Secret to Switchbacks – Going Down

This article is going to be it’s all about going DOWN those pesky switchbacks. In case you missed our article on the art of climbing UP a switchback, check it out here! Let’s jump right into the 5 important steps to successfully (and smoothly) navigating a descending switchback. 1. Brake For Speed Setting your speed Read More →

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Up

Switchbacks are one of those trails features that are really fun when ridden correctly, and really frustrating when done incorrectly. Riding up a switchback takes power, proper technique and a bit of practice. Simply trying to hammer up a switchback without considering your line selection, your gearing or your body position will leave you either Read More →

Insanity Check: 10 Tricks to Finding Your Trail Sanity

Are you doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Riding the same feature with the same technique and expecting different results is insanity! The next time you find yourself challenged on the trail, take a step back to troubleshoot and change your plan of attack.  To help, we’ve outlined 10 considerations Read More →

Step-By-Step How To: Manual Front Wheel Lift

Flashy AND practical? Yep! The manual is a useful skill for lofting your front wheel over a trail obstacle.  Yes, lofting as opposed to lifting. Once you add the manual to your skills toolbox, you’ll start to see the trail completely differently. You’ll be able to effortlessly loft the front end of your bike using your hips instead Read More →

8 Important MTB Rules of the Trail

Mountain biking is having a big moment right now. New riders have been hitting the trails in droves and we are over the moon that they are discovering the freedom, exhilaration, and connection with nature (and each other!) that mountain biking provides. So, let us start by saying: Welcome to the mountain biking community! Disclaimer: Read More →

Braking 101: The What, Why and How

Whether you are brand new to mountain biking or you’ve been riding for many years, it’s important that you have a baseline understanding of what your brakes do, why they are important and exactly how to use them. Having a solid braking foundation will allow you to build up to more advanced braking technique, and Read More →

Armor Up with 5 Types of Protective MTB Gear

Have you been feeling stronger on the bike, doing your homework, and stepping up your skills? With great skills progression comes great responsibility…to keep yourself intact! So let’s take a moment to do a quick inventory on your protective gear to make sure your equipment and body are progressing with your skills. 1. The Lid Read More →

Welcome Send’er of Service: Eden Jackson

What happens when you combine a former Pro Downhill Racer, Ninja Instructor, Bike Shop Employee and Super Mom with a bright, positive personality? You get Eden Jackson, Ninja’s Send’er of (Customer) Service. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the newest addition to the Ninja Administrative Team, Eden Jackson. In her new role Read More →

New Bike Buying Guide by Zach’s Bikes

Got a question about a riding skill? Ninja can help with that! Got a question about bike gear, components, and brands? That is a question for the experts at your local shop. I reached out to my local shop, Zach’s Bikes in Klamath Falls, Oregon and ask for their advice on helping someone select a Read More →

5 STEPS TO CREATING YOUR OWN MTB STIMULUS PACKAGE

Looking for ways to stimulate your riding experience during quarantine? Today we’ve got a plan for creating your very own Mountain Biking Stimulus Package. Mountain Biking Stimulus Package [noun], defined as: A set of actions by a mountain biker that is intended to encourage improved biking experience and/or improved skills. Investing a little right now Read More →