The Secret to Switchbacks Success

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 →

How to Ride a Short Steep Descent

At some time or another you’re bound to come across a steep transition.  These can be quite intimidating without a solid plan of action.  Using the following 6 steps,  you’ll find these quite easy and fun!   Ninja Coach Hannah Levine demonstrates the correct technique for riding a steep transition.  The transition she’s riding in Read More →

Introducing the Manual Machine

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 from a different perspective. You’ll no longer have to ride over small trail obstacles, you’ll be able to effortlessly loft the front Read More →

The Most Important Position

At the heart of every tremendous mountain biking trick you’ve ever seen on the trail, in that sick edit, or read about in a magazine is one common theme: The Ready Position. If good riding is a house, then the Ready Position — or “Ninja” position, as we’re fond of calling it — is the Read More →

Crash Recovery, 5 Important Steps

We have all been there, you’re riding your mountain bike along some wicked fast trail and then the next thing we know, you’re are on the ground wondering what just happened.   If you’re fortunate enough to still have your limbs and bike intact, you remount and carry on down the trail. Several years back, I Read More →

Going Up? Four Kinds of Climbing

There are lots of ways to skin a cat, and four ways to get up a climb. Here they are: use often, and in any combination you need.  1. Seated Climb The first type of climb is the seated climb. It’s used for fire roads or trails with mellow grades. It’s a smooth and steady Read More →

How to Ride a Log Rollover

This skill is used rolling over a pile of logs.   The face of the log pile can either be a small ramp made of logs or dirt. This is a low-speed skill and differs from riding over a log (when no log ramp exists) or jumping a log (high-speed skill). In this skill, our Read More →

Top 10 Tips to Mountain Bike Riding in Sand

Mountain Bike riding in sand can be challenging and even a little scary, which made it a frequently discussed topic at our team camp in Big Bear this past weekend. It seems like patches of this dreaded substance are never on a straight-away and always appear after a nice hard-packed section where you’ve managed to 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 Read More →

Secret Techniques to Effective Braking

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 Read More →

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