Video: Everything You Need To Know About Riding Rock Rolls

May 19, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  


Do you have a mental block when it comes to rock rolls? Or maybe you just need a refresher on proper technique? From body position to tire pressure, Christina breaks down the best practices for riding rock rolls.








101 Comments

  • 102 5
 Fake news, all you gotta do is hang your butt over your back tire and pray
  • 5 1
 and not wipe yer butt with the tyre
  • 8 2
 Agreed, fake news.

THIS is actually everything you need to know about being RockRolled

youtu.be/oHg5SJYRHA0
  • 1 0
 There's another type of Rock and Roll though.
  • 1 0
 How should I tuck it in my spandex?
  • 46 2
 Lean forward and lock up those front brakes for style points.
  • 20 0
 working on nose manuals... maybe in 2025 I can get a video going of that hahaha lifelong journey
  • 5 4
 @christinachappetta: nose manuals are said to be easier on a sentinel ;-)... when/why the change to trek?!
  • 31 0
 With that rain I would have died the 1000 deaths of the coward. To Christina, mucho respect.
  • 26 1
 You know your at the steepest point on the drop when your rear tire kisses your ass. Need to hit those Squamish slabs soon. BTW riding slabs in the wet is far more demanding for concentration and skill set. Christina is making these look easy.
  • 14 0
 Thanks! We tried to pick non-intimidating rocks to play on. The long slabs are what get me. Will continue to practice those from now until forever!
  • 5 0
 those south side whistler rocks have lots of grip in the wet!
  • 12 10
 @christinachappetta: bike setup tips for long wet slabs: Sram level brakes or Hope X2 with 140rotors. They’re so weak You won’t need to worry about locking up the wheels Big Grin
  • 2 5
 You're*
  • 5 1
 @JimmyWeir: Actually no capital letter . You are correct sir.
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta: For me it's steep rock rolls with a drop or step in them. What's the move to handle those? Great lesson btw.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: hahaha too good!
  • 1 0
 @JXN1: Thanks! During some of the slow-mo you can see I do a "push" movement with the bike forward. This was at the little dip/step in the rock and that's how I'd approach a wheelie drop or steep g-out as well. Keeping enough suspension in your arms so you can thrust the bike forward when needed.
  • 9 0
 Good vid - This was killing me this weekend... a big, armored, steep rock slide, in the middle of a steep hillside with a right hander at the bottom, and just could not get myself to commit to the entry - my natural instinct is to get way behind the saddle right on the lip, kinda ease into it and hold on for dear life (since people have been telling me to do that for 25 years), and the thought of a more forward body position with bent arms freaks me out. Hard to get past that feeling. I think I need to find something steep, but shorter, and with a better runout to practice on.
  • 12 1
 BOOM! Great acknowledgement of different rocks there! The longer the rock and more techy entrance/exit, the slower I enter knowing things are going to get weird at some point. Keep practicing!
  • 9 0
 Chance of success increases 140% if playing this song:
youtu.be/pQO-sbIzyxU
  • 3 0
 love that song hahahah I find myself singing it randomly from time to time
  • 2 0
 I was hoping it was going to be "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister, but was pleasantly surprised to hear your excellent choice>
  • 5 3
 chance of success decreases 120% with this one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q9rewnLFYw
  • 1 0
 Putting the rock star in rock lobster
  • 1 0
 DOWN! DOWN! DOWNNNNN!
  • 6 0
 Well done Christina! Worth mentioning rock / slabs are not created equal. Traction will vary big time. Nice course granite in Cheakamus there but the bike park is metamorphic volcanics! Way more slippy. Squamish, super grippy coarse granite, pemby.. back to the volcanics. Sandstone of Utah .. amazing! .. limestone in Ontario... scary stuff!
  • 1 0
 For sure! Considering I learned to mtb on sandstone in Utah you'd think I love it! NOPE! I love me some GRIPPY granite hahah makes me feel like a hero sometimes.
  • 5 0
 Great video!

