Mountain Biking UK Mountain Biking Skills 2018

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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.…

3 min
bike set-up

CUSTOMISE YOUR BIKE It’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 HEIGHT If 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 LENGTH Upwards 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 POSITION In a standing position, put your hands on your grips and extend your index fingers out. Now adjust the angle, lever reach…

4 min
position set-up

SADDLE HEIGHT This 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 POSITION Once 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 extension TOO LOW • Pedalling is harder…

1 min
gear choice

SMALL-SMALL In 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-BIG The 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. PERFECT Find 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.…

2 min
climb & descend

CLIMBING Out-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. WEIGHT When 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. TRACTION Even 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…

2 min
body position

BODY POSITION BASICS When the trail gets rough your bike will start to buck and move around, so the idea of good body position is to isolate your core mass (your head and torso) from this chatter so you can stay smooth, in control and in balance. If you try to stop the bike pitching over the terrain you’ve effectively picked a fight with gravity, and it will eventually win. Use these tips to put yourself in a position where you can let the bike move beneath you and you can stay balanced and relaxed. LOOSEN UP If you’re balanced, you can loosen up and allow the bike to move around underneath you and track the terrain. Use your arms and legs like suspension by absorbing undulations on the trail. STAND UP It goes without…