Track standing is one of those old faithful mountain bike skills; reliable, practical and just a little showy. The track stand will help you to tackle technical sections of trails, navigate city riding and of course, show off for your friends. Here are a few practical applications for a track stand: Pause at the top of …Read More →
Is your braking holding you back? Much of an experienced mountain biker’s control, skill and speed lies both in the way they use their brakes (ease the squeeze!) AND the way they set-up their brake controls on the bars. In this article, we’re going to focus on the importance of proper set-up of your brake levers. …Read More →
“Smooth is fast.” You’ve heard that a hundred times … but what does it really mean? If you’re focused on riding fast, expect to spend the majority of your ride in a very reactive state. This can result in poor line choice, over-breaking in corners, bouncing down technical sections (causing fatigue), wasting energy cleaning up …Read More →
Ninja Instructor Hannah Levine is selling her super rad camper van. This van has been designed to maximize space and functionality. Lots of storage for your all your gear and clothes. Ideal for anyone looking to travel with bikes and dogs! Fits in a normal parking space; easy to drive and maneuver. The perfect Ninja …Read More →
So 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? Finished your first Fundamentals Clinic? Join us for a full day of INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED skills. Feeling comfortable with your tires on the ground but itching to get some air? Take a …Read More →
Perhaps Henry Ford said it best “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t. You’re right.”. Self talk can have a substantially positive or negative effect on your riding performance and your ability to handle technical aspects of a trail or race course. If you roll up to every obstacle on the trail and …Read More →
Should you ride over, through or around that obstacle? What is the cost associated with each of these options? The reality is, we may be hitting the trail with different objectives; a casual ride with friends, working on our technical skills or perhaps racing to a finish line. The nature of your ride should impact …Read More →
UPDATED ARTICLE HERE Imagine smokin’ down the trail, skimming over rock-gardens, floating over roots, clearing gaps … braaaap! Not only is jumping a super cool skill that will impress all your friends, it’s actually quite practical! Oh, and it’s wicked fun. Why torture yourself with a gnarly rock outcropping when you can easily fly over …Read More →
Getting your suspension setup correctly can make a huge difference to how well your mountain bike performs. Follow our 4 step guide to get your suspension dialed like the pros. Grab a friend, your bike, shock pump and notebook to get started … STEP 1. ADJUST YOUR SAG The first thing you need to do …Read More →
Author: Aaron Lucy Switchbacks tend to be corners with a lot of personality. Often an unpleasant personality and trust me, they don’t care what you think of them! They are best approached with a healthy dose of caution, but if treated with respect you’ll often find the switchback is willing to make friends. First let’s …Read More →
I felt so confident that I recently signed up for the Catalina MTB Gran Fondo!
I participated in the beginner skill clinic at Malibu Creek last Saturday, because I'm truly a beginner who couldn't stop...
I participated in the beginner skill clinic at Malibu Creek last Saturday, because I'm truly a beginner who couldn't stop falling down during each mtb ride. The class was small and super fun...and the instructors (Richard and Kris) were informative and dynamic. The clinic was small enough for each member to practice each learned skill and receive immediate feedback. I learned many new skills on that day and felt much more confident with my bike-body connection. I felt so confident that I recently signed up for the Catalina MTB Gran Fondo...the 55 mile route! Woohooo!! The next day, as I was road biking (training for the Solvang Double Century), I dodged a bullet on the Snake/Mulholland by applying my learned mtb skills--a long towing truck went over almost half of our lane on a blind turn as we were descending. Instead of fixating on the truck, I remembered the importance of looking for a clear path and keeping my eyes on where I want to go....Now I understand what people meant when they said that mtb will help improve my road riding skills too! I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn, and I look forward to the next clinic! ~ Uyen N.
I was so happy I could transfer what I learned in Sedona to my own trails.
I just rode on my local trails today after taking the Ninja clinic in Sedona. I was so happy I...
I just rode on my local trails today after taking the Ninja clinic in Sedona. I was so happy I could transfer what I learned in Sedona to my own trails. There is one drop and one off camber downhill section I never have had the courage or skill to ride until today. It was so fun to ride them and not get off and walk. Richard La China and Courtney Cowan were fantastic instructors. Not only did I up my technical skills in Sedona it was also a ton of fun! ~Patty Elliott
Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though...
Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though I always knew I didn't really understand the mechanics of it, so it was a kind of "huck and hope" affair. The result was that I didn't land about 1 in 5 attempts. The clinic with Aaron was great! He explained the mechanics of how the bike is handled coming into, through and out of the jump and starts with individual small skills progressing step by step in a very manageable way (even for me, and I started this stuff at 45 and I'm not very coordinated). What I feel sets Aaron apart is his ability to communicate his explanations and demonstrate movements in a way that makes them easy to learn even for someone with little experience. He is also very patient and encouraging, which helps when one is starting out and struggling a little with some movements. I definitely intend to do more clinics with Ninja MBS. I feel like it will save me a lot of time and frustration as well as possibly a lot of money in medical bills! ~Jill M.
I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys.
I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years...
I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years I learned a lot from this clinic. The techniques covered ranged from reviewing basic skills such as basic body position to practicing more advanced techniques like switchbacks, bunny hops, and cornering. I was able to recognize, get instruction, and practice some skills where I was weak and instantly improve them. Even skills I thought I was pretty good at I was able to pick up useful tips. I also realized that deliberate skills practice is not something I incorporate into my riding, but now that I understand what I should be doing I will make sure to add this in! After taking the course my comfort on the bike has improved and I am more aware of my body position and movement of the bike. I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys. The instructors are knowledgeable and easy to work with. There is a lot of one on one help and they will make sure you understand the skills being taught and are able to perform them successfully. Plus the clinic was lots of fun! I highly recommend and hope to work with these guys again soon. ~ Michelle A.
We are a group of passionate, dirt-loving, community oriented, world class mountain bike skills instructors committed to helping you reach your personal riding goals through clinics and camps. We are excited to work with riders of all ability levels and share the joy (STOKE) of mountain biking.