How To Manual On A Mountain Bike Trail | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Manual On A Mountain Bike Trail | Mountain Bike Skills


– Right, the manuals
are a great tool to have in your arsenal. Bar jumpin’ or bunny hoppin’. The manual can help you
out in sticky situations. Even make you faster out on the trail. Here are a few of my top examples of where to use the
manual out on the trail. Woohoo, pedalin’! (rock music) Wow, I’m soaked! Ugh, a puddle! Right, here’s a tip. Manualing through a
puddle can keep your face and grill fresh. Cause all that spray’s gonna
come off that front wheel if you go two wheels through it and you’re gonna get caked in mud. Manualing through it is
gonna keep this fresh. Manual! Oh this is a big one for manualing! Alright, this obstacle right here, riding over it with the
hitting of your front wheel’s gonna be a little bit uncomfortable and maybe send you over the bars. So this is a perfect situation where the manual technic or a little pedal wheely to get you over this obstacle, is gonna be the best option. So the secret to this one
is spotting that obstacle a little bit early on the trail. Give yourself enough speed, knowing that your gonna
do a manual over this, and basically just manual over. Get your front wheel over, drag your back wheel over through it. Right, when it comes to
a drop such as this one, the manual technic is the perfect option. Cause if you’re just riding over it, you’re gonna loose your front wheel or your weights gonna shift forward and it’s gonna send you nose heavy or the dreaded OTB. Over the bars. And that’s never a good thing. But the super basic technic is getting your front wheel up just before the drop, matching it, and you’ve got
your come down two wheels. Right, the slightly more advanced approach to the manualing off a drop is, manualing in and off the drop. That’s cool, more exhilarating, and fun. My little pro tip here, when your front wheel starts to dive, just before you’re coming off the drop, that’s gonna end in a bit of a situation. So little pro tip here is stop, hit the brake, get
your front wheel down just before you’re gonna go off the drop or this is the only time
I say pedal in a manual. It’s gonna save your bacon. Just gotta watch out,
when you’re manualing in and off this drop, you’re probably coming
in a bit back wheel heavy instead of two wheels. So just hover over your back brake just to stop you from looping out. You don’t want to do that. Right, moving on from
the manual drop technic. This obstacle right here on the trail, same similar thing, but you want to have the front wheel a little bit higher than you would because if you were
just to come in normal, normal manual, that there is gonna
buck you over the bars. So what you want to do, is come in a bit of a bigger manual, let that bump buck you but it’s gonna buck you just enough to level out your bike so you
can land two wheels first. Right, this little bit of trail here is not so so rough but
it is a little bit rough with roots and drops and
rocks and bits and pieces. So the manual is gonna help you. It’s gonna benefit you on
this little bit of trail. Where as if you’re going
through it with two wheels, your front wheel’s
trying to push you back. Where as back wheel, you’re
driving it all the way through soaking of the rear of your bike and it’s gonna help you through this trail a little bit more smoother. Rollers is a great place to
bring in the manual skills. Having the front wheel up
and getting the back wheel to match the roller, can help you increase your speed and get through some obstacles smoother. But when the rollers get
really close together and you can’t– and your front and back wheel
are trying to get through you’re gonna loose speed, having the front wheel up and getting the back
wheel to do all the work, you can pump and generate more speed to get through the trail, and you can get through smoother. (gravel crunching) (brakes squeak) Next tip is manualing
anywhere and everywhere and whatever you can do with the manual, but if you’ve watched this
video and you have no clue on how to manual, then click just up here on how to manual. Oh and if you wanna know on how to ride a trail really fun, click just down there. And click on this little logo right here, and you won’t miss another
video just like this one. And don’t forget to leave
your comments down below, and give us a thumbs up like.