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    Def hittin the jump the right way is good to know

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    1. this video is not showing a steep jump at all

    2. on a steep jump you SHOULDN'T be aggressively on your front - this is the same on a bike, skateboard, whatever. You should be balanced on approach, and if you manage to stay loose the bike will kind of tell you where the body needs to be. Don't try to force this to get on the front. Yes, you need to pump / push off / stand up from the lip but don't go up the steep trying to be aggressively on the front. Don't lean back either, unless you are going for a backflip.

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    an old picture, but stay loose (your limbs not your grip) on the bike and balanced and in control when you go off.


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    ^^^ Awesome!

    Yes, I am no expert myself but you seem to be and that picture illustrates perfectly what I was trying to convey:
    one needs to be balanced and listen to the bike for the steep portion, not try to get aggro on the front

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    Yeah, that Minaar video is more like an advanced technique. It's more of a "scrub", and a whip. I have the dvd, and it didn't work for me when I was still learning (and learning still). Try doing that when you are still learning, you'll probably end up on your back facing the sky.

    As Ustemuf said, just be loose.

    A little vid from my practice jump.

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    ^ man, hate to be a dick but here goes: I know you have a helmet - wear it

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    I would have, but my headphones won't fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lernr View Post
    ^ man, hate to be a dick but here goes: I know you have a helmet - wear it
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    I got a question, most jumps are built cool.

    But once in a while I come across a jump (always a larger one, 15 foot + air time) where the takeoff and landing really don't match up - like a mellow take off ramp onto a steep as hell slope.

    So on those ones I come in rear wheel landing first which I hate (even pushing down on the handlebars and tucking my the rear under my butt doesn't make up for it).

    Whats the correct technique for this type of jump, being weighted forward on the bike on take off so your nose will drop more aggressively than normal? or tapping rear brake in mid flight to bring nose down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbluecai View Post
    Wurd. Muscle memory.
    That's a good way of putting it!

    Muscle memory is actually the memories stored in the brain that are much like an accumulation of all the details of the muscle movements and thinking that is required when doing something like "jumping". It's a procedural memory that guides the rider to become very good at something through repetition, but in exactly the same way it can make the rider absolutely terrible at that same thing.

    So it makes sense to practice but to practice proper technique. (I'm still learning and I appreciate threads like this)
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    Go to the pump track. Keep the bike from eating up the lip. Like other have said the vike want to soften the ramp. Preloading and letting the bike move into you untill the lip keeps you speed control.. eat your speed the pump track is very simaler. Dont let the suspeshion eat you speed and dont lwt you weight fight the ramp

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    Here's a little comparo from today. My buddy is having problems staying stiff in the air.



    May be subtle, but I'm a little lower on the bike. Let the bike come up to you, and push it down to the landing.


    This one shows it a little better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakester29959 View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. Only problem is I have to wait for winter to be over before I can ride
    Roadtrip to Cleveland & ride at Ray's MTB

    Jumps out the wazoo . . . No freezing involved.

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    i wish i had the patience to type out a descriptive response. most of the ones already given here make me laugh...


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    I picked up a DJ bike to work on my jumps, but it definitely doesn't translate how to jump something that's a longer travel full suspension (6" or 8"), but it helps get the basics of the jumping and bike handling.

    Much harder to jump a bike with suspension, so I'm curious about the differences. That, and the cool videos
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    if you're having problems, drink two beers then hit the jump.

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    Ustemuf I'm to young to drink haha
    Just take off the silver part you'll still have the pretty anodized partion, and you'll ride much faster. As fast as a 29er!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakester29959 View Post
    Ustemuf I'm to young to drink haha
    blasphemy...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ustemuf View Post
    if you're having problems, drink two beers then hit the jump.
    Guess now I know why I always find empties at the top of the freeride trails around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
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    I picked up a DJ bike to work on my jumps, but it definitely doesn't translate how to jump something that's a longer travel full suspension (6" or 8"), but it helps get the basics of the jumping and bike handling.

    Much harder to jump a bike with suspension, so I'm curious about the differences. That, and the cool videos
    I bought a DJ to work on jumps as well, jumping might be harder on a FS but the landings sure are easier. Getting bucked off casing a landing on a DJ is super sketchy. Anyone else find FS jumping more confidence inspiring as well?

    Also ^^^^ on the Hastings jump up ther, that lip is even more vertical than the pic shows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban View Post
    Here's a little comparo from today. My buddy is having problems staying stiff in the air.



    May be subtle, but I'm a little lower on the bike. Let the bike come up to you, and push it down to the landing.


    This one shows it a little better.
    Blackrock Stimulator jump!

    I think I have hit that thing 40 times and I'm still sucking at it. But it's a really a great one to practice on.
    "Let the wheels spin."

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