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How to Ride Up Stairs on a Mountain Bike: The 4 Key Tips

How to Ride Up Stairs on a Mountain Bike: The 4 Key Tips

Hi Groovers, Chris here from with my Top 4 Tips for climbing stairs the skills you learn here in the concrete jungle will certainly boost your rock and root climbing ability on the trials, too. Click the link on
screen or in the description for the complete stair climbing tips including the ‘How to Ride Down Stairs’ video. Start on just a few steps, advancing to longer flights as your
skills and confidence improve. Step 1. On approach look ahead to the start of the stairs, then lead your bike up the stairs with your eyes. Look a few stairs ahead of where your
wheel is. Step 2. Set your speed and gear on approach. For beginners, approach at about walking pace. Choose a gear that will help you keep
momentum and overcome the last steps with relative ease. Experience will teach you the best speed
and gear to choose. The real challenge begins when you’ve
got a bunch of steep stairs where momentum is a critical, yet delicate
balance. The more momentum on approach, the less or later you’ll struggle for traction. But, too much momentum, and you risk slamming your bike into the stairs and stalling. Pure horsepower might get you up some smoother flights like this one, but steeper and sharper stairs require
much more finesse and technique. Step 3. Riding off the saddle, rock your weight slightly rearwards, as you lift or pedal lift the front wheel to transition smoothly
to the first or second step. Step 4. Absorb the shock of the stairs with
your arms and legs, as you shift forward to keep above the
pedals with some weight on the front wheel. Engage the chain and pedal to the top, Saddle Stopping if you need rear wheel traction. On these
spread stairs, lifting the front and Saddle Stopping the rear in a rhythm, is key for maintaining momentum and traction. 1. Lead with your eyes. 2. Set your speed and gear 3. Transition the front wheel. 4. Absorb and Position. Subscribe for the next great tips and
click the link for the complete stair climbing tips, including ‘How to Ride Down Stairs’!

82 comments on “How to Ride Up Stairs on a Mountain Bike: The 4 Key Tips

  1. Hi Chris, I am a big fan and would like to know if you could make a vid on how to set your shocks correctly for different terrain.

    Cheers, Hugh 🙂 🙂

  2. Thanks heaps for your Likes, Views, Comments and Shares, Groovers!  It all helps MTBtips bring you more great videos.
    ~ Chris

  3. Hey Chris! I am new to mountain biking. Just got myself a Giant Revel mtb. Is the bike in the video a 26 or 29er? Thanks for all your videos on riding tips! keep up the great work and more video! Cheers, Reuben.

  4. fuck yeah! nice set of stairs you were working on.

    i know where there are some stairs that need to be climbed, by me…

    thanx much

  5. Interesting. But how do I keep my pedals from hitting the floor? With one step it is pretty easy to keep the pedal away from the concrete, but if Im constantly pedaling in order to go over a bunch of steps, how can I be certain I wont crash from pedal touching the floor? 

  6. Great advice, Chris. Simple to understand. Now I know how to get to my apartment with my bike when the lift's not working 😉

  7. Hey Chris, nice videos and thanks for the uploads. What seat height do you recommend for beginners for trying to climb simple and low steps? 

  8. Chris, the world needs more positive people, just like you. big thanks for the time and effort, and love you put into these vids, they made a difference for me when I got my first serious MB. keep 'em coming pls

  9. Good gracious, if you have an elephant, there's always a person with a cage- or simply an unpleasant remark. This is an excellent tips' channel. I've learned a lot from it. Thanks. 

  10. I could be wrong, but I think it's missing a step.

    Step 5. grow an extra foot taller than average so you can comfortably ride a bicycle with a frame geometry high enough for the chainring/crankset to clear the stairs.

    Most people would only be able to manage this on shallow and spaced out stairs. On some of the other stairs in this video it's likely as soon as they get over the second or third one, something would catch and likely go badly from there. In motorsports, this is known as high-centering.

  11. Right…and after following all the steps, and the first attempt, I have crashed and felt down. Result, arm injury.

  12. 1st tip, get a 29er,
    2nd tip make sure it has full suspension, and you have clipless shoes,
    3rd lift up your front wheel and ass,
    4th make sure stairs aren't too big,
    5th step – don't freaking stop pedaling, otherwise you fall.

  13. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for taking the time to make this video and then share it with us. I'm very grateful and you're making a positive contribution to our skill set.



  14. I wish I found you earlier I sent myself down a hill because I lost control on my bike this evening. Just subscribed 🙂

  15. If you like this video, you’re going to love Check it out! It will take your mountain biking to another level entirely! ~ Chris

  16. Cool Climb bro! Keep up the vids, I recently did a climb up the Lloyds Building in London that was shown on the News. Videos on my channel if you want to check it out

  17. Tip nr 1 make a while
    Tipp nr 2 is the same

    I m cann not good inglich i learn this i come from luxemburg

  18. Hi Chris, thanks for the video. Is your suspension engaged when you do this? It seems from the video like it isn't moving, but I might be wrong. Thanks.

  19. And all the stairs you will the encountering will give you enough room to accelerate ain't that right? like there are no steep continuous stairs in this world uhn? And when you're clipped in, you can forget the type of stairs I'm talking about.
    The stairs you're climbing here are slack and without any skills, any averge joe can speed up them but, shit gets real when faced with with a real steep and continuous stairs like 10m long at a 35 degree angle. folks who ride streets know what I mean.

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