As chiefgroove says, you should be focusing on your bodyweight always being on the BB IMO, think in terms of at any point being able to let go of the bars if you wanted and you wouldn't fall forwards or backwards, you should ride and think like this all the time. brake levers up and in (1 finger) as said above.
This 'you must use 1 finger to brake' is nonsense, you use as many fingers as you feel comfortable with!!
I use 2 fingers on all of my bikes, I learnt how to relax on the bike and counter my natural instincts which is the main reason for 'death gripping'.
Death grip isn't grabbing the bars too hard, it's holding the bars not the brakes which has to 2 effects, reduces arm pump as the muscles/tendons in your forearms aren't stressed anymore. And makes you faster by reducing the tendancy to subconsciously tap the brakes every so often to give you the sense of control. Hence death grip = fast.
1 finger braking is good as it reduces arm pump, most people use their index finger, some use their middle finger. Some disagree with it entirely for some reason, but I can't see any disadvantages to it with modern disk brakes being so powerful (even on well set up V's or weak XC disks it's more than enough).
Setting the bite point to as close to the bars as possible has the same effect on reducing the tension in your forearm muscles and reducing arm-pump. I run mine so in a car park test I'm convinced they're not going to work and the levers reach the bars with little effort, but as soon as there's loose surfaces thrown into the mix they lock up well before they hit the bars. Makes braking the same strain on your arms as just holding the grips.
Try it, you've nothing to lose:
*death grip (properly off the brakes, not grabbing the bars tightly)
*1 finger braking
*bite point right against the bar
That and there's just general riding technique, I broke my arm before christmas, 3 months later my arm was too weak to even lift stuff (it still struggles to lift a bike over a stile and I can't press-up properly) so I've re-learnt how to ride doing a lot more through my legs and gradually working my way back over the front of the bike as the strength comes back. So it is possible to ride quickly with different technique, just look at some world cup DH video's there's not one technique, they all do things differently (or copy their mentor cf. Brenden looks like Peaty, Brosnan looks like Hill, etc)
this thread is VERY helpful!
just look at some world cup DH video's there's not one technique, they all do things differently (or copy their mentor cf. Brenden looks like Peaty, Brosnan looks like Hill, etc)lol
Peaty has shit style (as in steez) on a bike compared to brendan, he has tremendous flow/fitness/skill and gets the job done like no other when he puts it together but Brendan couldn't make copying a 6'4" clipped riders style work for him in a million years. also by your logic why doesn't Brendan look like Minnaar or Hill?
Same with Brosnan and Hill, Brosnan's a clipped in pedaller with new school style while Hill's a non -pedalling sniper line wild man (or he was).
Ps. way to teach 100mph to suck eggs
I'd only been riding MTBs in the modern stylee for about 6 months when I bought MMBS. Loads of the content went way over my head but certain fundamentals clicked and really helped. I often revisit it and find my riding has progressed another step and another segment of the book is now relevant to my riding.
I was looking for some more info on grip issues but found this instead and it amused me:
Position your hands on the grips so your wrists follow a line into the centre of the bar not over the top. This makes it very difficult to go over the bars which is probably half the reason you are gripping so hard in the first place. Grip lightly with 3 fingers and thumb, try to minimize braking, especially dragging the brakes which can lead to arm pump. Centralise your weight on the bike putting as much weight through your feet as your hands.
all good advice. set my levers up a lot better now. not done any dh or fr yet tho
I think if you have your bodyweight off the bars (always over the BB as I've said), you won't have a death grip. Like said, start slower and in control and focus on body position of keeping weight on your feet (over the BB). heels down, wrists down, squat down will help you prevent being thrown forward and eliminate death grip (levers up, 1 or 2 finger braking, whatever). The same principle for drops and other stuff, weight on the bb and chest up will keep the bars and front end up (you will not nose dive if you keep your weight centred over the bb and chest up). Occasions you need to move outside that BB weighting would be manuals/bunnyhops etc.
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