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    bunny/j-hop help

    I can get probably about a foot in the air right now. maybe a little more sometimes. I can also hop sideways off a curb and so on. I was just woundering, I think Im starting bad habits. I hop up pretty much all at once with the front and the back. I mean I pull up the front first, but my understanding was that its better if you do a manual or wheelie first, then push out the back. whenever I try that (asside from the fact that Im not that good at doign a wheelie and cant really do a manual for very long at all) I slip off the pedals and potentially, painfully hit my shins on my BMX pedals (I have a Rocky Mountain Flow 2.0)

    any tips on bunny hopping/how to build balance to do a manual/wheelie?

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    darn i thought you were doing that stuff with an XC bike

    i'm practicing on my trek 3700 (40 lbs) so its hard for me to pull up. to go 10'' +

    bmx should be so much easier, and fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorsalis
    darn i thought you were doing that stuff with an XC bike

    i'm practicing on my trek 3700 (40 lbs) so its hard for me to pull up. to go 10'' +

    bmx should be so much easier, and fun.
    A rocky maintain flow 2.0 is a pretty heavy full sized bike...but it has BMX pedals, and is made for trials/dirt jumping, I use it for trails, because I ride them hard.

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    Check out this page, best bunnyhop tutorial on the web, IMO.

    http://www.bmxbasics.org/new/bmx0703.html

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    rad, thanks for hte article

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    yea, thanks...

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    thoughts

    if you're slipping, get some decent shoes with sticky soles like 5-10's. If you're wearing the wrong shoes, expect to slip. Lots.

    check out (search) for the flowmaster video on this forum.

    check out Jay Hoots here: http://www.nsmb.com/trail_tales/askh...unny_04_03.php

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    doing a complete front pull on a mountain bike is hardest for me... i mean how do u do that?

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    combining a giant front pull with a great rear kick = big bunny hop right?

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    Yes, that's the idea, and yes, it's hard to do on a mtn bike. I had a real hard time doing it on my XC bike but on my slalom bike with a short stem and smaller frame it practically pops the front up on it's own. Actually, last weekend I was flying down a fireroad and jumping off the waterbars.. I got to a smaller bump and just pulled up a little and ended up doing a manual at 30mph down the fireroad. Freaked me out since I can't really manual yet and luckily I remembered to grab the rear brake quickly.

    Anyway, you'll be limited somewhat by the type of bike you have. You can still do it, but not as high/easily. Flowmaster's video linked above goes into some modifications you can make to help you out.

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    is manualling with a mountain bike harder? or do i just suck and need more practice? i cant manual or wheelie, standing or sitting its hard for me to find the balance point on my rear wheel

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorsalis
    is manualling with a mountain bike harder? or do i just suck and need more practice? i cant manual or wheelie, standing or sitting its hard for me to find the balance point on my rear wheel
    Both? I can barely wheelie and I've been practicing for months. And I really thought I had good balance before from rock climbing. Totally not applicable I guess.

    The other day I was playing around on a friends BMX and almost flipped back on my head trying to pull a manual, it was so easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarpa
    Both? I can barely wheelie and I've been practicing for months. And I really thought I had good balance before from rock climbing. Totally not applicable I guess.

    The other day I was playing around on a friends BMX and almost flipped back on my head trying to pull a manual, it was so easy.
    thanks for the help guys.

    humm. My bike (Rocky Mountain Flow 2.0) is more of a skate part/trials bike. its still 19" though, and heavy. but its sipposed to be positioned to do this stuff easier. I can wheelie for maybe 3 pedals. I was also practicing going really slow along the curg on a sidewalk, then lifting the front and setting it down off the curb, then lifting up the back and doing the same. then I added some speed and made it sort of a side hop. The other thing I was doing was going slow, and lifting the front up over the curb, and then lifting the back before it hit. But I need to stand tall more like that article that was linked. Im pulling way too much with my arms right now. I j-hopw is just where you manual for a while, the pull the back up, right? I have good balance sideways, but I cant manual/wheelie worth crap.

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