Where I ride: Swinley Forest at the mo
What I'm like: Above an average MTBer in terms of speed down fast sections. Berms ok. Certainly not great though.
What I want to be able to do:
1: Whip the bike and position it to land say to the left/right aiming down a bank or berm straight after a jump.
2: Jump further and higher with confidence.
I just don't know where to start with improving my jumping. I even followed someone down a trail and tried to look at what they are doing and I still can't work it out. I've watched videos and read stuff on here and none of it seems to do much for me. I just don't get how to whip. Should I just pad up and go practice and practice till I get it?
Most frustrating thing for me is watching people go into jumps much slower than me and get about twice the pop off a lip as me. Obviously they are more skilled and have better technique. I pump just before the jump but never get as much height. I wonder if I pull up naturally...should I not be pulling up at all?
Manuals... I genuinely worry it's my bike holding me back. Are larger full suss bikes harder to manual?
I have a Stumpjumper FSR older bike but got it in large (had to as I'm 6ft2 lanky) and feel it fits well.
Any advice welcome.