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Chase's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Chase'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.

Chase Skidmore

Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I jumped on the 27.5 train before Santa Cruz had to change the name to 5010. I've never looked back. I LOVE this bike, it rips uphill and down and just feels right. My first ride on it felt like I was on one of those old school remote control car racetracks where the cars have the pins on the bottom that fit into a groove on the track, ie I was glued to the trail and could rip as fast as I dared.
I originally bought a complete build but have since swapped out about every piece of it. I just keep upgrading from the lower end build I bought. Partly so I can differentiate my 5010 from the hoard of others in the office. I now have mine setup with a full carbon cockpit, X01 drivetrain, XT brakes, and Industry Nine wheels. Next upgrade is swapping out the 32 fork as Garson mentions is a little flexy for this beast of a frame.
It is a great all-arounder bike and definitely rides harder and faster than you'd expect a 5inch travel bike could handle. The 27.5 is a perfect medium between the climbing, obstacles, and maneuverability.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got really sick of messing with tire beads and sloppy sealant spilling all over the place. This makes topping off your sealant supply a breeze. Slip out the core, screw this on and dump in the desired amount of sealant. Just wish they'd package it differently. As you can see in the pick, they package these with a big nasty fold in the tube that never comes out. Just make sure to screw the lid back on your bottle of Stan's before you accidentally kick it and spill it all over the floor and you'll never have a mess again.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff works great. Buy the big bottle and add sealant as needed. I find I usually need to add about 2 ounces to my MTB 2 times every riding season. Varies by how hot and dry the Utah summers get and how much time I spend on the bike. As long as you seal the bottle up tight, the sealant will be good for whenever you need it.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are going tubeless you'll want to pick up the full assortment of Stan's pieces and then log onto their site and follow the easy instructions. These work great on any rim I've ever tried and if you have an injector, the removable cores make adding more sealant a breeze.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this guy for a second wheelset for my cross bike. Didn't feel like spending the ultegra price for the back up wheels. Cassette works great and has all the quality of higher end Shimano componentry. If you want to upgrade, spend your money in shifters and derauilliers and save it on the cassette.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these for my wife for her first road bike. She wanted to have both the option of platforms and clips. She's got no complaints. They'll hold up great even though she isn't as meticulous in her bike care as I am. I've never had issues with any Shimano pedals. Only ones I'll use.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think the fact that these things have so many reviews is a good indication of how good they are. They are cheap, strong, and hassle-free. They may be a bit more bulky than other options but they are small and light enough for me. And sure if you really crank on them, they'll snap, but I've snapped fewer of these levers than any other brand.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love this shirt. The material is amazing. I even love the button snaps. Fit is spot on for me. Medium all the way. The shirt is very stretchy, breathes well, and wicks moisture ok. It looks classy enough to wear in the office but is still great for outdoor adventures. After many uses I noticed a little bit of material starting to ball up a little but that was also after a long river trip and having it under my PFD for a few days. No complaints here.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently switched to the Gold Lube when I ran out of the red dry lube. I've got nothing bad to say about this lube. Quick, easy, clean. I like the gold lube because I don't have to apply it as much as the dry. It seems to be great for both mountain and road biking. I haven't notice any more dust accumulation on my mountain bike when riding trails but I have noticed my roadie chain seems to pick up more grit with this lube. Just takes a little bit more to clean it the next lube round.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

3 5

I'll agree with the other reviews here, the sleeves on this shirt are shorter than an average short sleeve button down. The shirt fits slim but I bought my regular size and am fine with how it fits me. The fabric is great and I love the detail on the buttons. I bought the Mosaic Plaid and the blue color is slightly more muted in person.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on April 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this inflator. I've got a few other models and this is my preferred one to use. Plus it looks the coolest and probably was less expensive than my other purchases. Easy to use and hang on to and nothing but the bare essentials. Fits easily in my saddle bag and is a must-have on road rides, much better for me than dealing with a hand pump.

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on April 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the first running specific pack/vest I've ever purchased. I've got to say that it is a HUGE improvement from running with my MTB Camelbak. The vest fits very comfortably. The pockets are a good size and I can even add in a rain jacket with stretchy cable underneath the pocket. Perfect for water, fuel, and a few bad weather just-in-case clothing items. Get out there and run!

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Chase Skidmore wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This lube does a great job cleaning all the grime out of my chain. Decent lubing properties. I find I need to re-apply on my mountain bike every 50 miles or sometimes less. The ease and price of the lube makes re-applications less troublesome. Should help my chain last a good long time.

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