- What’s your best DHing tip???
Stay loose! Dont rely on your suspension to do all the work, Move about and try and make the bike flow over/around obstacles, pick the smoothest lines possible,
Completely disregard that voice in the back of your head that says “I could get hurt”, “What happens if”, “Should I”, “What are the risks” etc etc. Its when you doubt yourself you end up crashing.
Also the faster you get the easier it is!!Posted 9 years agomike_checkMember
learn to pump dips and berms and manualling dips and little rooty bits, learn to unweight the bike so you can clear rocky/rooty bits and little jumps without losing time getting too much air. Basically learning to carry as much speed through/over obstacles as possible as it can often be hard to get much pedalling in over the rougher stuff. Ride to the edge of control, you will slide out and go down a few times but tbh that’s part of the learning curve.Posted 9 years agov10Member
Dont brake in corners or off camber, let it roll and it WILL grip.
Look well ahead and also where you want to go, if you look at that big evil tree stump you will naturally ride into it 😆
Relax, let your arms and legs work with the suspension not against it.
Also a fine line knowing when to let the bike have its own way and when to reign it in and correct it but you cant really teach that.Posted 9 years agoglenpMember
All good, I was thinking earlier while riding that I always look about 2-3 metres infront of the bike so I tried looking about 10-15m ahead and ignore the state of the trail directly infront and I just flowed over it. Felt great!
Much, much further ahead. To the horizon, literally. Head up with your eye-line level.
If you’re going to have a go properly why not go for a proper coaching session? Several top downhill riders have done the CTC instructor course – Rowan Sorrell for one, plus plenty of others. Not sure where you are based, but Llandegla is good for that.
Having said that, if you’re used to looking only a couple of metres in front of the bike then a more general skills session would be a better place to start. I hear there’s a good outfit working out of Surrey Hills…Posted 9 years agoscruffMember
I’ve just bought my first Full face helemt for a bit more confidence when pinning my local triple black pirate trails.Posted 9 years ago
Trying to jump far enough to get a good smooth landing like the big boys, carry more speed through corners, not slowign down before technical bits. Confidence and practise is the key.djgloverMember
Learn to pump the ground, also pump through berms. Keep your weight on your outside pedal in flat or off camber corners, unweight the bike over roots. Walk the course and watch elite / expert riders to find the best lines. Don’t drag the back brake, brake with the front brake just before corners. Learn to jump!Posted 9 years ago
Guys – thanks for the advice.
Having said that, if you’re used to looking only a couple of metres in front of the bike then a more general skills session would be a better place to start. I hear there’s a good outfit working out of Surrey Hills…
I should say I can handle a bike, just haven’t done much DHing before as roots, off camber and steep scare me a little. But from the skills I’ve got already I feel I should be able to adapt easily…
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