Video: How To Backwards Nose Manual Any Bike with Duncan Shaw

May 19, 2020
by Duncan Shaw  

The backwards nose manual, a trick that we are constantly asked how to do. So myself and Rory Semple have just uploaded a quick video that outlines the steps needed to learn how to do them.

After starting off on the trials bikes to show all of the individual parts of the trick, we then moved on to both the MTB and E-Bike to prove that the backwards nose manual can be performed on any bike.

 Rory Semple
Showing the individual techniques using the trials bike.

 Rory Semple
Before moving over to the Santa Cruz Bronson, then ultimately the Heckler E-Bike

Here's some basic tips:

1. Go steeper than you think. - Whether you are using the endo technique or lifting the rear wheel after you have already started to fakie, the most common mistake that we see is riders not getting there weight far enough over the front wheel. This is a scary thing to commit to in the beginning but is an essential hurdle to cross when it comes to learning this trick.

2. Take your time. - The transition from the initial rear wheel lift into rolling backwards is one of the hardest parts to learn. It is important to take your time with this as rushing it will most likely just result in your rear wheel quickly returning to the ground. When trying the endo technique you shouldn't be trying to begin rolling backwards until after your rear wheel has already reached it's peak.

3. Your front brake is your friend. - Luckily it is actually pretty hard to go over the bars when learning this trick as going too steep can easily be recovered with some slight feathering of the front brake or simply by putting your feet on the ground and coming to a stop. Once you know this then the backwards nose manual is a relatively safe trick to practice.

4. How to Balance. - This part is the most difficult. Once you know how to get the rear wheel up and begin rolling backwards, the next step is learning how to keep it up. It's important to be patient when learning this, as much like learning a manual, it will take time to learn exactly how to balance on one wheel. Our main tips are to keep your arms straight and focus on moving your knees/core to stop the rear wheel dropping. A useful tip however is to keep your head/eyes pointing just in front of your front tyre. As your technique improves over time, and you become more and more confident, you will be able to start relying on the front brake less and less allowing you to retain speed and go further.

5. Subtle movements. - Any large movements will most likely either put you off balance or cause you to begin traveling across the slope rather than down it, which is a hard thing to correct. If you start to move off line then simply looking to the opposite side of your front tyre should slowly correct this. Focus on making your movements as subtle as possible and this will help you massively when learning how to backwards nose manual.


44 Comments

  • 49 0
 Is there a how to ride forwards on 2 wheels video. That's where i need to start.
  • 1 0
 Well, it’s that easy, is it!??
  • 19 1
 This is the most optimistic article title I've ever heard. Hot cup of coffee and the donuts are Duncan
  • 3 0
 Hahahaha I know like it's something anyone can ever expect to learn in a lifetime.
  • 2 0
 Best comment of the day, I spit up my coffee...!
: )
  • 17 2
 A lot of these kind of things aren't really tutorials, its just a guise for saying - look what I can do that you can't .
  • 3 1
 I gotta agree. One out of a thousand bikers could maybe do this with a month of practice.( Cue all the internet tough guys saying they backward nose manual all day everyday and it's easy.)
  • 1 1
 I first saw this move in like 1985, Gary Pollick, Ceppie Mayes and Dizz Hicks, the CW bmx team. We got to street ride with them in Madison Wisconsin, they wanted to kick it with my friend's sister and her friend. Anyway, we were at the Capitol building and all 3 of them did them down the street. We practiced for months after. One day, I got it down!! My friend got it down not long after. I haven't tried one in like 10 years, I can see myself doing it, you become trained, like a manual or wheelie. But my nearly 50 year old brain reminds me that, I'm nearly 50. I did do a G-turn a year ago though. That said, it's easier to learn stuff on a BMX or DJ bike. Trying this on my long wheelbase 29er, that's a long way down if I have to step off.
  • 1 0
 @JXN1: More like one out a thousand with tens years of practice.
  • 1 0
 @oldschool43: can't wait to see your next youtube video! where do i subscribe? haha
  • 1 0
 @audric: I have wanted to put my 26er back together... I have wheelies and manuals on youtube somewhere. But my idiot nephew titled them all weird and totally misspelled, so the location won't even come up. He can't even find them and I spent about 2 hour looking. If you find them, forward them to me. Smile
  • 9 0
 Weird, my Bronson doesn’t do that.
  • 10 2
 good way for keeping dentists in business.....
  • 8 1
 Meanwhile, still working on my manuals over here.. :/
  • 1 0
 Get your wheelies down then practice not pedaling.
  • 7 0
 Such a vital skill in the world of MTB!?
  • 6 0
 Awesome! I'm still working on riding fakie...
  • 1 0
 Somehow I can never fakie with rear suspension. BMX and dirt jump bikes are fine. I just don't know why.
  • 7 1
 I don't ever need to do this.
  • 1 2
 I don't ever want to do this. Injury waiting to happen and nothing about it seems fun. But it is impressive.
  • 5 0
 Any bike? I have a 1971 Schwinn Twinn tandem in my garage waiting to be backwards nose manualed!
  • 8 3
 Next topic: how to attach your helmet properly.
  • 3 0
 I don’t ride trials but this seems to be one of the most difficult moves, is there anything more difficult?
  • 1 0
 Doing it without a back wheel. Myles Rockwell used to do wheelies without the front wheel.
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to try it! Low speed, so hopefully not too much risk. But like others have said, it looks like one of those things that will take a lot of practice so... where's my beer again?
  • 2 0
 So, on a unicycle, is it a wheelie, manual, or nose manual? All of the above? Smile
  • 2 0
 Unicycling is different, I’m an expert muni rider, but I suck at wheelies and I’ve had no success at nose wheelies .

It’s really all about practice, I practiced unicycling daily for a month just to get down the street, a year later with nearly daily practice I could ride easy mtb trails.

Do a thirty day challenge, every day practice, you will get it.
  • 3 0
 Any bike? I'd like to see it done on a tandem Smile
  • 1 0
 or a recumbent. Wink
  • 3 0
 Backwards nose manual is the way forward.
  • 2 0
 hang on a sec....
  • 2 0
 I'm getting too old for this!
  • 6 0
 @EckNZ When I see bike sorcery like this being peddled as everyday "how-to" content, I start thinking I should hang up my knobbly-tired bike, tuck my gunt into some lycra and call it a day.
  • 4 0
 @JTepic: No don't ever go full lycra!!!!! practice getting out and riding with shorts and a t-shirt or reasonable facsimile
  • 2 0
 Here, here!
  • 3 0
 @EckNZ bahhhh i say.. Look at Rich Drew on you tube mtb skillz coach.. Dude is 43 and kills it... My manual and wheelie progression is still gaining ground at 40 plus... U just got to put the time in.
  • 1 0
 @bohns1: Thanks, will check him out.

I know age is just a number, but I find it's finally a good excuse for being slow!
  • 1 0
 @EckNZ: Hes older and most definitely not slow.. Really makes me want to pick up my game.. Hes worth the watch.. Better than gmbn for teaching as well in my eyes.
  • 2 0
 THIS!!!!! we like dis!!!!!! heart heart heart
  • 1 0
 Before watching this video I thought they just deal with the devil somehow )))
  • 1 0
 Nice pallet stack, thought for sure they would use it for something.
  • 1 0
 It was used in their other videos.
  • 1 0
 In the future we'll be able to perform fakie by pressing a button. Wink

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