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Old 08-16-05, 03:03 PM   #1
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Dirt Jumping

I have recently made some dirt jumps and i have tried to hit them but the my back tire catches the top of the landing ramp almost everytime. Is there any tips i need to get over this or do i need to make my jump bigger and hit with more speed?
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Old 08-16-05, 03:40 PM   #2
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Well, is your takeoff smooth? If you stand on the side and push the bike up it, it shouldnt be bumpy or harsh, but pretty curved and smooth.

You could modify the angle or hit it faster, or you could kind of bunny hop at the top (I'm not good at this, dont ask me how)
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Yea I had this problem a while back too. We need bunny hopping tutorials on this site, cause that **** is hard to do.
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Old 08-16-05, 03:56 PM   #4
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We need bunny hopping tutorials on this site, cause that **** is hard to do.
Then write one.
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Old 08-16-05, 04:05 PM   #5
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I don't know how to do one, so I can't. It would be like having a blind person writing a book on photography.
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Old 08-16-05, 05:14 PM   #6
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I'm pretty certain there are a lot of tutorials on bunny hopping here, just search. Look under the bmx section too.
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www.bmxtrix.com has a good one. Sounds like any number of things.

1 - More speed to generate more pop. This is good for beginners who can't pop off the lip, like myself. But really this isn't ideal.
2 - learn how to jump off the lip to produce air. Ever see a bmx make a tiny jump look huge? Pure skill.
3 - practice both of the above
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If you want to go further, pump at the start of the jump. If you want more height make the pump take longer and take up the whole time you are on the up ramp.
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Yea I had this problem a while back too. We need bunny hopping tutorials on this site, cause that **** is hard to do.
Which ones where you trying? Were they at the HS trails? There are some big a$$ ones!! Near the old rusty car I like how they dig big pits between the doubles and throw in old bikes so if you mess up you freefall like 8 feet onto a rusty crankset haha and get lockjaw. Hardcore !!! There are those new ones that were built too, I need to try those when i get back! Or are you talking about the ones across the creek? My friend and I built that one over the fallen tree because its a pain to get over so now you can just jump it. However theres no landing and the gravel is slippery ahah. My friends mom tried to go over it because she thought she could roll down the other side but theres nothing ahahah!!! I can do all those ones across the creek, but they are like a foot high at tops now because they are so worn (were better a few years back when i was the only one with an aluminum bike, I WAS SO COOL!!!)
As far as all DJ's go, what i figured out on those is that my new fork really soaks up the launch. I used to have a manitou magnum (COOLEST!!) and I would have to slow down so that I wouldnt over shoot the landing because it was stiff. But my new fork with 6 inches just has my front end soak it all up making me nose dive, so maybe you guys could stiffen the preload?
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My hopping instantly improved after reading this article:
http://www.bmxbasics.org/new/bmx0703.html

Of course, my bunny hopping sucked prior to this, so take any advice I may give witha grain of salt.
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You need to get enough air to clear the landing, obviously. But if you're trying to land with your back tire first, you will either overshoot the landing or hang-up on the top of the landing, like you're doing. The perfect jump will have you sailing over the gap and having your front wheel touch down first. this is a bit intimidating, especially if you never rode or raced BMX, but once you get comfortable aiming the front wheel onto the landing, the back will follow. this involves understanding the distance you will travel, how much speed is needed, and how much to pump the transition of the jump. Practice by jumping off curbs and shoving your front tire into the ground with the back to follow.
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basicaly you just need a good bunny hop or enough speed and air to clear the lip, my experience of dirt jumping is that if the approach is slow, try and hop as high and as long as you can. If the approach is fast then just pump, and pedal to gain enough speed to clear it, hope this helps!
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all the guys that have posted here are way off. take it from a pro! all you need to do is move the landing ramp 3 or 4 inches closer to the up ramp. no more landing on the lip. PROBLEM SOLVED! another inquiry solved in the interest of logic.
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Old 08-21-05, 03:17 PM   #14
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Thanx to all although i did what FoX11 told me to do now im starting to hit the jump better and now i have to move the landing ramp again.... and make it twice as wide....
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all the guys that have posted here are way off. take it from a pro! all you need to do is move the landing ramp 3 or 4 inches closer to the up ramp. no more landing on the lip. PROBLEM SOLVED! another inquiry solved in the interest of logic.
yeah, great logic... i cant meet a goal, so let's lower the bar! pro, my ass
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yeah, great logic... i cant meet a goal, so let's lower the bar! pro, my ass
I concur.
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Hit it faster, that's all it takes! Believe me, I'm the master caser. I always approach a jump and think that I'm going to overshoot it so I brake check and end up casing it until I get real comfortable with the individual jump. You'll get it figured out, man! Good luck and happy jumping!
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I think FoX11's "solution" may have been tongue-in-cheek.
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Hit it faster, that's all it takes! Believe me, I'm the master caser. I always approach a jump and think that I'm going to overshoot it so I brake check and end up casing it until I get real comfortable with the individual jump.

Master caser? Im the master over-shooter! Always thinking "Don't case it so go fast!" and then I go flying past the landing.
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hahahaha, thank you peek. come on guys, i wasn't serious. although the best way to learn is to start small and go bigger from there.
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