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How To Take Your Mountain Bike Riding To The Next Level

How To Take Your Mountain Bike Riding To The Next Level


(modern jazz rhythm) – As some of you may know,
all of us here at GMBN are former professional mountain bikers. – And to get to that level takes a lot. – Yep, I raced Enduro professional. – I was a Dirt jump slope
style rider for ages. – Uh, I raced downhill
world cups in pro and Endura. – So here are our top tips to take your riding to the next level. (modern jazz rhythm) (tyres skidding on dirt) – Now, you’ve probably
heard us talking about this in a lot of our skills videos. It’s all about practise makes perfect and time out on the bike. No one gets faster or better
just by riding their bike a couple of times a week. It’s all about bike time, and spending as much time as you can on the bike. And to do this, you’ve
obviously really got to love it.
(laboured breathing) (tyres skidding on dirt) Whoa! – Pros have their own places to ride, or live somewhere really close that they can go to and
ride a lot on demand. Putting themselves in
the best environment ever gives them the abilities
to be really good. For myself, I’ve got my own facility. I’ve got my own trails, and big jump to test on. Backyard jumps, pump
tracks are a great thing to build bike skills. And, you can have fun doing it, and you don’t even have to travel far to do it. (modern jazz rhythm) – We often hear beginner
riders talking about confidence and how to get more. But I definitely think confidence works for every rider, no matter
what level you’re at. You see it in the downhill world. Some of the top racers,
they got onto a roll. They start winning, then
they can’t be beaten. Or others get an injury,
and they find it really hard to get back and perform
like they did before. I saw a really cool
quote from Mick Hannah, who is one of the world’s
best downhill racers. He says, “It’s important
to remember the facts “that confidence isn’t just a feeling. “It’s based on proven truths and facts.” (tyres skidding) – Moving on from confidence, I think there’s actually
quite a lot of psychology involved in performing really well. I know there’s loads of
books that have been written about sports performance, or making money, or all those things,
but personally I think setting goals is one of the biggest things that will help you get there. I was chatting to Danny Hart recently, the World Downhill Champion,
and he actually set that goal when he was really young, sort of 12 or 13 that hopefully one day he
would become the champion. And another thing is rewarding yourself if you do do it. Ah, for me, you know, it was setting goals at a smaller level. So, regionally, I want to win that race. And then nationally, I
want to win that race. But, it definitely
helps in those hard days when you’re training. You think, “Why am I doing this?.” You need a goal to go for it. – Meticulous bike setup can
really make a big difference to your riding out in the trails. You want to be thinking
about tyre pressure. Even your seat angle, your seat height. All your suspension settings
are using the full travel, both front and rear. Does it feel balanced? Has the rebounding set accordingly? And then you start thinking about your stack height, your bar roll, and your lever position. Now these might be minute things, but they all add up and make
the biggest of differences. – So training is another
really important piece of the puzzle, and this of
course has to be tailored to the sort of riding you do. So for downhill, maybe
it’s all about peak power. Then at the other end of
the scale, cross country, you’ve gotta be light and super fit. But definitely physical
condition is really important. So for disciplines like
downhill and dirt-jump where you know you’re
gonna fall off eventually, those riders tend to try
and be nice and strong, but also lean. So that when they hit the ground hopefully they don’t want to break quite as easily. They almost call it pre-hab, so you get nice strong shoulders, try and avoid those
really common injuries. A lot of people say that
if you aren’t crashing, then you aren’t improving. But this is something that I
don’t generally agree with. Yes, of course, you do have to take risks. But they can be calculated. However there is always
that one person in the group who’s a bit of a wrecking ball, and can come in and crash all the time. (tyres skidding) (coughing) But generally, they aren’t the best. And let’s face it, if you’re crashing, you’re gonna have time off the bike due to injuries and
not being able to ride. – Personally, I think
being in the right mindset and taking calculated risks, are the ones that are gonna improve the quickest to those ones that are
just wrecking balls. (monotone beep sounds)
And crashes way too much. (tyres skidding) – Gyah! – Bu– (laughing) (biker groaning) (all laughing loudly) – Support. Do your parents or partner
encourage you to ride? You see it in the downhill world a lot. That young riders
actually have their family take them there in the first place. And often that family stays there, even when they’re top racers. Um, if you’re having to cut rides short, or not go for rides because you think your partner might get upset, it’s not really gonna be a recipe for being a top racer. So, just like the environment you live in, actually your home life
can make a big difference to how easy you find it to go for a ride. – Well there we go. There are some of the
key secrets of the trade. – I also think it’s really important that you actually love riding your bike. – Click here to subscribe and you won’t miss another video. – And if you click right down here, you’re gonna get to see how to ride through the rocks faster with pro-rider Neko Mulally. – Click over here for how to work with another pro-rider,
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100 comments on “How To Take Your Mountain Bike Riding To The Next Level

