How To Spice Up Your Trail Ride | E-MTB Skills

How To Spice Up Your Trail Ride | E-MTB Skills


– Riding trails on your
E-bike can be super fun, but can get a little bit stale, especially if you’re riding the trails in the same old way that you usually do. So, today we’ll be taking
a look at a few ways you can spice up your trail riding. (relaxed electronic music) (upbeat music) Now roots feature pretty much
on every trail out there. These things can be a lot of
fun if ridden in the right way. Normally if you come into them, you’re just gonna be rolling, you can drop down them,
pump the trail afterwards. But if you come in with
a little bit more speed you can actually pop off them, hit the down slope after and increase a lot more trail speed. Their add a lot more fun to your riding. You just simply gonna roll
down it, it’s not a lot of fun. But you come in, get a
bit of air under wheels, it’s twice the excitement. Just be aware that if the roots are wet, it could mean a bit of a slide out. So just go steady on those wet roots. As you come into the root kicker, it’s all about focusing on
the high point on the kicker. This is when you wanna squash
the bike suspension down, ping the front tyre off of the root, get the bike up into the air, spot your landing, just try
and land nice and smooth, pump the landing, flow down the trail. Most of the trails that you’re
probably gonna be riding have been designed by mountain bikes. Now the great thing about E-bikes is the amount of power that you can get on those uphill climbs. Just take for instance
this part of the trail. On your right-hand side, here,
it’s a nice smooth climb, probably traditionally taken
by a normal mountain bike. But to the left of it, there’s
a nice rock and root step that goes up the bank. It’s a bit more challenging and something you can really
harness that E-bikes power and challenge your skill set. It’s all about taking the
hard route, not the easy one. So when it comes to tackling
that demanding bit of trail, just make sure you’ve done a few things. Get that seat dropped nice
and low, out of the way. Un-engage turbo mode,
get your gear selected and pick a line the way up it, just before you actually get to there. Anticipate what the trail is gonna do and how it’s gonna affect the bike. Think about things like grip as well. Just make sure you’re
putting the power down in the right places and that climb should be an absolute
breeze on the E-bike. The great thing about taking
these alternative lines is that you’re actually building on your skill set massively. So next time you come to
a super technical climb with steps and loose
grip, things like that. It’s gonna make it a lot, lot easier. (relaxed music) Once you’ve been riding
trails for quite a while, you’re gonna start feeling a bit more comfortable on the bike. Those turns are gonna feel good, the jumps are gonna feel dialled. Then it’s time to add
a little bit of style to the stuff you riding. Now I found this nice drop off. If you’re just going to come
in and sail off a bit stiff, it doesn’t actually look that great, it doesn’t feel that great. All you need to do is come into it with a little bit more commitment. Just literally turn the
handlebars, give it a little tweak. It’s gonna look a hundreds times better. Especially if you’re doing
stuff for social media or impressing your mates. Now when it comes to adding a
little bit of style to jumps and drops, it’s all about moving along in tiny little baby steps. Just make sure first
that you’re comfortable with the size of the
feature that you riding. Don’t stiffen up in the
air, just stay relaxed. It’s kind of like style happens, it’s not something you’re gonna force. Nature itself is actually pretty good at building some pretty amazing trails, if you actually open your eyes. This bit of section of
trail in front of me, just kind of looks like a bit of a flowing, kind of, bomb holy, bit of little kicker at the end. If you look at it through
a different set of eyes and get creative, what
nature has actually got and built for us. There’s a big bowl you
can carve down into. A nice little kicker, you
can probably manual across and avoid some of this trail obstacles. And at the end of the
section there’s a nice kicker that’s gonna actually acts as
a double into a down slope. Meaning that you get a bit of airtime, a bit of manual in and a load of fun at this natural bit of trail. Now you might be
wondering what is exciting about this piece of trail in front of me? Well not a lot, but to the left of me is something pretty cool,
it’s a big falling down log. Things like this really cool
for building up things like your balance, coordination,
things like that. So might not necessarily
be things that you actually see and ride on the trail, you wanna look off the trail to. ‘Cause there’s those
little things hidden away that can definitely build up your skills. Then when it comes to riding
something skinny like this log, you really need to think
about a few things, especially power mode. You don’t wanna come into this in turbo because if you’re in turbo, as soon as you engage your pedals to
lift the front wheel up to go onto, the bikes
just gonna lurch forward and smash into the log. So maybe back that power
off, even maybe down to eco. It’s gonna give you a
little bit more headspace before you get to it, think
about what the bikes gonna do. You really need to focus
on the middle of the log, lift the front wheel up with
a bit of squash on the forks. Try and keep it bang in the middle. Soon as the front wheels
up, give the back wheel a bit of a lift to get
both wheels on there and just focus down the middle of the log. Just keep pedals level, weight
in the middle of the bike. Don’t go all stiff, just
relax and try and focus and commit to the end of the log. Drop off of it and there,
you’ve spiced up your trail with something you might have
probably just ridden past. So there you go, I really hope
you’ve enjoyed today’s video on how to spice up the trails you ride. Just remember thinking a
little bit outside of the box means injecting a lot
more fun into those trials you’ve probably read in a hundred times. Just get creative out there. But if you enjoyed today’s
video make sure you checkout drop off mistakes, that
ones playing over here. That’s really cool one to
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