- Welcome to my class, today I am gonna teach you
the basics of how to jump, 'cause everyone
wants to do stunts, and everyone wants to go
massive on big jumps.
But, I'm gonna teach you the basics first.
You can learn this on any bike, but, if you like
my Scott Voltage here, it is designed
specifically for dirt jumping, so it's gonna be
super easy to learn on.
Now all those techniques can be translated to
other bikes, different-size wheels just,
it could be a little bit harder.
But first, I'm gonna teach you how to bunny hop,
'cause you're gonna need it.
So there's three techniques when it comes to the bunny hop.
That's the pop, the pull, and the push.
So it's pop with your arms, pull with your feet,
push with your arms to level out that bike
and then relax for that landing.
These three actions are the same when it comes to jumping,
but you're using that lip to assist you into the air.
So when it comes to choosing the right jump
for you to learn your techniques on and to learn to jump,
one with a gap (sighs), is not gonna fill
you with confidence, 'cause you're concentrating on
clearing a gap, not on your technique.
For example, like this on right behind me,
the kicker, pretty mellow.
The landing is flat-ish, and you can go as far
or as close as possible to the lip.
So you can concentrate on your technique,
and not concentrate on trying to do the jump.
So this is a pretty good spot for it.
The pop, this is the first bit when it comes to jumping.
What you want to do here is pre-load your bike
before you're hitting the kicker.
What I mean by pre-loading, basically is pushing your bike
into the ground, lowering your body into the bike,
and then when your front wheel goes up the lip,
you're moving your weight over to your pedals.
When your back wheel reaches the bottom of the kicker,
explode upwards, pulling upwards on the bars
and guiding your bike into the air.
As your back wheel continues to ride up the lip,
continue to explode upwards by standing tall.
Basically a bunny hop but, you're letting the lip
manipulate your bike.
So this next step is getting that back wheel
up into the air.
What you wanna do with this is curl your feet
on your pedals, and pull up by using your hips
and the feet together.
If you're wearing clips, don't rely on the clipped
shoe to pull up that rear wheel, 'cause it's not
very good technique, and it could get
you into some situations.
So basically you just keep practising that curl,
and lifting up, pulling the bike up into you,
using your hips, and you've got it.
The back wheel's up in the air.
So you're finding that your feet are coming off the pedals.
Basically this is down to your technique.
You're curling your feet, but you're
just lifting your knees.
What you wanna do is curl your feet, lift your knees,
but using your hips as well to bring up that back wheel.
So the third step is the pushing motion.
Basically you're pairing this up with step two,
whereas you're curling your feet,
you're lifting up with your heels,
and pulling up with your hips,
but doing that you pair it up with pushing as well.
So basically you're doing this.
And while you're doing that, you're levelling your bike out.
And when you level your bike out, you just relax,
and you just brace for the impact.
Get that landing, and you've got it, all that.
Ah yes, the nose-heavy one.
There's a solution to this, but if you're learning
on a full suspension bike, maybe lower down that rebound
on the rear shock, just to give you that little bit more,
less pingy bit.
But, if you're on any other bike, concentrate on pushing
the bike out in front of you, and bringing your back,
your butt right back behind your saddle.
So like, getting up and pushing it out.
Just do that.
(laughs) The dead sailor.
Phh, hey I do it sometimes on big jumps.
But, this is basically you getting all stiff in the air,
you don't know what to do and you're like ugh.
Just relax, keep your arms in front of you, bend your legs,
just keep supple and, be confident.
(laughs) So basically, it's all
about practice makes perfect.
You can watch so many videos on how to jump,
how to do this, how to do that, read articles, everything.
But most important thing is, get out there,
and practice those skills that you've got to doing the jump.
It's easy, you've just gotta keep practising .
Practice, practice, practice, practice but,
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