5 Trials Skills That Every Mountain Bike Rider Should Know – MTB Skills

5 Trials Skills That Every Mountain Bike Rider Should Know – MTB Skills


So we made a video about how to ride
switchbacks and I was actually using a bit of a trial skill to pick up the back wheel
and get around those real tight corners. And we had a few comments asking about how
to do that, so we thought why not make a video on our top trial skills that every
mountain biker can benefit from? ♪ [music] ♪ So, these are all really useful
for low speed riding situations. First thing I would do is practice my
track stand. I’m turning my wheel in into that slope and pressure into my front
pedal. I’ve also found a spot on the floor to stare at to help me keep my
balance. So I’m pushing, letting off, pushing against that pedal to keep my
balance, also using my brakes. So that’s really useful where you might
have a really tight turn or just a really slopy piece of track where the better your
balance is, the easier it will be to keep your feet on the
pedals and keep riding. Next up is the wheelie.
So, I’m going to use my pedals and my weight, powering in and
drop my hips back at the same time. What I’m really trying to do here
is just pop the front wheel. I’m not trying to hold a long wheelie. For
now, let’s just thinking about popping that front wheel really good for getting
up and over trees, rocks, roots, anywhere that we haven’t got much speed
and you can’t use a good manual. You got to keep your thing on the back
brakes, because if it goes too high, hit the back brake, it’s going
to bring it down. Okay, so now we’re going to
look at a bunny hop and then move that on slightly
to a side hop. We have got a more in-depth video on how to bunny hop on the channel,
so search that one out if you’ve not seen it, but really it’s a case of making
sure that you use your hips to do this and not a pull on the arms and legs. So down and back, up and
forward to lift the wheels. That’s really useful for getting over any
edges in the track like rocks or roots and for really unweighting on the trail. Now,
we’re gonna move that on to a side hop, which is really good for getting
out of ruts and drastic changes lying on the track. So, same method as a bunny
hop with a big pump rolling back to get a manual and
then stand it up and forwards, I’m doing one wheel at a time, I’m just
adding a bit of a twist into it. I’m actually pulling a little bit
on the bars to begin with, send the bars to the left. Now, we’re gonna look at an endos. This
is all about getting the back wheel off the floor using your front brake and your
weight. So the way to do this is first do a pump, then bring your hips up and
forwards towards the bars and apply that front brake. Once you’ve got the hang of that and
you haven’t sent yourself over the bar, you can start doing a rolling endo
or a stoppie. Same thing, I’m just going to keep the bike moving. That’s really useful for picking
your back wheel up on things like switchbacks, where the corner
might be so tight you can’t ride a nice line around it. Get good at
your rolling endo and add a bit of a twist to that, by twisting your hips and pushing
your feet, and the back wheel will start turning really, really good but
it takes a bit of practice. Okay, so get out of there, stop playing
around, all these little trial skills can be practiced anywhere, just find
yourself a little bit of space. For more videos, you can click up here
for our how to bunny hop. And then if you click down here,
it’s our how to ride single track faster video, where we show you using
how to bunny hop to get up and over rocks and things,
but also starting to double up sections of the trail. We actually made
this video, if you saw some of your comments asking for it, so if there’s
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