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Essential MTB Skills To Progress Your Riding | How To Improve On The Trail

Essential MTB Skills To Progress Your Riding | How To Improve On The Trail


– Welcome back you beautiful people, now we have a number of
videos, skill videos, from beginner all the
way up to intermediate, so here’s another video, eight ways how to progress your riding to the next level, ’cause everyone wants
to step it up a level. Let’s kick it off with this one. (punchy theme music) Body position, yes, we do
talk about this quite a bit but it is quite crucial when it comes to: riding trails, climbing trails, cornering, going downhill, all of that. So, we’re going to kick
it off, body position on a steep climb like this and then when it gets a little bit rough, that’s when your body
position changes dramatically, and I’m going to point
these out to you right now. (intense music) Climbing, body position is key. When you’re moving up onto a steep climb, I like to move up on the
saddle, bring myself up onto the horn, curl my arms
in, drop my body position, and then push, and when
I’m pushing and pedaling, I’m pulling and pushing into my bike. Getting the weight all over the front end, but quite central as well, because you don’t want
to lose grip on the rear. Especially when it gets tight
like this one right here, where it’s a bit rocky, you want to just pick your line way before you get to it, because you want to get all the way up the climb without putting your feet down, ’cause that’s the challenge. So body weight is down, elbows
in, right up on the horn, and you’re just putting the power down and looking for your line. (upbeat music) Right when it comes to a
big obstacle like this, after a huge climb and
you need to get over this, it’s all about that
quick responsive action, about getting your back wheel over, so it’s like lean back, and pop forward. Being clipped in it’s super easy because you can just rely on those clips to keep your momentum
going, you’re pedaling, but you’re still lifting that real wheel. Now when on flats, your want
to curl your feet down just to bring it up as well so that means your weight
is going to be going down and shifting forward really quickly, but it’s all a quick motion
through this section. (music continues) Right there’s a fine line
of having too much weight on the rear, and too little
weight on that rear wheel, to gain traction. When you’re climbing
on a steep section like that where it’s rocky,
loose, and bit steep as well, you got to find that line, and you’re always moving your body weight, just to compensate when it comes to a situation like an
obstacle in the trail just like that rock one there. You want to move it back and
forward, back and forward, just to keep the traction going, and your momentum over that obstacle. It’s all about body
position when it comes to that situation. (music continues) (presenter breathes audibly) It’s super easy to say,
but man, breathing. Your breathing exercise when climbing will just chill you out as well, ’cause it’s a long climb,
you want to breathe properly, and you don’t want to get tired, so through the nose, out the mouth. Sounds really really weird, and easy to say, but it is a key thing, trust me, all sportsmen
do it, and sportwomen. (music continues) Okay what you goes up must go down, so when it comes to
descending on body position, it changes a lot as well, your
weight is going to shift all the way over the back
end, now when you come to a situation just like this is a nice little worked
step, a big step down, your body weight’s going
to shift over the back, ’cause if you find yourself
your weight’s on the front, it is going to feel very awkward, and it’s going to push your
bodyweight over the front, and feel like you’re
going to go over the bars. So on a situation like this, you’re going to prepare
when you’re coming in, you’re looking ahead, you
can see this is coming up, so you’re going to start moving
your body weight slightly backwards, and then when you
