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Scott Gartman

Scott Gartman

Salt Lake City, UT

Scott Gartman's Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross
Mountain Biking

Scott Gartman's Bio

I've spent the majority of my life in the frigid rust-belt. Made the move to Utah and am not looking back! If you're looking for some great riding - come visit Utah! I've ridden as well as raced Road, Cross, and MTB. I've done long rides and short rides. Group rides, solo rides. I enjoy helping those that are just getting into the sport just as much as seasoned veterans. If you have any questions about cycling, bikes, bike parts, dating advice(jk) please hit me up! Direct Line: 801-204-4588 -Scott

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on October 20, 2017

Great early winter choice
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A great early winter glove. I would find these perfect for 45-55 degrees. Great dexterity and no bulk whatsoever. This is a great fleece glove, and I can post my Instagram photos with the touchscreen compatible fingers. No silly Velcro closure, just a reliable stretchable cuff, and no padding( my preference). Would not recommend for much colder than 45 degrees, but excellent above that.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on October 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My first test has taken this on a brisk 48 degree day. I climbed up Big Cottonwood Canyon gaining about 2000ft elevation gain before plummeting back down. The Windstopper did what it is supposed to do. Stop the wind. I think this jersey will have a range of appropriate temperatures depending on baselayer used. I could see that being in the 40-55 range most comfortably. I really liked the cuffs on the sleeves- perfect for tucking in or putting over gloves- depending on which gloves you have.

My favorite feature was the built in ‘vest/inner liner’- This was perfect as the climb up I was heating up quick and opened the outer layer up. Zipped it back up at the turnaround and let the Windstopper do its thing on the descent. 5’11 175lbs the large fits great.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on September 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Everybody could use this.- an essential piece. It packs so small. I use it for hiking, camping, and biking. Super lightweight, and a nice light or just-in-case shell to own. I would recommend. Slimmer fit than some other patagonia stuff- I still went with a medium and it works great!

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on August 1, 2017

Fantastic choice of wheels
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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That's the sound you'll make as you whiz by with your Industry Nine hubs. Terrific engagement. The wheels are stiff, reliable, the hubs are fantastic. I enjoy the buzz because I'm a 5 year old on the inside. I have these mated to my Pivot Mach 429 trail and have been thoroughly impressed. Had ENVE m60 HV and Ibis Carbon wheels previously.

Give me a ring or shoot me an electronic mail if you want to chat wheels for your off-road bicycle.

Direct-801-204-4588
email- sgartman@backcountry.com

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on August 1, 2017

Brand new ZIPPs for how much?!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I explain the wheels. Then I mention the price. I can almost feel the double take, the jaw drop, the wide-eyes opening through the phone.

Weight- Respectable - 1645g
Weight limit- Great- 250lbs
Performance- Fantastic- 45mm all-arounders, made in Indianapolis, attainable Zipps built with speed and reliability in mind
Value- Expletive Phenomenal $1500

Brake pads aren't included- So you will want to pick up the Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pads as well. Item #ZIP0220

I'd give these 4 stars- but factoring in the price they easily get bumped to a 5.
Please give me a ring to my direct at my desk phone number 801-204-4588 or an electronic mail to sgartman@backcountry.com if you have questions or would like to get a set of these for your riding pleasure.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on July 10, 2017

A light bicycle that feels solid
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've taken this bike out for a few rides now and am really impressed. Now, I had never actually ridden a Ridley before and have heard from co-workers and customers alike that have had great things to say.. but it was my chance now.

This is a fantastic deal on a great riding road frame... oh and this one weighs 1100 grams frame AND fork.

Sizing: I am 5'11 and fit perfectly for most brands stock 56cm frame. On this bike I fit a 'M' frame. Please reach out if you do have specific sizing questions.



Looks: Well you can't be cruising around the neighborhood on something ugly now can you? Luckily this bike looks the part- nice almost classic look to it- no aerodynamic camm tail hyper fin robotic carbon dragon wings here. Heck, I'd consider getting a poster made to go next to my collection consisting of Kelly Kapowski and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.


Ride: What we're all waiting for: Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. It rides like a high quality road bike should. Super light (Helium Superlight by name) the thing rockets up the mountain. I was actually quite impressed with the descent almost more so than going up. I knew it was going to fly going up with a name like helium super light. So bombing down Guardsmans Pass (though not as fast as the Tour of Utah guys) I was stoked to see how smooth, stiff, and planted it felt.

This a great base for your dream build. So many options you can have with this as your blank canvas. Give me a ring or email if you have any specific questions on my ride impressions, build options, why Sagan should still be in the tour, sizing, etc.



Scott Gartman Gearhead- 801-204-4588 sgartman@competitivecyclist.com

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on July 10, 2017

THIS IS THE CHAMPION, MY FRIENDS
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Best deal we have on a road bike right now. I've taken this bike out for a few rides now and am really impressed. Now, I had never actually ridden a Ridley before and have heard from co-workers and customers alike that have had great things to say.. but it was my chance now.

