ok, i know they're already up to like Cranked IV or something, but i finally say Cranked II yesterday... i think it would have been better with a little too less jumping BMX style stuff and a little less raw-speed crazy downhills and more North Shore and techinical stuff (technical downhill as opposed to trials although that's cool to watch too).
but i noticed a lot of variety on the wheelie-drops in the videos. some guys after tak-eoff were dropping the rear-wheel way down and landing at maybe 45 or more degrees while others were landing on the rear almost even with the front so the front lands a fraction of a second later. Does it matter much which technique? is there a distance/speed that determines when to use which? i'm totally comfortable doing small wheelie-drops off curbs or small obstacles up to 2ft of so, but i'm still a little sketched by bigger drops... if i really lean back and land with the front wheel high up is there a danger of flipping backwards like when doing a wheelie? or does forward momemtum prevent that?
any recommendations for learning bigger drops? as far as basic technique and also what can i expect to do on my XC full suspension w/o breaking anything? i'm hoping to be able to do up to about 4ft drops on trails and also think it would be nice to be able to do urban drops off stairs and walls and stuff... can my lightweight XC full suspension handle the impact when landing on concrete? or do i need to run less air in my back tire? (i usually run 50-55psi for speed)
also, what difference in technique is there between a wheel-drop at speed and a wheelie-drop from a track-stand? (i.e. momemtum)