How to Ride Drop Offs | Mountain Biking | MTB How To Series

Welcome back to Singletracks & Whiskey where today… we’re in Park City, Utah at Trailside Bike Park so I can teach
you how to do this… welcome to Trailside Bike Park in Park
City, Utah. Park City of course known for its winter sport scene also has one hell
of a mountain biking scene. Today I want to focus on drops which can be some of
the most intimidating features on any trail. And you’re bound to run into them
if you get into this sport and I want to share with you some of the tips that
made them seem a lot less daunting for me. Quickly here are my five tips for
drops. Number 1 – carry enough speed to get your bike over the edge too little
and that front tire is gonna dive down Two – be in the attack position; more on
this later but it’s a position on the bike that
keeps your weight balanced and ready to attack. Three – look ahead on the trail. You
always want to be looking ahead never down at your front tire. Four – crouch
down, then hips back. This is the movement that will keep that front wheel level
when you’re going off the jump. Five – keep your knees bent. This will ensure that
the landing is smooth and you can ride away. Let’s start with gear first and
foremost drop that seat as low as it can go that allow the most movement on the
bike I also want to make sure that you’re wearing all the protective gear
helmet gloves knee and elbow pads if you got them this is a dangerous sport after
all next thing I want you to do is find a bike stand put your rear tire in it
and let’s practice body positioning now this is so important in mountain biking
not just for drops you want to be balanced over the center of the bike you
do not want to be too far for it you also don’t want to be hanging off the
back of the bike a balanced body position will make sure that you
maintain the correct angle when you go off of drops now what you’re seeing
right here is known as the attack position I’m crouched but I’m still
centering my weight over the middle of the bike my hands are loose as well this
gives me the most control when I’m descending or going off drops on a
mountain bike now practice this position and it should feel comfortable to you
you want to remain loose on the bike no stiff hands no stiff joints this will
allow you to adapt to the trail conditions the next thing we want to do
is start riding we need to find a nice short drop to take for our first few
attempts find something small that you can
literally roll off of there needs to be plenty of room for error here
the idea behind this is just to get comfortable with the bike leaving the
ground you can exaggerate your movements here so you can see what it does when
you shift your weight too far back too far forward now the ultimate goal is to
get this move down as you’re approaching the edge you want to crouch then push
your hips back in one motion this will keep the front tire level as you go off
the drop almost pushing the bike out in front of you next it’s all about
progression let’s go a little bigger find something a little taller that you
can still roll off of but that will allow you to get a little bit more air
now one of the keys with drops is to ride off of them not down them now I
know that sounds a little weird but you want to ride off as if the trails
continuing and that means keeping your focus forward you’re not looking down at
your front tire you’re looking ahead at the trail now if you find that your
front tire is slamming into the ground before your back tire do not progress
beyond this size of a drop just yet what’s happening is you’re pulling up
onto the handlebars that’s shifting your weight forward and bringing that front
tire down way too quickly instead I want you to practice being
balanced on the bike looking ahead on the trail and then
crouching and pulling those hips back conversely if you’re finding that the
back tire is hitting the ground too early your weights too far back
practice this size of a drop until you get both those tires on the ground at
the same time next step go a little bigger find something that doesn’t have
a flat landing on it the idea here is just to practice that body position an
obstacle like this where the landing is rough and not flat will allow you to
really focus on keeping that front tire level as you’re going off of the object
now listen rome wasn’t built in a day I do not expect you to go from riding off
curbs to riding off something like this in one single day but when it really
comes down to it the same rules apply you want to stay balanced over the bike
and you want to ride off of the obstacle not down it and if you’re comfortable
with the smaller drops and you can do them without slamming your front or back
wheels on the ground about the only thing keeping you from
doing something like this is fear of doing it everything before this moment
was all about to create that muscle memory for you of going off of objects
now it’s time to put it all together and do the exact same thing on this larger
drop now I don’t want to over complicate this like a golf swing so I’m gonna keep
it simple you need enough speed to carry yourself off of the edge here the next
move we know about crouched down hips back that’ll get that tire level as we
exit notice that I’m centered over the bike I’m not hanging off the back end of
it now once you’ve left the obstacle look ahead to the landing keep your
knees bent so you could soak up the bump and right away now again guys the
technique is the same on all of these drops the progression is just to get
that muscle memory down and get you over the mental block on hitting something
like this on the trail and that’s it I really hope this video helps some of you
conquer this type of obstacle which can be so intimidating out on a trail but
when you do it it makes riding that much more fun which is what it’s all about
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