Ride bike or bike ride?
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Bikes: MongoosePro DH, Dart custom road bike, .243 Racing FR street bike
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What kind of bike do you have?
For both HArdtails and Dualies the faster you are moving the smoother the it will feel, but don't over shoot the landing.
OK if it is a hardtail to flat there are a couple of methods.
1) Roll up to landing and lean back as going over the lip. keep front wheel LEVEL with back wheel. As your rear wheel goes off the drop push your back wheel down so it hits the ground way first. As it hits compress legs and lean back and down and GENTLY lower front end down. This method will feel very harsh if the front end slaps down first.
2)Hit drop (the faster the better) as above have body weight back on the bike and keep front wheel level with rear wheel. Keep weight backwards on the bike but land both wheels first. This method is best done with speed, DO NOT DO SLOWLY TO FLAT
3) Do the same as above but land front wheel a little bit before rear wheel. Lots of people will say no this is bad, but damn what is that suspension on the front for?
Hardtail to down ramp
1) Hit drop with weight towards the rear of the bike, keep front wheel level with back wheel. Once the rear wheel is off the drop let the font wheel start to drop, but keep control by keeping weight backwards. Allow it so that bith wheel land at the same time.
2) Same as above, but again a little front wheel first.
Dually to flat
1) Again the faster the smoother. Keep bike level as you take off. Try to land both wheels at thge same time.
2) Same as above but land slightly front wheel first.
NOTE... DO NOT LAND REAR FIRST like the trials style or #1 HT to flat. This will cause rear suspension to compress, slacken head angle and cause forks to slap the ground and not want to compress. End result stuffed bushings or cracked crowns or sheered headtubes.
Dually to Down ramp
1) Keep wheels level as you take off and land both wheels at same time.
2) Keep wheels level as take off and land front wheel slightly first.
Remember do not always depend on a bikes suspension to soften the landing, to ease the shock on your bike and you, use arms and legs as suspension with your bikes. Also there will be some situations where you nee dto use different methods, this is just a guideline, do not take it as gospel and find a method you think suits you best.
Also with duallies different people have different opinions on landing. Some say rear a bit first, but I come form a racing background and hate that. Together is barely ok, front first is best. On a DH or Fr rig you have 7inches up front to make up for it... USE IT. Also when the front is on the ground you have the ability to turn, and the rear wheel will go where the front one goes and in racing/ high speed situations, every microsecond of turning capabilities count.