How To: Cornering and Straight Line

May 24, 2012 at 1:02
May 24, 2012
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Every week a new video chapter will be released : straight lines, braking, climbing, climbing a step, jumping, drop off and line choice. This week we focus on cornering and the straight line.

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Your cornering position is the one that will provide you the maximum gain of time. If you manage to completely integrate the movement instinctively, you will be able to throw the bike around in no time with tons of grip.

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The straight line position will allow you to have more amplitude with your arm and leg ready to absorb. Look forward will help you to anticipate obstacle and prepare your bike to brake or corner.
The main goal is to provide you a position where you feel relax and stable to save energy.

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74 Comments

  • + 55
 gotta be the best series on mtb technique out there at the moment. everything is so clearly explained and well filmed. as simple as these concepts are, there is some great stuff here which is very helpful for hacks such as myself.
  • + 8
 Totally agree. Often times videos like this try to explain things with far to much detail which just makes it hard to understand. This video gives you simple instructions, examples and I'm definitely going to put those techniques to use on the trail!
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 This was ridiculously good. Im terrible at cornering, this looks like it will help a lot
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  • + 36
 Bend your knees and try to relax, I tell my GF that all the time.
  • + 8
 Its a good advice not only in MTB situation... Smile
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  • + 13
 I actually learned a lot from the "straight lines" vid. Thanks for making and posting this
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  • + 11
 For the rest of us who don't get MBUK and live in the other 99% of world, thanks pinkbike
  • + 6
 if you could buy MBUK in Chile it would probably be wise not to make a purchace as it is usually full of dull articles on best 100mm travel bikes being ridden by posh boys in lycra and is crammed with cool words like Rad , Dude, Wicked , Although sometimes you get free lolly sticks on the cover pretending to be tyre levers
  • + 1
 Haha. Well said, horlicks101.
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  • + 9
 Anyone else already seen these videos from a dvd that was free with MBUK a few years ago?
  • + 1
 I'm sure there are but does it really matter? Is it not worth showing because it was released some time ago?
  • + 3
 he never claimed it wasn't.
  • + 4
 considering Barel's on his 2011 kit then I doubt it was shot a few years ago..
  • + 1
 @scrippsranchDJ, I never said anything about it being bad that they're showing them, I think its cool. not quite sure where your point came from Smile
  • + 1
 I just found the question rather stupid that's all.
  • + 1
 oh fair enough Big Grin
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 scrippsranch you little piece of shit
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 joe701, Hes not a peice of shit, he was just like saying about my comment Big Grin
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  • + 7
 Great vids, but the music makes my roommates think I'm watching porn in my room.
  • + 4
 It's because you ARE watching porn in your room lol.
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  • + 1
 Thanks for posting this, I found this on youtube a little while back but it was about 40 minutes long with a shitload of cut scenes throughout it, I mean its a great video, thanks for cutting to the meat and potatoes of it though!
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 Love the way this was in MBUK a couple of years ago and has just been released in PB. @ horlicks101 shut up mate, MBUK is the best mag in the UK, and if you have better MTB advice then why don't you publish your own mag. Plus if you actually read it most of the articles are based around trail and downhill bikes and activities around that part of the sport, which is what most of the readers will ride. So why don't you stop moaning about them for writing a smart magazine who focus on their main audience.
  • + 2
 MBUK is shit and has always been shit.
  • + 1
 That's in your opinion, a lot of riders like myself love the mag and its banterfull content, that entertains me every month. Oh and lets not forget the incredibly use full content and reviews that are in the mag. sorry if its too lighthearted for you but at least it;s entertaining.
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 These are epic, even if you have been riding for decades. Going to keep watching these, and practicing them until they are my new instincts. Should help out my XC race season this year. It's also great to stay fresher, longer on trail rides.
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  • + 1
 Sheldon Brown says that it's better if you are "Leaning the upper body and the bicycle together, keeping them in line as when riding straight." and "Any body weight that is not centered over the bicycle (leaning the bike or sticking out a knee) puts a side load on the bicycle, and side loads cause steering motions if the road is not smooth."
www.sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html#leaning
Is it a matter of personal preference or something?
  • + 2
 You only have to ask one question, who has been the world champion more times, Sheldon Brown or Fabien Barel?
  • + 1
 Sheldon is right for road riding, but off road you need to be able to move with the bike and push down on your knobbly side nobbles for grip
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 Big ups to Pinkbike for gathering and posting things like these. This has been super useful and this is coming from someone who's mtb'd for over 15 years. Never too late to learn tricks and apply them! Cheers!
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  • + 1
 Watched this video Friday and Learned what I was doing wrong. Applied it to my favorite loop on Saturday and My average speed was fully 1.4 mph faster than usual! Thanks fabian
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  • + 3
 Pretty good. Always nice to see instructional videos. I think you can always (almost always) find something useful
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  • + 1
 i don't understand why heels low would be better. if i'm on my toes or flat, i'd still be able to absorb some big hits with my knees.
  • + 0
 When your heel is low it is relaxed and flexes more than when you have tensed your foot to make it flat or toes down.
  • + 1
 Also stops you going over the bars if you smash into a root or step
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  • + 1
 Heels low is a very good one. I always used to catch the front of my foot on things like burm edges if the pedal clipped it. The whole DVD is a big help.
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 Hi,Are these videos part of a DVD series?If so,where can I buy it?
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  • + 4
 i love his accent Smile
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 tippy toes Smile
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 TEEPY TOES!
  • + 1
 Fabien speaks really good English for a frenchmen trust me I've been living in France for the past 2 years! He has a very slight French accent compare that with Nicolas Vouilloz or Cedric Gracia's.
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 com fit a ble
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 He sounds like Idi Amin.
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  • + 1
 Great videos - to the point and simple - notice his riding posture, always centered over the bike
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  • + 1
 Fabien: Your awesome. These will be a great tutor for teaching my girly to ride this summer.
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  • + 1
 So I've been doing it wrong all these years? No wonder I'm a hack! This was very well explained, thanks for this series.
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  • + 1
 Great video. Simple and well explained. I found this instruction to be great!
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  • + 2
 Very 'challenging' videos LOL
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 It is so nice to have the best in the world teaching some of these fundamental techniques, rather than someone who decided to teach mountain biking because they couldn't make it as a pro rider. Fabien is one of the only teachers I have seen that mentions the importance of looking ahead while riding. Thanks for putting out a quality product Fabien!
  • + 4
 You might be disappointed to learn that your implied argument is wrong. The ability to teach athletic movement is not the same as the ability to perform at the highest competitive levels. Some athletes are instinctive and do not know how to analyze or teach movement. At all. Fabien Barel is a good teacher and obviously his competitive abilities speak for themselves. I'm just saying that it's stupid to suggest that just because someone couldn't compete against Barel in UCI World Cup DH, automatically the person cannot teach MTB handling skills. It's a ridiculous assertion. Teaching depends on analytic skill, bodily awareness, and good communication. Riding at a pro level doesn't require analytic skill or good communication and might not even include conscious body awareness.
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 I agree with you up until the last sentence. I'd think that instinct might get you there, but having good analytics and communication as well as body awareness is what get's you to the top of the upper levels. I'm only going off of what I've read and seen in my limited racing experience (as an spectator), but, the top guys have coaches that teach them how to do something better, as well as mechanics and engineers/designers that they have to communicate with. What all that communication requires is an awareness of their bikes and bodies when explaining and explaining issues and changes to their team.

