I'm going to do my best to describe my problem. I have recently been getting in to learning trials / basic stunts on my bike. I can bunnyhop small curbs, and up to 6" if I have a few trial runs, I am working on wheelies, and hopefully I will move on to larger hops, 180 pivots and manuals. I am doing all of this on a regular mountain bike. A Giant Iguana, to be precise. For those of you who are not familiar with it, here is a small picture and review of it
Anyways, my issue right now is that I am having a hard time getting the front end up higher than a foot. I have seen bunnyhoping tutorials where you lift your front bars then kick up the back, which works for up to maybe a foot, and I have no problem with this. I am learning it quite well. What I am having a problem with is the more advanced bunnyhop, where you jump in the air and *pull* the bike up with you. I have seen the popular BMX tutorials flying around and they indicate that this is the way to get really good air (over a foot), but I have found that my bike's centre of gravity is very high and it's hard to lift the bike that high. I am not able to get it over a foot in the air by jumping and pulling up the front. I can get the front up high by starting a wheelie sitting down, but there is no way in hell I can get to a standing / jumping position from that because my weight is too far back. as soon as I make any motion to stand or throw my weight forward, the front comes crashing down by the time I get anywhere. I am hoping to get a new bike when I reach the limit with this bike..but that will not be until next summer at least. for now I need to work with what I have. Until I can get past this problem, anything but wheelies and very small hops is out of the question.
I would really appreciate some help with this..every tutorial I have seen is either with a BMX bike, or something like a Chase / STP which is built more for this sort of stuff. I'm not really sure what else to try!
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