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FAQ

Satisfaction Guarantee

Events: We want you to be completely satisfied with your Ninja event. If you are dissatisfied in any way with the event you have attended, we’ll give you another opportunity, free of charge, to receive the skills instruction experience that meets your expectations.

Products: We guarantee your satisfaction of all the apparel, jump ramps and protective gear we sell with a full refund.  Details here.

Which Ninja event is right for me?

You’ve got questions;  we’ve got answers!  Check HERE for a breakdown of which event is right for you.

If you have never taken a skills clinic before, regardless of your riding experience, we always recommend taking a Fundamentals clinic (offered as Co-ed Fundamentals, Women’s Only Fundamentals and included in the  2-Day Camp curriculum).  Even advanced riders often have bad habits that need to be corrected and a comprehensive review of the foundational riding skills will help to do just that.  Start with the Fundamentals to break those bad habits (even the ones you might not know you have)!

When should I expect information on when and where to meet for my event?

3 days prior to your clinic! Information on exactly where to meet, what to bring and other important details will be posted on the Event Information Page. A link to the Event Information Page is included in your registration confirmation email.  We will send you an email 3 days prior to your clinic with a reminder to check the Event Information Page.

Are rental bikes available?

We do not demo or rent bikes through Ninja.  If you need a bike for your clinic, we suggest contacting your local bike shop or outdoor recreation store.  If you need assistance finding a local resource with rentals, contact us!  We are more than happy to help you find a local rental resource.

Whats the difference between a Clinic, Mini-Clinic, Camp, Adventure and a Tour?

Each of our events offers something a little different.  From focusing a specific skills, a group of skills progressions or just out shredding some rad single-track.  Venues vary too, from local community parks to bike parks in far-away countries!  To learn all the details and choose which is right for you, check here.

What should I bring to my clinic or camp?

You will need to bring a mountain bike in good, working order.  Helmets are mandatory, so make sure to bring one. Additionally, we recommend that you bring gloves, pads, a topped-off hydration pack or a couple of full water bottles, and some snacks.  We do not provide lunch, so if you will be riding us for the full day, we suggest packing a lunch.  Lunch breaks are provided.

Do I need pads?

Pads are not mandatory at of any of our clinics or camps, but we highly recommend you bring (and use) them.  We’ve seen a set of pads give our participants that added level of safety and comfort needed for them to have a light-bulb breakthrough moment.  Check out the world’s most comfortable pads here.

What kind of bike do I need?

Any kind of mountain bike will do as long as it’s in good working order. Hard-tail or full-suspension, cross country or downhill, 26”, 27.5″ or 29” wheels, disc brakes or cantilever brakes, it doesn’t matter!

What kind of pedals should I have on my bike?

We recommend you ride whatever pedals you’re most comfortable with.  If you learned on clipless pedals (clipped in), then please bring those.  However, we have found that it’s much easier to learn the majority of the skills with flat pedals if you have some experience on them.  Notably, flat pedals are designed to be worn with flat soled shoes (i.e. flat soled mtb specific shoes, skater shoes, vans).

What is your policy on cancellations?

You can review our cancellation policy and learn more about Event Insurance here.

What is Ninja Event Insurance?

Ninja Event Insurance is offered at checkout and if purchased, this insurance allows you to cancel your registration up to 48 hours prior to the start of your event and still receive a full credit.   You MUST purchase Ninja Event Insurance at checkout for this coverage.  Any cancellations without Ninja Event Insurance, or within 48 hours of your event, will be handled according to our standard cancellation policy.

Is there an age limit for clinic or camp participants?

There’s no age limit but there are age minimums. You must be at least 11 years old to attend a Fundamentals Clinic or Jumping Mini-Clinic and at least 15 to attend an Int/Advanced Clinic or a multi-day event.  Ninja Kids Clinics are for riders between the ages of 8-12.

Are there any prerequisites to attending a Jumping Mini-Clinic?

Yes. You must have a minimum of two years mountain biking experience and/or have attended a Fundamentals or Int/Advanced Clinic to participate in a mini jumping clinic.  Riders under the age of 15 must attend a Ninja Fundamentals before attending a Jumping Mini-Clinic, no exceptions.

Are there any prerequisites to attending an Int/Advanced Clinic?

Yes. You must have have a minimum of two years of riding experience and/or have taken a Fundamentals Clinic in order to attend and Int/Advanced Clinic.  If you’re not sure if you meet the prerequisites to attend an advanced clinic, please contact us.

Do you offer private instruction?

Yes, we offer private instruction in areas where we have instructors available. You can find details, pricing and other information about private instruction here.  If you’d like to connect with an instructor in your area, please contact us to discuss instructor availability.

