Why Getting Low Will Make You Faster

By: Aaron Lucy | Lead Skills Instructor One of my favorite components of a good Ready Position is riding with a low, flat torso. We humans (most of us anyway) have a natural tendency to protect ourselves from danger. For Mountain Bikers this often translates to pushing ourselves up into a high position on our bike, away Read More →

Science Shows Hugging Trees Is Good For Health

By: Alanna Ketler Originally Published at CE / December 12, 2014 I’m sure most people have heard of the term “tree-hugger,” often a nickname given to people who care about the environment and the planet. But did you know that hugging trees can actually improve your health? As a matter of fact, you don’t even Read More →

How To Stay Motivated With Your Training

We love cycling and we still have days when it’s a struggle to hoist ourselves out of that chair and saddle up for a ride.  Motivation is the same for all of us: It waxes and wanes like the moon.  You just need a few little tricks to keep yours shining bright when it would Read More →

How To Stay On The Pedals When Jumping

One of the frequently asked questions we get about jumping has do do with why riders struggle with keeping their feet in contact with the pedals once airborne.   Below, is a email we received from Rich G., a recent Jumping Mini-clinic participant, and the response from one of our Lead Instructors, Aaron Lucy.   Please comment 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 one Read More →

Ninja Jr Development Program, NICA 2017

Ninja Mountain Bike Performance invites you to Ride Like A Ninja in the new Ninja Jr Development Program Are you looking for a way to stay fit and race ready through the summer season? Do you wish to challenge yourself, develop your skills and compete in the local XC racing events? Team Ninja is proud Read More →

How to do a Manual Front Wheel Lift

The manual is a useful skill for lofting  your front wheel over an obstacle.  Yes, lofting as opposed to lifting. Once you know how to manual you will start to see the trail completely differently. You’ll no longer have to ride over small trail obstacles, you’ll be able to effortlessly loft the front end at Read More →

Effective Braking Techniques

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 brake Read More →

Laguna Mountain Camp | Nobel Canyon

We’re headed back to one of SoCal’s best riding spots! Join us at the Laguna Mountain Camp! **Nobel Canyon Shuttle Included (details below)** Challenging for all levels and super fun!  This 2-day camp in the Laguna Mountains just east of San Diego. This camp is designed for the enthusiast rider or avid racer that is Read More →

Fire Road 100 Course Preview | Cedar City, Utah

Endurance races seem to take on an almost mythical appeal. They become larger than life, something people dream about doing and place on their bucket list.  For triathletes, it’s Ironman events. For runners, it’s Ultras like Badwater. And for mountain bikers, its endurance events like the Fire Road 100k in Cedar City, Utah. These events Read More →