Okay, first off lets talk about the elephant in the room. YES this bike is under $5,000. YES this has Sram E-tap, YES this has Zipp carbon wheels. NO there isn't a typo.

Sizing: I am 5'11 and fit perfectly for most brands stock 56cm frame. On this bike I fit a 'M' frame. We actually do have a few Large frames as well. Please reach out if you do have specific sizing questions.

Looks: Well you can't be cruising around the neighborhood on something ugly now can you? Luckily this bike looks the part- nice almost classic look to it- no aerodynamic camm tail hyper fin robotic carbon dragon wings here. And gosh those Zipps to top it. Heck, I'd consider getting a poster made to go next to my collection consisting of Kelly Kapowski and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Ride: What we're all waiting for: Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. It rides like a high quality road bike should. Super light (Helium Superlight by name) the thing rockets up the mountain. Compact crank makes spinning up a breeze. I was actually quite impressed with the descent almost more so than going up. I knew it was going to fly going up with a name like helium super light. So bombing down Guardsmans Pass (though not as fast as the Tour of Utah guys) I was stoked to see how smooth, stiff, and planted it felt.

The new 302 wheels are 90% of the 303s with a lot of money saved. You still get the stiffness, and the aerodynamics, you just don't have the dimples or the firecrest shape of the rim.

The bike is an animal. An attractively priced animal. We can even swap components if desired. Give me a ring or email if you have any specific questions on my ride impressions, the components, why Sagan should still be in the tour, sizing, etc.

Scott Gartman - direct to my ears phone number- 801-204-4588 sgartman@competitivecyclist.com

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

If I were an owl I would yell HOOT
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bike is a ripper! I took this bike for a good loop in our beautiful backyard we like to call Park City, UT. I chose a large at 5'11- it fits like a glove. I was quite impressed with the handling- quick around the switchbacks. As one were to expect, this was a bomber pointed down.

This bike loves to go fast. I've ridden many a bike, and this can keep up with the best of them. Rolling through some techy terrain you bomb through it- the bike will feel balanced and planted- don't worry you can get jumpy if you want to.

Now besides this XT build, we also have options to do frame up custom builds. I'd be glad to assist in making your dream bike your reality bike.

150mm of squish, 67degreet HT.... Available in ORANGE! What's not to love?

If you have any questions on this or comparable bikes, please don't hesitate to reach out to my direct phone number: 801-204-4588 sgartman@backcountry.com -Scott Gartman

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

Just like Smokey and the Bandit
5 5

Burt Reynolds got it. You need a Firebird to get you through the tough times. 170mm of travel, the efficient Pivot DW-Link, a screaming bird. These are the ingredients one needs to ****CAWWWWWWWWWWW*********** excuse me.. I just heard the Firebird scream by. As I was saying, those are the ingredients needed to make a 170mm bike that can be zippy on the climbs and an absolute beast pointed down.

Playing around in Moab, I may have been able to take a nap and let the bike go on auto-pilot when the terrain goes down You're buying this bike if you're shuttling or taking the lift. But, you can certainly pedal this with ease. Please reach out if you have any questions, or want to chat bikes.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Every time Osprey. Every single time I purchase one of your products I love them. The fit is fantastic and comfortable. Plenty of room and secret hidden pockets. The new bladders are much easier to fill now versus the old screw cap style. I will continue to buy Osprey because they make superior products.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on April 7, 2017

Great helmet!
5 5

I love KASK- they are my go to for helmets. This helmet is no exception. Great as an aero helmet. But... ALSO good as a cooler weather helmet. The big vent is a nice feature for changing temperatures. I use it primarily in cooler weather and it works great. I am a small in every other brand- a Kask Medium works great.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on March 20, 2017

Great bike for a number of factors
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Fac who? Pretty new to the scene, Factor originated as an off-shoot of a high-tech engineering company. With the purpose of making marvelous super-bikes. The official ride of AG2R-La Mondiale for 2017; these are set to help produce some podium spots.

I was able to take this beauty out for several rides; it was nice to get a good idea of what this was all about. The bike rides like you would expect in a high end aero frame. It feels fast. Geo is racey- (make sure you have a core) Puts the power down. I think they look fantastic, and the downtube is quite the conversation piece. I wasn't a huge fan of integrated bar/stem; but other than that a very fast bike that is filled with innovation, technology, and beautiful craftsmanship.

Let me know if you have any questions, or want to get the wheels rolling on an order. My direct line is 801-204-4588.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on November 14, 2016

Stiff, Zippy wheels.
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had the chance to take these on a few rides, and so far have come away impressed. While being stiff when I drop the Gavel, they also spin up when it's time to go.

