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