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    Downhill Drops

    Hey there everyone, im still new to the world of downhill free riding but I have one quick question. What is the proper way to jump off a downhill ledge such as this?? Am I bunny hopping downwards? Lifting the front slightly and landing with both wheels?? Im clipped in if that means anything. Sorry for the noobness.


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    High speed or low speed? What's after it?
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    just lean back and drop it land on both wheels

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    I am just glad we are talking about downhill drops and not up-hill drops... or we wouold be in trouble...

    high speed=just lean back a little
    low speed=lean back a lot and manual off(or wheely drop it)
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    just lean back, and If your front wheels gets to high just tap your rear brake.
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    Lean back and transfer your weight to the rear. Your speed and the tranny will take care of the rest.

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    yeah, if your going fast, just lean back and stay low. If its slow, try to "push" forwards from underneath you
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    like this?

    a bit of speed - lean back - pull up a bit - push out when in the air - and land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mwehahaha
    I am just glad we are talking about downhill drops and not up-hill drops... or we wouold be in trouble...

    high speed=just lean back a little
    low speed=lean back a lot and manual off(or wheely drop it)
    I've always thought up-hill drops were called "jumps"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vexhex
    a bit of speed - lean back - pull up a bit - push out when in the air - and land.
    Is that Adam on his BlitzII??? XD

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    hope its a trigger, that 40 would kill the blitz II. is that the drop he blew the 40 on>?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJensen
    hope its a trigger, that 40 would kill the blitz II. is that the drop he blew the 40 on>?
    oh yea... it's a trigger... forgot... lol

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    Triggers don't come in white but Blitz's do.....

    a triple on a blitz in fine anyway.

    oh yah - just lean back & practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1ORBUST
    Triggers don't come in white but Blitz's do.....

    a triple on a blitz in fine anyway.

    oh yah - just lean back & practice.
    he powder coated it a couple weeks ago...

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    http://www.declinemagazine.com/visua...dride_vol1.htm

    Check that out, should answer all your questions.
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    All the above advice is good. Drops are just like riding off curbs, just bigger. Practice small and work your way up. don't over analyze it. If you're hitting drops that are in the trail, I assume you are going pretty fast. In that case, lean back, get your ass off the back of the seat, point where you want to go and shoot. Avoid pulling up too far or not enough so that you land as close to both wheels at the same time as possible. (Wheelie drops are great for slow drops as its already been said.) BTW riding clipped in makes drops easier IMO, it just makes it a bit harder to bail. Have fun and good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjudy13
    don't over analyze it.
    That's key also!

    So many people over analyze a jump or stunt making it a much bigger deal in their own mind than it actually is, and end up psyching themselves out of completing it. Just take a look at your run-in and spot your landing, keep your momentum up (speed is your allie) and transfer your weight correctly. The bike and tranny should take care of the rest if you can put those simple things together. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowpug
    That's key also!

    So many people over analyze a jump or stunt making it a much bigger deal in their own mind than it actually is, and end up psyching themselves out of completing it. Just take a look at your run-in and spot your landing, keep your momentum up (speed is your allie) and transfer your weight correctly. The bike and tranny should take care of the rest if you can put those simple things together. Have fun!

    Great advice also!
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    it is a trigger - powder coated pearl (thanks herb) - and that might have been a drop that helped blow my fork out but the one that did was at N*.

    my only "big" issue w/ N* this year is so many drops to flat and I just started going around them instead of hitting them.
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    vexhex... you adam??? it's poh XD

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    Yeah, lean back and pull hard on the bars....maybe a little prayer or two couldn't hurt.
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    I couldn't understand the diagram. Sorry...

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    Another thing to remember is that if there is a gap to your drop your weight will continue on a downward path so your speed has to be higher to make X distance than if you were coming from a jump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by novato kid
    just lean back, and If your front wheels gets to high just tap your rear brake.
    When ever i tap the back brake it doesnt make the bike go forwards at all =[

    Yeh just lift up the front tire a bit and lean back
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    thank you everyone for all the helpful advice.

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    lean backwards, and let the bike roll.
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    I disagree - don't lean back. don't lean forward either. Just stay upright, and pull up the bars about 3 inches.

    I never apologize. I'm sorry, but that's just the way I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dusthuffer
    I disagree - don't lean back. don't lean forward either. Just stay upright, and pull up the bars about 3 inches.
    depends how fast youre going,,
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    On a downhill-facing launch and with a tranny at speed just let the bike roll off and keep the bike's orientation steady. That should be fine on anything 6ft and below. Don't pull back too much! Front first landings are favorably, especially when your going at speed and there is a good tranny.
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    How to do drops, by Fluidride...

    http://decline.h3publications.com/vi...dride_vol1.htm

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