Five Common E-Bike Cornering Mistakes & How To Avoid them

Five Common E-Bike Cornering Mistakes & How To Avoid them


(tires crunching and rolling) – We’re here today at
Tirpentwys Bike Park and this place is absolutely
full of corners and berms. There is no better place to show you all the common cornering mistakes. (upbeat hiphop music) So the classic, you’re coming
in way to hot for a corner and you’re going to blow all your lines, why has this happened? Number one, is that you’ve obviously carried way too much
speed into the corner. It’s way to much to control, you missed you braking point as well, so you need to set a braking point, where you’re going to get
that entry speed down. And lastly you’re going
to miss your line as well, ’cause you’re going to
be all out of control, you’re going to be hitting the loose stuff and maybe firing up the top of the berm. So the way we are going to
get these corners dialed is actually setting a braking point so when you come into a corner, think about where you are
going to slow the bike down, bearing in mind the
weight of the bike too. Pick as line as well,
it’s really important to get the dialed, you need to look ahead, around the corners to make sure you’ve got that line locked in all the way out. Good thing to think about in corners is slow in, fast out. Get on the gas and make that exit sharp. (upbeat hiphop music) The one thing I do
witness out on the trail and it is a pretty scary thing to witness, is riders ride in sat down on their bikes now this is not pretty at all. Really when it comes to riding corners and things like that you
need to get the seat dropped so it’s out of the way. That way you can move the bike around underneath you a lot easier. And also you need to be standing up and if you stood up, it just means that the bike is going to be able to move, the suspension is going to work as the designers wanted it to. The thing is when you sat down and you’ve got all that weight just dead mostly on the rear wheel
bias and on the bike as well. So the bike is going to have weight on the back wheel all the time so you are going to lose front end grip and things like that. so it’s real important to slam
the saddle, stand up tall, look ahead down the trail
and let that bike move. (upbeat hiphop music) One of the biggest
mistakes I see riders do when it comes to riding berms is grab it with a hand full of brakes when they are actually
committed to the berm. Which this is obviously going to disturb the grip, bike’s wheels and the tires, it’s going to disturb your balance. The idea of the berm, is that it’s going to
hold you in the turn. You should commit to it at the start, if you start braking in it, you kind of doubted yourself, it means that you could have potentially slowed down the berm and lose traction. When it comes to riding berms, it’s all about commitment and get that braking done early. The thing is when you come into a berm, you really need to break
it down into three points, the entry, the mid point, and the exit. Just make sure you ride
on that nice high line on that berm, you committed to it, you’re leaning the bike in
and laying off the brakes. As soon as you start grabbing those brakes you begin to disturb the momentum and the grip in the wheels. That way it means that the wheel is going to want to slide down the berm instead of railing it. (upbeat hiphop music) When it come to hitting corners hard, raising your inside pedal
is definitely a good idea. Sometimes I see riders doing
it a little bit too early before they have actually
committed to the corner. The thing is, if there is
rocks and bumps in the way what it can do is just
disturb the grip on your bike and if you get a pedal
high before a corner or across all that bumpy stuff, you’re not very stable on the bike, it’s going to allow your
weight to be all on one side and it’s not going to allow the suspension to work properly and the grip is going
to be sacrificed too. Just make sure that when you
are coming in to a corner that you are not doing it to early. So if you do find yourself setting up that a little bit too early, just wait until the bump
and all the nasty stuff is behind you before you
commit to the corner. Usually a lot of people brake in a section before a corner and that’s
these are is braking bumps. So just make sure you
are off the braking bumps before you drop that foot
and rail into corners. Now, raising your inside
pedal is quite a hot topic. Ah, it does work for some riders and it doesn’t, you know,
for some of the people. A lot of people do coach it, some don’t. It’s kind of finding what works for you. Personally, I do like
to raise my inside pedal when I feel there isn’t a lot of support in the corner but when I’m hitting berms I kind of go for flat foot and switch up. So just see what works for you. (upbeat hiphop music) Now this is a mistake
that I can be guilty of. I tell ya, I was just
on a really hard climb to the top of a trail head, I hit the top of the downhill
trail, I dropped my saddle, I’m all set to go, and I cruise into the trail, go to hit the first berm, come out of that, I go to pedal and I’ve
forgotten to change down into a harder gear, meaning that it’s nearly going to fling me straight over the handle
bars and be all compressed into the bike and could slip a pedal. It is really one you definitely
don’t want to forget. Now one of the key things to
do when dropping into a trail is definitively looking ahead and anticipate on what is coming. First off, obviously you need to get that gear selection right. If I was dropping into this trail and it was straight into a
really steep downhill shoot then I know if I dropped
into my hardest gear now straight away, I’m
going to have that power going into the cranks and I’m going to be cruising down that trail flat out. Whereas if I dropped in
and it was quite flat, I’d probably for a medium kind of gear and look at the speed and
how much flow I’m getting and then I’ll drop down
in the gear selection and then maybe change
my power mode as well. It’s really important to look ahead and anticipate the trail
thinking about the gears and the power mode. (upbeat hiphop music) So again, I really hope
that you’ve enjoyed today’s video and all
those cornering mistakes and hopefully eradicate a
few of those on the trail that you guys might be doing. But, if you want to check
out more mistakes videos check out my jumping mistakes video. That one’s playing down here. Give it a thumbs up if you’ve enjoyed it. Don’t forget to click the globe
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