5 mountain biking body position mistakes

Good riding technique starts with body positioning


One of the great advances in mountain biking today is the advancement of mountain bike fit and geometry. New bikes have longer reach now with shorter stems allowing the rider to more room to move around the cockpit. The mountain biking body position is now a key factory in riding fast and safe through more advanced sections of trail.

Dropper posts as well get the saddle out of the way to let the rider move forward, backward, left and right. The rider is able to position the hips and the body’s center to increase traction and adjust the attitude of the bike.

The body has a few key points that have to be actively positioned throughout the cockpit during technical riding

And finally, flat pedals allow the rider to move and adjust their feet during descending and cornering. And it stresses the importance of up and down heel positioning to stay glued to the bike.

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.


  • jason says:

    It’s just riding a bike. Come on, let’s not make it more complicated than it is.

    • joema says:

      Jason – thats the difference between a casual weekend rider and a dam good rider.

      if riding the beach bike path is your thing then yes, why make it complicated. I find myself moving my hips and weight all over the place to properly adjust my center of gravity to enter turns at a higher speed.

    • brian begley says:

      This is an ignorant comment. There is an art to accomplishing feats on the bike including never crashing during challenging terrain. No one is perfect and the art is when you formulate understanding and practice perfection. This is the joy of the process of mastery.
      If you want to keep it to “just riding a bike” you are welcome but don’t rain on other people’s joy.

    • nik says:

      Haha Jason.. Just read your funny comment! I think it is awesome that these guys are sharing their passion so we can be better riders .. which is possibly why you were watching in the first place. Happy riding … and keeping it simple yet sweet!

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