Mountain bike trials for beginners

Mountain bike trials for beginners


In the following videos, we’ll be learning some techniques that fall under the category of mountain bike trials. The techniques used in trials are characterized by track stands, bunny hops and explosive bursts of power to get up and over obstacles. In mountain biking, you use momentum and speed to get through tough terrain. In trials, you’re expected to get your bike up completely ridiculous obstacles from a dead stop. There are bikes out there built specifically for trials riding. These bikes come in many shapes and sizes but the characteristics that make them trials bikes are generally the same. They always have wide handlebars for leverage and control, one really low ask gear for power, robust breaking for locking up the wheels and a geometry that looks more like a pogo stick than a bike frame. Purebred trials bikes don’t even have seats. This is my bike, it’s a street trials bike which means it’s like a cross between a trials bike and a BMX. We can split hairs, but that’s basically what it is. it’s the closest thing I have to a purebred trials bike anyway. The wheels are 24 inches, the tires are pretty fat and look at how ridiculously huge these disc brakes are for such a small wheel. If you look at the bottom bracket, It’s super close to the rear wheel too which makes it easier to get the front off the ground. It’s not so good for getting around town, but it’s awesome for jumping around on it. In this video series, we’ll be learning some basic trial skills that can be performed on a normal mountain bike. Knowing these techniques can make you a drastically better mountain biker and open up your options when it comes to riding spots. So drop your saddle, let some air out of those tires and throw on a fresh set of brake pads, we’re gonna have some fun. In the next video, we’ll be learning the most basic trials technique there is: Track standing. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. +Seths bike hacks thanks for that vid! Im really interested in trials and of course regular mtb. Keep doing great videos

  2. Seth
    your trek 4900 is from Firefox company and it is not a mountain bike
    i visited its official website and according to my information it is a trek bike
    (trek is not a name in the last word it is a type)I am 12 and I have Firefox dart 2.6
    21 gears.it comes In full suspension category on their website.and. I am very glad to learn endo and skidding out from your channel on my bike.I am good in doing them.But I can't do a manual.canu tell me why and what can I do for it.mail the answer on following E mail: [email protected]

  3. Seth
    your trek 4900 is from Firefox company and it is not a mountain bike
    i visited its official website and according to my information it is a trek bike
    (trek is not a name in the last word it is a type)I am 12 and I have Firefox dart 2.6
    21 gears.it comes In full suspension category on their website.and. I am very glad to learn endo and skidding out from your channel on my bike.I am good in doing them.But I can't do a manual.canu tell me why and what can I do for it.mail the answer on following E mail: [email protected]

  4. Still waiting to see the results of the Mongoose haha. Cool video Seth and how can I hop onto my rear wheel only while locking up my rear brake like you did from 1:27–1:29? I have a 2015 Giant Boulder 1 ($560).

  5. It looks like you could short your Fourplay chain couple of links. Looking forward to see more trials videos but in your MTB

  6. Can't wait for some more videos with that bike in it, it looks sweet. I started my practising my wheelies recently, not going to lie its though but I'm not planning to give up yet at least.

  7. +seth's Bike Hacks Dude, WOW your videos are amazing. I started to watch your videos few days ago. I really need your tips with riding and fixing for example the brakes. You are good at making videos and keep going! Your video making instuctions are very good too!! Go check my channel and tell me what did you like! 🙂 I want to learn more about riding and fixing the bike so I will watch your every video!! Here is my channel's address: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZt_N_t06iTCvJRRdrdhPA

  8. Hey, interested in trials. How do you properly fit yourself for one. Where I live we don't have trial bikes to sample as I'm sure most bike shops don't. I'm 5'11… if it helps.

  9. Yo seth, why are you wearing running shoes? As far as I know they don't grip onto flat pedals as well as flat sole shoes do.

  10. Can you please tell me what that that derailer looking thing is for? Cause it only has one gear, I'm confused…

  11. Got news for you; I don't know what brakes you normally run but elixirs on 180mm cleansweep rotors with avid copper backed sintered pads are not in the least bit ridiclous. For trials, decidedly sub par in fact. M810 saints, Magura Mt 5/6/7, or Hope V4 on 203mm Shimano RT 76/86 Icetech rotors – THAT'S a ridiculous setup. Hell as a trial rider for 10yrs I will confidently say a well specced and set-up BB5 or BB7mtn will out perform elixirs…

  12. Seth I'm getting a street trials bike that is around £300 preferably an inspired one how much was that fourplay and where can I get a cheap one

  13. when buying a trials bike what should I look for? who makes good beginner trial bikes? I have a trek xcal 7 with 29s that I often ride miles without the seat, but im constantly having trouble getting it off the ground and im a bit uncomfortable of falling back when doing manuals on it. could having a bike with smaller wheels and frame give me more confidence for doing trials?

  14. What is the difference between Trials, Freeriding, and Rigid fork MTBs?

    I just bought a 2009 GIANT STP1 for 50$ and I like how nimbal it is on the trails. What was this freeriding bike designed for?

    Maybe you can answer on your next video idea?

  15. hey Seth! i wanted to ask… if you put a higher gear to a trial bike will it work fine? just to cover the tarnsportation problem!

  16. This comment will likely never be seen but I remember when I first saw this video and I'd never heard of trials riding as I had just gotten started in mountain biking. Now I'm addicted to trying to learn trials at the age of 47. Thanks for the intro

  17. Came from bmx bikes to the time I had a specialized bike for too weeks and loved the suspension. Instantly switched over , I looked the bike up and they go for around 2500 to 3000 $ on creigs list. But any way that dream crashed out when someone in my neighborhood stole my bike off the back of my car. I try’s to make a Walmart bike work but there’s no comparison. Also w a bad lower back problems my time riding is slowly is getting harder and harder. If any one has a beat up dirt jumper. For a lower price. I would definitely love to ride a good bike again. I’m bout to the point of trying to put kx80 forks and back shock on a cheaper mtn bike. Ima adrenaline junky at heart. But ship happens. And I definitely can’t just go get a bike. I also have a son and I want to get him into bike so we’re trying to get him a roller bike cause he’s two and loves to skate ride bikes and we have a pit bike he can’t get over ..Lol.

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