How To Be Smooth & Fast On Your Mountain Bike | Essential MTB Skills

How To Be Smooth & Fast On Your Mountain Bike | Essential MTB Skills


– Being able to ride fast
is great, but being able to ride smooth and fast feels amazing, so this is how to do it. (rock music) So there’s a few things
to think about, especially in this section, when it comes
to being smooth and fast. The trail here, it’s
downhill, it’s quite fast, and it’s really loose,
it’s got all these sort of marbles on top of an already loose base. I’ve also go these steps
and I’m trying to turn across these marbles. So the first thing I wanna
think about is actually trying to mellow out these
steps, so I’m almost pumping the bike down to the
floor, so as I’m riding in I’m crouching just to
take out that sort lurch as I go off the step, gonna make a big
difference in this section to how smooth I am. In a section like this where
it’s downhill and rough it’s really important to
try to get your weight back behind the bike, so just
dropping your heels make a big difference how much smoother
this trail will feel. Basically, your weight
is now behind the pedals so when you’re hitting those
things, like the landing of these steps and these rocks, when you land you’re actually
just driving the bike forward. If you’re too flat on the
pedals it might feel like the bike wants to stop
and your weight can start getting forward, so simply,
heels down and head up is gonna smooth it out quite a lot. It’s really important with
any sort of transitions in the trail like this drop
here, to get low to the bike and try and pump it down and
into the floor, so you need to be low so you’ve got that
bend in your arms and legs to give you the space
to smooth out the trail. Almost like a jockey, your
head stays quite level, your arms and legs doing all the work. If you stay stiff and don’t
relax, this trail is just gonna pull you around
and it won’t be smooth. So when it comes to try
and be smooth and fast in corners like this where
it’s really loose and downhill I’m really thinking if I had
my brakes I’m trying to keep my wheels turning rather than locking up, almost like an ABS, I’m
just feathering on and off, on and off, just to keep
them gripping on the floor. As always, it’s really
important with corners to keep your head up and
actually think about coming out of that corner, so here I’ve
got a right and then a left, I wanna start looking at a left as early as I possibly can. Same with line choice, nice and smooth and trying to flow down the trail. In this section of trail we’ve
got quite a fast straight and then a fade away, and
if I don’t do anything here I’m gonna take off, land flat down there, and lose some speed. So, a great technique here
is to actually do a pre hop. By that I mean a bunny
hop before I get there, so I take off and actually
land into this bank nice and early, it’s really
smooth, it’s really fast, cause you’re getting an extra pump. The hard part of this is
judging where and how big to do your hops, you don’t
go too far or come up short on that take off again. So whilst the pre hop worked
pretty well on this first drop off, I can get some of
that transition, I’m now going faster, and now there’s a
bigger drop and it’s just too risky to try to pre hop
into this, so I’m just gonna have to drop this one off. And it’ll still be fast, but
it won’t be smooth this time, so you can’t always be smooth and fast. When it comes to be
smooth and fast on jumps you really need to nail the
landing and trying as high as you possibly can,
obviously coming up short or overshooted isn’t gonna
be smooth, and you’re also gonna miss that pump. This is quite a big jump, and I’m also gonna try and go as low as I can on this, so, I need to go a certain
distance to clear it, but if I go really high
that’s gonna be slow and I’m gonna land heavy. Rock sections are never
gonna be the smoothest things because you’re hitting into
lots of faces, obviously, so it really comes down
to good line choice, try and avoid the worst of them. Here I can see it’s pretty
much main line in the middle and we go outside of that,
definitely we hit bigger rocks. The other thing to think
about is trying to unweight if it does get too bad, a
nicely timed little bunny hop is gonna really smooth down. Occasionally you might be
able to gap into something, so, as you can see here, I’ve
got a really nasty rock face right in the middle of
the trail, and from here I’m gonna be able to
jump over the top of it and take it out of the
equation completely. So there you go, there’s a few tips on how to ride fast and smooth. Give it a go, it feels amazing
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