How To Ride Drop Offs Like A Pro | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Ride Drop Offs Like A Pro | Mountain Bike Skills


♪ [music] ♪ – [Man 1] So how do you ride drop-offs?
The first thing to learn really is how to manual properly, and we’ve done loads of
videos on that already, so click down below. There will be a link in the
description for how to manual first. I’ll talk about that briefly now, but a
good manual is important, because you’ll be using your weight to lift the front
wheel, rather than using your arms. If you use your arms to lift the front
wheel, it’s easy for the wheel to go slightly sideways which can get you
in trouble on bigger drop-offs. But also, actually, you’re pulling the bars
up, and your weight is staying quite far forward on the bike. So if the front
wheel then drops too early on a drop-off, you’re in trouble. With the nice manual
technique, you can then start using that on drop-offs that are too big just to roll
down. So drop-offs become unrideable when they get so big that, actually, you
start catching your chainring on there, and that can lead to you going over the
bars. And if you have no experience with judging that, a good height to aim
for is axel height on your wheels. Anything above axel height means it’s
probably unrideable. That means you’re going to have to keep the front wheel up
to stop you from going over the bars. So the technique you actually use on that
drop off is going to depend on the run-out and the size of that drop. Here, we’re in
a really nice spot to practice the manual of the drop because it’s not very big.
I’ll get away with just rolling that if it all goes wrong. So, I spotted my landing,
and I’m going to try and do enough for manual to match that landing. So, by that,
I mean trying to land two wheels at the same time. If you’re dropping off into a
down-slope landing front wheels first is okay, because your front wheel’s getting
there first, but matching the landing is generally the best way of doing it. So,
here I’m going to judge my speed, and if I’m going slow, I want to pop a nice
little manual to keep my front wheel up and in the air until my back wheel gets
there and try to land two wheels at the same time. So it’s really important that
you use a good manual technique off a drop off, because the final position of a
good manual your hips will be nice and safe to the back of the bike. The heels
down and head up, so even if that front wheel drops on you more than you
expect, you’re right back here, and you’ve got a really good chance of
getting away with it. Whereas if you relied on the front wheel pull
with the handlebars, all your weight is then on the bars, and you could be in
trouble. So get those manuals now first. Drop-offs are possible on any bike, but
there’s a few little bike setup things that are going to help. Getting your seat
low and out of the way is going to give you more space to move back on the
bike. A shorter stem and a more aggressive bike, maybe full suspension bike, will
make it a little bit more forgiving, especially when you’re learning. So, once
you’ve got your manual technique nailed on the small drop-offs, well done. That’s the
real technique that you’ll always need, and, actually, when you start going
towards bigger drop-offs, it’s much safer to use a little bit more speed. The
technique gets much easier when you’re going a little bit faster. You start
forgetting about that big pump to manual to keep the front wheel up, and
with the extra momentum, you can just slide the bike forward in front of you.
You’ll end up in that same position to the rear of the bike. You just don’t need
that pump to keep the front wheel up higher, so that’s much safer to use
on a bigger drop-off like this, but it’s not rideable. You’ve got to do
something to get off this drop-off. Another thing to remember is your
entry point and exit point. That’s just a certain point on a trail where you want to
stop pedaling, stop braking and look where you’re going. Once you’re in, you’re
in. Do whatever you’ve got to do to get off that drop-off and same
on the way out. You’ve got to let the bike settle before we
start cornering, braking, peddling. So, here we got quite a tricky drop-off.
It’s got a really steep run in that’s actually quite slippy as well, so I need
to be on my brakes here. Otherwise, I’m going to fire off down the hill. There’s
that point of no return that when I get really close, I’ve got to come off the
brakes and do whatever I’ve got to do to get off this drop-off and match
the landing with my bike. Occasionally you might find that actually
bringing in a good bunny hop off the end of a drop-off will work nicely. You can
get in a bit off extra height and a bit of length and land into a bit of down-slope
that’s going to make it smoother. That’s when drop-offs almost turn
into road gaps or step downs. – [Man 2] So there you go, that’s how to
drop off. Remember, start nice and small before you work up to bigger drops. – Yeah, and definitely have
a look at our manual video, which is up there. The manual is an
essential technique for this and hopefully then go a little bit quicker, and you
don’t have to use it quite as much. – And for bigger drops like that
one, where you can get to a nice transition, you should check
down here for how to bunny hop. – See right there is loads of fun
drop-offs. And as always, you can click on us to
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100 comments

  1. I bottomed out my fork (rockshox sektor 140mm) on a drop off. I landed evenly too. Should I be increasing the air pressure due to this?

  2. Noticed you were clipped in.
    Any techniques for keeping feet on flats.
    Even on small dropoffs with some air, I find I can lose contact with my pedals.

  3. On a serious note, I do a little 'pre-hop' before the drop. So, rather than roll off the drop, I'm already in the air and sort of drop down into the drop. You are both welcome.

  4. im doing a big drop off today guys, ive been practicing and today is the day, i'll let u know how it goes, tks for the videos im a big fan

  5. Hi GMBN, I live next to Nesscliff, when will you next be riding there? Would love to come and see you! Owen

  6. anytips on doing large jumps on trails on a hardtail? I ride some neat trails near my town but I get to scared to do larger jumps on my hardtail so I leave it,any tips on landing/take off?