I'm usually one of those "Yea, whatever...f*ck it, I'll ride it" kinda guys. Sometimes it's awesome. Sometimes it really hurts. Rock rolls/slabs have my number though. I think it's the absolute zero forgiveness of the ground in the event I crash?
  • 11 0
 Rock rolls: 100% more terrifying in person than on video.
Remember the first time traveling to this area we were all AMPED to hit some video lines. Finally standing at the top looking down we looked at each other like "uhhh...wait, whaaat?"
  • 7 0
 SLABS = MY NEMESIS

Thanks for some of these pointers and reminders. I need to hire you for some one-on-ones!
  • 1 0
 Oh girl! As if, we shall shred soon!
  • 7 1
 Christina, hug you’re an excellent addition to the PB crew. Very articulate, engaging, and clearly you can ride. Keep it up!
  • 6 2
 Two of some of the best tutorials on skills videos done recently, are by females Martha Gill -on (wheelies) and Christina- rock rolls).

Great videos!
  • 7 0
 Thanks!!! That's rad and we appreciate that :-) I'll speak for Martha here...
  • 3 1
 Nice video, never really got the elbows forward position, you dont bench press or pressup there.
Elbows back slightly for me (I am 6ft 1 with narrow shoulders though) just like in the Shore section of follow me.

