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    Top 5 Skills: Improve Your Mountainbiking Technique

       Words by David Hicks

       on 22/05/2019 12:13:06

    Feeling rusty after winter? Tired of people stealing your hard earned KOM’s? Building fundamental skills does take time, but is also hugely rewarding. These skills will allow you to carry more speed, hit bigger jumps and ride new trails all with less effort than ever before. Start small, master these top five skills how-to's below and feel on top of your game ready for Summer!

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    Looking Ahead

    Keep your eyes off the front wheel and on the trail ahead. Anticipation is key and is especially important when riding new, unfamiliar trails, allowing you to prepare for trail features and pick the smoothest line through even the toughest terrain. Aim to look as far down the trail as possible to ensure you can predict the terrain before you reach it, leaving you time to prepare for drops, jumps, roots and rocks. Although this one may sound obvious it is easy to fall into the habit of looking at the terrain beneath you, but by giving yourself time to react to obstacles you will always find extra speed on the trail.


    Pumping

    Everyone wants to go faster with less effort – why pedal when you can pump? Pumping is the name given to the ability to generate speed from undulating terrain, pushing the bike downwards into dips and making it light over crests to build speed from the features of the trail. As you enter a depression in the trail or meet the curve at the bottom of a slope, push your weight vertically downwards through the bike and use your weight and power to generate speed. The result will be forwards momentum, keeping you faster on the trail. If you are approaching a crest or roller, perform the opposite of this move by making the bike lighter, lifting your weight up and over the obstacle to prevent losing speed, before pushing that weight vertically down the other side again generate momentum. On the right trail pumping can be even faster than pedalling, saving energy and adding flow. Your local trail centre will be an amazing place to practice this skill, with many having skills areas with purpose-built pump tracks designed to be ridden without pedalling.


    Riding Berms

    Berms are essentially banked corners, and are designed to allow you to carry your speed through turns with a faster entry and exit speed than a flat corner. If you are new to mountain biking, you will quickly find that berms are an absolute staple of Britain’s trail centre network, and can be found on most purpose-built MTB trails. Speed management is the key to riding these features fast and safely, keeping you within the turn and on the bike.

    Skills-2

    An easy way to lose speed in a berm is to enter too fast, which causes the rider to brake midway round the turn and reduces control. To prevent this, it is faster to brake before entering the turn and to let the bank of the corner carry you through with far faster exit speed. This allows you to approach the next section of trail quickly and with composure that would have been lost if you had braked inside the turn.


    The Manual

    Manuals are a versatile skill that not only look uber stylish, but also can be used to pick the front wheel up over obstacles and to generate speed on the trail. The motion for the manual begins by pushing the bike forwards, and the front wheel into the ground. This loads the suspension and compresses the tire, which creates the momentum to lift the front wheel into the air by then shifting weight backwards towards the rear of the bike. Move your weight forward and aft to find your balance point and see how long you can keep the front wheel raised for. If you find yourself tipping backwards pull your back brake to drop the front wheel back down, which will stop you from “looping out” over the back of the bike.


    The Bunnyhop

    The relationship between airtime and speed is a strange one – the less time your tires are on the ground, the less opportunity you have to control your speed with grip and braking. But, a well-executed bunnyhop can be a great way of avoiding nasty trail features and rough sections by simply jumping over them.

    Skills-3

    The bunnyhop begins the same as a manual, but as the front of the bike reaches the top of its arc, dip your heels towards the ground slightly and transition your weight forwards on the bike. This will scoop up the rear wheel and lift both wheels off the ground. To land safely, transition your weight to backwards as the bike reaches peak height in order to level the bike out for landing. The bunnyhop can be used to navigate obstacles such as fallen tree branches and steps and is a top skill to learn if you want to progress your jumping prowess.


    An Overview

    These skills form the basis for many more advanced techniques, giving a fundamental platform to build upon and improve your mountain bike riding skills. There has never been a better time to improve your riding with trail centres popping up all over the UK, and bike technology at an all time high. Why not get out and try some of these skills at your local bike park today!


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