How To Drift Like A Pro | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Drift Like A Pro | Mountain Bike Skills


What is cooler than a two-wheel drift,
feet up in a mountain bike kicking dust and dirt everywhere? Nothing, really. But
around the kids, we recommend responsible drifting. So don’t go skidding up
someone’s nice new trail, do it somewhere where it doesn’t matter. ♪ [music] ♪ As well as looking really cool on the
trail, it does have some practical use as well for being a better rider. It’s great
for confidence, knowing that you’re comfortable with the bike moving around
and your bike is set up well to corner, so that when you get to that point of
pushing it slightly too far, it gives you a good chance of predicting a
drift and dealing with that lack of grip. You’ve got to be pretty confident in the
cornering before you even learn how to drift. Flat pedals are really good idea so
you can get your foot off nice and quickly. Also knee pads, great if you overcook it
a little bit. The first part of learning how to drift is something that
I’m sure we’ve all done anyway. Skidding. Seriously, that’s a really good place to
start. It gives you a feel for the bike moving around and knowing where to put
your weight on your bike to balance that slide. Find yourself a big, nice open
space like this. Car park is really good, somewhere where you’ve got nice,
consistent grip on the floor. Get a ride in a big corner, exaggerate
the leading bike and actually just grab a handful of back break. I come off it
really quickly, so I send it into a skid, and then try and regain a bit of a grip
when you come off the brake. Get a feel of the bike moving around.
Like I say, you’ll feel where the grip is and where you need to put your weight. Taking your inside foot off the pedal
makes it safer because you can dive nice and quick, but that also makes sure that
the weight goes down to that outside foot to find that extra grip. Balancing
the weight towards the bars will give you a safer feel. I do that by just dropping
my chest towards the bars a little bit, leaving the hips where they are. That’s
going to make sure that front tire is tracking nicely and you can get a feel
for the bike moving around. Practice this until you become comfortable
and you find that nice balance of where your weight needs to be so that both tires
are gripping equally and starting to slide at the same time. Once you’ve got a really
good feel, flat scared and you’re comfortable with the bike moving around,
now is the time to have a go at drift. So we’re going to try and do that
without using the back brake. To do that, like I am here, just
over-exaggerate the corner or over-exaggerate the lean of the bike and
that’s going to push it into the drift. So there you go, that’s how to drift.
Drifting is loads of fun but it’s also really good for your confidence, knowing
that you’ve got a feel for how the bike moves around when you push
it a little bit too fast. Don’t forget, basic bike setup can
change the way a bike handles. So for how to set up suspension video,
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