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How To Ride Loose Turns | Mountain Bike Cornering Skills

How To Ride Loose Turns | Mountain Bike Cornering Skills


– We’re out here in Santiago,
it’s the middle of summer, it’s not rained for
weeks, so this is a how to ride dusty and loose corners. (upbeat music) So these trails in Saint Christopher are right near the city
center of Santiago. It’s a real cool little network of trails. And check out this one,
it’s super dry of course, it’s really hard pack. You’ve got loads of different
things to think about here, you’ve got some steps
comin’ in, pretty steep. Then when you get to
the meat of the corner, it’s got this really
loose stony stuff on top of really hard pack, and
here, this is where you need to make most of the corner,
it’s gonna be super slippy. That’s gonna move really easily. Then you’ve got a long flat exit. So this corner is all
about nailin’ this part, and it’s all about tryin’
to be super careful. Fast on the way in, slow around this bit, try and maintain your
grip, look to the exit, and then try to come
out of the corner fast. But this bit is gonna be slow. It’s gonna be really
important to judge your speed, because you’re not gonna be
able to ride this corner fast. Think about goin’ steady and
maintainin’ your momentum. This corner is super slippy,
try not and get too excited and try and conserve your momentum. Think I’m gonna try it
once more, as you can see that I had to dive my
inside foot to stop me from fallin’ over, super slippy. Also try and make sure
I’m in quite a low gear on the way in, so brakin’ hard, maybe change gear before I brake hard. So when get this flat exit,
I can then pedal straight away in be in the right gear. (upbeat music) You see after a few goes
how all the stones are sort of pushin’ to the
outside and makin’ a rut? I want to try to get it all out, ’cause there’s a lot more grip, just ’cause you’re gettin’
away from those little stones, you’re actually ridin’
through a bit of a clear piece of the track, and there’s
just way more grip. Also this corner, I’m brakin’
quite hard on the way in, (unintelligible) in this
middle part of the turn, I’m really comin’ off the
front brake, because if that front wheel slides,
it’s just gonna keep goin’. So I really try and get
that front wheel grip in. The type of tires you have
on your bike is gonna make a massive difference to dry and
dusty corners and loose stuff. Sort of big, somethin’ with
downhill tread or Enduro tires, these big side knobs, super
soft rub on these tires, it’s gonna make a massive difference. You can’t afford to be
aggressive in these turns, but it’s definitely a case of, I could be a bit more
forceful with these tires. If I were on a cross-country
bike or a lighter, faster rolling tire, you’re
just gonna have to go slower. (bike tires crunching) On a loose switch back like this, lines gonna be super important,
it’s temptin’ to go up there to get wider in, but there’s a
chance you can slide of that. So I’m gonna stay close
to the bottom of it, then get nice and wide. You can also see I’m on dirt up here, if you go too far inside, you
catch the edge of these rocks. So, keepin’ it tight, see
the outside of this log, findin’ the good dirt, open
up the corner a little bit. On this attempt, I felt
like I was goin’ too inside on the corner, and I was
riskin’ actually touchin’ those rocks on my wheels, so
a couple little skids just opens up the arc of the back wheel. A super tight switch back here,
again loose and super dry. It’s temptin’ to come here,
but to get ’round this bit is almost impossible, you’re gonna have to do an endo to get round there. So really think about
openin’ up the corner, super loose here, so it’s
gonna have to be slow, nice and conservative, get wide. Then you’re at that
point with switch backs where you’ve got to commit. Almost feels like you wanna stay stood up, but you’ll never make it round, you’ll also sort of lean the wrong way. So you’ve got to get to this
point, almost at the apex, commit, lean in, or at least
try an lean the bike over, try and keep your body
upright, keep it more stable. Again, make the meat of the corner here, so you don’t run too wide on the exit. Switch back’s probably my
least favorite type of corner to be honest, just no flow
in them, but there’s a skill to try and master them. We’re into the proper dust
now, but actually this stuff is pretty firm underneath,
and there’s like half an inch, an inch, of really fine dust on top. And it’s really grippy, with my tires on, you know big aggressive
tread, it sort of digs through that top layer into the firm stuff. It’s surprisingly grippy. So anywhere it starts gettin’ deeper, and we did rides over night in Patagonia, where it’s almost like
you need to stay back on the bike a little bit more. Try and float that front wheel where it’s really really dusty,
and honestly you can’t rely on the support because through
that dust you might find there isn’t a big hard-packed
base underneath there, and sometimes it just gives away. So that’s some tips on
dry and loose corners. We rarely get it quite as
dry as this back in the UK, but actually it’s not too
dissimilar from ridin’ in mud, where you just don’t
have as much traction. You don’t always get it right,
as you can see from my elbow, I crashed in the Patagonian
dust just a couple of days ago. If you wanna see a few more videos from our trip out here to South America, click over there for
Blake Valparaiso’s video. And there’s a Santiago scene check comin’ soon as well, so check that out. Thumbs up if you like ridin’
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93 comments on “How To Ride Loose Turns | Mountain Bike Cornering Skills

  1. Do your trails get dusty or muddy? Do you prefer riding in the dust or mud? Let us know below👇

  2. I found this particularly useful! Thanks Neil. And can you please do a bike check on Marin's 2019 Wolf Ridge pro XX1? I rode my friend's and I was shocked by how comfortable that was.

