torque tension on the bars low. Great stem for a great price.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

4 5

You really can't go wrong with these bars. The drop is shallow and the reach isn't too deep making it so you can stay the drops without a pain in the neck. It doesn't absorb the bumps like carbon bars but with some thicker bar tape you can keep serious cash in the bank! I went with 46cm bars for added leverage and control.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on December 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I made a big jump when this bike came out and put my 5010 up for sale. I spent 3 years on a 5010 and decided I wanted to try both bigger wheels and bigger travel. I haven't looked back since. This bike is so much fun and ridiculously fast. I'll admit, it climbs slower than the 5010. But it is far and away more fun, more stable, and much faster once your point it downhill. I built this with a Lyric 160 and some bombproof industry nine wheels and feel that I could take on anything. So far I've ridden this all over Park City, St. George, and Moab, including down the Whole Enchilada, and have had nothing but smiles. The DPX shock has been great and the bike has handled with relative ease, and amazing composure, anything I've thrown at it.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on December 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update to my review below. I've now used a color variety of this saddle on 3 different bike builds. I've logged 2000 plus miles across those bikes and have loved this saddle the whole time. My definite go to. Seems like a recurring them from other reviewers. Buy this saddle, ride it, get a new bike, buy this saddle again.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on December 20, 2017

5 5

I've tried a few different droppers, and so far I like this one paired with a 1x wolftooth remote the best. These post is extremely smooth up and down. I've had both this version and the factory and both have worked flawlessly. Remotes are sold separately, I never tried the fox version but have really liked the wolftooth option.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on December 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this helmet, the fit and comfort is amazing. Took a spill in my old one, the helmet protected me as expected, but made a new one necessary. I came straight back to the Octal as my replacement choice. I use this helmet for all disciplines of cycling and have zero complaints.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 25, 2017

5 5

I have grown to love these brakes. It took a few rides to get used to the bigger levers (coming from xtr levers), but now they feel great. It also took 100 miles or so to get these really bedded in and dialed but they are feeling great now. I'm about 250 miles into them and no issues. They were very easy to bleed on setup and I love the 4 pad/piston up front and the dual in the rear. Best of weight and stopping power in my opinion. I would definitely build another bike with these.

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