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How To Ride Light & Smooth On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills

How To Ride Light & Smooth On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills

– Brandon Semenuk and
Brendan Fairclough are some of the smoothest and
steeziest riders out there. Maybe it’s their insane amount of talent or maybe it’s the crazy
amount of practice put in. Either way they’re great
examples of how to ride light and smooth and today, we’re going to look at
how you can ride lighter and smoother as well,
maybe just like them. (intense dubstep) So let’s start with body position and use that as a solid
foundation for starting to ride smoother and lighter. This will help you to adapt to the trail and position your bike accordingly whilst your body stays
relatively calm above. You’ll expend less energy and the bike will do a lot
more of the work for you. Okay so, when things start
getting a little rowdier, like they are behind me here, you’re going to want to assume a slightly more aggressive
riding position. Dropping those heels a little more, that’ll but your weight further back, and also lower your center of
gravity giving you more grip and more pressure on the pedals. This is going to help you ride
lighter and smoother on a drop by keeping you a lot more under control. You’ll also notice this will
help when taking impacts as your weight will be further back and your feet won’t jump around. Now no two sections of trail are the same but taking the time to look at what you’re going to
ride can really pay dividends. Look at what works well for you. There may be a certain
obstacle you can use to jump off and gap on a
rougher section allowing you to get light on the bike
and skip across bumps. Slowing up a little before to then get on a better, smoother line, may work out faster in the long run also. Also look up. That’s something I see all
too often people not doing. You want to try and look a
good few meters ahead of you. You can clearly see here
we’ve got one, two, three, different line choices, all of which will affect how smoothly you ride this next corner. How can braking make you smoother and lighter I hear you ask. Well being smoother on the brakes can make you a much more efficient
rider from both an energy and a speed point of view. Heavy handedness on the brakes, being uneven or unnecessarily
heavy on either the front or the rear will throw your
body weight about from the front to the back of the bike
which will affect grip and your ability to carry momentum. Try not to be too abrupt on the brakes, grabbing a handful is going to get you in all kinds of problems. Depending on what you’re
riding you might need to use more back than front. Front’s generally going to scrub
more speed with more power, back’s going to lock up a
bit more easy and can be used for changing direction. Letting of the brakes, as crazy as it sounds
it’s actually something that can make you smoother as well. By carrying more speed into a section you’ll find yourself skipping
across the top of bumps rather than your wheels getting sucked in and sitting in them
hitting every little bump. A quite and smooth running
bike may not necessarily make you a smoother and lighter rider but it can have a effect on
you mentally during your rides. If your bike’s making all sorts
of clattery horrible noises it’s going to distract you
from what you’re riding. Taking a few simple tips
just to make your bike that little bit smoother, it could have an effect
on how smooth you ride. Some simple and effective ways
of doing this are improving or upgrading your chainstay protection for any unwanted rattles or clatters. Gears, get those gears
running nice and smooth, there’s nothing worse than graunching your way up a hill
crunching through the gears. Getting your forks and shock dialed in for your body weight or riding style also going to make a huge difference on lightness and smoothness on the trails. These little tips and tricks for the bike will hopefully
make a big difference when all added up, in your head as much as
anything getting you smoother and lighter on the trail. Using the terrain to keep
speed such as pumping, jumping, and gapping
obstacles in the trail are all really useful
tools for maintaining and getting you smoother
and lighter on the trail by avoiding some of
those horrible obstacles. Practice and repetition finally. So we all know practice makes perfect, the more you ride the more likely you’re going to hit more varied terrain and therefore be able to react and adjust to what you’re riding. Repetition, if you’ve
got an area of weakness, hit that more and more. Behind me we’ve got a cool corner track, if I’m not very good at corners, hitting that over and over
again is going to do wonders to carry my cornering speed, fluidity, help with my braking, all aspects are going to make me smoother and lighter in the long run. So that is it, I hope you’ve picked up a
few tips and tricks on how to ride a bit lighter and a little bit smoother from this video. If you’d like to see more from me, my pro braking tips are just down here. As always don’t forget to hit the globe and subscribe
and give us a thumbs up. Cheers.

46 comments on “How To Ride Light & Smooth On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills

  1. Can you get someone who weighs over 100kg that can shred? To help me get over my fears… (6.5st lost so far but my bike feels every hit)

  2. Nice tips as usual, you guys have helped me so much getting back into mtb. Also where do you find dry mud in the uk at the moment?
    However I honestly thought I’d left some reggae tune playing in the background until I paused the vid and realised it’s imbedded. Good music but really distracting for me anyway.

  3. There is literally no new content in this vid. Hate to say it but this is just a mix-up reheated of vids youve already done

  4. i read the title as how to red light and smooth on your mountain bike, i was confused as i never heard of red light and smooth.

  5. This subject is probably the most important to having a nice fun ride. Coming from 20" bikes back in the 90s I would always destroy rims and pinch tubes before I found better finesse with my 26. Wieght placement at the right times and hopping my wieght off the pedals to bounce over roots or sharp rocks helps limit flats. Riding just feels best when you are on a bike you are familiar with and see obstacles well in advance so you can deal with them because they can sure come at you fast. Good subject, thanks.

  6. Something I see again and again… presenters riding without gloves… isn’t there some logic in thinking gloves are “helmets for the hands”? A mangled hand can be with you for life, eh! (Not an option here in wintry Canada — where we’re still riding.)

  7. TBH those of us old folks who started riding when there was no suspension than what your tires, knees and occasionally butt provided inherently know how to ride smooth. If your first MTB was full suspension then your learning curve was way less steep but also way less complete.

  8. hi i'm an keen dirt jumper but i'm to broke to by a £700 bike , so is there any good bikes for under £400 pounds thx 😀 😀

  9. Im an old man who doesnt welcome change often. Reserved judgement for a few weeks, but the new guy is a keeper. Blake at the top of the energy bar, Neil so serious and this guy is calm and smooth. Great addition!

  10. Steve Vai says he never practiced on his weakness, only his strengths. I'm not sure you can get away with that in MTB-ing! 😉

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