6 Simple Mountain Bike Skills That Will Make You A Better Rider

– Oh What! Look at the
state of that pump track, I wanted to shred that thing,
man before hitting the trail. Ahh, no excuses though. We can still ride, we can still ride I can see a few obstacles under
this flyover. That it's dry apart from that bit over there. That we can actually learn
some essential skills. So, I'm gonna show you a few
things that you can learn if that is wet, you can
still learn some tricks. I see a hip, I see a
bench, I see some posts, I see some flat ground. It's dry This is my essential skills
that you need to learn. (electronic dance music) (bright electronic dance music) When Neil did an amazing video
on how to learn he got Tom, one of our creatives, and he
worked, cause he doesn't know how to manual, but now he does because of
what Neil's just taught him. And that tutorial is pretty
cool. If you have a chance to take a look at that. I'll do a throw to that
at the end of this video. But it's all about doing that
"L" shape when you're doing it You're pushing down and then
you're pushing your body weight over the back. And you're
pulling the handle bars to get to get the wheel into that manual. It's quite a tough one
to learn, it takes time, it takes practice. But when
you nail it, it's the best feeling ever, because you're
not pedaling, you're just lifting up that front wheel. And you're gliding down the
trail on one back wheel. And of course it can help you get
over some obstacles as well (bright electronic dance music) Now this next one, I struggle with. Can you guess what it is? Fakie, yes. I struggle with fakies. Now
the best way to learn the fakie is on the flat ground or on a bank, so you can get a little bit of speed. I'll show you on the flat ground, first because you probably
don't have a flat bank but you probably have a flat surface. What I'm gonna do, I'm gonna
use the same pillar for this. And I'm gonna ride towards it. Before I get there I'm
gonna hit the front brake, move that body weight over
the front, get that back wheel up in the air. And then
I'm gonna push myself back let go of the front brake. Let the back wheel drop,
and then I'm gonna fakie. Use that momentum to get
myself into riding backwards. So the best gear for it is
you don't wanna be too high because you want to get some speed into it but you don't want it to quick
because if it's real easy gear, your crank's gonna be
doing this, going backwards. But if it was at a medium gear,
it'll be going nice smooth movement back. Not too
fast but not too slow. Alright, if you don't
have this sort of terrain, and it's too flat where you
are. There's a bank over there and a bank is a perfect
place to just ride up it put the brake on a bit,
stop, and then roll back down into that fakie. (bright electronic dance music) Alright this one's the Stoppie. And I'm not very good at
stoppies, so this is gonna be a learning curve for me as well. What I mean by Stoppie is
you're gonna use that brake to get your back wheel up into
the air and ride along it, on the front wheel. Bit like the manual but on your front wheel. And
you wanna be feathering your front brake, you don't
wanna lock your front brake. You just go over the bars and
that's a bit embarrassing. I'm bending my knees and
keeping my body weight quite central, still. Kinda looking ahead and I'm kinda feeling where
that balancing point is. In the nose manual, so I can
feather that front brake. Keep my momentum going through. (bright electronic dance music) Now this one is super
easy, it's super simple but, yet effective when you
get out on there on the trail when it comes to some
real tight switchbacks. This is gonna help you out.
This pillar or post or whatever this concrete thing is,
to hold this road up. This is basically, if you go
around it, it's real tight. This is basically gonna mimic
one of those tight switchbacks on the trail. So, the aim for me to do is to go around this pole, not
to touch it but not to venture too far out wide. Because
if you venture out far wide it's like there's a huge cliff
and you're gonna fall of it. So, it's a slow moving one.
And it's super easy, super fun. Do it both ways as well,
so you can get used to going one way and then
go back the other way. Because you know the
trail never turns right or ever goes left. Only Nascar goes left. Slow speed, you don't wanna go too fast So, you're learning your
balance, get as close as you can to the pole without touching it. Look at that, whoa. Try and get your wheel to hug the pole. If you don't have a big pole like this you can put bits on the floor. Look at that, you're
learning your balancing. You're looking around your
apex. You're looking ahead. You're not looking down
at your front wheel, because you want to see the
exit of that bit of trail. So the great thing about
having quite a distance between each pillar is because
you can pick of speed into that corner, so you can
get out to a reasonable trail speed, into a tight turn. So
you have to use those brakes and then guide yourself around that turn. That's pretty cool because,
you don't just wanna go slow around there because you'll
get used to going slow. You wanna go fast, use
the brakes a little bit and then go around that turn. Now this one is cool,
because, this is quite hard so you could say it's a hard-packed trail. Then look at this one. This
one here is quite loose. So, that's a loose bit of trail. You gotta think out the box.
Think, look at your terrain and see what would mimic
what's out there on the trail. So you can learn it here in
a bit of dryer environment. I'm gonna go around the
loose one, hard-packed, loose-packed, hard-packed, loose, hard. Oh, yeah. I can feel the front
end moving in the dirt. When you're riding this turns,
you don't wanna lean back and just go around the corner like this, because there's no control
with your straight arms. What you wanna do is when
you're turning around, you wanna drop your bike,
and you wanna keep your body quite upright. And looking
at your exit of the corner, all the time. Just like this. (relaxed electronic dance music) Alright, that is the Endo. And the most important thing
that you need to do, to do this and potentially you could do
it straight away if you take this on, is look at a point.
If you're looking to where you wanna go, basically your backhand
is just gonna swing round cause your hips are basically
guided to where your eyes are looking at. I'm going look at this point,
right here. This plastic bottle top thing, and my wooden stick. If I'm focused on that point
when I turn, I'm literally gonna do it. It's crazy, where
you look is where you go. Now, when you're coming into
it, you don't wanna come into it straight. You're coming
in at walking speed. And you're gonna turn your front wheel, as soon as you turned it you
lock the front wheel with your front brake. You're looking at
that stick, and your hips are basically gonna come round,
and you're gonna drop the back wheel. But you'll
probably end up doing 90 or 45 then 90 then 80, 85, 70. All those weird angles until you get full 180. I'll demonstrate but watch my eyes and where I'm looking. So, I'm coming in, not too
fast. I'm looking, and I wanna point, turn my wheel, shift
my body weight forwards, so I can manipulate that
back wheel to come up, still focusing on my point let my hips bring the
whole back end round. You can use your thigh,
everything, just to grip that bike and bring it round, and drop it down. (relaxed electronic dance music) Ohh right, this one. This is
probably the most challenging object in the area I'm
in. This is the bench. Now, the key is to get up onto it. And ride off it safely. Bit of trials, this can
help you when it comes into a bit of a sticky
situation out in the trail. Where you got this step up
and you need to get up it and you don't wanna get off your bike. But learning it here, in a bit
of a controlled environment. And at your own pace, and not
on a trail, you can do it, right here, on this bench. So, the technique I'm going
for, is front wheel up and the back wheel to follow. Like that. And then, a side hop off. Whoo, that's tech So the technique I used
here was front wheel first, and then basically shifting
my body weight up and over my front wheel. By curling
my feet on my pedals I can bring the bike up. And like, push forward onto the bench. You can start small on a curb,
which will be pretty good but there's no curbs
here. And this is the only biggest feature in this area.
Apart from the pump track. Let me do that again, and I'll show you. So, coming in with a bit
of speed, walking pace. Front wheel and then
back wheel and then off. So, you wanna do it as one solid motion. So you lift your front
wheel up, you put it down. As soon as you tap it down,
you push down on your back wheel, preload it and hop up,
using your hips and your feet to curl on your pedals. Hopefully you enjoyed this video. (claps) Don't forget if you wanna see
more trials, because I want to Because my trials is appalling.
If you wanna see me go and visit a trials rider
or freeride mountain biker that does trials, Sam Pilgrim,
let us know in the comments down below. Should Blake do trials? Give us a thumbs up, like, cause I'm gonna stick that comment below. If we can get loads of likes
on that, 100% gonna go get a trials bike. Or just do
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43 thoughts on “6 Simple Mountain Bike Skills That Will Make You A Better Rider”

