How To Stop Crashing On Your Mountain Bike | GMBN’s Crash Course Ep. 1

How To Stop Crashing On Your Mountain Bike | GMBN’s Crash Course Ep. 1

– We get sent your fail
videos all the time, and some of those crashes
are absolutely unbelievable! (gravel crunches) Of course, some of them
are complete accidents, and unavoidable, but some can be avoided, and in this video I’m going
to try and show you how. (loud crash) First video comes from Charles
who’s riding his pivot. UCSC Trails in Santa
Cruz, so check this out. (onlooker shouts loudly) Charles says he was practicing jumps, and took “One of the biggest I’ve done, I was too focused on clearing it, but I didn’t pick the best line. I realized I was heading to
the tree but after landing, my suspension was completely compressed, and I just couldn’t turn my bike. Could have been worse though, bike and body were completely unscathed.” So in the video you can hear, just before it goes slow-mo, you can hear a bit of a crunch. (onlooker shouts loudly) (loud crunch) So I wonder if that was just
a bit of a heavy gear change, or maybe your gear’s
jumping around a little bit, and then it goes slow-mo, and it almost looks like your chain jams, because your feet don’t go level, but you don’t say anything about that so I’ll presume that doesn’t happen. So what I think actually, the real cause of this
going wrong on the jump, is taking off without feet level. So I’d always try and have cranks level, so you get a nice takeoff with your weight central over both pedals. If you do it, or if you
pedal too close to the jump, and one pedal is lower than the other, it’s really easy to become
unbalanced, takeoff, and that’s when your weight
kind of twists a little bit. I think that’s the cause of going a bit sideways in the air, and then when you land, you
can’t straighten it out. So, really it’s about trying to pedal, and then stop as soon as you can, so you’re set up for jump. I’ve got a good example here, I’ll try and show you how to do it. You have to go quite
fast to clear this jump, and you are pedaling round this berm, so just check how I do it. (upbeat guitar music) The next video comes from Raphael, riding in Cagayan De Oro. (onlookers give encouragement) (onlookers laugh) Raphael says “I cleaned
a part of our old trail, and then (beep) happens.” (onlookers laugh) So yeah, you can see you’re dropping into, what looks like a really steep section, your body position looks good, but then all hell breaks loose. But actually if you look
closely at the video, in the bottom of the screen, you can see there’s something
lying across the trail, can’t quite tell what it is, could be a root, or a
pipe or a bit of rock, but it’s lying at that horrible sort of diagonally down across the trail, and I’m sure everyone’s hit some of that, it pretty much just wiped
your front wheel out. (upbeat guitar music) That’s the slipperiest thing
I’ve ever tried to ride across! And that’s what happens here. Front wheel goes, super steep, front wheel goes out of control, lands in this big hole, and then that’s the end of it, basically, you start
rolling down the hill. So situations like that, it’s really important that you, sort of, take that thing
out of the equation. Even riding on flat, if you
hit something that’s slippy, and it’s diagonally
going across the trail, it’s pretty much always
going to wipe you out, so this is where you really need to sort of think about either
bunny hopping over that thing, which can be really
steep and steep sections, because if you bunny hop,
you’re going to drop a long way, and also you got to set up for
it, and you’re on the brakes. So sometimes it’s just a case
of just unweighting the bike, and maybe just front
wheel then back wheel, but it’s really, you know, you got to take that
thing out of the equation, so if you hit that, this is probably going
to happen every time. What is really difficult about this is you probably got to try and do all that, whilst not looking at it, because you really got to
see what’s coming next, because it’s the thing
that happens after that slippy thing that’s going
to cause you the pain. So do all that, whilst you’re seeing it in your
peripheral vision down here, but looking where you
need to be on that trail. If you’re a bit dubious
about practicing that into a steep section, then do it on the flat. One wheel at a time, and
