Yet again at Brocton i had several near OTB moments on a particularly steep,rooty, narrow, loose descent that i cant seem to master. Lean too far back…front wheel washes out…too far forward OTB.
I attempt this descent eberytimevand just cant do it without either having to stop or coming off quite nastily.
Anyone else have descent nemesis and how you’ve over come it?Posted 4 years ago
Lean too far back…front wheel washes out…too far forward OTB.
Whenever I have one of these problem descents I tell myself to get as low as possible, saddle dropped, hips down and back, elbows out, chest towards stem and look way down the trail. Flick through any copy of Dirt and you see plenty of photos of downhillers doing it much better than I can. Obviously the lower your centre of mass, the more weight you can get onto the front wheel before you start tipping over the bars.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Not neccesarily far back, but certainly weight down. That way you can keep weight on the front wheel without having to be so high above the pivot point.
Without knowing the descent I wouldn’t want to be any more specific but most people can get hteir weight lower than they do normally. I certainly can…Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
I have a nemesis descent at the moment.. I’m completely psyched out by it
Smallacombe rocks starts with a sloping slab of slippery granite with a flattish run out only a couple of feet long and peppered with boulders, immediately into a rocky chute.. There is a rollable line but you need to be committed and hold your wheel on the line as it will definitely get knocked off more than half a dozen times before you reach a bit of trail where you can get an opportunity to compose yourself..
Penalty for failure is quite high with a fall of about 8 feet onto boulders very possible at all times..
I’ve only cleared it once and last attempt I lost the front end but was unscathed.. The next guy down wasn’t so lucky and broke his arm and I’ve walked it since..Posted 4 years agodeanfbmMember
Let off the brakes, stand strong (ie not taking hair off your gooch) and ride it like you mean it. That trick too of not letting your head drop, keep your head up looking really far ahead, not only sets your body up better, but also allows planning instead of reacting.
I only ever cant do stuff if im fannying about.Posted 4 years agoscruffMember
Stinger? Slow down way before you hit the steeper part, dont brake over the rooty drops, then lean, look left and move your shoulders and hips with your head- the way you want to go and this will help get the bike pointing left, very quick dab on the brakes to avoid the magnetic tree then back off the brakes. Your tyres will grip better if they arent trying to slow down.Posted 4 years ago
By the way, when I said hips down and back, it wasn’t because you want to get your weight back but because it’s the best way of getting your weight low – if you rotate your hips and and back it drops your torso into a low horizontal position and then if you think about getting your sternum down and towards the stem you end up in a low but strong position. If you just try to hunker down you’re likely to end up with your shoulders rounded/hunched and weak, with your centre of mass coming forwards which you definitely don’t want, plus your neck/head position is likely to cause your sight line to be far too downwards to the ground just in front of your wheel.
Brake (if required) before the steep bits and the turns, to let it roll free but with appropriate speed over the bits where grip/stability is in short supply.Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
High Voltage in Les Arcs….. Not THAT steep, but the exposure gets to you instead!
Closer to Home, there one short (10m) near vertical drop/descent off the top of the ridge at Woburn Sands which i can’t see how to do, because the trail turns 90deg left immediately at the bottom of the drop. There’s no way you can brake on it, because it has a couple of tree root drops across it. It IS rideable, because it has signs of being ridden, but i’m just not sure how to approach riding it.Posted 4 years agoshamusMember
Yunki – was that on a STW ride? If so I think I might have been there.
I rode it that time (badly) but have been back several times, had a mild OTB there right at the bottom on that pointy tombstone rock. Essentially that one is confidence to let the bike do its thing, I’ve watched a freind pretty much hop into it, staying firm and letting it roll seems to work.
It’s hilarious watching 30-40 ramblers coming up it on hands and knees then just pitching the hardtail in and looking pro…. (until the OTB anyway)Posted 4 years agofaustusSubscriber
As others have said with staying lose and low, but try and drop your heels and wrists at the same time. Looking at bike side-on, think of the wrists like the hands round a clock face (handlebar) and you want to try and get them closer to 9 o’clock. When they are higher (say, 11 o’clock), bumps will rotate your wrists (and you!) over the bar, rather than into it. Tilting your levers higher can help with this a lot, as not doing this may automatically put your wrists too far over the bar. Also make sure the fork is at a good pressure and not burning up travel too quickly…Posted 4 years ago
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