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How To Ride Corners FAST | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Ride Corners FAST | Mountain Bike Skills

– Riding corners fast on a mountain bike can be quite hard, a little bit risky, but it is a lot of fun when you know them. This is how to ride corners fast. (upbeat music) The conditions you ride in, like today, it’s rainin’, and also the dirt is actually
make a big difference how much grip you have. On a hard-packed surface, a
tyre with a big, soft knob is gonna find the biggest amount of grip, also a wide tyre. However in softer conditions, like today, maybe a thinner tyre with
slightly taller knobs is gonna dig in that much better, so tyre choice and conditions are actually gonna make
a massive difference how fast you can ride that turn. Judging the corner and the
amount of grip you’ve got is gonna be key for getting
around that corner fast. We’re gonna split this
video into two parts. The first one being flat turns. (upbeat music) Flat corners are probably
the hardest corners to try and ride fast, because a slide can
easily turn into a crash. Therefore, the fundamentals
are really important first, so think about those
things I always talk about in cornering techniques videos, so outside foot down, tryin’ to get your centre of gravity low
into the outside the bike, angling the bike over, looking to the exit if you can, but no corner is the same. Here, I’ve got a root that runs diagonally across the trail, probably
the worst direction it can be goin’ in, so
I might need to just do a slight bunny hop over that, even though I’m still
looking around that corner. To get fast ’round this corner is gonna take confidence, commitment, but also a very good line choice. It’s always good to try
and open up the corner as much as possible by entering the corner as wide as you can. You see in this corner, I
can actually go really wide, and use this part of a
berm on the right hand side to square off the first
part of the corner. However, to me, that
doesn’t look any better because I’m gonna end up going too far to the inside on the (mumbles) corner, where it’s really off camera. I’m gonna stick to the inside, I’m gonna open up as much as I can, and make one big, smooth curve. (upbeat music) A berm is gonna give you much more support than a flat corner, so you should be able to be more aggressive, firing the bike around the corner. Also, if it’s quite a nice, tall berm like this, you can get up
and high into the corner. You’re probably gonna
find the steepest part of the berm is up there,
for extra support, but also then with that height, you can then drop down
and out of the corner on the way out to carry
speed into the next section. The fast berms are ones
that you really squash into. Softer beds will actually keep your feet much more level than you
would do on a flat corner. In this example, I’ve just droppin’ my outside foot outward slightly, just to try to get a little bit of weight to the outside and low, but
I’m really thikin’ about tryin’ to control my weight on the bike. If my outside foot was all the way down, it’d be very easy to compress hard, and actually lose my stability. (upbeat music) (tyres hitting gravel) In this berm, I can afford
to be really aggressive. It’s hard-pack, and I’ve got really big, grippy tyres on, so I
will have a lot of grip. Also, I’ve got this big bank here that’s gonna support me,
so I’m actually tryin’ to go a little bit inside that, really throw the bike around to get through this corner fast. If it slides a little bit too much, I’ve got all this rest of the bank to then support me, but
it’s really important I still keep my head up, ’cause I’ve got to get around that right hand corner after this. (upbeat music) Here you can see we’ve
got a really big berm, but it’s got some massive
braking bumps in the bottom. You can see on the outside where everyone’s tryin’
to get up and outside of these braking bumps,
which is definitely gonna be smoother, but to be honest, I think what I’m gonna do is just stick it in the
middle of those bumps. Yes, it’s gonna be rough,
so I’m gonna have to try and stay up my pedals
levels, tryin’ to absorb those as best as possible,
but it’s still actually really steep, so I’ve got
loads of support in there, and remember, I still need
to look around the berm. The reason I’m not gonna
try and get too high is because there’s a chance
you might slide off it, and to be honest, I don’t
think it’s worth the risk. I’m just gonna leave it in
the bottom of those ruts. (tyres hitting gravel) (brakes squealing) With the extra support
you get from a berm, you can actually lean your body weight over much further, so that’s gonna get you cornering harder, and therefore, faster. Two points I always talk about in cornering techniques videos is tryin’ to get off
your brakes if you can, to give your tyres as
much grip as possible, and also lookin’ to where you
want to come out the turn. It makes a massive difference. (tyres hitting gravel) (brakes squealing) That is how to ride corners faster. I think it’s fair to say that you never really master the skill. You just get better and better, and you probably have a
few spills along the way. Click on the GMBN logo to subscribe, if you haven’t done already. If you wanna see more videos
to help you get faster in the corners, click over there for how to choose your tyre pressure, or over there to ride smoother and faster. Give us thumbs up if you like this video.

100 comments on “How To Ride Corners FAST | Mountain Bike Skills

  1. dont go really high on berms… i stuck my front wheel over the top and then fell about 6ft to the bottom of the corner

  2. I have a cool series idea! Not all of us can afford expensive bike. I was thinking of a Top Gear type challenge. You have $1000 to spend on buying and upgrading a bike/parts you buy off Craigslist or any website you want. I would watch it because that's as much money I am able to spend on a bike! Your presenters can even compete to see who can buy or build the best bike on the budget. or build one bike an episode.

  3. I'm a hobbit and want to get into mountain biking what bike could I get plz I need help and I don't want to ride kids bike

  4. The trail that I ride is hard packed but they scrape the road as vehicles also use it too. Problem with this is there is a lot of lose sand on top of the hardpack, which makes it very sketchy especially when you come to flat corners. How would you suggest I attack these without losing my life going over the edge of the mountain?

  5. Hey I was wondering if you guys have any filming and editing tips you could give me. I ride alone almost every time I ride and when I was to film I will put my tripod in my back pack or sometimes I bungee strapped my camera to a tree. I would like to take better clips and product better edits that look a little more professional. Thank you.

  6. There isn't one tire tread that's good for all track surfaces. So on any trail you just have to know the limitations of your tread…

  7. Neil's presenting is getting SO much better. Remembering back to the first videos, now his delivery is far more fluid and natural. Supernice!

  8. Hi GMBN love the content has helped me heaps with my riding keep up the good work! I was just asking if you guys could do a video on how to roost. Or square a corner. I know that Blake can do it. There is no other video on you tube on how to

  9. What tyres for enduro? Thinking of going tubeless and magic Mary Hans dampf combo, are there any other good choices?

  10. That is some really cool editing guys, i love the slo-mo/ normal speed shot at the 0:51and the crazy magic cut trick on 2:48 definitely makes the video a lot more interesting to watch… well done guys!

  11. What bike should I get I'm looking for a hard tail that can ride down a mountain or trail and do jumps for under $800

  12. GMBN can you do a video comparing different width handlebars. Lots of the riders at the EWS switched to shorter bars and I would love to see the difference it makes. Can you also make a video on how to crash (more) safely – like techniques to bail. Im sure blake would be fine to be the dummy that has to fall off

  13. I had some tight fast corners here on this Snakes'n'ladders MTB trail

  14. I tend to brake in the berms and I’ve tried to go against my instincts and pump though them but I still brake in most corners so how can I stop doing that and if I do how much faster will it make me

  15. I went on a trail all good. I fell on a berm and ever since I can't build up the confidence to go fast on them.

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