little bit of er'thing
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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Go fast at the ramp, start screaming, pull up at the end of the ramp, and hope you'll land it ok.
You're approach will be aggresive on both but it is really about seeing it through and never panicking
Originally Posted by all2common
Good Luck, I am not as good as a lot of the dj'ers here but can clean them fairly well.
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.