  3. Rad video! I really love Neil's mtb-ing tutorials. I just wonder if there's already a GMBN video about choice of tires for specific terrains. I still get confused which one is a fast rolling tire, which one is a grippy tire etc. Have a great day!

  4. Dusty, somewhat loose, somewhat cracked, and rocky terrain any day over muddy terrain. Most of the natural trails close where I live have some sections of clay mixed on the ground, so whenever it rains, it gets as slippery as ice, meaning me crashing a lot during winter 🙁

  5. Not sure if Neil is the man to be doing how tos seeing as he spends more time in hospital than shredding!!! 😂😂👍👍

  6. absolutely loving the chile videos, wish i could be there myself, hopefully blake and neil had an amazing time out there

  7. Hello everyone. For all the good people who want to support me… Here is the link https://gogetfunding.com/adventure-2/

  8. should we trust neil on how to ride loose corners after his crash🤔 by the way is wish neil a speedy recovery 😊

  9. How timely! I just crashed on a loose corner yesterday. I was definitely braking with my front wheel when I souldn't have been. My overall problem has been braking when I just need to trust the bike and my speed to get my over some obstacles.

  10. yeah I learned all about dusty and loose trails at Angelfire Bike Park last season. They had a sign at the front that said "Snorkel may be required, extreme dust conditions." lol

  11. oh man, these types of loose corners are my kryptonite so thanks for making this vid. Also interesting to see that those Chile tracks look just like Australian tracks in summer!

  12. A lot of the built trails here in Wales actually run faster in the damp and wet than in the dry as they're designed to be all-weather use! Loads of the trails were awful last summer when we had nearly 3 months with pretty much 0 rainfall, one night of rain and everywhere was running sweet. Must be because of this that I prefer to ride when the trails are that lovely sandpaper-like tackiness when it's dry but it rained lightly overnight, I'd also take muddy over dusty as wet mud has a bit of give when you bin it.

  13. Hey, guys, why is the footage so flat and dead-looking? Did you forget to grade it? Looks like poop, make it pop with colours.

  14. Cool location! I personally prefer loam though. I tend to drift the dusty and loose turns, and rail/ carve the grippy ones. 😁😁🚵🏽‍♀️🚵🏽‍♀️
    Keep up the great videos GMBN! I’m loving these line choice ones!👍👍

  15. Hi, ihave a question. Can I ride a hard tail in tracks like that? It looks almost impossible without a full suspension.

  16. This is EXACTLY how 95% of our trails are like. Wish it was better but can’t change it so gotta deal with it

  17. Sweet vid, where I ride in Brisbane (Australia) is loose, rocky and dusty 95% of the time so this was mint. I don't really love riding dusty loose trails but they're (mostly) all I have so when there's been some rain I always make sure I ride the day after when the trail has dried out a bit (so I am not damaging the trail, hate getting back to a trail after rain and having it rutted out from peeps riding the mud) but is still moist, makes for a great, fast and grippy sesh. Really enjoying the on location vids, hope there will be more like this in future!

  18. Nice work, Neil! Wide tires and low tire pressure on that loose stuff … Looks like Southwestern US, minus that cactus that always seems to find you right where you bite dirt!

  19. "…really trying to get that front wheel gripping…" – Yeah but how? Loading the front, leaning more or less, driving weight through the heel, pedal position, early/late apex, shifting body weight, …(?) that is the interesting part and you omitted it. All I got was tyre and line choice and then commit to it. That is not helpful at all, as those are general tips for mountainbiking. More details please.

  20. This is 90% of my riding here in Tenerife, line choice is super important as you said and quick leg to save the day too 😂 thank you for the vid! Wishing you fast recovery!🤘

  21. That stuff is way grippier than what we have in Perth. Here is ball bearing gravel on hard pack. It sucks bad.

  22. How about tire pressure? I ride mostly in the same conditions with a tubeless tire and i inflate usually 30psi. Im always afraid of tire burps and stones clipping the sides. So i trade some grip for being sure i wont blow the tire! I ride a Transition Sentinel with Maaxis Minion DHF 2.5 tires. I weight 80Kg.

  23. Neil's skills videos are always good … calling on his years of experience of riding, racing and coaching … his advice always comes across as professional yet friendly and relatable 👍
    Thanks dude!

  24. Looks like your average corner in central South Africa. Stones on hardpack. Off camber. Rocks. Potential death. 😬😬😬😬

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