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Jumps, Drop Offs and Compressions | GMBN’s Crash Course Ep. 4

(explosions) (glass shattering) – This is episode three of Crash Course, where we look at your crashes. Not for entertainment purposes, but to try and help you guys out. I’m going to take a real
detailed look at them, look at them in slow motion,
see if there’s any reason why you fell off, and hopefully
to try and avoid them. But, before we get into it, make sure you subscribe and hit
the bell notification, so you know when we do an upload. Right, who’s the first person? This one’s from Callum, who is riding in Coed y Brenin on a
Lapierre Edge, I think. It says he’s got a big cut on his elbow, got bruises everywhere. So check out his crash. It looks like Callum just hits that roller and pulls up really hard
and basically jumps flat. So there’s a time and place for jumping, and making sure that you’re
going to land somewhere nice. ‘Cause what Callum does,
lands completely flat, and has a big old crash on hard ground. So that looks like it was painful. So in that case, what I’d do
is just soak that roller up. ‘Cause, you know, you need
somewhere nice to land. And if you land in a hole or an upslope, you can have a pretty bad crash. Right, this one’s from Bastiaan, who’s riding in Sleenerzand,
which sounds cool. This is his first ride after
an injury and in for a new one. Ooh, check this one out. It’s a lot of winded noises,
and it sounds very painful. (Bastiaan yelling) It looks to me like he’s
going slow off that drop-off. So the front wheel is going to drop, so this is where you need a good… Basically, get that
front wheel unweighted. So a nice manual, and it
looks like you really pull. If you slow-motion this, there’s a big pop as you go off that drop-off, and you do go a little bit sideways, and ’cause you sort of go off the edge of the track as well, you see when that front wheel lands a bit
sideways, it just loses grip, and down you go like a big sack of spuds. That one looked like it was
painful (inhales sharply). So my advice would be to try and go a little bit quicker if you can. That means the front
wheel isn’t going to drop as hard as it did, and
also just try and learn that manual technique so you’re right at the back of the bike
when going off the drop-off. The big difference with using a manual, so you’re using your weight
to lift the front wheel, is that when you go to
the back of the bike, basically your arms extend
so they should stay straight. And that means that the bars won’t twist, ’cause your arms are straight. If you’ve popped and pulled with your arms then you can get that wrong sometimes, and that’s where things
start to go sideways, ’cause you don’t always judge the pull,
the arms, exactly the same. But if you’re doing a manual, front wheel should stay straight and
should keep your balance. Check this one out, this is a biggie. This is Mike, who’s riding a Trek Remedy 8 at Wind Hill, our local bike park. He’s trying to boost a step-up. I know the jump well, it’s a big old jump. He’s fast into it, and he got
bucked and landed on his face. Injury is a bruised penis and sore ego. Ow, that doesn’t sound great. So what you can see is
actually Mike gets bucked. We’ve talked about this quite a lot. So hits the takeoff, and
after it starts going forward. That can happen with
full suspension bikes. There can be a few reasons for this. Sometimes if you’ve got the
rebound set up really fast on your shock, and you don’t pump in hard enough, when you hit a takeoff, it’s then going to want
to bounce you up and over. In this case, I think it’s
’cause Mike is pedaling really close to the takeoff,
which you have to do, it’s quite hard to clear those jumps. You have to go really fast, but I think Mike doesn’t quite
get the time to set up, and push into takeoff, because he’s pedaling really
close to it all the way, then goes into the rear shock,
and then boom, up and over. And you can see, he tries to bail. It’s definitely something
that’s worth learning, if you’re getting into
doing really big jumps. I know when I was quite young,
I used to ride dirt jumps, or BMX trails all the time,
and I learned how to bail. So if you’re jumping a double, and you’re not going to clear it, to go over the bars is going
to save you a lot of the times. You see, Mike does it, but actually, he gets his foot caught as he goes over. So he doesn’t let go of
the bars early enough, and that’s what caused him the problems. That’s why he smashes into the bike. I think once you know
you’re going up and over, and you’re likely to go over
the bars, it’s probably better to just ditch the bike,
jump up and over the bars. It’s not pretty, but you’re
probably going to get away without smashing onto the bike, and hopefully without hurting yourself. This ones from Ben, who’s riding
a VooDoo Bizango in Leeds. And he says, “That went well.” Well, it’s a bit like the
first video from Callum. Just going too fast for the trail, and when you really need
to soak that jump up to stay in control, you launch it. I mean this is quite a good example. It’s a really fast roll into
this jump and this side of it, it’s quite a small jump for the speed. However, you have got a big nice landing, so you can afford to
overshoot this a little bit. However, from that takeoff,
if I jumped all the way to the flat, then you’re
going to get into trouble. So it’s changing what
you do to fit the trail. And sometimes launching it is good, sometimes it can cause you big trouble. Also, you can see when
you’re launching it, all the weight is going
towards the front wheel, so when you land on the flat, all that weight is going boom, big old crash. Check this one out from Harrison. He’s riding a CUBE Aim Hardtail, riding in Danbury Bike Park. Fair dos, absolutely launching
it, when, if I’m honest, you don’t look supercomfortable on jumps. It goes wrong straight from the takeoff. Bike is going sideways, and
the front wheel is so high that when you come down to the landing, obviously the angle of the
bike isn’t matched in landing. So your front wheel’s way
up in the air, and sideways. So it’s a pretty decent
face-plant and grinds. Hopefully that wasn’t too bad. Yeah, I would say there’s a
few things going wrong here, and it’s trying to make sure
your comfortable with jumps, before you start sending it too much. I mean, there’s definitely an argument for doing big jumps, just
sending it to learn quick. But if you’re not quite
comfortable, things can go wrong like we saw there, and
it can be pretty painful. So get superconfident
on smaller jumps first, with making the bike go up into the air. So it’s sort of preloading
the bike into the takeoff, and getting a nice bit of air. So you’re actually promoting
the bike up and into the air. You’re not just hitting the
takeoff and hoping it works. You’ve really got to get used to making the bike go up into the air. If you’re doing that
right, by sort of pumping and then getting back,
your weight should stay in the middle of the bike, basically. So that should mean it shouldn’t
go sideways like it is, but definitely A plus for effort there. But I would say take a
backstep, get supercomfortable, and then hopefully the big
jumps will come easier. Because, on a big jump, you’re
in the air for so much longer if it goes wrong on the takeoff, it’s going to get worse and worse. There you go, keep sending us
your fails using the uploader. The link to that is down
below, super easy to do. Stick it in the Fails & Bails,
and we’ll get to see them. If you want to see the previous editions of this series of videos, Crash Course, episodes one and two are over there. Give us a thumbs-up if
you don’t like crashing, if you’re trying to fix your problems. Don’t forget to subscribe, see you later!

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