  1. Who'd like to see Blake do more trials on his enduro bike? Let us know in the comments below 👇

  2. 1:39 That’s a rollback not a fakie.

    2:45 Nose wheelie not a stoppie. We are not on motorcycles.

    6:14 First halve of a rock walk. I have no idea why you’d call that an endo.

  3. Finding something to fill the gap that give me a buzz and keeps me fit is avid send.. Blake thepatron saint of dirt jumping.. (thank you all for saving my life 😃

  4. You Blake have been an inspiration to me and my recovery from heroine and crack.. what!?!!. Yep! I spent£100 + every day on smoking it.. till I saw your videos . I once had a deep passion for mountain biking downhill. I detoxed and started using my bike once again. it was probably the only thing and never sold. My 2005 Kona explosif hardtail.. she's just as good as she ever was and believe me I've not touched that s*** since. It's been going well and I would like to thank you and the rest of your team for helping me big love Sean

  5. Awesome! To the extent he said there are a few techniques at which Blake’s not very good, you know there’s gotta be some good outtakes…

  6. I love you guys, but you are always doing videos with full suspension bikes. I couldn't afford one ever. Could you please do mountain bike skill videos on a hard tail? if i've missed one a link would do. thanks guys.

  7. I like riding a bike but i dont like improving my technique through exercises, so the only thing i can do from this video is turning xD

  8. Thanks for the great videos. I watch all the time. I’m a new rider looking to get better. A bike park is opening this year with lots of berms and rollers. Seems like a great place to dial in manuals, bunny hops & pumping. I’m assuming just adapting your current technique videos to this track riding would benefit me but if I’m missing something please let me know.

  9. This guy's very good, I'm jealous. I guess at the end of the day you could say, "nobody wants to be bad at things"

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