How Not To Ride A Hardtail | Hardtail MTB Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

How Not To Ride A Hardtail | Hardtail MTB Mistakes & How To Avoid Them


– Welcome back you beautiful people. What is it with something that
we’re not meant to be doing feels so naughty? Like super fun at the same time but doing such things on a
hardtail can be quite costly. So here are a few things not to do when riding your hardtail. Kick it off with this one! (wheels skidding) (funky music) On a hardtail, riding rough down a trail is not going to be beneficial to you. If you’re thinking Aaron
Gwin on a hardtail, don’t, eliminate it, try and find
the best line down the trail, the smoothest one, to help
eliminate mistakes and punctures. A mistake I see a bit
too much on the trail, I’ve seen hardtail riders
riding down the trail with their body weight all
over the back of the bike. Or, all over the front of the bike. You want to have a neutral body position with your weight quite central and ready to move forward,
back, left, or right when you need to. Just think all four
quadrants of your bike, you want to be dancing on your hardtail. You want to keep that body weight position anywhere and everywhere
that you need it to be. I do this a little too much, and that’s favoring the rear
wheel too much on a hardtail. It’s all because I do a lot
of full suspension riding. It’s okay to do it now and then, but all the time is going
to kill your rear wheel. The life of this will be very short. Try not to drive the rear
wheel into everything or land on the rear wheel too much. Loving the rear wheel loads? Then you better be carrying
an inner tube or two. Because this happens. (air releasing) (groans) Loving the back wheel too much. Have you got an inner tube? (groans) Puncture time. It’s a necessity to ride
tubeless on a hardtail. But when the rough gets rough, you’re going to put a
big gash in your tire, you’re going to need an
inner tube, for sure. Carry one with you and
it will save your ride. Let’s keep shredding. (laughs) This is a fundamental one when it comes to shredding your hardtail. Not using your legs as suspension is like sitting down on a bucking bronco. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You might not have a rear shock but your legs have eight inches of travel depending on how strong your legs are. Determines how much
rebound, how much dampening, how much low and high
speed compression you have or you want to run. Use your legs as suspension. Hardtail running can be
intimidating all the time, but just riding more will
help gain more confidence on your bike. (grunts) Come on. So there you go, a few things not to do
on your trusty hardtail. Things that could go horribly
wrong if you did them. ‘Specially the body position. Terrible, and punctures. Just make sure you do take
out an inner tube with you no matter what bike you’re riding. Hopefully this has helped you out. If you want to stick around
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