Riding Tips

Browse our riding tips articles below to further your journey to becoming a great rider!  We’ve broken these must-have mountain bike skills down into step-by-step instructions and progressions.  Enjoy!

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Down

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. ...
Secret to Switchbacks – Going Up

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 ...
Insanity Check: 10 Tricks to Finding Your Trail Sanity

Insanity Check: 10 Tricks to Finding Your Trail Sanity

Are you doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Riding the same feature with the same technique and expecting different results is insanity! The next ...
How To: Manual Front Wheel Lift

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 ...
MTB Rules of the Trail

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 ...
Braking 101: The What, Why and How

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 ...
7 Must Know Skills for the New Mountain Biker

7 Must Know Skills for the New Mountain Biker

Would you ever hand your keys to someone who’s never driven a car before and say, “Here ya go! Figure it out and good luck!”. I hope not!  With ...
Scratch’s Top 5 Reasons to Love Your Dropper Post

Scratch’s Top 5 Reasons to Love Your Dropper Post

Dropper posts are easily one of the best bike inventions ever. If you already ride with one (and use it), try riding without one and see how much you ...
5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Started Mountain Biking

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 ...