When a coach tells a rider that in this turn you were doing this or that and should do this and that, the rider must be aware of his body and bike's positioning in order to change and modify. When a rider tells a mechanic or engineer that the bike is doing this or that in order to make modifications to the bike or it's components he needs to have that awareness, analytical ability and good communication in order for those people to understand what is "wrong" and needs changing.

Just my $.02 fwiw Big Grin
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 You're not disputing what I said there.

What you're doing is re-defining --for your own purpose-- what I suggested as analytic skill, good communication, and conscious body awareness.

I'm saying that merely being a pro athlete doesn't mean possessing analytic skill, good communication and conscious body awareness AT THE LEVEL A TEACHER WOULD NEED THEM. If you watch Steve Jones's "Fundamentals" video you can see that the riders vary in their abilities to teach. In that video, I would say that Steve Peat, Eric Carter and Chris Powell are excellent teachers, and the other pro riders are merely acceptable, and perhaps even deficient, at teaching the things they are excellent at doing.

Riding DH at a top level requires only top level riding skill and strong self-confidence. It doesn't require any skills at communication or analysis of physical movement. Communication is not even a required skill. Analysis of physical movement can happen without thought in an instinctive athlete. I've known many who are that kind of athlete.

Good communication requires knowing the audience, keeping things brief enough to hold attention while detailed enough to be meaningful, and being able to explain complex ideas in various ways -- because people learn in various ways.

Anyone can open their mouth, form words from sounds, and link words to make a sentence. Whether the words and sentences are interesting, informative and entertaining all at the same time -- that's a rare skill. From my experience watching top DH racers being interviewed, most of them are clearly more skilled at riding bikes than they are at communicating.
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 totally going to try these. awesome vids. best part is he doesn't talk down to the audience.
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 I love Fabian. I met him at interbike years ago when he rode for Kona. A nicer person you could not meet.
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 it is always good to have "a Barel" to explain
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 thanks! very useful and understandable Smile
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 Great videos! i agree the heels low will help my calves will start to cramp on really like descents this will help for sure!
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  • + 1
 how do i get a password to watch more of these vids?....anyone?
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  • + 1
 Very nice. Lots of techniques out there but this made a lot of sense
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 finally, maybe now i can take my stabilizers off Big Grin
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 One of the nicest and most talented riders out there.
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 Heels low. I'll have to try that!
  • + 2
 well...it certainly put a strain on your achilles...beside that advice I think its an awesome series and nicely made!
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 I would like to see a video on mountain bike counter steering
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 1:34, dude is a track stand master...
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 lol Hadn't noticed that until you mentioned it! Must be a jedi mind trick...
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 I think the bike is being held in place though..
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 One of the best tutorials I've seen yet!
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 Is he riding spds or flats? I cannot tell
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 They were very good films I will try the mtb technique tomorrow.
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 Good!!! More vids >_
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 very nice! thanks tup
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 Excellent explanation!
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