How To Bar Drag Like A Pro | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Bar Drag Like A Pro | Mountain Bike Skills


(exciting orchestral music) – Right, remember that video we did where Neil and I challenged
ourselves on trying to drag our bar ends in the dirt,
basically trying to get as low as possible in a berm. (exciting orchestral music) (cheering) (mumbles) Yeah? Now, you’re probably wondering, how the hell did they do that? Well, today’s your lucky day. I’m gonna show you a few
tips on how to actually get your bar super close to the ground. (dirt scattering) So, where do you start? Well, start off first with the berm. You got to have the
correct corner to perfect and to practice this technique
on how to get your bar low as possible to the ground. I call it C, double A, B, E. It’s called cornering, approach, attack, body position, and then exit. Made it up. It’s pretty clever, but
wait, it means a lot, so first up, corner. Right, like I’ve said, it’s
all about that correct turn, so all about that berm to try
and get that bar end down. But, what you want to look
out for is what I call double S, double D. It is the shape, the size of the berm, the depth, and the dirt. Right, the first one is shape. Look at this, it’s quite, it’s small. It’s not very long and big. If you have a big berm, that
means you’re gonna have to go extra fast to try and
get that bar end down. By having a small berm, such
like this one, look at that. You come in a little bit faster, you can kind of lay it down a lot more because you’re gonna have to
go around that tight berm. By doing that, you’re
basically gonna have to put your bar down a lot more
to get out on this corner. Right, number two is size. The size does not matter
when you’re trying to get the bar down because just think, if you had a big berm, like up here, and you’re riding it up here,
look at how far that dirt is. You’re never gonna get your bar end down. So, you want to have a nice small berm, so you can get close to the ground, and cut a little groove in there, get that bar end as close
as possible to the dirt. Right, after the size
that does not matter, it’s all about getting
the depth of the berm, and what I mean by the depth of the berm is this little bowl section right here. You don’t really want this to be low. You want this to be quite
high so it’s bowled out, so you basically it’s
gonna help you get that bar close to the ground and a
little bit more safer as well because you don’t have to
lean the bike so far over to the point where you’re gonna fall over. You’re gonna be skimming across this, and be perfect if this
was a little bit higher that means you can get that
bar scraping through the dirt. Right, down to dirty business, the dirt. What kind of dirt is
perfect to help you perfect dragging that bar in the mud itself. Well, to be honest, I prefer to go out when it’s a little bit
muddy ’cause that means my tires are gonna dig
into the turn a lot more. I’m gonna have a lot more grip. I can trust in my tires. By running on dusty trails is pretty good, maybe it’s a little bit thicker dust. You don’t want to have
marbly dirt on hard surface because that’s gonna be quite slippy. You can probably lose the front end or lose the back end
out the top of the berm. So, after a rainy day’s pretty good, or if you don’t have rain
in the countries you ride, go and find some dusty turns. Right, so you found the right corner. Now, it’s all about the
approach into that turn. That’s all about speed. You want to come in with a bit of speed, a little bit faster than you think. You don’t want to go too slow because you’re just
gonna poodle around it. It’s not gonna give you enough
force to push that bar down, just to drag that bar in the
dirt, so, but if you find yourself actually going
too fast, don’t worry. That’s a good thing. The faster you go, the closer your bar is gonna get to the
dirt because that means you’re gonna have to lean that beast over as much as possible to get
round this really sharp turn. Next up is feet position when coming in. You want to have level pedals. You don’t want to drop your outside foot. You don’t want to drop your inside foot. Dropping your inside foot is
like a recipe for disaster because your approach
angle is gonna be there. You’re gonna tag your foot. It’s gonna buck you up. It’s gonna spit you out the berm. It’s gonna be embarrassing, so you want to keep a level foot. You want to be like that
when approaching the berm. Also, visualize yourself,
think aggressiveness. Think, look at the turn. I’m gonna go as low as
possible in this beast, and try and get that bar as
