Five Advanced Skills To Master On Your Mountain Bike

Five Advanced Skills To Master On Your Mountain Bike


– Ugh, Neil, I’ve been thinking, what are the five most top advanced tips to riding a mountain bike? – Well, Blake, I think hop,
drift, brakes, jump, drops. – What, all at the same time? – No, no, no. Let’s take a look at them individually. (upbeat electronic music) Number one in the advanced skills list is the Bunny Hop. Yes, it’s not really a
super high level skill by itself, but it’s what you can use that Bunny Hop for, that
really makes a difference. For example, hitting big jumps. (whooshing of bike through air) Nice – Or when it comes to a human sleeping on a trail, you can use
it to hop over them. (laughing) (upbeat electronic music) – To be a really good rider. – And ride fast. – You need some really good brake control. – Exactly. It’s not just all about brakes, each individual brake reacts
differently to your bike. – Yes, for example, your
front brake occasionally you’ll overuse it to
pick up the back wheel, maybe in some trialsy
sections, or for some really tight corners, and then actually think about coming off
that front brake completely in corners. – Where as the back
brake, we all know what that one does, but that you can use that, to get round real tight corners. Just by skidding. (upbeat electronic music) – Moving on from brake
control is actually learning how to drift. This is essential because
when you start riding fast, you are gonna get out of
control, and you don’t want to be in that situation of panic. So it’s learning about
balancing your weight front to rear so the traction is balanced on the front and back tyre. (upbeat electronic music) – Right. Jumping. This is a top skill when it
comes to mountain biking. Without jumping, you’re
limited to the trails you can ride. There’s a lot of people out there that are very good at riding bikes, but lack the skill to jump, so all I’m saying, start small, work your way up, get a lot of confidence, you could end up riding one
of these jumps behind me. Jump montage! (driving rock music) (laughing) – When you start ridin
drop offs on the trail, you need the technique to
keep your front wheel up, so you mash the landing. And that is the manual. You really need that so you can slow in, so if my front wheel pops off this, it’s gonna tighten up my
bars and all that weight is going forward, so nice manual technique is used on this one. When starts coming to bigger drop offs and you’re going faster,
you need less technique, so actually you just
slide the bike forward, you do go into that heel stance position, but you don’t need that big pump to keep the front wheel up. – So there you go. Not all at the same time. – No, who’d a thought? Click over here on this logo to subscribe. Totally free! – And click here for Bunny Hop challenge. – Click over here for how to drift. – And don’t forget to
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