Clearing Obstacles on a Mountain Bike
Whether going over a log, frog, rock or step up ledge; anytime you have to divert around the obstacle, kills speed and momentum. Thus here are a few tips to be able to help you get up obstacles in a single bound.
Pop a wheelie: Often times if you just get your front wheel up over an obstacle, and your back wheel will follow as the back suspension will absorb the impact. However, logs and rocks can get attached within the chain ring when merely popping a wheelie. This works best for small little obstacles to maintain traction and speed. For larger obstacles, use the other types of jumps.
- Give a quick follow through, on the pedal to be able to generate power with a single rotation and single stroke through fast. As you do this, you should be able to feel the front wheel trying to pop up due to the power trying to pop out.
- For proper balance, extend your arms back but while leaving a slight bend at the elbows. This will distribute your weight and move your hips back on the bike for better balance.
- To lift the back wheel transition the weight forward on your bike and when bring your knees in towards your body and thus be able pick up the back half of the bike.
If you are going up a taller obstacle, after popping up your front wheel initially and clearing the initial obstacle, shift your weight forward and continue to pump through up as to continue to maintain speed and traction. It is important to make sure that you have enough speed to make it up the obstacle.