6 Common E-Bike Jumping Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

6 Common E-Bike Jumping Mistakes And How To Avoid Them


(grunts) – We all know that feeling of
flying down your local trail, flowing down it but then you
see that jump in front of you so that time when the e-bike when the wheels come of the ground it can be pretty intimidating, specially if you got the wrong techniques. Today’s video we gonna be taking a look at your common jumping mistakes and how we gonna rectify them. (urban music) So when it comes to common mistakes let’s talk about bike setup
when it comes to jumping. First things first is seat height. When you’re hitting a jump
you wanna be able to get behind that bike and throw
yourself around all over it so get that seat dropped
nicely out the way. If you got a standard dropper just slam it or if you got a normal seat
base get that swivel down right out the way, you need to be able to get
over the back end of the bike. Let’s talk about tire pressure as well if you got soft tires on your
e-bike they kinda squirm a lot so they gonna deform
at the steeper take off and cause a lot of tire
squirm so the bikes gonna feel a little bit unpredictable
on those takeoffs. If you just gonna be doing
jumps alone stick around above 30 psi to allow that tire to stay in it’s normal shape and no squirming. So let’s talk about suspension when it comes to e-bike and jumping. I tend to run a slightly
stiffer suspension set up on my e-bike when I’m gonna be doing jumps add a few psi in your forks and especially into
the rear shock as well. Suspension’s too soft
you gonna find that bikes gonna bottom out on the take off so if it bottoms out it’s
got no energy to be released from that suspension out the takeoff. Also when it comes to
rebound on that shock, specially on the rear, just
make sure it’s not rebounding too fast like at springboard ’cause as soon as you come out that lip that back end’s gonna wanna kick probably try and chuck
you over the handle bars. Okay that’s the bike dialed
in let’s talk about me. Obviously I’m gonna be wearing a helmet up to you if you’re feeling confident an open face is good gives you good vision you can look down see
land, and different things. Feeling a little less
confident stick a full face on so obviously gonna protect you a lot more if things do go wrong. You’re wearing a set of
full fingered gloves, set of knee pads and elbow pads as well, just gives you a little bit
of a confidence out there. (urban music) ‘kay so the biggest mistake
that I see out in the trail when it comes to jumping
is riders expecting that lip to do the work for you. Truth is 70 to 80 percent of that jump is actually done by you and
the preload before the jump. You actually need to
preload that suspension squash the bike down into the lip, not letting the lip do
all the work for you. You let that suspension work,
send that bike over the jump. Let’s talk about preloading that bike before we get to the jump there. So preloading is squashing that bike down getting the riders weight into
the front and the rear shocks getting that bike a bit of a squash down sitting into it’s travel as you go up the face of the takeoff, so you pushing down and into the takeoff rather that trying to go
up and out of the takeoff you squash down and as that
front wheel comes to leaving that jump, that’s when you
need to let that stored energy that you’ve put into the suspension explode up into the
air and that will drive the bike actually up rather
than through the jump. (upbeat music) one of the big mistakes I see riders doing out on the trail too much is hitting jumps way too fast, means they’ve injected too
much speed into that takeoff thinking that they gonna over compensate for a lack of technique on the takeoff by hitting the jump
even harder and faster. Over jump on a jump like
this is just a dangerous if not more so dangerous
than coming up short on it. You really need to look
and adjust that entry speed to the size of the jump
that you’re actually doing. The danger of the over jump is obviously that you gonna sail pass that landing something you should be landing on two wheels together nice and smooth. If you land nice and smooth
on that trail it’s gonna inject a load more speed
and control down the trail. If you land it flat you gonna land really heavy
bottom on that suspension you heads gonna nearly hit your stern you gonna be all out of control it’s gonna look really nasty. So just try adjust your speed to meet that landing perfectly smooth. (mellow upbeat music) Another mistake actually lots of riders do and it’s coming into jumps
with really bad footwork. Where you have your feet
on the approach of a jump and into the takeoff is
really really important. Go all over the place, you’re gonna be going out of that takeoff all sorts of shapes. So when you coming into the jump its really important to
get that set up down, think about what you’re doing,
you getting that pump on. This is if you peddling all the way up and at the takeoff your feet aren’t gonna be in the right place. You haven’t thought about
what you gonna do on that bike you gonna forget about preloading you feet are gonna be all over the place, chances are you gonna
go out of that takeoff with your feet actually not flat, you gonna have one up and one down. Obviously that’s gonna
cause a big imbalance with you in the air could
cause a crash on the landing. Which is vital on any
approach or a takeoff those pedals need to
be level on your bike, if you think you gonna
stick any extra cranks in on the approach to your jump its actually bad news, you
actually gonna be better by thinking about your preload technique getting that dialed is
actually gonna make you go further over that jump than any peddling will do at that takeoff. So in the approach and the
takeoff you really need to keep those pedals level. If you drop a pedal you
could run the risk of clipping that takeoff and
also if you drop a pedal in the air, move that weight it’s gonna feel really nasty too. You really need to get pedals level, it’s gonna keep you nice and balanced up in the air over that jump. (mellow upbeat music) So the nosedive, we’ve all been there probably one of the most nasty experiences when it comes to jumping your e-bike. That back wheel coming up higher
than the back of your head and that front wheel dropping away. It’s a really really
horrible position to be in. So one of the most common
causes of that horrible nosedive it’s actually weight position on the bike means that you’ve come into that jump your weights too far forward,
you’ve gone up that takeoff and your weights shifted even
more far into the handle bars ’cause you’ve gone with that steep face. So how do you remedy
that nosedive situation? It’s quite easy, you just
need to get your weight and your body in the
right position on the bike if you too far forward it’s
gonna do that classic nosedive situation that we’ve already talked about. If you too far back you gonna come out that front wheels just gonna
be going high through the air your handle bars in your face. You really need to be in
that mid zone on the bike slightly rearward on the takeoff and just move into that
neutral zone on the bike. No big weight shift towards
the rear or the front and should be hitting that
jump nice and smoothly. (mellow upbeat music) Sailing over that jump stiff as you like, rigid as a board is not a good
look to have on the trails the dead sailor as it’s
known in mountain biking is when you come into a jump you’ve hit it you not
committed, you not confident, somethings gone wrong with your footwork, you’ve hit it too slow, too
fast, a balance problem, lots of different reasons for where that dead sailor can happen. So performing that dead
sailor in the air is probably gonna lead to a big crash. You not gonna be ready for that landing your bikes gonna feel all
out of shape in the air you’re gonna feel all
out of shape in the air, it’s not a good one to be
doing midair on that jump. So how do remedy that
dead sailor situation? Basically you just need to have
confidence in your abilities if you’re coming into this
jump all stiff, tense, you’re not gonna work correctly and your bikes not gonna work correctly, probably gonna forget about
things like you footwork your feet are gonna be
in the wrong position your weights gonna be
in the wrong position just come into it relaxed,
practice, practice practice. Obviously your confidence
is gonna increase you keep pulling those
jumps nice and safely don’t push too hard too
soon ’cause that can lead to obviously big crashes too. So there you go that’s
my common jump mistakes when it comes to jumping on your e-bike really hope today’s
videos gonna help you guys out there on the trails. Don’t forget if you enjoyed today’s video be sure to check out How To
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