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How to skip a mountain bike
Surfing the jumps on your mountain bike is one of the best feelings you can master. When all goes well it should seem like you are fluttering effortlessly from one side of the track to another. Because that's how so many pilots do not feel confident about them. Or because even when it's okay you can not understand why it worked or how you can replicate it on something bigger or unknown.
We'll take you back to the origins, we'll show you how to identify the type of jump you are on, how to control it and look at specific control mechanisms that will allow you to practice the right thing on the right jump.
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Jumps are not just fun: they are the perfect place to practice using your weight on a track to generate control and stability. Once a driver has mastered the technique of balancing or opposing the added weight that comes with a bigger shape like a jump or a jump, they can then use the same technique on other less obvious forms on the track. Learning to jump correctly has nothing to do with integration with children: it is about becoming a well rounded rider who can use the position of the body, freedom of movement and the safety of going heavy and light where you he decides to do it. Not where you throw the track.
Position of the body
Your starting and finishing position here will be the same as usual; the legs straight, the elbows bent and the head above the bars. Remember that this is the form you always want to come back when you feel stressed or out of your comfort zone. In this article we will talk about going back into the path to generate constant stability. This does not mean bending and straightening your legs all of a sudden. It means sinking into a lower attack position with bent legs and elbows, then slowly straightening your legs so you can go back where you started with bent elbows and straight legs. Your back should have the same angle to the ground all the way through this range of motion and none of the movements should ever appear jerky or sudden.
When a more confident rider explains how to jump, he often tells his friends to push the jump or push the lip. While this is true, it often fails to fully capture what the less experienced pilot should do all the way and most riders will push with everything they have too early to make a mess of the jump. What you should do is slow it down. As you tip over in the form of a jump you will feel as if you were pushed into the ground and become heavier as the jump becomes steeper. This is because body weight does not move forward but is pushed in a new direction as the track changes shape. The thrust you make should feel like you're opposed to that extra weight that crushes you. The longer, more consistent and choked you can make this feel, the more control you will have when the wheels come off the ground.
Pushing the lip
What does this mean exactly? The lip is the top of the jump where the part of the path that now points to you suddenly disappears suddenly and falls away. Some jumps have more than one lip of others. This will allow a confident pilot to "jump" on top of a jump and get more time in the air and from the ground. You can use the lip only to help your jump if you're still going heavy on it though. If you have further slowed down the jump, the lip will always have the feeling of cutting the rear wheel and sending you over the bars. This is often what people fear when it comes to jumps and check for this by backing up even more! To properly control the whole jump you have to commit yourself to go heavy through the whole process. This means riding the bike all the way down to the top lip.
Take off too early
By far the biggest thing we need to correct on a customer jump technique is the timing of where they are pushing. As the jumps get bigger or the more aggressive people tend to do too much too soon. They push hard with their legs using all their available range of motion and end up having to pick up the bike in the last part of the jump. For this technique to work, they must go faster and faster to free the jump and end up bouncing off the take-off without any real control. Remember and slow down the thrust with legs made so as not to bounce in the middle of the jump. Your jumping technique should be smooth and controlled giving you time and consistency.
Roll in the jump with sufficient speed to use the shape of the path. You want the position of your body to be low with your legs and elbows bent and your head near the bars. As the path begins to change shape and you feel that you are approaching the transition, balance that extra weight by pushing it through the legs. This is not the time to push with everything you've got though. Instead, try to stiffen your core and oppose the downward force by being strong with your legs. From the outside it will seem that nothing happens, because you will actually be still, but you will resist collapse with a strong body position that will gradually become exaggerated by the straight legs until you are right up.
Another way to say all of this is that while you are crossing the jump the shape of the track is trying to collapse your arms and legs. Do not let this happen. Instead: come back in that shape and keep the bike on the ground. Do it appropriately and the noise will be the effect of how much weight is going through the jump. Your body will become heavy right through the whole form, there will be no jerky or fast movement, and the shape of the path will be coherent and balanced. Everything under your control.
What goes up must go down. If you are working to straighten your legs from the top of the jump, you will have to keep them straight in the air for a while. Try working in the perfect attack or in the neutral driving position in the air. The legs should be bent, but the arms will still be bent at the elbows. When you feel you have reached the highest point of the trajectory and you are starting to come back down to earth, it is here that you can soften your legs and prepare for landing. Look where you want to go down and do not rush it. The bigger the air, the slower the movement.
Do it badly
From left to right: 1. Come down. 2. Press too soon. 3. Lower the upper part making it collapse. 4. extend into the air and fill the void. 5. Lift up for landing.
Do it well
From left to right: 1. Come down with all your potential energy stored in your legs. 2. As the wake changes shape, counter that extra weight by turning on your core and driving with your legs. 3. Build on straight legs and keep that push going straight up. 4. Stay in your attack position with your arms folded. 5. Prepare for landing after the highest part of the jump is finished by gently bending your legs.
One of the most powerful and important things you can get from a pilot who wants to progress is feedback. To complete the feedback loop we do not mean the kind of "what the hell is that?" Comments that your friends will throw at you. We mean good video footage that you can objectively examine. If your friend wants to be help, he can film you on one side and you can both review the movie. Look for arms straight in the air, pushing the jump too early and lifting the bike under you once from the ground. These are the three most common mistakes that people make on jumps. If it's done without problems it should seem like you're floating. If you need examples to compare yourself with you can always download the Dirt School app, and Coaches Eye is also a good platform that allows you to browse your movie, pinch to zoom and really watch your time.
Being able to control jumps giving you more time and making them more fluid will allow you to apply the same cornering technique. We will see this in much more detail in a couple of months, but if you follow these articles regularly you will know that we always say that a well-supported turn like a berm is basically a leap that lies on its side. Apply the same thought process to a corner and you'll have more traction, time to react and be out with the momentum.
In the current number of mbr we look forward to jumping safely in a way that gives you more confidence.
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