How To Stop Going Over The Bars On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Jumping Skills

How To Stop Going Over The Bars On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Jumping Skills


– Welcome back you beautiful people. Don’t you just hate it when this happens? (lively music) Yes, that horrible feeling
where your whole body weight gets shoved forward
over the bars on a jump and you end up in the air doing this. Yes, over the bars, getting bucked. Whatever you want to call
it, it’s a nasty feeling. Now, I’ve learned how to dirt jump. I’ve learned how to crash, so I know how to get out
of a situation like this, but when you’re in that situation, when you’re goin’ over the bars, you’re in for a ride. And there’s no way of getting out of it. (upbeat music) OK, so there’s no way of getting out of that horrible
situation of being bucked. We got to stop ourselves from
getting into that situation, and I’m going to start
off with the bike set up. Especially if you’re running
a full suspension bike where soft rear suspension,
front forks, and tires can all cause that horrible buck situation when it comes to jumping. Now on my full suspension bike right here, what I’m going to do is I
want to slow down that rebound and what I mean by that is
you want to slow that shock from coming out real quick. So that it’s less pogo-y
when you’re hitting a takeoff it’s not going to just
ping you off the lift and send your whole body
weight over the bars. So I’m going to do it as
normally on forks right here, I’ve got a red dial,
and this is my rebound. Now to do that, I’m going
to twist it clockwise. So I’m going to slow the
shock down, like that. And then on the forks I’m going to slow that down a little bit, as well. Now my tire set up I’ve got on here is, I’m running 30 PSI, so it’s quite hard when it comes to dirt
jumping, or out on the trail. But that’s going to eliminate my tire from deforming on the lift and cause me to slightly get out of shape and also potentially send me over the bars. (mellow instrumental music) When it comes to the
technique, it all starts right beginning of the lift. So what you want to do, is you want to pump your bike into the lift. You’re driving it. You want to preload that suspension, basically squishing it into itself. Basically that’s going
to stop that springing in and out effect that’s going to cause you to go over the bars. And also, you want to
keep your body weight right over the rear. But you don’t want to
be too far over the rear because I’ve seen this happen. When you have your body
weight too far over, you feel like you’re
far away from the bars, it’s going to stop you
from going over the bar, but what that is, it’s
going to do, it’s going to preload that rear
suspension a hell of a lot more and it’s going to fire
you, like a catapult from the Middle Ages, like
those big wooden things, and fire you out the
front door, and cause you to do the biggest over the bars ever. (mellow instrumental music) So when you going to know when
you’re going over the bars? Well, for me it’s when my
legs are getting super tired and I can feel my body
weight just get sucked into my bike on a jump,
and then just get spat out and I’m going over the bars. Just the worst feeling ever. Another one is, and a 100 percent will throw you over the bars, is when you slip a pedal just before a jump. Soon as your foot comes
off, your whole body weight is in the wrong position
for going off a jump and it can be a catastrophe,
it’s horrible and you can’t get out of it as well. But, the worst is when you
preload a big jump too much. And there is no way of getting out of it. And just hold on, or try
and get your body weight as far back as possible. Which is hard, because
you’re just thinking of the ground coming
towards you; horrible. (Mellow instrumental music) The ultimate seat bounce. And that means sat down into a jump. It’s the worst thing you
can do, because, basically, you’ve just, your whole body’s
just going to compress in and compress out, and
it’s going to fire you out the front door. So what you want to do is stand up. Have your saddle quite
low, you want to adopt that attack position. I keep saying it, but you want to get into that attack position. Elbows bent, you’re looking forward, your knees are slightly bent and you’re just going to push
your bike into that lift, let your body weight come
over the back of your axle, not too far back,
because you don’t want it to give you that catapult effect. You just want to bring it back, compress, and then let the bike ride up the lift. You don’t want to sit down off a lift, because this can happen. (dramatic music) (mellow instrumental music) When it comes to the
jumps there’s a few things you got to look out for when,
it comes to the takeoff. Now look at this one right here. It looks pretty good, it’s
not going to do anything, but there’s an exposed rock right here. And what that rock’s going to do, is it’s going to let your back wheel ride and hit and just ping it slightly to send you a little bit over the bars. Basically it’s going to
push your body weight over. Now there’s a little
indentation right here which is, when you’re
coming in quite fast, that could be a little bit of a hindrance because your back front
wheel is going to be potentially taking off
there and your back wheel is just going to follow
through and then hit that and go over the bars. It’s not bad, it’s not
going to do it on this one, but when these get bigger, that’s when it gets a bit of a problem. Well it certainly applies
to a jump like this. This is a small one and it’s real kicky, it’s flat and then it just
goes straight into a lift just like this with a slightly bigger gap. So, to clear this gap,
you want to go quite fast. Now it’s going to feel like
you’re going to hit a brick wall when it comes to a short
take-off just like this one, where your bike’s going to
stop and your body weight’s just going to continue through. Now, what technique you’re
going to do on this one? Well for me, I like to
scrub these sort of jumps. I let my body dictate what
my bike’s going to do, not let my bike dictate
what my body’s going to do. (mellow instrumental music) Right, wherever you go,
trail center, bike park, wherever, you get a jump like this. Yes, a place where people
can come and watch you. It could be under the lift, like A line. There’s a lift, there’s
a jump, we’re underneath the lift, and you’re always thinking “What the hell am I going to do on that to make me look sick, gnarl?” And you totally forget the technique or what’s going on, and you end up going over the bars, you
forget about everything. And you’ve got to try
and somehow to save it. Take a look at this,
this is Greg Callahan. We’re doing a long jump challenge and he went so massive, he thought “Oh no, I’m going over the bars.” So he did the best he could do to get all of his body
weight right over the back to try and save his ass. But sometimes, that does not happen, and it does end in tears. So there you go, a few tips
on how to stop yourself from going over the bars. But when it gets to that
point where feel like you are, you just want to get all
your body weight as far back as possible just
to keep that back wheel from going further over. Now, if you want to let us know what else you would like to know about jumping, let us know in the comments down below. Don’t forget to hit the globe to subscribe ’cause you’re missing
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