I am constantly trying to improve my mountain bike techniques. I study others as they perform skills… I follow better riders and try to mimic their moves. I keep an open mind… open to anything that might help.
While looking for tips to help intermediate riders I came across some videos that not just show… but teach mountain bike techniques. I have studied these videos and have practiced (and continue to practice) the recommended techniques. I have found these FBAM lessons very helpful. Below I have provided the notes I took while studying the video.
Drops with Flat Landing
- Extend your arms to move bike forward.
- Keep your heels down and your legs bent putting weight over the back wheel.
- Extend your legs once the real wheel leaves the drop.
- Land on your back wheel first… with your weight in the center of the bike.
***I have found that if I force my body down (to compress my suspension) a foot or so before the edge … then lift my torso up and back (assisted by the suspension rebound) just prior to my front wheel rolling over the edge, I can more easily get my wheels parallel to the flat landing and more easily drop the rear wheel for the landing.
Drops with Incline Landing
- Control your speed and look for landing before your front wheel leaves the drop.
- Push the front wheel forward and down as it rolls off the edge.
- Keep you heels down.
- Dive into the landing, keeping your wheels parallel to the landing surface.
Knowing the proper techniques to practice is key… that’s why we study other riders, videos, and notes. Using proper techniques not only allows you to progress more quickly, but also allows for a higher degree of safety.
But bike skills are developed through practice. Start small and work your way up as your skills develop and your confidence grows.
So go get on that bike of yours and grow your skills. Who knows, maybe someday you will be jumping like Dave Sequist (the fellow pictured at the top of this post).
Maybe some day I can follow you and mimic your style, learn some of your mountain bike techniques.