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    How to....dirt jump?

    switching from bmx to a hardtail, i had to learn to compress the front suspension before pulling up for a bunny hop. my bunny hops range from 12 - 18 inches. but i can't jump off a ramp worth a crap.

    balance: first, i land tilted to the left. i know that will just be fixed with practice. but i'm guessing it has to do with my weight distribution from front to rear. which allows most control?
    should i be pinching the frame or the seat with my legs?

    height: i can't get any height off the ramp like i can off a flat surface. i'm sure it has to do with when i compress the front shox, when i pull up the front, and when i lift the rear. once i figure it out technically, i'm sure i'll be fine.

    please let me know what part of the ramp i do each of these three steps -- the foot, the top? what's the difference in the approach on, say, a 2 ft versus a 5 ft?

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    Get this book

    Get this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/073...lance&n=283155

    Their is an entire chapter on Jumping.

    What you'll find in Mastering Mountain Bike Skills

    Chapter 1 - Choose Your Weapon
    Chapter 2 - Become One With Your Bike
    Chapter 3 - Make Great Power
    Chapter 4 - Brake Better to Go Faster
    Chapter 5 - Carve Any Corner
    Chapter 6 - Wheelie and Hop Over Anything
    Chapter 7 - Drop Like a Feather
    Chapter 8 - Jump With the Greatest of Ease
    Chapter 9 - Flow on Any Trail
    Chapter 10 - Handle Crazy Conditions
    Chapter 11 - Race Like a Champ
    How Good Is Your Kung Fu?

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    Go fast at the ramp, start screaming, pull up at the end of the ramp, and hope you'll land it ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by all2common
    switching from bmx to a hardtail, i had to learn to compress the front suspension before pulling up for a bunny hop. my bunny hops range from 12 - 18 inches. but i can't jump off a ramp worth a crap.

    balance: first, i land tilted to the left. i know that will just be fixed with practice. but i'm guessing it has to do with my weight distribution from front to rear. which allows most control? Practice and pull up evenly, It may even help to purposely kick the bike out whichever direction you are comfy w/ to regain balance
    should i be pinching the frame or the seat with my legs? Not neccessarily

    height: i can't get any height off the ramp like i can off a flat surface. i'm sure it has to do with when i compress the front shox, when i pull up the front, and when i lift the rear. once i figure it out technically, i'm sure i'll be fine. In my case it had more to do w/ confidence and not holding back at the lip, If you think too much it won't happen

    please let me know what part of the ramp i do each of these three steps -- the foot, the top? what's the difference in the approach on, say, a 2 ft versus a 5 ft?
    You're approach will be aggresive on both but it is really about seeing it through and never panicking
    Good Luck, I am not as good as a lot of the dj'ers here but can clean them fairly well.

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    It sounds like you're exaggerating everything a little too much.

    As long as you don't suck up the lip the suspension will compress on it's own as you travel up the ramp. Then just stay relaxed and spot your landing.

    I have issues with dirt jumps also but I've found the less I think about it the better I do.

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