Are your instructors certified?

Yes. All of our instructors are BICP/IMBA Certified or PMBI Certified.

Are e-Bikes allowed at your events?

Ninja welcomes e-bikes at our clinics that are held on e-bike friendly trails. We encourage you to do your own research on local e-bike regulations and if you aren’t sure, check with us to see if e-bikes are permitted at the venue you’re considering joining us at.  Please note, not all Ninja teaching venues are open to e-bikes.

What level of fitness do I need in order to attend a camp or clinic?

You do not have to be an elite athlete to attend or participate in ANY of our clinics—basic health and fitness is just fine! However, it should be noted that some of our camp locations are more demanding than others, and do require more of a fitness base. If you are concerned about this, please contact us to check for the recommended fitness level of the camp you’re interested in.

What happens if rain is in the forecast at my clinic or camp?

Clinics and Camp may be rescheduled because of rain or other inclement weather. We will notify you with as much notice as possible if a reschedule of your camp or clinic is required.

Gratuity

While gratuity is not required or expected,  it’s certainly appreciated by your instructors! 5-10% for each guest is Industry Standard for exceptional service, support, and expertise. Unless you’d like to tip separately, instructors divide tips among themselves.

I just finished a Ninja skills clinic – What’s next?

You’ve just completed your first Ninja Clinic and you’re realizing this Ninja stuff is pretty cool. You’re hungry for more. What’s next?  Learn more HERE.

Best investment ever.

Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two....
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2014-03-19T14:41:16-07:00
Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two. Being able to get instant feedback from the instructor (s) in this case Richard La China and his assistant is invaluable. From getting the correct riding position to improving the skills necessary to have a fast flow through the trails builds confidence and is the key to having more fun when mountain bike riding. Also I've taken one-on-one lessons (with Richard La China) and it really speeds up the learning (in my case it was basic jumping) in any area where you deem to be weak in or just need improvement. ~ Thad G.  

I would recommend this to riders of all skill levels and ages.

I want to thank the Ninja Mountain Bike Camp and instructor Richard La China for a great weekend on April...
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2017-05-04T08:04:07-07:00
I want to thank the Ninja Mountain Bike Camp and instructor Richard La China for a great weekend on April 22-23rd. As an 59 year old ex-MX racer and 28 year Mt bike rider, found the personal instruction and group demonstrations were instrumental in my growth as a rider. You can teach an old dog new tricks. The seeing "new" lines, different jumping techniques and cornering skills all helped me open my eyes to a world of riding I had not experienced on my own. I want to all of the attendees for a great experience. I would recommend this to riders of all skill levels and ages. ~Joel Palmer

The coaches were awesome!

I went to the clinic that was offered April 6-9 at Mulberry Gap in Elljay Georgia. The coaches were awesome!...
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2017-06-05T14:20:28-07:00
I went to the clinic that was offered April 6-9 at Mulberry Gap in Elljay Georgia. The coaches were awesome! I was riding faster with more control than ever before! If you want to get better take one of their camps! ~Bill S.

Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily!

Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much...
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2017-08-19T13:52:49-07:00
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part thpugh was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.

My riding improved instantly!

I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have...
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2014-03-19T14:16:07-07:00
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have really enjoyed the increased confidence jumping my bike over obstacles. My muscle memory takes a while to kick in and Coach Richard and his crew of master Ninjas were really patient with me.  I even got some bonus education on climbing faster during one of our warm-up laps! Even though I have been riding for years I learned something new with every skill taught.  The clinic was worth every penny and I will be signing up for an advanced one this summer. ~Michael W.  

Richard and Kristen were awesome!

Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome!  We all got the opportunity to work...
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2014-03-19T14:41:56-07:00
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome!  We all got the opportunity to work on improving our skills with their feedback. Next time I would definitely do the intermediate clinic or do a one-on-one session. Richard is super patient and provides great feedback and riding tips. ~ Lisa D.

My speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved!

I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going...
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2017-05-04T08:06:22-07:00
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved. I would not have attempted 50% of the drops and jumps on the course prior to participating in the clinic, and my overall time would have been much slower. The first two hours of the class (int/adv Sedona) made the whole thing more than worth it, and the rest of the two days seemed like a bonus. Both Courtney and Richard were encouraging and patient, and both had that classic mountain biker charm and humor ready when the moment called for it. Overall a very enjoyable and valuable weekend. For reference, I participate in amateur XC endurance races (with no hope of ever coming close to winning anything) and have been riding for about two years. I was worried before taking the class that I would not be skilled enough, but the int/adv was appropriate for my skill level. If you're worried, just go for it anyway. There is a good mix of people and everyone was very friendly! ~Alana Bencivengo
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