Top 5 Ninja Tips of 2018

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at the most popular Ninja Articles from 2018! #1 Manual Machine The manual is a useful skill for lofting your front wheel over an obstacle, but if you’re like most mountain bike mortals then  learning to manual is much easier said than done! Enter the Manual Read More →

6 Unexpected Ways to Find Your Flow

What is Flow? You know that feeling when everything just clicks and you are one with your bike, the trail, the universe?  You lose all sense of time as you’re fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process.  Hello, Flow.  So nice to see you again. Turns out Read More →

Top 10 Ways to Stay Motivated to Ride

Let’s be honest, we all have those days when it’s a struggle to hoist ourselves off the couch and into the saddle.  Motivation levels fluctuate for everyone and it’s important to know that’s completely normal.  Sometimes we have to take a minute to revisit our love for dirt to reignite our motivation.   Here are our Read More →

MTBer Desperately Seeking “The One”

A few reasons you might be looking for “The One”… Your friends are disappearing to seek new singletrack and you’ve been left behind plateauing with your boring old partner. You’re just entering the market for the first time and are astonished by the sheer number of options, bells, and whistles. “Ahem… That button does what?!” Read More →

Top 10 Tips to Riding in Sand – Like a Boss

mountain biking in sand

  (Photo courtesy of First Tracks Productions) Riding in sand can be challenging and even a little scary, which makes it a frequently discussed topic at our desert teaching locations (looking at you Arizona and Nevada!).  Doesn’t it seem like those sandy patches always appear right after a nice hard-packed section or on a corner? Read More →

How to Bunny Hop, Step-by-Step Guide

The Wheel Lift Family is comprised of all sorts of maneuvers; front wheel lifts, rear wheel lifts, level lifts, manuals, pedal wheelies, stoppies and of course, the queen of them all, The Bunny Hop. The Bunny Hop goes beyond being a cool trick to master; it’s incredibly practical on the trail.  Use bunny hops to clear Read More →

How to Ride Drops with Confidence

You’re smoking down some sweet single track and right as you nail that last high-speed corner you see your friends seemingly float down a steep drop. You choose the b-line and cruise around this wall of mystery and then start hammering like mad to catch up with your friends … sound familiar? Safely riding off Read More →

When not to use your middle finger

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 →

If you think you can’t do it, you’re right

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 →

Obstacle Cost Versus Return

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 →

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