Advanced Jumping | EMTB Bike Park Skills

Advanced Jumping | EMTB Bike Park Skills

– You may have worked your
way up the progression ladder, slowly on your E-bike,
jumping from small tabletops, you worked your way up to doubles. But often when you go to a bike park, there can be some pretty
intimidating big, big features, and if they go wrong can
mean big, big crashes. So today, we’re going
to take a look at a few of the bigger bike park features, and how you’re going to tackle them. (chill hip hop music) So it’s not all straightforward
at the bike park when it comes to jumps. Yes, you are going to get jumps
that go in a straight line, tabletops, and doubles, but
we’re talking about hip jumps, and these things can definitely cut you up if you don’t have the right technique. Hip jump, if you don’t know what it is, is basically a slanted take-off, and it changes the
direction of your travel out on the trail, so you’re
going to jump either to the left or to the right. So to do a hip jump, the important thing is
before as you approach is to notice your left-hand hip. So I’m going to approach on the
right-hand side of the trail, and carve across the
take-off, where I mean carve, I’m actually turning
across, so I start wide, and do a slight arc across the take-off, that way the bike’s going to
point in the right direction of the landing. Again, if
I was to come straight, the bike’s going to want
to slide out front wheel, and I’m going to probably
case that the landing goes the opposite way to which
I’m going to land on my bike, so you definitely need
to do that big carve, to initiate the hip take-off. Now, we’re in the mid-point of the jump, and it’s all about weight
positioning, so my weight, I want to be more on the
left side of the bike, dropping shoulder in, tilting your head, that way the bike’s going
to be flying through the air to the desired angle of the landing. So when you’re jumping
hips, it’s vitally important to take a look at the height
and the shape of the take-off. So I mentioned on the right-hand side, the take-off is a lot higher
than the left-hand side. If I was to hit the left-hand
side, I can work my way up. Judging the speed to this
landing here is actually a slight landing. I
know it’s a bit shorter, but then all I’ll do
is add a bit more speed and hit the higher side of the take-off, and work my way across to the
bigger side of the landing. Just work up in tiny
little bite-sized chunks, because if you go too big
on a hip straight away, it’s really easy for the
front wheel to wash out, and dump you straight on your face. Now the wall ride, or the wall
slide, if you get it wrong, is one of the most intimidating
features in the bike park, and you definitely need
a dialed-in technique, even to tackle one of these. This one here at Leed’s Urban
Bike Park is actually massive, and probably the biggest
and the fastest wall ride I’ve ever done, definitely on an E-bike. Anyway, usually at bike parks,
these are a bit smaller, they can vary on how steep they are. If the angle of the wall
ride is actually relaxed, it’s actually quite easy,
it’s quite similar to kind of jumping and riding into a berm,
all that sensation you get when you’re railing a berm. Now, before you even
tackle the wall rides, you need to think about which
way you’re going to wall-ride. Obviously if you’re left-foot forward, traditionally you ride this
wall ride to the left as well, so you need to figure out
which way you’re going to turn, is to say right-foot forward right is, when you go right-foot
forward when you ride, you’re traditionally going
to wall-ride to the right. So this really dictates
which way you carve into the wall-ride, and obviously a carve is
a really important part of doing the wall ride. If you don’t do the carve, you’re not even going to
accentuate the movement needed to get up onto the wall. But once you’ve done the
carve, you actually need to lean the bike up, so the wheels actually actually
meet the surface like this, ’cause if you land in like this, you’re literally going
to slide straight down, and as I say, it’s
going to be a wall slide and not the wall ride you imagine. So once you’re on the wall,
it’s actually time to relax, and have confidence in
the speed that you got, have confidence in the
grip in your tires as well. Think about that body position, we’re now doing a wall ride, you want to drop the inside shoulder, push the bike onto the wall, and feel, you can slightly feel when
you’re about to lose traction, or run out of speed. So you’re probably thinking, “What about when you run out of speed? How do you manage that?” Well it’s all about a
tiny front wheel lift, you kind of squash the suspension up, quite similar to the drop-off technique, so you’re squashing the bike in, lifting that inside shoulder, squaring the bike up perfectly
to land into the landing. This is when things get super-smooth. You get it in there, you’re
going to absolutely fly out of the wall ride. So obviously with any of these techniques, you don’t go in flat-out
and try to send it first go. You need to work up in little tiny steps. I’m just going to work
my way up this wall ride, just really low, get
used to how much grip, how much speed, and actually
how much speed and distance I’m going to need to
clear this whole thing. So there’s a few things that
I was going to attribute to big jumps. Fist up is entry speed. Now this 42-foot monster
I’m hitting flat-out, I’m peddling as hard as I can to get that. Obviously the amount
of compression and pop you give at the take-off
is going to generate a lot of height and distance. Make sure you pull in
that part and go in big. So one of the questions
that a lot of people ask is, “How fast do I have to go for big jumps?” Well there is no definitive answer. We all ride differently,
about to work differently, we’re all about different
levels of experience, but if it’s a big tabletop,
kind of like this one, you can work your way across
in small chunks as well. Just add in a bit more
speed to it, a bit more pop, and work your way over it, one by one. If you go into it flat-out first go, it can probably cut you up, could be a big crash straight away. Now what do you do if
you’re not actually going to make the distance on a big jump like this? Well, actually, to tell the truth, I didn’t jump this jump first time. Oh (bleep)! And I did have to deploy
the safety pencil. Now I’ve talked about this
in previous videos before. What you do is, when you’re in the air, you push down with your feet, so it puts the back wheel down in the air. Pull up with the handlebars, and actually try and
land back wheel first. That way it’s actually a lot safer, ’cause the bike’s going
to land a lot smoother than trying to nose it. If you go and try and
nose into this landing, it could just be a massive nose-dive, and if you don’t make the landing, you’re going to come into
the landing like this, bounce on the front
wheel, it could eject you straight over the bars, so get
that safety pencil deployed. So there you go, I really hope
you’ve enjoyed today’s video on all those advanced
bike park techniques. To get you doing your wall rides, get you doing your big jumps, and your hip jumps. Be really cool to see some of
you guys hitting that stuff, and don’t forget to send it
to us on the show as well. Could be you on the EMBN Show. Don’t forget, if you don’t
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make sure you don’t miss out on any videos. If you want
to check out another video, check out “Drop-Off Mistakes,”
that one’s over here. Give us a thumbs-up if you enjoyed it, drop us some comments in the box below. It is absolutely tipping it down here, so I’m heading to the
cafe, get out this rain, I’m definitely not going
to be riding any bike park in the rain.

17 thoughts on “Advanced Jumping | EMTB Bike Park Skills

  1. Nice one Chris, enjoyable as always, I must admit I’m with Steve when it comes to big jumps but a great vid to watch, sweet skills🤘🤘🤘

  2. I'm guessing Chris's core strength is better than most peoples! Is there a video showing basic landing technique to avoid bottoming out the suspension and breaking the bike?

  3. My biggest problem when jumping…3ft in the air….my feet keep coming off the pedals and I land basically draped over the crossbar and bars.
    What do you do at takeoff to stop this?

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