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Mountain Biking Skills Guide 2018Mountain Biking Skills Guide 2018

Mountain Biking Skills Guide 2018

Mountain Biking Skills Guide 2018

Inside Mountain Biking Skills you’ll find everything you need to hit the trails safely and with confidence. Learn to corner, ride roots, handle jumps and drops, take on steep slopes and loads more. We’ll also show you how to perform tricks like the bunnyhop, wheelie and manual. We've broken down the skills into blue, red and black sections, so you'll be able to easily find the skills to need whatever you're level of riding. Here are just some of the techniques we cover: Blue trail skills Correct braking, flat turns, riding berms, pumping rollers and jump basics Red trail skills Riding roots and rocks, loose turns, steep descents, drop offs and bigger jumps Black trail skills Gnarly rocks, steep turns, step downs, squashing jumps and double jumps

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Congratulations! By choosing this mag you have taken the next pedal stroke on your journey to becoming a better mountain biker. Inside you’ll find everything you need to know to make the most of anything a trail can throw at you.This special edition comes from the experts at Mountain Biking UK magazine, as well as some of the top coaches and riders in the UK, providing you with the best riding advice available.We’ve divided much of the mag into blue, red and black sections to help give the most relevant advice for the grade of trail you’re currently riding. However, that doesn’t mean that advanced riders won’t find anything useful in the earlier sections, or vice-versa. Refreshing your skills or studying more advanced moves can also teach you a lot.…

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bike set-up

CUSTOMISE YOUR BIKEIt’s important to customise your bike and components to suit your riding style – this will ultimately improve your control. Extra braking power, smoother suspension and more grip could be just a few minutes’ fettling and a couple of clicks away…SADDLE HEIGHTIf you are descending or practising skills, drop your saddle down as it will allow you to move your bodyweight around the bike. A dropper post makes this a lot easier of course.BAR WIDTH/STEM LENGTHUpwards of 740mm bars are the norm these days. For trail riding they’ll improve an average sized person’s stability and confidence when coupled with a short stem of 30 to 50mm.BRAKE POSITIONIn a standing position, put your hands on your grips and extend your index fingers out. Now adjust the angle, lever reach…

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saddle angle

POINTING UPIf your saddle is pointing too far up, or flat even, you will get pressure on your nether regions.POINTING DOWNIf your saddle is too low at the front you will experience wrist pain from pushing yourself back on the seat.IDEAL ANGLEEven completely flat, the nose of the saddle can give uncomfortable pressure, especially when you’re leaning forward on climbs. The ideal set-up is with the nose tilted slightly down. ■…

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position set-up

SADDLE HEIGHTThis is the number one thing that you should check for a more productive ride. If you run your saddle too high, you’ll struggle to touch the ground. You’ll overstretch and rock your hips when your legs are at full extension. Running your seat too low will make you feel more confident, but will make pedalling harder work. It can also damage your knees because the force you apply to the pedals goes through your knees at an acute angle.IDEAL POSITIONOnce you’ve done your setting up you should find that when you try riding, your leg will be perfectly extended with the ball of your foot on the pedal.TOO HIGH• Struggle to touch the ground• You’ll over-stretch• You’ll rock your hips when at full extensionTOO LOW• Pedalling is harder…

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gear choice

SMALL-SMALLIn the smallest chainring and rear sprocket, the chain will be loose as the rear mech struggles to take up the slack. It’s not as bad for the chain, but it’s noisy and you’ll drop your chain easily.BIG-BIGThe chain will be at its tightest and the rear mech stretched to its limit. In the outer chainring, you don’t really want to go bigger than three down from the top of the cassette out back.PERFECTFind a happy medium – ideally the chain should be as straight as possible to reduce friction and wear. Using more gears is actually better for your drivetrain because you spread out the wear. ■…

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climb & descend

CLIMBINGOut-of-the-saddle climbing can get more power to the pedals, but unless conditions are perfectly dry you’ll need to adjust your position and torque on the fly in order to avoid wheel spinning and stalling.WEIGHTWhen climbing you need to keep your upper body low to avoid the front end wandering around or coming off the ground. The lower you ar the more stable you will be and the easier it will be to react to your bike’s movements.TRACTIONEven though you’re out of the saddle, to put power down you need to feel the traction under your feet to determine how hard you can pedal. Imagine walking on ice, and how you feel the ground to find grip. In time you’ll learn the traction limit of wet and dry surfaces and apply…