Articles & Skills Tips

Dropper Posts: The What, Why, When and How

As anyone who has a dropper post knows; it is one of the BEST, if not THE BEST mountain bike innovation… EVER. After riding with one, but more importantly, after learning how and when to use it, it seems impossible to own a bike without one. In the past, dropper posts had been criticized for

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5 Braking Drills That Will Make You Faster!

Did you know braking can make you faster? Yup, dialing in your braking technique can help you ride smoother and in turn, make you faster.  Hear us out – the reality is that you need to use your brakes at some point on the trail to control your speed. You simply don’t have the option

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Knowledge is Power – Top 5 Skills Tips of 2020

#2020 certainly presented its share of challenges (can we can all agree this is an understatement?). However, one thing’s for sure, YOU never stopped your quest for knowledge. To foster this quest, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 skills tips you wanted to know more about this past year. Grab your glasses, secure

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Jeremiah sends a drop in Sedona

A Not So Typical 2020 Gift Guide by Ninja

‘Tis the season to rethink everything you thought you knew about Mountain Bike gear. This holiday season we’re going to skip apparel and instead help update your shred sled with the best gear of 2020. We asked our experienced mountain bike instructors and friends about their favorite riding gear and here’s the list of goodies

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OptOutside Black Friday Sale MTB Skills Camp Clinic

Sorry, but we’re closing.

For the sixth year in a row, we will be closed on Friday, November 27th. Instead of partaking in Black Friday, we are choosing to #optoutside and recreate responsibly in the great outdoors.  Don’t fret. We’ll be back open again on Saturday the 28th! This year, perhaps more than ever before, we encourage you to

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Bekah Descending Hood River, Oregon

Handling Uncertainty: On AND Off The Trail

I was recently riding with a group of boys ages 10-12 on a trail they had never ridden before. The three boys are all excellent riders and very comfortable on their home trails. As we were riding, the boys peppered me with questions: How many hills are there? What are the rocks like? Is it

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drop mistakes - pulling up on the handlebars

8 Most Common Mistakes: Riding A Drop

Want to learn how to ride a drop? Trying to improve your drop form? Start by reading through last week’s article on “How to ride a drop“. As much as I’d like to think you are now all experts at riding drops after reading the “How to” article, I know that’s likely not the case.

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How to Ride A Drop: Down/Back Technique

Drops come in all shapes and sizes. Rocks, roots, human built wood features and natural elevation changes all create drops ranging from the size of a curb to the size of a building. When ridden correctly, drops are Fun-with-a-capital-F. However, before you start sending yourself off the biggest drop you can find, it’s important to

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