How To: Rotating Endo’s and Yoga Balance Challenge by Ryan Leech

Ryan Leech shows us how to learn the Rotating Endo

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Learn how to add rotation to your endo's and three anchors to great balance with Ryan Leech.

Learn how to add rotation to your endo’s and three anchors to great balance with Ryan Leech.

One the greatest ambassadors of our sport, Ryan Leech is here to teach us some very valuable tools in our riding arsenal. He is embarking on a journey to teach on his fabulous site www.ryanleechconnection.com. Check out these sample sessions from Ryan’s mountain biker membership website www.ryanleech.com/connection.

Rotating Endo’s

Learn how to add rotation to your endo’s for navigating tighter switchbacks and balance lines. Once you get this, you’ll be popping the rear wheel around in all sorts of trail circumstances with total ease, this technique will feel easy after you’ve logged some practice time! Of note, the difference between an endo and a rear wheel lift is that for an endo you’re using your front brake to help lift the rear wheel.

Yoga Balance Challenge

There are three anchors to great balance I’ve identified, and we explore them in this challenging balance sequence. Our proprioception is also challenged when one of those anchors, vision, is taken away. Proprioception is our ability to sense where our body and limbs are in space using our senses, take a sense away, and balance becomes challenging quickly, and that forces us to really engage and utilize our deep stabilizer muscles, crucial for good posture and protecting the body from the impacts of riding.


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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  • tyrebyter says:

    Rotating endo. I Needed that move. Thanks.

  • MT.King says:

    Doesn’t endo mean end over ?

  • warrent says:

    Can this rotating endo be done without clipless pedals? I’ve been trying it with flats.

    • Ross says:

      Absolutely. The key is creating friction with pressure. You are trying to drag your feet backwards across the pedal, toes pointed slightly down. You can get a feel for it by standing to the side of your bike. Whichever side you choose, place your foot on the pedal at the lowest position. While squeezing the read brake tightly, drag your foot back as if you were trying to scrape mud off the bottom. The back end should lift up with ease. When you point your toes down a bit you get a good brace between the pedals and the handlebar which keeps the bike stuck to your feet. Good pedals and flat shoes with proper rubber will make it easier.

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