then the proper bunny hop. (upbeat guitar music) The next crasher is Danny riding his Trek Marlin Five in Cambridge, Wisconsin. (wind whips past) (Danny groans) Danny himself says “Not much to see here, but the sound of me getting
the bars into my gut is great.” (Danny groans) Uh yes, I’ve been there, done that. I think this is all about timing Danny, I’m pretty sure you
know what happened here, but it looks to me like there’s that tree on the right hand side, probably got the bottom part of it, like a root sticking out, and you’ve slammed the pedal into it, I’ve definitely been guilty of this. I’ve actually separated
my shoulder doing this, following Steve Peat, riding along, tried to pedal in a place
I shouldn’t have been, smashed the pedal in, straight over the bars unexpectedly, and straight onto the shoulder. So in this situation, I mean you probably learnt
your lesson of course, but I would say, when you’re
riding through sections, this is quite a good one actually, where there’s lot of
obstacles on the ground, you’re never going to
see every single one, because there’s hundreds of them, I actually try and change down a gear so I’m pushing a slower cadence, so actually my feet don’t get as close to the ground as often, and try and keep an eye out for things in the corner of your eye, like if there’s a tree, there probably is going
to be a root next to it, or even sometimes there’s
a, like, sniper stumps, in bits of undergrowth, so you should try and play it safe, try and be slow with pedal strokes, and stop pedaling if you
think you really need to. Another factor that could have contributed to this crash is, you can see in slow motion, just as you hit that root, your thumb has come off
the bar to hit the shifter, so you don’t have a great grip
if the thumb is over the bar, so when you slam into that root, probably your hand comes off the bar, and then you’re going over. Could you have saved it if
you weren’t trying to shift? Maybe but probably not in this situation, but I’ve definitely
been in that case where, if you’ve got a good grip
and you hit something, you can sort of bench
press your way out of it, not always, sometimes you go over anyway, but if your hand comes off the bar, it’s game over. (upbeat guitar music) Last, but definitely not least, Landon, riding his GT Aggressor Pro, on a backyard trail in Utah. (upbeat guitar music) (blows raspberry) Ooooh (chuckles) I think we’ve probably- Well many of us have probably done this in the early days of riding bikes, and I definitely have done this, gone over the bars on a dropoff. What you can see here is there’s a bit of an
upslope coming to the drop, so you’re going to lose
a lot of speed there, which is going to make it harder, but the real problem is the manual, if you actually pause it when you’re moving back
to lift the front wheel, you’re quite high above the saddle, and compare that to how far
you can get back on the bike, you can see, really, the
difference in where your hips are, so it’s really a case of
trying to get further back, practicing your manual so your hips are, sort of, above your real axle, so that if you get the
speed or the timing wrong, you’re still right to
the back of the bike, you’re not high up above the saddle, because in this situation, the front wheel drops,
you’re above the saddle, there’s pretty much only
one way this is going to go, and it’s over the bars. So this is really a perfect example of why you should get back and not up. One thing to remember is also
try and keep your head up. It sounds simple, but actually can make a big
difference to your body weight and where it is on the bike. Just by keeping your head up, it sort of opens your chest up, brings your weight behind the bike. Probably not enough to
save you in this case, but sometimes it will. (relaxed flamenco music) Well hopefully there’s some
tips there that’s going to help at least a few of you stop crashing, because some of those
are really common ones I used to see a lot when I was coaching. If you like this video, and you think I should carry
on with this little series, I can definitely do more. You guys sent us thousands of fail videos, so I can pick them out dead easily and try and help you guys out, so let us know in the comments if you think I should do that. If you want to see a
previous video we’ve done about how to stop going over the bars, over there for that one. If you want to watch me
have a massive crash, click down there for the
Andes Pacifico video. Thumbs up if you don’t like
crashing, and subscribe.

