How to 180 a Mountain Bike

How to 180 a Mountain Bike


I’ve been getting a lot of requests for
another “how to 180” tutorial. this is pretty much the least practical thing you
can do on a mountain bike, but it looks cool and gets you major style points, so let’s
get to it. First you want to get comfortable coming out
of a fakie. Rolling down a little slope or pushing off a wall is a great way to practice.
Turn your bars and push down on your pedal to lift the front end up and whip around.
You’ll eventually get this after a lot of trial and error. Once it’s ingrained in your
memory, drop your saddle as low as it can go and get ready to throw a 180. You’ll need a pretty decent grasp of either
English or American bunny hops. I usually use an English hop to 180 a mountain bike,
but it actually looks more stylish with an American bunnyhop. This method also lets you
hop higher. The concept is the same though for both methods, so learn whichever way you
feel most comfortable. Now get going a comfortable speed and carve
in the direction you want to spin. Preload your suspension while carving and then hop
while twisting your body. You want to get yourself and the bike rotating, but also twist
the bike into position. Once you land, you can bring your body back in line with the
bike. Once I carve and take off, I have a tendency
to turn the front wheel in the opposite direction of the carve. This is a perfect setup for
spinning back around. If you want to roll fakie for longer then
you’ll need to have the bars dead straight when you land. So now for some tips. A lot of people say
they have trouble getting the full rotation. To them I say “jump higher and spin harder”.
You’re going to need to look with your eyes and commit to the spin, which I’ve said
many times in the past. A lot of people whip the back end out, but this will only destroy
your rear wheel. Concentrate on spinning, not whipping. Another really common issue is that the chain
pops off. If you have two chainrings up front this is almost inevitable. Having a good derailleur
with a clutch is essential, and staying in sort of a middle gear helps keep everything
straight. Mountain bikes are not really made to ride backwards on, so we can’t blame Sram
or Shimano for this. So that’s it, hopefully you don’t taco
you rear wheel learning this. Maybe next time we’ll talk about 360’s so you can taco
your front wheel too. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll see you next time.