How To Use The Skid On MTB Trails | Essential Mountain Bike Skills

How To Use The Skid On MTB Trails | Essential Mountain Bike Skills


– Welcome back to my class
and today is a fun class. It’s all about skids. Yes, I know, skids can ruin trails but we all do it out
there and it can help you in certain circumstances where an obstacle or a corner’s too sharp and
you need to use that skid. But we don’t like to exclude anyone. If you don’t know how to
skid I’m gonna show you how to do that first. Oh! New Record! (screams) Right, all you need is
a flat bit of surface just like this fire road right here and essentially the
whole skid is locking up that back brake, so just
grabbing a whole handful of that back brake,
lock that back wheel up but there is two different
techniques on doing this. If you wanna do a super long skid, you wanna shift your
weight all over the front get that back wheel light
enough so it just skips along and skids forever. Or if you wanna come to a skid, to a stop, then put your weight all the
way back, heels down, get all the way into that back wheel to get as much grip as possible
to stop that wheel from skidding. Right, now we know how to skid
out there on the fire road. I’m at the top of this trail
and I’m gonna shred down this thing and then come
to parts of the trail where the skid technique is gonna help you around that corner or obstacle out there. So let’s go. (upbeat music) Oh man, as much fun as
it looks, it is fun, but the reason why I got
a Scandi flick right here is where in rally and
they turn the opposite way and then turn into it
and gets that back end to flick round, wherever
your front wheel is facing, your back wheel is gonna
follow if you’ve got the grip which I’ve got the grip right
here so I wanted to take that sharp left around that
tree to continue the trail. So I Scandi flicked it to get
that back end to flick out like a whip to take me left
to follow my front wheel and up the top here, I did another skid. Basically I’m pre-hopping
into this little bank right here by locking
up the back wheel into this bank right here
is gonna stop my wheel and my bike from shooting
off over the bank and not down the trail. So what I’m doing is getting
the back end to slide, grip, hit the bank and force
me 90 degrees down the trail. Using the skid on this
bit of terrain right here, as you can see, it’s super
off-camber on a bit of a steep bit of a trail right
here and what you do is you lock up that back wheel
to let your wheel drift, lose traction, drift, grip
into this little catch right here and that’s
gonna keep you high up for that next bit of trail. You can see, I could
have taken the high line without using the skid
but it’s gonna set you up quite weirdly into the next
section which is even steeper and you wanna stay quiet high
to go around and not just straight through and
cut the whole trail out. (laughs) Right, this section
right here, this is quite a steep decent. And
skidding is not prioritised in this situation because
when you lose traction on that rear wheel you’re
gonna speed up and miss this crazy right had turn. I can see people have
misgivings like myself and I went straight because
I sped up and I didn’t have enough time. You can see when my back
wheel locked up I sped up and you don’t wanna do that. What you wanna do is feather your brakes, modulate your braking so you don’t lock up that back wheel and gain
speed because you keep that speed under control
so you can grab this sharp right-hander and not end
up shooting down there into the abyss and missing out the trail. I spoke about this out
there, it’s the Scandi flick. I’m gonna break it down
for you so you understand what I’m talking about
when I’m telling you. You’re turning away from the corner, what, in a skid, no, right,
well I’ve got this here. Basically, using a Scandi
flick when it comes to a narrow bit of terrain
like trail just like this one I’ve plotted out here. It’s quite narrow. What you wanna do is use
the whip, so the Scandi. So you’re turning away,
you’re skidding away from that turn and using
that whole whip situation to shift you over and
flick you around this thing right here. I’m gonna time two runs. One without the Scandi and
the other with the Scandi, see which one’s faster. Right, with our rough
timing test I’m 3/10 faster with the Scandi flick than
just basically riding around this tree. And it’s key, you brake
early for the Scandi. It’s very crucial to know
where to start Scandi flicking so you start braking really
early, slow in and fast out. Let’s not forget, skids are
fun, they’re not just for kids, one exiting a trail and
impressing your mates. (upbeat music) Oh, that was sick man, yeah. Leafy skid! Wow! Handbrake! Bravo, that was a good one. Oh! New record! (screams) So there you go, there’s
a few ways on how to use the skid out there on the
trail to get round obstacles just like this one right here. But I’m not encouraging
you to go out there and skid up the trail, respect your trail and use it when necessary. Don’t just go and skid everywhere. If you wanna see more
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