100 thoughts on “How To Stop Crashing On Your Mountain Bike | GMBN’s Crash Course Ep. 1

  1. Great concept. I develop bad habits and lazy techniques. This show reminds me of how something should be done correctly.

  2. This video should really be titled: “GMBN No-Crash Course”! I’m watching the video nodding my head, remembering each of the times I’ve crashed like that over my riding career.

  3. The best of the worst crashes, are the ones that your friends have to describe to you, because you have no recollection of how you ended up on the ground!

  4. The only way to stop crashing your bike is to not ride it. If you aren't crashing you aren't trying and if you aren't trying you aren't progressing.

  5. #askgmbn
    I've been into mountainbiking for nearly 2 years now and have been riding a hardtail.
    I ride at bike parks and trails, around the north west (Yorkshire and surrounding areas). I've started doing jumps and big drop offs too (up to 7ft). I'm getting pretty confident with my riding ability and I'm starting to push my progression.
    I'm looking at getting my first ever full suspension bike this christmas and its going to be around £1600. I'm not minted so this is a huge investment for me and it will be my main bike for the next 3+ years.

    The bike I'm considering is the Vitus Mythique 2020 VRX 29er (Blake said it was a lot of bike for that price lol). I wanted to know if this would be a good investment; or are there much better new bikes out there around that price mark?
    Generally as a 1 bike for all.

    I'll be keeping my hardtail as i use it for commuting as well.

  6. Yes please more like this. I am just learning and do not have good skills yet. Had a bad crash in July my leg could take 8 months to heal. Love seeing these how to videos but they make it seem so easy but makes you want to learn. Great chanel thanks guys

  7. Yes, I agree, please continue this series. I had a question about a crash I had that resulted in broken finger and broken wrist this year.  I was on a down hill run on coming out of a berm that curved left and my front wheel quickly folded to the left after exiting and I went over the bars. My son said it was pretty dusty. Any suggestions as I really wasn't going as fast as I usually do and it was a surprise to me. thanks much Neil!

  8. Personally I think my crash tips all. Yesterday I was hit by a car biking to school, I was thrown over the car onto the roof then when the car stopped I was thrown back off the hood

  9. This was excellent Neil, please continue with this series. Your explanation and insights are very valuable, and this video helped me understand why I had a small crash yesterday, and how to avoid it in the future, so I will be more confident next time I ride that section, instead of being on edge.

  10. Nice! This is an amazing addition to the channel! I think it should be a regular thing. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t life long enough to make them all yourself.” Watching the fails with a lesson at the end of it is the best education I’ve had watching gmbn.

  11. Didn’t really know what to expect from the title, but this was absolutely, absolutely phenomenal. Definitely continue Don!

  12. I have a question how is it transitioning from a hard tail to a full suspension? I’m looking into my first full suspension, but a bit timid on if I’m ready.

  13. Dude about time. Man how many crashes you guys air and never explain why they wiped out. This should be good content that I can take on the trail. Thanks in advance.

  14. Fantastic video. Thank you Neil. I try my best to show videos like this to my kids so they don't have to learn like I did. The hard way 🙂

  15. That clip from rafael was hilarious hahahahhahaha like that sound ningningningning HOI HOI HOIIII hahahahhahaha I also from cagayan de oro and i knew rafael from a long time! Been happy to see my friend on your channel hehehehe KUDOS GMBN

  16. How do you know if the drop is needed to pop a manual or lean back? This is my main problem when going to a drop, and it changes my confidence while racing XC

  17. last guy was just going too slow.. newbie error just pick up the speed and get both wheels off it before the front drops off much and land flatter ..practice makes perfect

  18. I am so glad to see this type of video tutorial. I often watch the fails-and-bails videos and think, while they are somewhat entertaining, it would be much more useful to discuss what went wrong and how it might have been avoided or fixed. Thank you for putting this out.

  19. These could be very beneficial for newer riders for sure, Neil. I still like watching them even though a seasoned rider

  20. It would be great if you could continue with these advice/tips videos Neil, we've all been there (and occasionally broke something) but even with experience it's good to have advice and sometimes the most obvious solution can't be seen until someone else shows or advises you. Great video as always 👍🤘👊

  21. Best GMBN video I’ve seen yet. Content was great but so was the videography and music. I’d love to see this turn into a series.

  22. Yes please, more of this. I am trying to progress my skills and the more I can learn from the mistakes of others, the better.

  23. I find everything Neil and Henry do enjoyable and informative.
    Andrew is great too but his videos are more on product and all he ever seems to say is I think we'll cover that In depth in the future but none of this ever happens .
    Blake I just find it difficult to follow as when he gets excited he jumbles up all the words and can't read a script properly and it becomes difficult to listen too .but his enthusiasm is infectious if not a little childish and tolerabile in small doses

  24. 2:08 Ok, this one is very simple, but the explanation given is off mark. This guy's body position is not correct for a steep down hill like this one. In this situation, you need to hinge forward significantly more and get your butt WAY behind the seat in order to get your weight off the bars and onto your feet. If you properly balance your weight on your pedals, your wheels wont "go crazy" as seen here. Additionally, I'm guessing that he was dragging his front brake, which is something you should never do, especially on slick downhill sections. (in fact, it looks like he has a multi-finger death grip on his front brakes)
    Note: please, do not try to bunny hop ANYTHING when you are as obviously inexperienced as this rider, or you will crash in a spectacular manner. Work on the core skills first.

  25. The first fail video he shows like seconds into this video, seems like to me phantom drop at mountain creek bike park in NJ. I too have crashed like that there lmao gotta conquer that drop sometime soon

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