  1. I have a vision for my channel MTBdropIN, and you guys really helped me to see how I can combine my two worlds into one in this video, while at the same time remaining completely valid as an MTB channel, thank you guys for this, you made my day!!!!!

  2. danny hart had a life goal to be world dh champ I had that when I was 4 and in march I'm doing my first dh race in the u13 category so yay

  3. Hey Scotty, I too have the 2017 Scott Gambler. But I see that your seat is very low. Doesn't your rear wheel hit your saddle?
    Mine does. Will it affect my riding?

  4. choose your parents wisely. make sure they each have 6 figure incomes and come from long lines of stable wealth. it will go a long way to getting you to the top.

  5. Heyy GMBN I need help, I have a full suspension xc bike, and is really the only one I have available, and I want to do downhill, I have taken it through some hard trails that are really steap and fast but I dont think my bike is gonna cut it, also I lack any tipe of support from my family, they hate that I ride. But I practice everysingle day, and I am actually Improving what should I do?

  6. How do you ride loads when your Asian parents make you study 24/7. Nobody in my family supports me because they say the sport is too "dangerous"

  7. i fucking loving bike time .. but i dont have time for bike :/ just fucking work,work,bikeweekend,work,work,work pretty pathetic life for me. And i can only thanks to our state for be next modern slave.

  8. Hi guys.
    I have a doubt that I would like to clarify with you. I have a full suspension bike (scott spark) and I do some XC races. My question is: When should I lock the rear suspension? So that there is no absorption of energy in pedaling. Should I lock the suspension on the climbs or in the road sections?

  9. Neil is definitely getting the full use out of his fork, that dust ring is absolutely shamed to the top of the stanchion #checkyoursag

  10. Thanks for the video, I've translated the subtitles to Turkish. Türkçe altyazısı eklendi ve onay bekliyor.

  11. Noticed some Renthal FatBars in that video. I bought some 800 with 30mm rise but worried the rise is too much. What did you guys go for?

  12. Im an xc rider and want to improve on enduro and jumps, but i only ride once a week because of my specific training for xc. What can i do to improve on that

  13. Neil was the only one who mentioned being a downhill racer but he was the only one without downhill bike!

  14. My parents hate basically everything I do lol no support here they got my hard tail giant for roads only but I go on trails as much as I can which is about once a week wish it was more. I am hoping the trails near my college are good I want to be on them every day because I suck right now

  15. I live near a mtb track but I can't go up there because there's eastern tiger snakes the second track I can't go up there is because there's dangerous dogs and the third track is bad

  16. I do downhill tracks without rear suspension on a hardtail, I think is better, so maybe you don't need an expensive full suspension bike.

  17. Folks I just got my son a dh bike.. He loves it, but the resistance rollers which creates drag on the chin is annoying him a bit. Is it OK to take them off? New to mountain biking and I've just spent close to 2k on 2 second hand bike to get us going. I'm guessing u can take them off, but wanted some expert advice first. Thanks in advance

  18. So annoying that I live in London, barely anyone does mtb or thinks much of it and there isn't much where I am…. I'm only able to go out really when i see my dad in the half term. There needs to be much more dirt jumps up built in London that would be great for many people including myself

  19. What if you are a 12 year old boy and you only get out on true dh trails 1 to 2 time's a week due to not being able to get rides. Do you have any recommendations for a what I can do for training. Also I go to DH races around 10 times a season.

  20. I've always wanted to race downhill. It was my dream to learn and become a pro at it, send big jumps, go fast, etc. my parents were teachers and taught a former downhill racer… That was paralyzed from the waist down. Permanently. So you probably can guess how encouraging my parents are about my dreams of downhill racing.

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