When it comes to pushing the limits of mountain biking, few events captivate the imagination and showcase the art of jumping quite like Redbull Rampage. Held annually in the rugged landscapes of Utah, Redbull Rampage brings together the world's most fearless riders who soar through the air with awe-inspiring grace and precision. If you've ever found yourself mesmerised by their jaw-dropping tricks and incredible airtime, you may be wondering how you too can elevate your jumping skills to new heights.
Here are five points to help you improve your jumping skills with a mountain bike on jumps with kickers:
The one trick to rule them all! We have all seen the pros go massive at Redbull Rampage and The Dark Series while stylishly whipping the bike sideways before pulling it back for landing. You don't have to go massive to pull this off, even just a couple of inches of the ground you can make the airtime look stylish. The first step is to tweak the handlebar after popping into the air. Pull one side down towards yourself and the ground, then press your feet in the opposite direction of the downward pointing handlebar to move the rear of the bike sideways.To get the bike into landing mode, turn the handlebar and press your feet back towards the original positions. You might also need to push the opposite side of the handlebar a little extra and lean forward to get it back in time. And remember to keep your vision towards where you are going in the landing.
When you are hitting drops with a flat take off and without a kicker it's important that you lean back a bit in the take off to avoid your front wheel of diving. You don't want to pop too much in the take off since you will then get more impact in the landing. So you kind of want to squash the take-off while keeping the bike straight and in control.
Remember, practice and patience are key when it comes to improving your jumping skills. Start small, focus on technique, and gradually progress as you build confidence and experience. Confidence is key while mastering jumps so again, start with smaller jumps to build confidence and progressively work your way up. Practice on jump lines or at dedicated jump parks that offer various sizes of jumps, allowing you to increase your skill level gradually and comfort zone. Always prioritise safety and wear appropriate protective gear while attempting jumps. And of course, have fun!
If you are new to jumping and prefer to learn the art of jumping by watching video instead, we highly recommend taking a look at the below video from Global Mountain Bike Network:
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