get to it, you’re going to let the bike roll over, and
you’re going to push your weight more over the rear. That’s going to help balance
you out when it comes to descending. Nice! (music continues) When it comes to riding
down the trail, it’s key to ride level pedals, all the time. Even if you’re coming
down a flat bit like this, you don’t know what’s
going to be on the side of the trail that can clip your foot, when your feet are like this. You want to keep level pedals
and especially when it comes to rough sections, get in level pedals, you’re in attack position,
you’re in control, instead of your foot down like this, you’re just going to hit
everything that’s on the trail. Rocks, roots, whatever,
always ride level pedals, it’ll help you for sure. (upbeat music) Oh, breaking bumps,
breaking bumps, oh my god, oh, I don’t like this trail! Look, you’re looking down like this, you come you see all these roots, you keep going your still looking down, you actually don’t know
what’s coming ahead, because if you’re still looking
down you’re saying like, “oh my gosh, look how rough it is ah, “look all these breaking
bumps, breaking bumps.” Then boom! You’re introduced with this and you didn’t even know it was here because you kept looking
at your front wheel, it’s key to look ahead
because when you come to a situation like this, you
want to know what’s there! ‘Cause there is an alternative line, even though you were still looking down, you wouldn’t be able to see that either. Always focus and look ahead. Ah, yeah, ooh there’s a drop, nice, woo! (music continues) Instead of sticking to
the center of the trail, it’s all about looking
ahead, like we’ve said, but looking for little gaps, little jumps to spice up that ordinary
trail, I’m all about that. Now that is a perfect lip for a little bit of a hip
transfer onto the side of the trail there, so you
using the whole trail, not just the center of it. So this is two things in
one, you’re looking ahead, you’re looking at spicing up the trail, not sticking to the center, and also using the whole
trail ahead of you, not just that little single path there. It’s all about being super creative, man. Looking ahead, making that
ride a bit more spicy. (intense music) Then when you come into this turn, you want to keep that
nice, strong body position, that attack position, you don’t
want to be straight-legged and up, and you don’t want
to be all crunched down, because this is quite a g-arp turn, so you want to be quite neutral, bent legs, bent arms, looking ahead, your body weight’s going
to be shifting out to the side of the bike, so you’re
going to be dropping down, your bum’s going to be pointing out of the turn, your outside
leg’s going to be dropping, and you’re looking ahead and
your body weight’s going to be right about over your BB,
especially when you’re coming into this g-arp turn. (intense music) All right, everyone loves to go fast, but it’s a progressive thing now but when you fast down
the trail, you need to hone in all those skills you have because it can be a little
bit more intimidating, the risk is a little bit high. Also, you just got to do it
within your means as well, you don’t want to go too,
too fast down the trail, and not understand how to control your bike going down the trail, so progress it, but it is always fun to step out that comfort zone, just to go a little bit faster down that local trail of yours. Now, I’m going to go as fast
as I can down this trail, within my means. (music continues) Look at that beautiful view, whoa! That’s Finale Ligure right
there, we’re in Italy, so hopefully this video’s helped you out, progressed your riding to the next level with these skills that we’ve shown you throughout this video. Now if you want to stick
around and you want to continue to binge watch GMBN, click
this video right here, it’s another one, how to manual, get those skills going out on the trail, also don’t forget to hit
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if you love riding fast, I’ll see you next time, see ya!