At 1390g for the pair they're pretty dang light- without any hesitation or flex. The engagement of the instant drive 360 hubs is instantaneous which adds to the quick responsive feel of these. These sure are an upgrade from my Mavic Ksryium Elites circa 2010.


The ITGmax braking track provides exceptional braking with confidence, and with a 265lb Mavic recommended weight limit assures that these are tough wheels that can be used for both training and racing.

If you have any questions- or just want to chat bikes- hit me up!

Scott Gartman: Expert Gearhead-Bike
801-204-4588
sgartman@backcountry.com

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on November 10, 2016

Great choice for an enduro bike
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Heck- these things are raced in DH races. That has to automatically make this ride sweet. The switch infinity helps this big boy climb more than just 'decently'. Just like the rest of the SB line that uses the switch infinity the bike wants to push forward.

The rider profile of this bike:
-Enjoys having extra weight (in their wallet)
-Enjoys jumps, drops, hucks, and pointing their bike down the hill
-Enjoys large smiles while riding

Want to hit up the local bike park? Perhaps take a bikecation to Whistler? Just like to point it down and throw some whips? This bike is for you. If you have a XC bike and looking to expand your collection- this would be great as your 'bike bike'.

Listen, this build is an absolute fantastic value. This is a high dollar frame and it is specced so well. Nothing can touch this bike at this price.

If you have any questions or just want to chat bikes hit me up!
Scott Gartman: Expert Gearhead-Bike
801-204-4588
sgartman@backcountry.com

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on November 10, 2016

5 5

Didn't have the cheddar for a full merino wool jersey- so I picked up this piece. Very Impressive for the price point! Fit is casual, and comfortable like a typical wool jersey. It is warm and cozy for those 45-60 degree days. Sure Kitsbow, or 7mesh would probably be preferred... but at this price- this jersey is super nice! Plus when you look off into the distance pondering deep thoughts at the coffee shop- you'll look quite stylish in doing so.

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

Mavic- THE ultimate training wheel
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We all know Mavic. We've all been on the couch in July watching the tour watching the Mavic neutral support cars. You can't miss the bright yellow wagons. You may have even been lucky enough to witness the Motorcycles zooming next to Chris Froome as he literally runs the course.

Mavic has been around for a long time....and there are a LOT of other options out there. So, why would one choose Mavic? Well for this particular pair it's almost a no-brainer. First off the wheels are wicked light. And... not the super-fancy-euro-weight-weenie-boutique brands light. Unlike those schmancy boutique wheels: these aren't scary to ride, they don't feel like a round noodle, and they are durable.

These make a wonderful training wheel. They provide a stiff wheel and I would venture to call them snappy. One of the greatest things that I really enjoy about this wheel is the Exalith Brake track.

What the Exalith brake track does is A. provide a more durable brake track- so great for putting miles and miles and miles on them, and B. Stop better! Especially noticeable in less than ideal conditions. Bombing down a mountain in wet conditions is a lot more confidence inspiring with these wheels.

A longer lasting wheel with better stopping in wet conditions, to go along with being stiff, snappy, and lightweight give these wheels a big nod for an excellent all around training wheel.

It's almost 2017. There are lots of wheel options. Mavic is still pumping out some awesome stuff! Did someone say Mavic Cosmic Ultimates for your super-wheel on your dreambuild, or perhaps the XA Pro Carbon option for your off-road machine?

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

I was in need of some baggies. There are so many options out there- it could be overwhelming. I tried these on a whim and have been pleasantly surprised!

- Pockets-WOOHOO (storing things!)
- A variety of colors for all of your styling needs
- Stretchy waist band for superb comfort. Accidentally ate a large pizza last night? Competing with Taco Tuesday? No biggie, throw these bad boys on and you're going to shred in style and comfort. 5'11 with fluctuation between 165-175 depending on current pizza intake conditions(CPIC)

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Scott Gartmanwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

The 4.5 gets a 5
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really really really like this bike. Now, I must say I really do like that flashy green color-but I suppose there is more to a bike than that- lets dive in:

Climbing- This bike climbs tremendously well. The switch infinity link works wonders and the bike just feels like it wants to lurch forward faster and faster going up.

Down-Comfortable and confident, the bike only has 114mm of rear travel. At the end of MAG7 in Moab I was confused. How could a bike with 114mm travel eat this trail up so well? Not sure... Magic perhaps, but it does it well.

The Geo is great. Slack enough to get rowdy and with the switch infinity it climbs so well. The wheels feel tucked up in the bike and because of that it feel very nimble.

I've had several rides on the 4.5 and it remains at the top of my list of favorites. With the 4.5 you can get rowdy in Moab and then go line up and win a XC race.
With this particular SLX build, you are getting a phenomenal bike at a great value.

I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

If you have questions or want to chat bikes- give me a ring.

Scott Gartman: Expert Gearhead-Bike
Direct: 801-204-4588
sgartman@backcountry.com

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