Jumping Adjustments

I had a question from someone who was having the same problem I used to have. When I first moved up to big bikes, my rear tire would always kick to the side off of jumps. The reason might have been that I was about 120 lbs! But that really shouldn’t have been the issue. There are actually a few solutions to this if you are having trouble.

One thing to remember is to charge up the face. If you are just cruising, your forward momentum is not as strong and any kicker and abnormalities in the face will have a greater affect on your rear tire. You don’t have to be pinned; just a steady handful will get you through the face with ease. Body position is big as well. Having a neutral position on the bike always you to have an even amount of weight on both the front and back. This ensures that you go off the lip on an even level. And as always, GRIP WITH YOUR KNEES!

Once you are in the air, you want to stay relaxed. This will make you more efficient in making mid air adjustments. You won’t panic and freeze up, which is probably the worst thing you can do. Remember to give it gas to pull up the front and tap the rear brake to bring the front back down. If you are still out of whack, use your lower body to pull the bike back straight. Using your footpegs as well might be a good idea.

One final thing to keep in mind is to make sure your sag is correct. The rear shock must be probably adjusted in order for your suspension to work at its best. This was my biggest problem when I first moved up. The suspension wasn’t revalved for my weight. So, the rear end would kick me all over the place. However, I am not an expert in suspension, but that has always helped my riding when I felt uncomfortable for some odd reason.

Watch how Chad Reed tries to bring it back….notice his legs (54 seconds)

Posted on Oct 15 2009, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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