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FAQ

Satisfaction Guarantee

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.

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.

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.

I was actually surprised to learn so many little tricks!

Last Sunday I went to the Intermediate/Advanced mountain bike skills class in Malibu and loved it! I bike quite a...
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2014-03-19T14:22:11-07:00
Last Sunday I went to the Intermediate/Advanced mountain bike skills class in Malibu and loved it! I bike quite a bit and feel comfortable doing pretty tough trails, but I had never learned proper riding technique. This clinic focused on the skills needed to properly ride obstacles and how to ride them with maximum efficiency. I'm a professional drum instructor and I really enjoyed Richard's teaching methods. He not only showed us how to do something, but WHY we should do it. It really makes the information stick! Kris was great too, super motivating! I was actually surprised to learn so many little tricks and can't wait to practice them on my own! I'd love to go to another clinic or do a one on one session soon. ~Andrew T.  

I highly recommend these clinics.

I love to ride bikes, and I love to ride them fast.  After some years of road riding, I decided...
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2014-03-19T14:43:05-07:00
I love to ride bikes, and I love to ride them fast.  After some years of road riding, I decided (read: my boyfriend suggested) that I should give mountain biking a try. And not just weekend lah-de-dah, pack-a-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich mountain biking--I decided I was going to RACE mountain bikes. After all, it couldn't be THAT hard, could it? I mean, I knew how to ride/race a bike, I had great fitness, and I had a totally sweet custom-built race mountain bike (courtesy of said boyfriend).  So I signed up for a local race series. Well, several races and countless crashes later (and, allegedly even some tears--although I will deny it to my grave), I wanted to put the kibosh on my mountain bike race career. I had so many cuts, scrapes, gashes, and bruises that you'd have thought I was trying to bring the "mummy" look back into style with all my bandages. (Honestly, I should have bought stock in Band-aids and Advil.) And those were just the external wounds.... My pride/ego and my psyche took a big hit, too, and not even my beautiful series overall winner trophy could take that pain away (yes, I did win, but it wasn't pretty). I just couldn't understand how I could be so terrible at something (ie, how I completely lacked the bike handling skills to navigate around a course crash-free). However, instead of heeding my calls to sell/destroy/part-out my mountain bike--which at that point I had taken to calling "That Stupid Bike"-- my boyfriend suggested that I take a mountain bike skills class with Ninja Mountain Bike Skills. (My boyfriend....he is so full of suggestions). So, in March 2013 I took the Beginner Level 1 class and, wow! Boyfriend's idea was great (for once)! What an amazing and transformative experience. I had...

Aaron Lucy ran an AMAZING training camp!

Aaron Lucy ran an AMAZING training camp,even as an experienced rider I learned all kinds of new skills about corning,...
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2017-05-04T08:07:58-07:00
Aaron Lucy ran an AMAZING training camp,even as an experienced rider I learned all kinds of new skills about corning, technical riding up and down trails, even properly setting my shocks for my exact body weight and riding style! Aaron knows his stuff and I highly encourage anyone even considering a training session to get on it! I use the skills I learned almost constantly when I ride (about once a week!) ~Bruce Barnes

Very fun and informative!

I recently took the intermediate/advanced clinic. It was excellent and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve...
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2017-06-05T14:22:52-07:00
I recently took the intermediate/advanced clinic. It was excellent and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve their skills. All the instructors were great and made the clinic very fun and informative. ~Greg E.

They took time to explain the reasons behind what they were teaching …

I recently attended the Ninja Mountain Bike Performance -Jumping mini-clinic on March 10 along with Sorellas Jean Miller and Robin...
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2018-04-04T06:10:23-07:00
I recently attended the Ninja Mountain Bike Performance -Jumping mini-clinic on March 10 along with Sorellas Jean Miller and Robin Allen, another lady, and a few good men. The instructors at the clinic went above and beyond for us ladies and the entire group. During the clinic the instructors demonstrated the skills multiple times and then let us practice as we pleased. They were excellent at providing insight and recommendations as to how we could improve. They took time to explain the reasons behind what they were teaching and the variances based on rider size and body mechanics. I cannot say enough how they helped us ladies figure out how to correct our body position and land the jumps exceptionally. At one point it began to rain and after making sure we wanted to continue, they made sure the conditions were safe, checking the ramp and ensuring our safety. We were unable to finish the trail part of the clinic due to the rain and risk of damaging the trails, which they were considerate of as well. However, the instructors are allowing us to continue at another clinic anywhere they teach. How awesome is that! Rarely will you get another chance to continue something once you start it. Just another kudo to this company. Professional, kind, knowledgeable and one of a kind. Just the key elements you want from a mountain bike clinic. Be sure and check them out, you will not be disappointed! ~Emily Davenport

They’ve helped build my confidence and competence!

Coming from a triathlon background I had spent most of my time on the road, though I did have a...
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2014-03-19T14:23:53-07:00
Coming from a triathlon background I had spent most of my time on the road, though I did have a few seasons of cyclocross under my belt. I was a novice mountain biker with just enough confidence to get myself into trouble on the trails. I started by attending the free Tuesday night mountain bike workouts at Balboa Park, led by Coach Richard. While these are primarily geared toward building fitness, we learned some skills tips and I met some cool folks. Since then I've taken the intermediate and advanced skills clinics, as well as raced a couple times. Coaches Richard and Kris are great at instruction, which is not easy. Most great riders cannot teach others to do the same, but these two are exceptional at it. They've helped build my confidence and competence.  In fact they have taken time during weekday and weekend rides to help give me pointers! I joined Team Ninja to train and race with this fun crew and would highly advise you check them out! ~Henry H.  

All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic.

This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed,...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:43:56-07:00
This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed, and specific, so that I could start to get the feel of how to work effectively on trails instead of asphalt.  Jeff (a former elite cyclocross racer) also joined us and added some solid hints and comments. All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic. ~ Mike Sofen  
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