youtu.be/KmvOwYbugag?t=116
  • 8 0
 To be fair, that video is from when folks ran 700mm bars or narrower haha so yeah their elbows were "in" a bit more. However, in the really techy stuff you can see they go nearly full push-up/90 degrees. Anyhow... I see what you're saying by referring to that more "neutral/relaxed" body position but when teaching or practicing we try to exaggerate those movements to get ourselves out of the usual stoodup/stiff position. Thanks for the compliments on the video :-)
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: your videos are really good. Keep them coming.
We ran 750mm Funn full on bars way back then. Sam made that sweep and rise popular, so many riders have done well with those bars (Gwinn too).
  • 6 0
 Can we expect a follow-up video on how to handle Rick Rolls next?
  • 2 0
 Solid vid, tx. I have been eyeing up a rock roll in VA that is a bit different: maybe 6ft high but very steep, more like rolling over a cliff, with a couple of stones at the bottom as transition. I am worried about going OTB. I have been wondering if I should firm up my fork, to make sure I don't dive in and go OTB during transition. Thoughts @christinachappetta ?
  • 2 0
 Personally, I like a really soft and forgiving fork but with fast rebound so it doesn't pack down when riding lots of techy terrain. I put a few spacers in there specifically for those big holes/g-out moments to make sure I don't fully blow through the travel. Always looks where you WANT to go, not directly at the rocks in the transition or run out. And good luck!
  • 2 0
 I had that exact same nightmare scenario on the clip from In and Out Burger. But instead of stopping myself at those two trees like you did I got spooked and pulled up thinking I'd air it out. I only aired my body onto that pile of rocks and lumber that is scattered around the run out. Double flatted both tires on impact and was lucky to walk away with just some bad bruising but otherwise fine. Wish I had watched your attempt prior so I knew where to try and stop.
  • 2 0
 Good video that demystified a couple of simple points (for me anyway).
- stay in the middle of the bike so you can have room to get back if needed
- pick a commitment point so you don't grab a handful on the steep part
- have good tires.
Also I like the way she railed that right hander on the first roll. Nice turn.
Thanks and keep up the good videos. I am going to make my 9 year old watch this too.
  • 1 0
 wicked! Hope yall can both get some enjoyment from it :-)
  • 6 0
 Such a solid rider!
  • 6 0
 Thanks a million!
  • 1 0
 My technique has been pull and pray, give'r hell and hang on. Rocks are fun, bikes are fun, I've never put so much thought into it. Everyone is different il like the perspective of being cautious. Don't hit the front brake, don't look at the tree and you'll be ok!
  • 2 0
 Super video!....the difference is huge if you ride a bike on wet limestone or granite ... wet limestone is like an ice rink ..on granite rock there is almost no difference wet dry.
  • 5 0
 Excellent Cristina...
  • 2 0
 Thank you!!
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: No...!
We thank you for the great content...!
(and we can't send to same thumpsup & hearts here in " 90's pinkbike "...!
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta and today is the day that pinkbike sends into fire's...!
  • 4 0
 excellent information keep it up
  • 4 0
 Thank you Cristina for being my bike auntie
  • 1 0
 Oh Brookie!!!! LOVE YAS!!!
  • 3 0
 I wonder if anyone calls her “Chappy” like Louis Gossett Jr. in Iron Eagle?
  • 1 0
 hahahah so many names, including Chappy for sure!
  • 3 0
 Love your videos! You're so natural in front of the camera and nail all the instructions! Keep up the good work Christina Smile
  • 3 0
 It's weird that I have to look a big downtube bikes, and ask myself "is that an e-bike?", because I did in this instance.
  • 3 2
 Are this Marzocchi forks good for pro riders or do they have all the fox bling bling inside of the fork and are just doing some marketing?
  • 5 0
 From what I gather, they are heavier and simpler than the fox elite and factory forks with the current Grip2 damper. The rail damper has a trimmed down rebound circuit and slightly different shim stack. From reviews that I have read, they seem to work 90-95% as well as the fox forks, but lack the adjustability to take them that last couple of percent. For a large percentage of the population, even a lot of pros, they work great and are far more affordable than top of the line fox kit.
  • 5 0
 @rbarbier12: I would agree with that for sure! They feel super nice and plush me for me and takes a beating when needed in smashy and holey terrain (technical terms of course). There is just rebound and compression to fiddle with so it keeps it super simple for me. I have a few spacers in there for when times get really wild but it still feels soft on my delicate hands :-) And I never lock it out...
  • 3 0
 Nice.. what Trek is that? Looks nice and burly on Christina...
  • 5 0
 It's a small Slash, built up pretty beefy for the Whistler trails
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta:
what bottle and cage setup are you using?
  • 1 0
 @KCsyd: just a generic cheap aluminum cage and plastic bottle hahah I have my OneUp pump there as well.
  • 2 0
 Rad video. Always good to get a reminder to be very light on the brakes during the roll!
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta What tires are you running with the 20/19 psi combination?
  • 1 0
 I run around 19/20 with a 2.5 DHF / 2.3 DHR combo (exo currently) on my Sentinel and I weigh 170lbs. Clearly I'm not shredding as hard as @christinachappetta. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @PacificNorthWes: Wowza! Good on you for going low on the PSI haha I run SuperGravity Schwalbe tires (Magic Mary front and Hans Damph rear) Ultra Soft compound preferably. I checked the other day and I had 16psi haha woops!
  • 3 0
 2 Rules: 1. Don't crash 2. See Rule #1
  • 3 0
 I learned something, thanks!
  • 2 0
 Nice tips and nice bike. I'm sure you're liking your STFU chain dampers as much as I am.
  • 2 0
 Awesome video. Thank you so much! I will practice what I learned tomorrow Smile
  • 2 0
 Wonderful video! What trail was that?
  • 6 0
 Thank you! This was on AMPM. Super fun and super quick little trail
  • 3 0
 @christinachappetta: I'm embarrassed to say I ride that trail all the time and didn't even recognize it as I always do the chicken lines. You make it look easy even in the rain!
  • 2 0
 Moma said be careful with that girl :-)))
  • 2 0
 That was a great instructional vid! thanks!
  • 2 0
 Really good deep dive on how to rock n roll.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Christina!
  • 3 0
 No, thank YOU! But seriously, I appreciate that Smile
  • 2 3
 With the new bikes you can just roll on anything. Just need to know the a-b-c. It would be more fun with a 90's rigid mtb.
  • 2 0
 YoU cAn JuSt RolL AnYtHinG
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