Mountain Biking Riding Technique

Downhill Mountain Biking Technique

These are some brilliant tips on downhill Mountain Biking from ZEP MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPS.

  1. So first off, your riding Position.
    • You should be standing up on the bike with your peddles level. This enables a few things, you can use your arms and legs as extra suspension, comforting your ride and giving you more control.

      You can move the bike underneath you, allowing for subtle corrections to be made easily. The other thing is that your peddles are level to maximize ground clearance and help keep your weight central.

    • Have your weight in the right place, when you are sitting down all your weight is over your back wheel which isn’t always great for downhill riding, When you are standing up you should have your hips over your seat and your chin over your Stem(the bit that connects you handlebars to your bike), this gives you a good central balance point that you can move from.
    • Cover your Brakes, this means having two or three fingers over the break levers to be ready to use them in an instant.
    • Look up and ahead. You should always be looking way ahead of you, This gives you time pick a line though the terrain, also it allows you to react to any obstacles earlier. If you are constantly looking at your front tyre then by the time you see the tree you are about to hi, it is too late.

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  2. You should be changing this stance as the terrain changes around you. The Video explains this best so be sure to watch it for more on this.
  3. The most common mistakes are to do with your stance so make sure you are doing everything in point 1 and you will be boomimg
Mountain Biking Riding Skills

How to do a wheelie – Mountain Biking

This is How to do a Wheelie on a mountain bike. A very good tutorial from ZEP MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPS.

This trick is all about timing and balance, if you persevere then you will nail it for sure. You should try this trick on a soft surface like grass in and wide open area.

  1. The first thing is getting the front wheel off the ground to initiate the wheelie. You need to use your body weight to get the wheel up and not just by pulling on your arms. So preload by getting your chest closer to the handlebars, and then explode by chucking your weight backwards behind the seat, this will bring your front wheel up off the ground. Practice this till you get the timing right and can consistently get your front wheel 10-20cm’s off the ground without your peddles.
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  3. Next you need to move on to the peddle kick, this where you generate more power in the back wheel to force the front wheel up. So as you are coasting along you want to get your dominant foot in a position that you can kick down hard on the peddle.
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  5. Now it is all about timing, you need to push down on your peddle as soon as you have chucked you weight backwards, so just before your arms are straight from throwing your weight back you need to push down on your peddle, this is when you have the most momentum pulling your wheel up in the air.
  6. Now that you have got the wheel in the air, there are two things that you may need to do. If you feel like you are going to fall off the back of the bike you can dab the rear brake to bring the front down. If the front wheel isn’t coming up high enough then you can keep peddling or you can shift your weight further back over the rear wheel, if neither of these work then you may need to work on your timing of your peddle kick.
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  8. Cool so now you are doing a wheelie, throughout the wheelie you can utilize the techniques in the previous step you keep going for as long as you want!