How To Ride Steep Chutes | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Ride Steep Chutes | Mountain Bike Skills


– Right, you’ve seen
loads of free ride videos with dudes shreddin’ down a
super steep line, super sandy, and you want to do that. But when you get to the
top, it’s very intimidating. It’s so steep and far and fast. I’m going to give you a few tips on how to conquer those fears so you can do those same lines. (exciting rock music) Right, tip number one is
about picking your line. So come to the bottom of
that steep slope, look at it. Obviously you’re right here. It’s gonna be a straight line for me, but you’ve got to make
sure there’s no obstacles in that face. That’s going to stop
you or hinder your exit. Another one, look at your exit. See if there’s no crazy
boulders lying around, glass, or whatever. And make sure that your exit is free here. Because you probably won’t,
you know, control that speed, because you’re gonna come out
real fast if it’s really big. And here it looks pretty safe. This is safe. I’m going to be safe. But next one. You gotta go look at the top. Right, it’s always important
to look from the bottom first because there could be a
hidden drop in that slope. When you get to the top, you
want to make sure, oh wow. Every time. It always looks bigger when you’re on top. When you’re at the
bottom, it looks like meh. When you’re at the top, it
gets put into perspective of what you’re going to be dropping down. My next point is picking your line in. So you can see there’s a gully here. This guy’s pretty deep. You don’t want to clip
your pedals going into it. So this is going to be scary. Here’s an obvious line here. As you can see, it’s already been hit. Right, tip, pro tip. Find some sticks. Two sticks here. I want to make sure that I’m
not going to go in that hole. So I’m going place a stick right here to say don’t go beyond that stick and a stick here like
that, they’re a bit high. All right, clip my pedals. Like that. Make sure I’m going to go in there. Anywhere there is safe. I’ve got my line. Now the next step is to make sure that I can clear my bottom bracket because some steep
descents are quite gnarly and you’ve gotta hop into them. But this one, I’m going to see if my BB
is going to clear that. And I think, yes, I’m safe. Right, so you’ve worked all the obvious. You know your line. You know your entrance point. You know you’re going
to clear that top ridge, next one is speed. Speed is not your friend
when it comes to this. You basically, you can
start right at the beginning and just get on your pedal, give yourself a little push and drop in because you’re going to get all your speed from descending that thing. Right the next thing is, just commit and drop in because
once you’re in, you’re in. You can’t stop. But little pro tip, don’t spend too long up
here thinking about doing it because you’re going
to psych yourself out. Just get on it and get in it. I’m going to get in it. (exciting music) Right, this next step, you want to know where you
want to put your body weight. Front, rear, middle. As you can see, at the top,
I’m in attack position. I’m not fully extended back, my weight’s not completely backwards, and I’m not scared to go over the edge because if your body
weight is all over the way over the back end, your
front wheel is going to be super light when you go off the top. So in attack position, when
your front wheel is just about to roll over, that’s when I start moving my body weight. My heels drop, my knee’s
bend, my arms stretch out, and my body weight is all
over the back wheel just to stop me from going over the bars. But when you can see, halfway
down it’s not as steep. So my body position kind of moves forward into the attack position again. But some slopes, they get super steep, and you want to keep your body
weight over the back end just to keep that back wheel safe, dug in. (exciting music) Right this next tip is braking. Obviously you want to go slow, you don’t want to go
completely flat-out down here, you want to slow down for the bottom. As you can see in that
clip, I did lock up, but locking up, it could
increase your speed, and you haven’t got much grip. When your wheels are
turning, you’ve got grip, so what you want to do
is modulate those brakes, when descending that. So you don’t want to lock up
and lose control of your bike. (exciting music) Right this last one is your exit. Obviously you’ve scoped out,
you know you’ve got your line, you’ve seen your exit,
you’ve got enough run out. But, I’ve seen a lot of
people come into this, where there’s a big GL, and
all their body’s shifted over the back because
they’ve come down this, and they’ve kinda just looped out. You don’t want to be doing that, so what you want to do is come into it, into attack position,
better have your body all the way shifted
forward, have it central, use your bike suspension and your body as a suspension to soak up that whole G, keep in control and shred out. Right now, you know all the basics on how to drop into a steep chute and do some shredding lines. I want to get creative,
there’s got a whole bank here. I’m gonna find some lines, and I’m gonna challenge myself ’cause all good about challenge yourself. Here goes. There’s one! I’m going to drop into that one, the one we just did, I’m
going to drop into it. (adventurous music) (laughs) All right, we’re acting
like nose manual in. (adventurous music) (laughs) Rampage, here we come. Well, there are my few tips on how to conquer your fear on riding super steep chutes
just like this one right here. If you can nail down
your technique on this, you can take it to an even bigger one, it’s the same, it’s just
you’re going faster, and you’re having more fun
’cause it’s a longer ride. But if you talk about having more fun, if you want to know how to
ride a trail even more fun, click just up here. And if you want to conquer your fears on doing rock rollers, click just up here, ’cause that’s a good one. And, if you click this red
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