Best bunny hop tips

Master this most essential trail skill

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Bunny Hop

Seth practices with a jumping drill without a bike. If you cannot jump without a bike, you will be unsuccessful jumping with it.

There are many ways to bunny hop, but there’s nothing more rewarding than executing it correctly on the trail. It allows one float and flow through a trail while increasing fun and safety. Even at low jump heights, it also teaches one to unweight the tires instead of smashing them on to sharp rocks and wet roots.

Seth absolutely knows the proper technique and breaks it down in a fun, comprehensible way.

Proper technique is best learned with flat pedals because it is almost impossible to resist the urge to pull up with clipped in pedals. As a result, most clipped in riders perform the bunny hop incorrectly because there is little opportunity to learn the proper weight shift.

As stated in these videos, practice is absolutely essential since this is an acquired skill, not an innate one. Repetition and breaking down the techniques into small achievable nuggets is key.

Our friends at GMBN breaks it down perfectly.

And of understated value is timing. Just like jumping, timing is absolutely essential if it is to be applied on the trail. Get it right and hopping over a rock is an art form. Get the timing wrong and it can absolutely lead to a crash.

Lifting with the rear wheel with the feet limits height and leverage and places the weight of the rider too much on the rear during landings.

Lifting with the rear wheel with the feet limits height and leverage and places the weight of the rider too much on the rear during landings.

Are you a bunny hopping fool on the trails or do you just leave that for the kids? Any tips to share?

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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