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Basic Techniques For Riding Your Hardtail | E-MTB Skills

Basic Techniques For Riding Your Hardtail | E-MTB Skills

– A hardtail can be nearly as capable as a full suspension
bike in the right hands, but if you haven’t got
the skills to match that it can be a pretty rough ride. Today’s video, we’re
taking a look at getting the most out of your
e-hardtail on the trails. (upbeat music) (electronic chimes) When it comes to pumping the ground there simply is no better
bike than the hardtail. Thing is, with a full suspension bike, a lot of that energy is lost
in the rear suspension system. With the hairtail, if you’ve
got a good pump technique, you’re simply gonna be
flyin’ down the trails. In front of me I’ve got a
set of three roller doubles, so pumpin’ is a really good
skill to have over these. The way that we’re gonna
do it is we approach the up face of the roller,
we’re gonna get our weight back, making the front end of
the bike nice and light. Basically you’ve got a
mid-point of the roller, which is where you wanna be goin’ over with as least weight on
the bike as possible. And then when you get to the down side, the back side of the roller, this is where you really need to make yourself heavy and push into the
ground, driving that bike forward down the down slope
and then look to repeat that throughout the section of up and down, making that weight count on the down slope to go in light up the up faces. You may have noticed that
a lot of dirt jump bikes are actually hardtails. The reason for that is, if you’re riding a full suspension bike when jumpin’, a lot of that energy can
be lost from the take off, simply in that rear suspension system. With a hardtail it gives
a really direct feel. It also gives a lot of energy to the bike, firin’ it up into the air with ease. Let’s break down jumping
this table top into four different steps. First, the approach. This is where you need to
come in with good speed, pedals level, lookin’ and
focusing on the take off. As you approach take off,
you need to squash down, get your weight loaded into the bike, squashin’ from your
head right the way down through your body to your
toes, loading that bike up like a big spring. And as the front wheel approaches the top of the take off, this is
where you need to release all that energy and let that
bike pop up into the air. You also need to be lookin’ ahead. Don’t look down ’cause if you look down you’ll be goin’ down, so
look ahead and look forward. Imagine the trajectory
of the bike you like out the take off, and
float it in the mid-point, get your weight towards
the centre of the bike, this’ll level the bike out, with a slight weight shift forward, that
should see you nosedive into the landing nice and smooth. (bike whirring) The hardtail is a great bike
for learning how to manual. The thing is, on a full
suspension bike you can lose a lot of that feedback
from the rear suspension. Also the manual is an
invaluable skill to have out on the trail, meaning
you can hop rocks, roots and open up a load more lines. If you try and manual
a full suspension bike you’re constantly battling
the rear suspension to stay in the right position. The hardtail has a very direct feel and any body movement is
instantly transferred to the bike. To get your bike in the manual position, all you do is get your weight forward, pre-load the fork, give
the fork a slight squish by swiftly transferring your weight towards the rear axle of the bike. Keep your weight over the back of the bike whilst driving the bike
forward with your feet, whilst pulling back with the arms, modulating the rear brake to make sure that the bike stays in
that manual position. The best way to tackle
really gnarly and technical terrain on your hardtail
is simply by using your body as suspension. You’ve got a really sophisticated
unit, it’s got a lot of travel in your legs and your arms and your elbows and your wrists. You really need to start
activating that stuff when the trail gets nasty. Simply get your weight
back, get behind the saddle, and use your arms and your
legs to absorb that shock. If you’re riding on top of the bike, every inch of that trail’s
gonna be shootin’ back through the handlebars and
firing you out of control. (bike whirring) You may think that the hardtail is in fact the wrong tool for the job to
be hitting drops such as this. Thing is, if you’re
precise and use your body as suspension, you can
get away with some big, big drops on a hardtail. On a full suspension bike,
the bike would probably be bottomed out on such a big hit anyway, so why not use a hardtail? The key to hittin’ a drop on your hardtail is all about comin’ in
with good forward speed. You want your pedals level and your weight in the middle of the bike. You wanna focus on the edge of the drop. As you come in, just
get the weight forward, squash the fork a little bit and perform a mini-manual as you leave
the edge of the drop, keepin’ your weight central on the bike, transferring it towards the rear to keep the front wheel up as you go off the edge and then literally tip
forward, a little push on the handlebars should
nose it into the landing, if there’s a down slope. If it’s a flat you need
to pull the handlebars up and try and land back wheel first. (bike whirring) Woo! So there you go, I really
hope you’ve enjoyed today’s videos on
essential hardtail skills. If you wanna stay with us
we’ve got a video we did recently where I rode a hardtail and went as big as I could, so
check that one out up here. Don’t forget, if you’ve
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13 comments on “Basic Techniques For Riding Your Hardtail | E-MTB Skills

  1. #askembn that’s for all of your work and awesome vids!
    Any updated news on traveling with your emtb by air? Thought I may have heard some airlines may allow emtb battery travel?
    If not, any other suggestion?

  2. Do you ride a Hardtail? Have you tried these techniques on your bike? Let us know below ⚡️

  3. Great tips Chris haven’t been on a hard trail in years would luv to try one just for feeling the difference from a full suspension keep up the great work

  4. Great video. I love my hardtail Haibike even more now, and since I made some upgrades the only limits of the bike are my skills as a driver.

  5. Cool video Chris thanks for the skill tips 👍😊but you do make it look easy tho 😂 i would love to take my betty to a trail but I can't afford breaking her.. myself yeah, bike no. 👍😎

  6. #askembn I'm converting to tubeless now. My Haibike has supposedly "tubeless ready" rims. I found they leak air through a seam just opposite to valve. It is normal? Is it a defect? Will sealant fix it?

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