The easiest way to minimize height and distance is to
maximize the shock-absorbing effect of both your body and
bike. Here are the three steps to flying low.
Step one: Establish a steady throttle setting slightly
before you hit the ramp to unload your suspension. That
means do not accelerate or slow your bike down. With your
fork and shock extended, your suspension can store the
most vertical acceleration force as you hit the ramp.
Step two: Relax your body slightly. Stay over the rear
of the bike, but keep your legs and arms extended so
you can draw as much of the ramp’s impact into your
Step three: Keep the throttle steady over the jump.
This will maintain your speed without adding any vertical
acceleration while you are on the face of the jump. Practice
pulling back on the bars and using your weight over the
rear of the seat to keep the rear end from rotating upwards
over the lip of the jump. Be gentle, play nice and have
the throttle ready to go full tilt as soon as the rear wheel
touches terra firma.
HOW TO FLY “OVER THE
The trick to getting your bike to go upward instead of
just forward is all in the throttle. When would it be better
to go high instead of long? On a step-up, over a tabletop
with a steep backside, or on a double with a short gap
and steep faces. Here are the four steps to
Step one: Slow down, partner. To
get maximum height, you need to
momentarily slow your bike down before
you get to the face of the jump. It sounds
strange, but it’s true. Back off the throttle
when you are about 20 feet from the
ramp. By slowing down, you compress
the suspension under deceleration.