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Old 01-21-04, 08:40 PM   #1
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Bunny-hopping

Hello everyone....I wa sout the other day trying to accomplish some bunny-hops on my bike. First off....my bike is HEAVY......like seriously heavy. wiht ALL my might i can only get about 1 foot MAXIMUM off the ground. Ive read many different things on the skill, and theve all helped me. Im just wondering if this is as high as i can go....or would a pair of clipless pedals help me bring uyp the back end for more height?.......thanks to everyone with some responses...
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Old 01-21-04, 08:57 PM   #2
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Are you going over something or just up? i can go only so high over nothing but can hop onto the hood of a car easy. Clipless pedals suck in the case of hopping onto something and having to regain balance and not fall on your ass. they are good on a trail hopping over something.
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Old 01-21-04, 09:04 PM   #3
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well....I try to hop onto things...but i fail....miserably... ...ive practiced with just sticks and things....last time i tried to hop a curb....i didnt bring my front up soon enough......CRASH.....sqare into it...about 20 kph.....ouch....big scars on my elbows too...but i just need some info on what im doing wrong....
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Just practice alot, doesn't matter how heavy your bike is either, my hardtail is 35lbs and I can bunnyhop curbs and things easier then with my XC bike which is alot lighter.
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add 10 pounds to your bike FLYBYU and you got my weight...
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there's been some posts about bunny hopping in the past, which were posted here in the forum. i've tried reading whatever i could find on how to bunny hop. i still don't think i'm bunny hopping properly, but i have been able to hop higher the more i practice.

best advice is to practice and practice and practice... try to get your technique down pat and you'll be able to hop higher as time goes by.
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Old 01-21-04, 09:52 PM   #7
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add 10 pounds to your bike FLYBYU and you got my weight...

It still dosent matter. If you can bunnyhop a foot in the air, then all you have to do is practice it while the bike is moving. What kind of bike is this? If you can get a foot up......that will take you over any curb.
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Hey thanks....I guess ill just keep on practising...I found that practising other things makes me so much better at them... ...the only thing i hate is when people give up...
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I tried to bunnyhop my buddy's 45 pound Gemini and was only able to get maybe a foot or so off the ground. On a lightweight hardtail I can get MUCH higher off the ground. A bike that's a third of my weight tends to be harder for me to manuever.
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What is the defination of a "bunny hop" these days anyway?

When I was a kid, a "BUNNY HOP" was when you pulled both wheels off of the ground at the same time.

And a "JOINER" was when you lifted up the front first and followed it with the rear.

I have always found that a joiner is what helps me to clear higher obstacles.
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Get a Cannondale and you'll go flying. Maybe even sometimes when you don't want to...
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What is the defination of a "bunny hop" these days anyway?

When I was a kid, a "BUNNY HOP" was when you pulled both wheels off of the ground at the same time.

And a "JOINER" was when you lifted up the front first and followed it with the rear.

I have always found that a joiner is what helps me to clear higher obstacles.
Its not these days. The original bunny hop in the early 80's was a front wheel pull up and then followed by the rear.

You are describing a level lift which most clipless riders end up using however as you said, it gets you no height.
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Its not these days. The original bunny hop in the early 80's was a front wheel pull up and then followed by the rear.
Second that.

Building upper body strength will help too since a lot of a Bunny Hop is pulling up the front wheel.
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What is the suitable bike geometry for a bike to Hop and wheelie with?

My XTC is terrible at stunting, its more XC orientated so its near impossible to do a front end first hop. Im rather pulling both wheels together, getting less than a foot of air.

Its also very hard to wheelie but i find lowering the seat helps.
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You want a slack design bike. Look at the p series or out of bounds series by kona.
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