How to Jump a Mountain Bike | Tips that helped me! | MTB How To Series | Rylo 360 Cam

How to Jump a Mountain Bike | Tips that helped me! | MTB How To Series | Rylo 360 Cam


welcome back to Singletracks &Whiskey
where today, we’re gonna learn how to jump. This is me back in 2005 up at I Street
in Salt Lake City I streets where I learned how to jump
and also where I stopped jumping in 2006 I managed to overshoot a landing coming
up very very hard cracked a rib knocked the air out of me and completely
destroyed my confidence and it pains me to say that after that day anytime I
came across any sort of jump on any sort of trail I just went around it getting
back into the sport about three years ago my main goal was always to get back
to the level that I was at in college with my riding one area that was always
neglected however was jumps my confidence still seemingly shaken from
those wrecks back in 2006 my progression just stalled when it came to jumps I
would watch endless hours of videos online on how to do it and it seemed I
would just get worse afterwards it was really pretty hopeless and to be honest
with you I was at the point then when anytime I would look at some sort of a
jump on a trail like these I’d be completely fine with bypassing them but
not today today I’m with two friends that wanted nothing more than to hit
these jumps and me fed up with not doing it decided it was time to go man it was a mess and I’ve become
accustomed to that type of result when I try these things I didn’t carry enough
speed I didn’t preload my suspension I didn’t tuck my knees in in the air I
didn’t scrub the bike like a lot of those videos tell you to do but honestly
today I didn’t care about any of that I was just gonna try until I got it a better attempt I think I’m getting the
hang of this now I just need to carry more speed into these things ready yes I get it those aren’t very big but I
can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that I was finally able to do it and
how much fun it was and that’s what this is all about having fun with all this in
mind here’s a few things I learned on that trail that day that might be able
to help you alright first and foremost how fast do I need to go that’s always
the question I’ll tell you right now go faster than you think you need to
because it’s always better to have too much speed than not enough have someone
that’s been on the jumps before in front of you telling you in and that’s a huge
help item next as you approach the jump be in that attack position balanced on
the bike incredibly important don’t be too far forward don’t be too far back I
covered this in great detail on the how to drop video next step preload one of
the most confusing topics when it comes to how to jump a bike I will just say
this if you’re just starting out do not exaggerate this movement because chances
are you’re gonna get it wrong as long as you are balanced and in that attack
position knees bent your bike will naturally preload when you go up that
jump listen as you progress you will learn how to preload that bike and you
will learn how to pop off these things and throw style and new jumps all of
that but for beginners most of the time what I’m seeing and what I did was I
would exaggerate that movement and it would only cause more trouble than it
was worth as long as you’re balanced on that bike and you’re carrying enough
speed into this jump I promise you those tires will leave the ground without much
help this next bit is hard to explain but to
avoid being stiff in the air you want to slightly D weight the bicycle upon
takeoff this is not as exaggerated of a movement as a bunnyhop so do not
bunnyhop off of this jump however you want to lift your weight up off the
bicycle almost like you’re standing upright before you take off that
relieves the weight off of the pedals do not do it enough to take your feet
completely off the pedals but you want to get your weight going up so the bike
can move freely beneath you this will allow you to adjust the bike for landing
here in just a moment we’re approaching the end of the jump and this is where we
want to spot our landing and begin positioning the bike to land with both
tires on the ground at the same time now in order to match that angle of the
landing we use our knees and we use our arms to position the back and front tire
to try to match that angle it does not have to be perfect just be sure not to
be at one of the two extremes front tire or back tire right when the tires hit
the ground guess what we’re back in that attack position and I hate to keep
bringing it back up but this is the most important thing about mountain biking is
balance jumping is all about maintaining that balance being back in this position
right on the landing allows him to hit the next jump in the line just the same
for the next feature on the trail and that’s it surely this isn’t a
complete clinic on how to jump but these are some tips that helped me get over
this barrier and I’m hoping they’re gonna help you as well
biggest thing is to get out and try you’re not gonna know if you can do it
until you try ride with some folks that know and follow them in if you have any
additional tips please leave them in the comment section below we’d love to get a
discussion going thanks for joining me today and we’ll see you next time