How to Ride a Steep Descent

Before you tackle any unfamiliar section of trail, take a minute to evaluate the situation.  Look for what may be an obvious ‘line’ (a route that most other mountain bikes have taken).  This route may not always be the most efficient choice or even the smoothest, but it’s usually the path of least overall resistance.

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As you approach the descent, slow down, bring your weight forward and look over the bars down the descent.  Once you’ve made your line choice, start down. Just as your front tire starts to descend, quickly and explosively, lunge your bike forward.  This will bring your hips back behind the saddle and put all your weight directly on the pedals.


 

Make sure you’re in full Ninja (ready) position at this point: heels down, knees bent,  low center of mass, elbows bent, knees out, fingers not overly tight on the grips, index finger over each brake lever, head up, eyes looking where you want to go.  Relax, breathe and enjoy!

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