Mountain Biking Technique: How to Jump

Mountain Biking Technique: How to Jump


I’m Kat Sweet, a professional coach, jumper,
downhiller, and I live and breathe mountain biking. There’s no way around it, jumps are
awesome. Once you’ve been riding for a while, you could start hitting small table tops to
get comfortable in the air. All of the skills you have for manuals and bunny hops will come
in handy, so dial those in first. Also make sure you’re wearing protective gear, especially
your helmet, and keep your seat lowered and out of the way. You can talk about jumps in
4 parts: the approach, the takeoff, the air, and the landing. On approach, come in standing tall, and finish
any peddling or braking at least 5 feet before the ramp, so you’re ready and focused. The
key to the takeoff is pumping. That means you’re going to press your weight into the
bike through your feet. Pump just before the trail ramps up, so you accelerate into the
jump. You want to be standing back up all the way
up the ramp, so once you’re at the top, you’re at full extension. You want to reach full
extension just as your back wheel hits the lip of the jump. If you’re too early or too
late, you’ll waste your energy and probably come up a bit short. Keep on practicing on
a small tabletop with a nice, easy landing until you nail the timing. Once you’re in the air, allow the bike to
come up into you following the arch of the jump. Breathe, relax, and look ahead. If you
stay loose, your bike will stay balanced, your landing will be smoother, and you will
be able to adjust the bike underneath you. Find your line and pay special attention to
the angle of the slope. Two key things to remember for the landing
are to match your tires to the slope, and to get ready to absorb the impact. As you
come down, you need to make sure the tires are going to hit at the same time. If you
come down with too much weight on either wheel, you could end up going over the bars or losing
control. As you’re maneuvering the bike to match the slope, you’re also preparing to
suck up the impact of the landing, just like a shock. Extend the bike away from your body
to meet the ground, then compress as you land to absorb the energy. As always, make sure
to look ahead down the trail. You don’t want to land a perfect jump and forget there’s
another one just ahead.

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