How to Whip Small Jumps on a MTB

How to Whip Small Jumps on a MTB


So you want to throw huge whips like pros
do over giant tables and doubles, but you’re riding small jumps like these. While it’s not easy to throw huge whips
over small jumps, you can make the most of them. Today, I’m going to show you how. First of all, you’ll need a jump with a separate
lip and landing, like a tabletop or a double. You’ll also need to be adept at jumping already,
since throwing a nice whip means making it look easy. Most mountain bike trails have things you
can launch off of but that doesn’t mean they’re ideal for whips. A purpose built jump with a landing is what
you’re looking for. Since small jumps only provide limited airtime,
you’ll need to boost it as high as you can. Whips require a lot of time in the air if
you want to make them look stylish. If you can’t boost jumps yet, watch some tutorials
and practice before moving on. Learn to jump smoothly, or make it down the
transition without slamming your bike or your rear wheel. Sometimes this means landing a little nose
heavy which we’ll get back to in a minute. Now, you want to experiment with leaning to
one side when you take off. If you’re
an experienced jumper you’ll naturally try to compensate by bringing your front wheel
straight again. This is a good thing, and it’s the key to
doing a whip. Throwing a whip starts with taking off at
an angle, and the rest of it is bringing your bike back to hit the landing. What you’ll end up with is this squirming
motion like you see here. Tweaking this out is how you get a nice whip. Now it becomes apparent that you can’t always
land totally straight, and this is okay most of the time. Since your rear wheel might still be kicked
out a bit when landing, you want to keep your weight off of it until you’re rolling away. I find it useful to land a little bit nose
heavy so that the front wheel—the one that’s straight, takes the brunt of the landing. This makes your whip look smoother and more
natural. And that’s the point of a whip; to look smooth
and bad ass. Even a barely perceivable whip done smoothly
looks better than a huge whip done sloppily, in my opinion. In any action sport, you could define “style”
as making things look easy. Everyone has their own style, and no two riders
will whip or do anything the same. Even if you’re not throwing giant tweaked
out whips, you can work on making your current whips look smoother, which is really the important
part. Now for some tips. When you’re learning, increase your tire
pressure so your crooked landings don’t result in flat tires. Also, like any type of jump tricks, you should
drop your saddle way lower than usual. Most people will feel comfortable whipping
a certain way, so if you find a jump that’s hips in that direction it actually makes it
a little easier to land smoothly. If you’re catching your rear wheel hard
on landings, try tilting your bike more, and pushing your rear out less. Do you guys have any tips for whipping small
jumps? What size of jump do you think is the smallest
you can get away with? Share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

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  1. seth, how come you use your all-mountain rig for dirt jumping? I am torn between getting a hardtail dirt jumper or a all-mountain hardtail and have been doing a lot of jumping at bike parks…

  2. Hey Seth, I was wondering if you know what this trick is.. after jumping alot in one day I naturally started to do this. I kinda push my bike to the right side then look at my landing with no view of my bars witch are out far to the right. The feels good to do be cuz I have a good view at my landing in the air, and it also feel awesome. If you could let me know that'd be great 👍🏼

  3. +Seth's Bike Hacks where were you mountain biking in this video because I am trying to figure out some good places to mountain bike at when I go down to florida.

  4. Fun story, I was riding my bmx on my way to a skatepark. Then i saw some very steep speedbumbs, so i decided to do a whip. But my whip was way to big for the small jump, so i did not have the time to get straight again. So i snapped a few spokes and my wheel turned into spaghetti. 🙂

  5. Do you have to have clip-in pedals to whip. I ride clipless and find jumping kinda sketchy that way, not to mention I dont even whip.

  6. I am successfully learning whips on a little curb using the ramp near a driveway to get air. I learned turnbars on this also. it is hard but possible. if you learn turnbats then work on kicking out the rear end while turning the bars the opposite direction it can help you get the motion down. great video man!

  7. Seth you have no style because you look so stiff and you cant whip so extreme. I mean you bike everyday and you have riden all your life why are you so bad at it?? Reply if you are a men

  8. Seth, do you find the hardtail mtb to be more versatile than a full squish? I already have a 29er HT, and I want something with smaller wheels, and more playful. I would like to "upgrade" to a full squish, but I feel like it will be considerably less playful than a hardtail. Suggestion?

  9. You're the best YouTuber in the world you doing what you doing Michael I wanna be with you only thank you for every time I come home and

  10. I would say to hit your local BMX track up. That is where I learned to whip and continue to whip. There is good take off and great landings for it

  11. Let me tell ya this video may give to much confidence to say the least😂 great video tho. Remember barely lean starting out unlike what I tried 😔

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  13. try turning your bars into a digging motion like a shovel for bit flatter and "motion-emphasized" whip. but that's for a bigger jump, seth's tips are better for small jumps

  14. I can whip a little jump at my local trails that's maybe 2 feet tall and has about a 4 foot gap in the middle. Any smaller than that I don't think I'd be able to get much motion out of the bike. That little thing is almost just a roller as is

  15. If you can do hip checks use that. Turn to get your side out and use the motion of hip checks to bring your side back in.

  16. for a better whip keep turning your bars all the way left or right like your trying to turn them beside or behind you as you push the rear end out, when the rear end comes 90 degrees turn the bars back straight and look where your going and the bike will follow. after some practice you will be doing full 90 degree whips very easy and steezy!

  17. i always recommend learning to do tables at first it was always easier for me to add the whip motion after

  18. I do those little tweak whip things on my BMX over everything. Small pyramids to box jumps to rollers. Just too much fun

  19. there are some small jumps at the track in my town but its a bmx track even though mostly mountain bikes use it

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