12 mountain bike riding technique tips
In our video series – all videos are available for you to watch below – Kurt Exenberger shows you everything you need to know to improve your mountain biking techniques. Here, though, we have summarized the most important tips:
- Mountain Bike Equipment
Kurt shows you how to set up your handlebar and brakes and how to find the right riding position:
- Mountain Bike Basic Positioning
The correct basic position is essential for a safe and comfortable ride over the terrain.
- Mountain Bike Braking Techniques
When braking, it’s really important to use just one finger, to distribute the braking force correctly and to adjust your basic position.
- Riding uphill with your Mountain Bike
Tackling steep terrain isn’t too difficult with the right technique ;-).
- Fast Cornering on your Mountain Bike
When bends get tighter, it helps to push your handlebars into the turn.
A good way to overcome obstacles by mountain bike is lowering your shoulders and push yourself away from the handlebars at the right time near the obstacle.
- Downhill steep steps
When riding on downhill steps press the front wheel hard to the ground, while keeping you legs relatively straight.
Hairpins are best tackled if you’ve already got a clear view well beyond the end of the curve, while ensuring you put plenty of pressure on the front wheel.
- Mountain Bike Jumps and Drops
To tackle a jump, push your weight down and up again slightly before committing to take off then cushion your landing by absorbing impact like a cat.
- Mountain Bike Wheelies
For a successful wheelie, it’s important to lift your handlebars with good even pull from both hands. Grind the rear brake slightly with one finger also.
- Mountain Bike Manual
Finding the sweet spot isn’t easy. You need to shift your weight far back and then correct using the rear brake.
- Bunny Hop
The most important thing to remember with the bunny hop is that the jump needs to take both, a forward and upward motion.
All MTB riding technique videos are available here:
If you’d like to improve your techniques with the help of and expert, get involved with the SAAC Bike Camps. And make sure you have fun practicing :)!