100 comments on “Essential MTB Skills To Progress Your Riding | How To Improve On The Trail

  1. How to progress riding ,match everything match Tyre logos match pedals and even match the video, 8 tips eight minutes🤘🏻👍 love your videos

  2. #AskGMBN Hi from Spain guys! In this video you talk about the importance of keeping your pedals level. I'm more confortable with my left leg foward and I never use the other leg because i'm don't have the same trust. Do you think is important to train the position with both legs?? Thanks for all!!

  3. The song starting at 0:56 sounds so much like Stupid Grin by Dragonette.

    …and the one at 1:45 sounds like Khruangbin.

  4. Oh that face @5:18 was priceless. Even though I knew most of this stuff it's always a pleasure to watch Blake explain it.

  5. what's the song in the background? you used it on a couple other videos, it sounds a lot like Khruangbin, and I like it!

  6. Hello, great vid. Cud u guys do a vid on saddles? Like is normal good or is the cutout one (luk u use in the vid) better.

  7. great video. I love how Blake breaks it down so well. I have a lot to learn. Just started MTB here in South Jersey. Don't know much but I am having fun.

  8. Thanks for the climbing tip. Always keep my weight farther back climbing (hard tail) I'll try this and see if it helps next time I'm on the trail

  9. One thing I’d like to add with corning is allow yourself to (safely) wash out on a turn. There are two reasons I say it. One: as it’s been said a thousand times before, you never truly know your limits until you exceed them. Two: when you go to take a corner fully expecting to wash out but you actually STILL have grip is a huge moment in your mtb progression. It is one of the most confidence inspiring moments I’ve ever experienced on a bike

  10. Blake, when I see your energy and love for these show, I can't stop watching other videos. So, you're guilty why I'm not riding outside 😉

  11. Most basic habits which are easily understood, more easier forgotten but it impacts your riding tremendously. For advanced beginners like me these tips cant be said often enough and Blake does a fantastic job telling me😅

  12. My mental block is still large jumps/gap jumps or large drops after crashes involving such things in the past – just mentally freeze up due to fear. Yet done Mountain Bike XC for years (since 1991 – 2003 then 13 years break from serious riding returning to XC racing 2015) never seemed to feaze me at all younger years but since my return to things 2015 & XC race big jumps or gap jumps on courses I have to basically take "B" lines just know not taking "A" costs lots in lap times. If a "flowing" section which has natural "pump" to it and naturally might bits of air do OK on and 90% of my skills good (get reasonable results – with a 12th overall veterans classin southern XC regional series first year back 2016 after 12yrs away!) just that little bit on big stuff in XC courses where you have to "think" on the jump rather than a flowing section. I know it lose me big time in racing.

  13. Blake brings sunshine to our snowy winter. BTW – I would love to see some fat bike snow skills and technique videos. It's global fat bike day on Saturday.

  14. Love the vid thanks. About to upgrade my bike been riding hardtail for years, mainly trail riding. Basically got a choice of 2 bikes: Trek Roscoe hardtail with 650b+, or Jamis Dakar A2 full sus. Any advice from anyone would be greatly received I've never ridden full sus or plus size before. Thanks in advance beautiful people 🙂

  15. I feel like these are the essential beginner skills to riding on the trail and not necessarily skills to improve your riding. am I wrong? Great video nonetheless!!!!!

  16. What I've found helpful in progressing is trial by fire. Ride with someone or a group that is faster than you, much faster than you, and try to keep up with them for as long as possible, follow their lines, watch what they do and copy them. I've found that doing this often, like once a week, will make you progress much faster than you would normally.

  17. A like yuor video guy Blake is good waht yu a blast of the a good #progressibe in thes possess in the #progressibebike tambi a good posibitis of the asendi o desendin in trial bike medr cautel and security of the session's ride of thes lugars of the free mountain bike is Heavy yeeeaaaa guy Blake. Saluds a Tod's the guy's of #GMBN and #gmbntech chou 🗣️ yyeaaaa from the Santig of Chile 🇨🇱 🤘😀🤘

  18. Don’t really have to worry bout moving forward on my seat. My Fezzari la Sal peak has a super steep seat angle. Feels like I can climb anything in it. BTW your videos are the best Blake

  19. How do you judge the speed you need for a beginner jump to pro jumps, and the different types of jumps like hips, gaps big and small, etc? thanks

  20. Blake's not just a good rider, he's good at breaking down what he does into understandable chunks for muppets like me to follow. Now that's a talent! Thanks you beautiful person x

  21. I want Blake to test my Carerra Kraken on a trail lol. I recently put Continental Trail King MTB – 2.4 tyres on for more grip via my rides.
    Love that bike!
    MR

  22. Yes use most of these Blake but the most tip I use is the breathing technique on big climbs! Ive been running to get my weight down n its working still a big lad 20 st 7lb.

    Great vid as always mate 👊🏻

  23. Good stuff guys! Love your channel–We're building a pump track in the back yard right now. Been working on the base of the track with drainage pipes, will have it fenced off, etc.. Will have dirt delivered this spring=finish building it. Good riding!

  24. Hey! You can listen to the introsong on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2ppaPBdpH0lz24B28myQI0?si=wP6LmBz5T4-bREP3eCGjZA

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