close to the dirt as possible. Let’s move onto the next step. Right, so you found the correct berm. Now, you’re approaching this thing. Now, you need to attack it. What I mean by attacking, you want to adopt the attack position. So, you want to have your elbows bent. You want to have your knees bent. You want to be looking ahead, and when you’re entering the berm, you want to drop your inside shoulder. Whilst doing this, you want
to push through the berm. You want to push with
your arms through it, push with your legs by
pumping in the turn. Your hips are naturally gonna come up to the top of the berm. You keep looking ahead at
your exit, driving forward. The lower your shoulder is, the lower your bar’s gonna be going, to the ground. But look at your exit, which
brings me onto the exit because that is pretty key. Right, when you start leaning that bike over loads and loads, you start to feel your
pedal is grinding the dirt. Like, look at that, there and there. That there is a pedal rut. That’s the dirt from that rut. So don’t worry, it’s not
gonna grip you or spit you, unless there’s a big root there that can hook your foot and stop you, which potentially could cause some damage to your foot, or to your
crank, or to your pedal. So, just make sure that
there’s no, like obstacles in there to stop your
pedal from bottoming out and stopping you. But look at that, it’s super exciting. Your bike’s leaning over. Look how low you are if your
pedal’s hitting the ground. Wow! Moving on from the attack now. You have attacked it,
now you’re in the turn. You want to adopt that body position. So, you want to push that
bike through the berm. You want to drive it forward. You’re pumping this thing. Just think this is a bowl. You pumping through the bowl. So, you’re pushing forward with your arms. You’re pushing with your legs. You’re dropping your inside shoulder. Your hips are moving up. You’re looking ahead. Your bar’s getting low to the ground. You’re coming to your exit
by still pushing forward. You want to push and stand your bike up, which moves me onto that exit. Okay, so you’re riding the turn. Your bar’s low to the ground. It’s like that low. Now you’re coming to the exit, and your bars are still that low. And you’re like, how am I gonna get from there to there to exit out the trail? Well, if you’re breaking
it down like that, it’s quite daunting and scary, but the way you’re coming through
the turn, it’s one motion. You’re pumping in the turn. You’re looking at your exit. You’re forcing through,
and when you’re coming up, you want to pull up on the bars
and push down on the pedals to bring yourself up, so
you’re pulling up on the bars to straighten up your bike. The main thing is you’re
focusing down the line. You want to look at the line. You don’t want to look down here or there, ’cause where you’re looking is
where you’re gonna pull out. But, just remember a tip,
your body weight’s gonna be quite far back in this turn,
so when you’re pulling up on the bars, and putting
pressure on the back on your pedals, you’ve got a tendency to do this out the turn, which
looks super sick and moto, but if you’re not ready
with that rear brake, you’re gonna loop up, land on your back, and that’s gonna be embarrassing. (laughing) Wow! All right, now you’ve
got all those techniques. Now, it’s all about sectioning it, perfecting that technique,
and seeing how low can you go. All right, watch this. Now, what I’m finding out
is to get my bar even lower my entrance to the turn is key. You don’t want to cut it off short. See, I’ve been coming here as well. I’ve been practicing where
that perfect entrance is. Low, I’m squaring off the turn. My bar’s not gonna get low. Entering it earlier,
like higher, like there has me dropping into it,
getting my bar in low. Watch this. Wow, I hit my pedal on the floor there. I got too much confidence after riding that super small, but yet aggressive turn to try and get that bar
in as low as possible to the ground, it’s definitely
gonna fill your confidence in all that grip you’ve
got, but to be honest, I still question myself
going super fast on a trail into a turn and thinking, have I actually got enough grip really? But, it’s super fun. It’s all about seeing how low you can go with that bar into the ground. It’s all about practice,
practice, practice. It’s all about having
fun doing it as well. You don’t want to be like, right, I need to get my bar end down. It’s not about that. It’s all about having fun. The more fun you’re having,
the better you’re gonna get. If you want to see another rad
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out on some cool content. I’m gonna continue to
shred some more turns. I’ll see you at the next video. (laughing)