The Most Important Position

At the heart of every tremendous mountain biking trick you’ve ever seen on the trail, in that sick edit, or read about in a magazine is one common theme: The Ready Position. If good riding is a house, then the Ready Position — or “Ninja” position, as we’re fond of calling it — is the Read More →

Crash Recovery, 5 Important Steps

We’ve all been there: you’re riding along some wicked-fast trail and the next thing you know, you’re on the ground wondering what just happened. If you’re lucky enough to still have your limbs and bike intact, you remount and carry on down the trail. Several years back, I crashed resulting in a broken collar bone.  Read More →

Going Up? Four Kinds of Climbing

There are lots of ways to skin a cat, and four ways to get up a climb. Here they are: use often, and in any combination you need.  1. Seated Climb The first type of climb is the seated climb. It’s used for fire roads or trails with mellow grades. It’s a smooth and steady Read More →

How to Ride Over a Log Pile

Let’s talk about that pesky pile of logs in the middle of the trail. How exactly do you ride over this (with the intent of keeping wheels on the ground), and avoid getting bucked or totally loosing your momentum?  The answer – by “soaking up” the logs, you can keep it smooth AND maintain your Read More →

Top 10 Tips to Mountain Bike Riding in Sand

Mountain Bike riding in sand can be challenging and even a little scary, which made it a frequently discussed topic at our team camp in Big Bear this past weekend. It seems like patches of this dreaded substance are never on a straight-away and always appear after a nice hard-packed section where you’ve managed to Read More →

Rock Dodge

The Rock Dodge is a sharp, short turn used for avoiding a rock or other small obstacle you might encounter on the trail.    The idea is to avoid a small obstacle with your front and back tire while tackling varied technical terrain.  To accomplish this, allow your front wheel to pass the obstacle on Read More →

Secret Techniques to Effective Braking

Much of a Pro mountain biker’s control, skill and speed lies in the way they use their brakes and the way they set-up their brake controls on the bars. Modern mountain bikes with hydraulic disc brakes, have brake levers that are specially designed to be used by one finger only in all situations.  Moving your Read More →