  7. Quick question: If I'm doing a drop off and I bottom out my fork on the landing, does that mean I'm not doing the drop as good as I can. (not manual-ing long enough)?

  8. What if I have a hardtail and not enough money for a fully? Will my bike break if I do drop offs with it?

  9. How do you come back quickly from a big drop-off when you do a manual? Since your hips are behind the sit… Do you move forward as fast as you can? or is there a special technique?. Cheers

  10. Newish rider here- maybe one solid month of regular trails under my belt. I came across an unexpected big drop today on an unfamiliar trail; instinctually performed what these guys call "the slide maneuver" to avoid a yard sale. Glad to see it was the correct move but I felt like I could easily have smashed by balls on the saddle if I had a hard landing!

  11. Hi, I ride a quarry quite a lot, there are obviously a lot of rocks. I just got back into biking and can't manual on a flat, but seem to find the drop off manual technique quite easy. What I wanted advice on is a rock drop off where the rock jets out and then one pokes out a bit more underneath, but not enough to drop ur wheel down onto. Do I try and jump the whole thing or avoid the drop altogether. Or should I employ a different technique?

  12. my first drop off was 5ft 7 inches tall… and I didnt crash.
    the drop off was scary cuz there was a turn just 3ft away after the drop off>_<

  13. I just practiced on a 4ft drop and did it over and over again until I got it right. Didn't even know what a manual was at 15 years old 😉 but it's okay cannondale m400s were solid bikes and I held up to the abuse as well. I at least did something similar by leaning back a lot, but couldn't rely on a fork to pump very much.

  14. I just discovered this channel and can't begin to tell you how great the advice you give has been. I've been riding single track for about a year and have been getting really frustrated with it as I have not been able to improve my skills due to a lack of instruction. After watching your channel it's nearly impossible to get me off of my bike again. Thank y'all, keep up the good work!

  15. now whats the best way to go about riding a drop off with an IMMEDIATE turn at the bottom? here in Texas thats basically every drop off.. too much speed and youre way off the trail, anything less than that speed and you dont have enough to make it down

  16. I've been trying to drop off for about 3 1/2 hours and I cant even get the front wheel of the ground. How can I increase the lift of my front wheel

  17. Is it good to use whillie insted of manual to go over drops? i find my self in situation when i didn't have enough speed to pull my manual, i was not moving at all actualy so how would you ride that drop? and sorry for bad English

  18. in this video i see youre in nescliffe. i swear i saw you in eastridge not far from there about a month or so ago. are you from the area? me an my mates are from telford and are always lookin for new places to ride. whats that place like in nescliffe?

  19. I'm a life long spd user. please have a video on how to ride flats. this drop video is very helpful but please show me how to ride trails without my feet flying off..thanks!

  20. great video! I was just today practising by dropping of a snow bank, bit higher than the axles on my fatbike:)

  21. This is SO helpful! Thank you. Drop offs are the hardest skill for me I end up turning everything into a roll over its crazy. That last one was GNARLY. Thank you!

  22. Absolutely motivated by all your videos. I'm in the process of moving from the keyboard to my handlebar and when I complete my first manual it would be because of you guys. Thanks.

  23. Hi! Quick question: does the dropping off technique change at all if the entrance of the drop you're about to drop off is slightly uphill (rather than flat or slightly downhill)? Thanks

  24. This is my greatest fear on mountain biking.. how I hope I could learn so I can teach it myself on my YouTube channel.. 🙁

  25. For the first time after many months of watching your vids, I am in the need of writing you concerning this material of riding dropoffs. I have a hard tail bike, a cannondale F29. I am 1.92 tall. I use a xl frame. What you showed was really amaising, but a bit different on a hard tail. I am 40 years old and I took part this year on 5 amateur mountain bike races. I am just the average Jo, who likes padeling and being out there. Would you guys show maybe in the future some of these tricks like descending steep slopes, dropoffs, etc on hard tail too? You all do an amaising job. Thank you for all your hard work and usefull tipps. Best of luck. With regards Attila from Transylvania

  26. You guys helped me do these dropoffs well 🙂 Watch to look at the results https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxM3chYtK6w&t=157s

  27. What if there’s a huge drop but when you land there’s lots of big roots on a really steep slope? +there’s a tree in front of you and you have to stop quickly.

  28. What do you do when theres like 3 consecutive drop offs. I find this technical hard to do coz then, after your first drop off, your hands are already fully extended to do anothee drop off. Let alone, theres 3 of them. what's the best way to do it? Please help.

  29. Yeah, good luck for me trying to pop a manual hahaha. My bike has almost the geometry of a road bike, i'm a short and light guy, and if I mess up the drop I only have 80mm of travel to save me!!

  30. Like the vid, but one question. There is a downhill to a big drop off in my local trails and I face planted. I think manualing it before the take off put all my weight on the rear wheel and that got the wheel hooked up on an imperfection on the take off. What should I do to unweight the rear wheel on approach to avoid that?

  31. Thank you so much for this video. It taught me so much. Everything I have done so far is what your not supposed to do and looks like that's what got me face first into the ground.

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