Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Downhill Mountain Biking Basics

I dedicated this post to all mountain bikers. I am not the best person to teach someone how to ride, so I guess whatever I put here may help a lot of us. Note to beginners : You don't need a big downhill rig to do all these, trust me. A basic hardtail will do just fine if you do it correctly. So, don't upgrade your bike just yet. Learn the right riding techniques will help you a lot (and save you money) and can make your riding more relax and enjoyable. Not everybody can afford a big bike though - but learning is free :). Enjoy!

Mountain Biking for Tips, Techniques & Etiquette

Finding the Right Mountain Bike
How to Accelerate on a Mountain Bike
How to Shift & Turn a Mountain Bike
How to Mountain Bike Down Hill

Mountain Bike Settings

Adjusting Front Suspension Damper Settings on Downhill Mountain Bikes
Adjusting Front Suspension Spring Rate on Downhill Mountain Bikes
How to Adjust Downhill Mountain Bikes for Racing
Different Handlebar Positions for Downhill Mountain Biking
How to Position Seat Height & Angle for Downhill Mountain Biking
Adjusting Rear Suspension Spring Rate on Downhill Mountain Bikes
Downhill Mountain Biking Brakes

Downhill Mountain Biking Basics

How to Distribute Weight on a Downhill Mountain Bike
How to Reduce the Cornering Radius on a Mountain Bike
Specific Handlebar Positions for Downhill Mountain Biking
Tips for Brake Use in Mountain Biking Cornering
Basic Tips on Steep Terrain Downhill Mountain Biking
Body Position Tips for Downhill Mountain Biking
How to Compress Your Mountain Bike
How to Ride Through Rocks in Downhill Mountain Biking
Tips for Drifting in Mountain Biking Cornering
Foot Position for Cornering on Terrain when Mountain Biking
Tips for Camber Corners in Mountain Biking

Note: Some of the techniques listed above i.e drifting, is not recommended doing it on XC trails. By doing so can damage the trail. Only do that on the specific downhill trails.

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