How To: Drop-Offs and Jumping

Jun 10, 2012
by Urge Bike Products  
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 the drop-off and jumping.

Your arm and leg amplitude will be key to confort and suppleness on the bike. If you want to pick up the flow of the terrain you need to play with it and not fight against it...



Jumping is not a technic that is crucial to all MTN riding. But once you picked it up, you will be able to find a different flow to the trail and play even more with the terrain. As most of the technic, your vision will be to pick a nice landing and accelerate the bike.


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52 Comments

  • + 62
 Keep em coming! I learn so much from this guy
  • - 6
flag FlailingChimp (Jun 10, 2012 at 23:31) (Below Threshold)
 well it does help that he's a 3 time downhill world champion
  • + 29
 Did i say anything about that? Lol im just stating that i like the way he describes techniques
  • + 26
 the videos are great, but chimp was just commenting on a possible place the mans expertise comes from, you didnt have to jump on him for it.
  • + 4
 It came off as a little aggressive
  • + 4
 I think a lot of guys in here are a way far aggressive than Chimp!!
  • + 3
 on gradient landings you can also land with the front wheel slightly first... and the rest its perfect... when someone asks how i land so soft on jumps and drops i canĀ“t explain it... but this guy can Smile
  • + 0
 I'll show you aggressive joalst!
  • + 2
 kenny smith... Big Grin
  • + 3
 Oooo I'm scared
  • + 1
 you call that agressive ... i call that getting loose yourself on the bike...
  • + 1
 i've always been a bit scared of some jumps, but this really helps, keep'em coming pinkbike tup
  • + 20
 Fabien, thank you, these have been great.

How about a full length video bringing in top pros for their approach to different techniques?...like a more developed, longer, systematic version of what you've been doing? It would be great for product placement too.

Thanks again. (I'm a big fan.)
  • + 1
 when I see those first few frames and hear that intro music, I start to smile.
  • + 17
 He keeps it nice and simple! The problem with other tutorials is that they use to much bla bla that you miss the point
  • + 8
 he really knows his stuff!
  • + 47
 Is it just me or did he comment before the article was released??
  • + 1
 wow, haha was wondering why i got first comment. wooo, first to see it on pinkbike haha.
  • + 4
 I've been riding for a few years now, just riding with friends and all and have learned alot during the years but I still had some dificulties with certain things ad these videos help alot. Thanks Fabien
  • + 1
 The guys clearly a great rider... which is why that whole "front end slap" style landing he's showing at the beginning is kinda confusing/surprising. Guess maybe he's trying to keep beginner folk from going OTB, but that's neither the best nor the fastest way to get down anything. It's crazy (to me) to think that there is a whole group of riders out there who have never and may never ride a bike WITHOUT suspension. Growing up in the "RAD" generation and racing/riding BMX (both 20 and 24" bikes) from a young age has made SUCH a big difference in guys/gals of my/our background in terms of bike handling skills. most specifically the "smooth factor" it teaches you. The first time you "jump" off a curb-cut you learn that your body's the biggest suspension factor your bike has aye Wink I think A LOT of riders who feel like they've "stalled" in their progression should try riding fully rigid single speeds and see what it does for their overall riding skill and speed when they get back on the "squishys".

Well, done video though, and it looks like a really fun place to ride too aye. I'm loving all those natural rollers and hips everywhere. I could see loving a few miles of that to rip through every day.
  • + 2
 I love fab, and the videos are great, but couldnt stop myself from laughing... sometimes he sounds a bit like Borat... sorry for mocking you fab, you're better at english than i am at french Wink
  • + 5
 This was a free DVD in MBUK magazine last year!
  • + 1
 That's what I am saying.
  • + 1
 Yeah I've got that! Big Grin
  • + 3
 even these drop offs are insane for me to handle :-( have to start with something smaller...thx 4 videos!
  • + 1
 I think you have to be a rider fo caliber of Fabien Barel to rip that hard on those wheels, 19mm wide rims are daaaaeem sketchy to ride aggressively, the tyre goes bend boink bend boink
  • + 3
 Great stuff. The "How to Corner" and the "Jumping" video has really helped my riding.
  • + 2
 totally. I'm dropping my outside foot and throwing the elbow up even when I'm not on my bike. people look at me funny sometimes. But seriously the cornering skill is already paying dividends.
  • + 1
 I have no clue who this guy is, I've seen a lot of his videos and they are all amazing, even the expert rider can learn something Smile
  • + 4
 Tres bon!
  • + 2
 Great Pleas more videos ! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Fabien makes everything very easy to understand. I'll probably crash less now haha
  • + 2
 FB has got panache man... his flow is superb
  • + 1
 These have been some of the most useful vids Ive found on Pinkbike! Thanks for posting these and please keep them coming.
  • + 1
 this is part of an hour long video on youtube....you can watch the whole thing
  • + 2
 Awesome video series...keep it coming !!
  • + 2
 Anyone know where he is riding>>? This place looks epic!
  • + 1
 Les Gets I think
  • + 1
 i only know it is in france
  • + 2
 It's not Les Gets.
It's in South of France (Var or Provence).
  • + 1
 Blausasc Alpes Maritimes
  • + 1
 Wasn't there a big segment a year or two back shot there in like "A Bike Movie" (not sure about the title)??? It was like 2 guys on GT's in the first segment and a bunch of "jazzerscize" between the riding clips??? That trail looked EPIC if it's the same place aye. I love all those natural Hips/berms everywhere... Looks SO fun aye.
  • + 1
 Wow... that is one hell of a topo view aye. Thanks for the link mate. Now there's another place I have to visit before I die.... This list is getting really long.
  • + 3
 Excellent tutorialSmile
  • + 2
 He's body language is astonishing Keep going make a good films!
  • + 2
 awesome videos! the explanations are so well said!
  • + 1
 what a nice guy! Fab is a example of a excellent rider and humility men! keep the good work!!
  • + 1
 It's hard to jump with no 'harms' Frown
  • + 2
 Nice vid
  • + 1
 these videos are awesome. thank you fabien and PB!
  • + 2
 Yes Fab te le meilleur

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