How To Wheelie An E MTB | E Mountain Bike Skills

How To Wheelie An E MTB | E Mountain Bike Skills


– This how to is a really fun one. It’s a trick but it’s also a skill that can be used on the trail. This is how to wheelie an E-bike. So I think the wheelie is one of the most fun things to do on an E-bike. Using that power to get the
front wheel up in the air, but this also can be really
useful for learning that balance point on the bike,
which is gonna help with you doing bigger manuals
and therefore bunny hops. It’s also really helpful for
getting up technical climbs and for getting through
rough sections fast. More of those things later on, lets start with how to wheelie. First thing is a few bike set up tips that will help you learn that wheelie. Now I would recommend not
doing in the turbo mode, so drop your power down slightly because in turbo mode you
can that front wheel up super high and sometimes
it will come up too fast and you’ll loop out. By that I mean fall off the back of the bike. For the same reason that
I would always recommend learning to wheelie on flat pedals so that if the front wheel does come too high, you can just jump off the back rather than fall off
and land on your back. Next one is to do it with your seat up. So find yourself a bit
of open space that’s also nice and smooth, thats to
make it a little bit easier. And ride along at walking
pace in quite an easy gear, then slow it down and actually it’s that acceleration back up to that speed that gets the front wheel into the air. Now the tough part about that is trying to find the right gear, so when you accelerate into it the front wheel comes up. But if it’s too easy a gear
you’ll spin really fast and the front wheel will drop, but too big a gear,
you’ll find it hard to get the front wheel up high enough. So what I call the snap, that acceleration up into the wheelie, is a mixture of two things. It’s the power through the
pedals, but also technique. So I ride left foot forward
and actually I need to position my pedals correctly
to help with that snap. So actually I drop my front foot slightly so my right foot’s coming
up and over, and then I go. And actually once my right
foot comes up and over, the front wheel starts rising and then I’m into my pedal stroke. So as part of that snap with pedals, I’m also using my chest. So just before I start
to put that power in, what I’ll do is I’ll remain seated but drop my chest down towards the bars; as I snap with the pedals I’ll actually bring my
chest back and upright so its right above the saddle and actually I’ll tip back with the bike as the front wheel rises. That’s really important
cause if bend your arms you’re sort of fighting that front wheel, you’re not sitting into the wheelie. So your back brake really
is your safety net here, you’ve got to learn a wheelie, covering that back brake at all times. Cause if it comes too high, grab it, its gonna get that front wheel straight back down on the floor. But the real trick to
mastering the wheelie is using the power to
bring the front wheel up if it’s dropping too low, then using the brake,
feathering that brake to bring the front wheel back
down if it’s coming too high and that does take practice. Whilst I think it’s easier
to learn the wheelie with your seat up so you remain seated and use your chest to lean
back and power into it, I actually like to do it
from a standing position. I can then do it with my seat down, I can get the bike into
an even higher wheelie. So, I’m stood nice and
tall and as I do the snap, I then sit down. My seat is down. My front wheel can go really high. Right, so power to bring
the front wheel up, brake to bring it back down, and now side to side, so giving
it a little bit more speed is gonna help you keep your balance. But you will still find that you’ll have to put some
input into the bike. So if you feel like you’re
losing your balance, it really all comes from the arms now. So don’t forget to sit
back into the wheelie, but if I feel that my
balance is going the one way, I’ll sort of tip the bike over. So picking my elbow up
that way, or the other, sliding my hips around
slightly on the saddle. All that input is gonna
help you keep your balance. These are some of the common mistakes when it comes to wheelieing
that are gonna make it harder. The first one is not getting
it in the right gear, like I’ve talked about already. So really experiment with this, you need that front wheel to be up and then you’re in the right gear to be pedaling along wheelieing. The next one, just like manualing, people try and use their arms to lift the front wheel in the wheelie. And that’s not gonna help, cause often the front wheel
can go a little bit sideways. But when you sit back into the wheelie like I’ve said with your chest, your arms will go straight and hopefully your front
wheel is gonna stay straight. But also then you’re really sitting back and into the wheelie and not keeping your weight
over the front wheel. So that’s how to wheelie on the flat and there’s hours of fun practicing that. But now I’m gonna show you
where to use it on the trail. So when it comes to using
the wheelie on the trail, there’s something I do an
awful lot with an E-bike in sections like this where it’s rough. If I wanna try and pedal through
this to use all my power, I risk whacking my pedals on these rocks and that can cause a big crash. So here I’m actually gonna
pick the front wheel up, that raises my bottom
bracket height completely, so I can then pedal through without any risk of whacking my pedals. Now just like on a normal bike where you may need to wheelie
up steps and technical climbs you can do the very
same thing on an E-bike. But you’re really trying to harness that extra power it’s giving you, and actually this can be loads of fun trying to challenge yourself to get up some really hard stuff, using your skills and your
wheelies, and all that power. Once you’ve mastered the
manual and the wheelie, you can do a lot more fun things,
like this coaster wheelie. But don’t forget to hit
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