Secret to Switchbacks – Going Down

Last week we tackled the art of climbing UP a switchback. Did you miss it? Check it out here! This week it’s all about going down those pesky switchbacks. Let’s jump right into the 5 important steps to successfully (and smoothly) navigating a descending switchback. 1. Brake For Speed Setting your speed before you get Read More →

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Up

Switchbacks are one of those trails features that are really fun when ridden correctly, and really frustrating when done incorrectly. Riding up a switchback takes power, proper technique and a bit of practice. Simply trying to hammer up a switchback without considering your line selection, your gearing or your body position will leave you either Read More →

How To: Manual Front Wheel Lift

Flashy AND practical? Yep! The manual is a useful skill for lofting your front wheel over a trail obstacle.  Yes, lofting as opposed to lifting. Once you add the manual to your skills toolbox, you’ll start to see the trail completely differently. You’ll be able to effortlessly loft the front end of your bike using your hips instead Read More →

MTB Rules of the Trail

Mountain biking is having a big moment right now. New riders have been hitting the trails in droves and we are over the moon that they are discovering the freedom, exhilaration, and connection with nature (and each other!) that mountain biking provides. So, let us start by saying: Welcome to the mountain biking community! Disclaimer: Read More →

Braking 101: The What, Why and How

Whether you are brand new to mountain biking or you’ve been riding for many years, it’s important that you have a baseline understanding of what your brakes do, why they are important and exactly how to use them. Having a solid braking foundation will allow you to build up to more advanced braking technique, and Read More →

Armor Up with 5 Types of Protective MTB Gear

Have you been feeling stronger on the bike, doing your homework, and stepping up your skills? With great skills progression comes great responsibility…to keep yourself intact! So let’s take a moment to do a quick inventory on your protective gear to make sure your equipment and body are progressing with your skills. 1. The Lid Read More →

Ninja Joins Forces with Ryan Leech Connection

For nearly 10 years, Ninja has been committed to helping riders reach their personal riding goals by offering in-person, real-time feedback at clinics and camps around the country. Even with the current COVID 19 crisis, our commitment to helping you gain confidence and skills on the bike has not wavered. We want you to keep practicing Read More →

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Started Mountain Biking

I have a confession to make. When I first sat down to write this list, I came up with 18 things. EIGHTEEN! And that’s the problem. The well-meaning friend or loved one who’s encouraging you to mountain bike is so dang stoked about you riding bikes, they FIREHOSE you with information. Tips, tricks, specs, gear, Read More →

Strength Training at Home / 10 Exercises You Can Do Right Now

Are you ready to start strength training but you don’t have the _____ (time, energy, money) for a gym membership? Fear not! Strength training doesn’t require any fancy equipment. In fact, your own house has everything you need to sneak in a workout. Today we are going to cover 10 strength-based exercises you can do Read More →

Kids Clinic Recap / The Next Generation of Ninjas

The Next Generation of Ninjas has officially hit the trails for the first ever Nina Kids Clinic! With the help of their Ninja Instructors, these kids left with an entirely new level of confidence on their bikes.  During the Sunday morning class at Lake Hodges in San Diego, young riders reviewed all the important foundational skills Read More →