How To Ride Hip Jumps On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills

How To Ride Hip Jumps On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills


– Welcome back, you beautiful people! Yes, I’m still out here
in the African sun. And yes, I’m still here at
the Howe’s End bike park which is situated behind me. I’m here to give you a
few tips on how to master that fun hip jump. So, let’s get it kicked off. (upbeat music) Let me explain what a
hip is, if you don’t know or understand what it is. You see this kicker? It’s going straight, but the landing is facing to the left. Basically, you are going to have to jump and turn in the air. Right here is a hip jump,
but in a different form. This is in a dirt jump form. You can see the lip is going straight and the landing is facing right. Technique wise, it differs slightly but let’s talk about the technique. (upbeat music) Let’s forget about learning how to do hips out on the trail, because potentially, you’re going to be going
a little bit too fast. You’re going to clear a gap and pfft! I’m going to break it down. I’m going to try and
make it as less stressful as possible. The best place to do it is on a bank. Look at this! What I’ve done, I’ve kicked in a lip right here, basically
right on this little bank so you can go this way or that way. You go to the right, you
go a little bit small. You go to the left, you can go quite big. You can hone in those skills. There is no gap to clear
so you can go as small as possible or as big as you want, really. It’s a good place to hone in
those skills and perfect them. Talking about skills, let’s
break that down as well. Step number one: The take-off. I’ve seen this happen a
lot with riders out there. When it comes to hip, they
kind of just carve off the lip and land completely flat and so far away from
the landing as possible because they’re carving the lip. What you want to do is
ride the lip straight up. (bell dinging) You want to go straight as possible and get yourself into the air. Step number two: You’re in the air. Now, what you want to do is
drop your inside shoulder, turning your bars as well. It doesn’t matter if it’s up or down. Preferably on a smaller
one you want to turn your front wheel down and
guide it into that landing. As with everything, you gotta
spot your landing first. Keep and eye that landing
because wherever you’re looking is where you’re gonna land. Step three: So you’ve basically
dropped your shoulder. You’ve spotted your
landing. Now the rear end. You want to bring that rear end around so you can match that landing. This will happen naturally
because you’re dropping your shoulder, you’re
looking, and your hips are naturally gonna move outwards. They’re gonna move out
to the right, depending on which way you’re hipping. Mine are gonna naturally move out there, bring that rear end around so you can get into that landing. (cheerful music) You spend hours on that bank, honing in those skills, perfecting them. Now, it’s time to take it
to the trail. Here’s a hip. There’s one thing I’m going to tell you. You don’t want to start cutting the hip and me saying that is because
you don’t want to go off here and try and make the hip as small as possible and you’re carving. It’s because you’re scared. You’re not very confident
in your technique. Just go with the flow. Go through the centre of the jump. What you don’t want to
do is carve off the lip. You want to turn in the air. Like I said, you’re dropping
the inside shoulder, letting that hip come out. You’re spotting your landing
and you’re carrying on through. Basically it’s gonna give
you the perfect line into that left-hander and carry your
speed on through the trail. The same technique applies to this. This is a step-down hip. You can actually ride this one straight, but that’s no fun, is it? This is a progressive
one because you can go as far away as possible,
or just go to right there. He’s stepping down to it. Like I said, the same technique applies. You want to move your hips at the top. This is a left-handed hip so you want to move your hips to the
right and turn your bars, and spot your landing. Remember to land two wheels at time. You don’t want to come
in nose-heavy or land on your back wheel because
you want to guide yourself into that next turn. (robust laughing) This is a hip. This is a big hip. This is dark fest hip. It’s massive. It’s a six
metre tall lip of a hip. It’s 90 degree hip as well,
but the same technique applies. Take a look at a few of these clips. Look at me over-exaggerating,
me dropping my shoulder and moving my hips around. With the nature of this one,
I’m kind of turning away from the hip so I can
drop my shoulder even more and then turning at the last
minute into the landing. (soft music) Well, that’s it. The
techniques are the same. It’s super important that
you go back to the basics, that trusty bank. I was a beginner before
and I learned all my skills on how to ride a hip on a
small bank just like that one. I practised and practised
for years so I can hit stuff big, like this. Hopefully you enjoyed this video and if you liked it, give it a thumbs up. I’m going to leave you
with a few little slow mo’s of me hitting this thing and
I’ll see you at the next one. (jazzy music)