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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

Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on July 17, 2018

True to the Name
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bike is legitimately a Jet. It is extremely fast and efficient on the ups and tracks well and handles basically everything on the way down. Modern geometry with 5 inches of travel has been perfect for my style of riding. I won't shy away from a climb, but always with the purpose of getting to a fun descent. I've taken this bike on everything from peak bagging missions to laps through the local flow trials. Basically everything a trail bike should be, with plenty of options for building the perfect setup.
I'm 5'9" with a fairly long reach and I opted for the speed and stability of a size L frame.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on May 24, 2018

5 5

These shoes fit just like a Salomon running shoe. They fit true to size and are extremely comfortable. So far no durability issues, I'm about 200 miles in. The only complaint I can come up with is that the top velcro strap is really stiff, and you can crank it down too tight pretty easily. It took me a few rides to figure out where it needed to be to avoid cutting into my ankle or being uncomfortable. Pedaling feels like a pretty normal bike shoe, but the fit feels like a regular shoe.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on May 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've run oval rings on my last 3 bikes. I've had a variety of brands and options, but this is by far my favorite so far. This works flawlessly with my eagle setup and allows me to take even more advantage of the giant range of gears on the 12 speed setup. Keep things compatible and spinning smoothly with a perfect fit for you eagle setup.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on May 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had zero issues with this axle/tool kit. It's been nice to know that my tools are ready to go within my axle every time I go ride. The tools are functional and have helped me do on the trail maintenance/repair multiple times. Plus with all the I9 color options you can add a little flash to your axles. Ditch the pack and keep your tools in the bike.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on March 2, 2018

4 5

Do you like creaky bottom brackets? I don't. That's why I got this bottom bracket. Wheels MFG has figured it out with PF30-SRAM/GXP conversions. Solid bearings and serviceability. This BB isn't my first experience with Wheels MFG... I know for a fact they have awesome and responsive customer service.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on March 2, 2018

4 5

This is a solid 11 speed chain. You could spend twice as much and save 3g on the 1170 chain (or nearly 3x as much on the Red and save 17g...). But why would you do that? Just get this one. I've used almost all of Sram's chain offerings and haven't noticed a significant difference between them. As all chains stretch eventually just save yourself some cash since you're not really saving grams. And with all Sram chains PowerLock FTW!

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on March 2, 2018

5 5

If you want a no nonsense, inexpensive, get the job done 1x crankset this one is it. Yeah, its 120g heavier than its Force 1 big brother but you pay almost a dollar per gram more. The Rival 1 crank features the same removable spider as the other cranksets in the SRAM road line up which makes it perfect for mounting up direct mount chainrings. I dig the sleek, non-distracting look of this crankset and I'm looking forward to many happy miles on it.

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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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