Video: Nino Schurter's Top Riding Tips - 'Fitter, Faster, Stronger' Ep. 5

May 14, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesTackle the steepest climbs, master technical descents and read the trail ahead like a champion – Nino puts all the pieces together sharing his key riding skills to make you Fitter, Faster, and Stronger. Scott Sports



53 Comments

  • 34 0
 That tree tap is pure class
  • 26 0
 Mike Levy taught Nino all of this.
  • 16 3
 I love this guy. He seems very humble yet so hungry.
  • 6 4
 Hungry yes, not sure about humble. But when you're that good at what you're doing that's ok.
  • 14 6
 I dont think he's even close to humble, or wasn't.. Windham WC many years ago when he was current World Champ (2010). My son who was 7 at the time, printed a bunch of rider cards for signatures. He got them from everyone, except Nino. Many riders spent their time really actually talking to him, giving him bottles, stickers, shaking hands. (I made it a point that my son himself had to do the asking while I watched from a few feet away). Absalon spent 10 minutes in broken French taking his time to talk to him and even post race as we walked through the pits, waived my son down to talk to him again, Catherine Pendrel stopped and sat down with us as we were having lunch away from the venue under a tree and spent some time entertaining him. Nino was the exact opposite... As my son went to approach his pit setup - 2 'guards' ran up to him and told him 'NO AUTOGRAPHS!! '(Nino was sitting in a chair staring right at him less than 3 feet away). Windham, zero crowds, no people in the pits, he could have waived them away or even said 'sorry kid', but he just shrugged and kept staring at him, till my son turned around dejected. Left a little sour taste, his accomplishments are insane and incredible bike handler and wish could be as fast as him, but that day just showed me Absalon was a true Champion, while Nino had a lot to learn (& I sincerely hope he has)
  • 4 0
 @jhilly: I was there and got his autograph on a shirt I had! Didn't speank any English vut seemed,cool about it.
  • 3 0
 @chuoi152: awesome, maybe just was a bad moment we caught him in, hope so. Regardless, he seems like he’s matured a bit & would still be stoked to meet him
  • 4 0
 @jhilly: He stopped to have a photo with my dog a couple of years ago. He seemed to enjoy meeting him. Nino meeting my dog, my dog didn't know him from anyone else
  • 1 0
 "Humble is for looosers!" Read this in Arnie's voice.
  • 4 1
 Interesting to see that even cross-country racers opt for 2.4" wide tires nowadays. On a side note, I recently switched to wide rims (33mm internal width) and the added comfort is very noticeable. Will probably swap my 2.5" for 2.6" tires soon as well.
  • 3 0
 Wide rims do improve everything when it comes to running 1ply tires. It becomes less of an issue with DH casings and 25mm internal width. There is a durability trade off to this though if rim section doesn’t grow taller with the width (which then leads to more significant increase in weights). 30+ rim will be more susceptible to more extreme denting that will render the rim unsealable, that is when both the sidewall and the rim bead will get bent.

But for XC/DC/ trail on smoother trails, go extra wide. It’s amazing how much better the tire rolls over stuff and grips in corners
  • 6 1
 Thanks Nino!
  • 5 2
 Interesting test on the correct tire pressure. I'd be cracking rims on the rocky trails I ride. I guess only for XC riding.
  • 4 2
 Skill just might have an eensy weensy bit to do with it - I'm sure you're good, but those stripes aren't just to make him feel snazzy ...
  • 6 1
 @NorcalJones: Everybody says their trails are hard AF but I'm sure they're not riding fast or attacking anywhere near as aggressively as these XC people are on trails that'd kill most of the commenters on this site.
  • 2 0
 @NorcalJones: Of course skill has to do with it, but I can ride. Depends on the trails. If riding not technical trails and not hucking, you can run 17-20psi and get away with it. However, I'm 135lbs (150lb geared up) and when riding some particularly rocky trails in my area, have cracked carbon rims, damaged aluminum rims, and had tons of pinch flats even with running 25-30psi tubeless in the rear with a 140mm to 160mm travel bikes. I'm mainly only damaging the rear tire or rim. That is why I said it is more XC oriented advice.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: probably for 1 ply tires rather than the trail.
  • 3 0
 He kinda sounds like Cladio a bit Smile
  • 2 0
 1:00 I'm guessing that doesn't apply to Dh and Enduro?
  • 1 0
 I keep thinking I'm watching James McAvoy talking but the accent is all wrong.
  • 1 0
 Such a skilled rider - would love to watch him race a season of EWS someday.
  • 1 0
 So anyone know the conversion from 1.4 bar/150lb rider to 210lb rider?
  • 2 0
 Not sure, but Nino must ding up alot of rims
  • 3 0
 28 psi on a straight across ratio
  • 11 0
 Simple equation math.

(1.4/150)=(x/210)
Solving for x gives 1.96 bar or 28.4psi.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Thanks mate!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: And that is exactly what I run. Perfect.
  • 2 0
 @chriskneeland: There you go! You're already there!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: were you scratching your head with Nino's PSI methodology like a few of us? Please go try this on your set up and let us know? Seems like it would be slightly too low PSI for rocky terrain? Maybe need to be in full lycra kit to get accurate rider weight to PSI ratio though??? Ha ha!
  • 4 0
 @JDFF: haha I did have a good laugh. I do think that it makes more sense with the tires he is running, they are much more pliable.
With DH casing and cush core it would be impossible for me to hit my rim!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: the rumor has it Sam Hill can bottom his DH tyre into the rim through the procore using only one arm.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Is that why he's so good? I'll get training.
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: He does deadlifts standing barefoot on flat pedals.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: You forgot to mention, whilst riding!
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: he has specific holes in his feet for his traction pins.
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 @JesseMelamed: my thoughts also. I wonder if Nino did ever get into an EWS if he may re-think tires/pressures? Or if his technique would allow for him to stick with lighter tires, no inserts and rim touching PSI? I'm guessing he would have change it up pretty quick!
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: I think he would, and that's fine. It was also just a suggestion for a quick way to check. I kind of like that's a tiny bit more specific than just doing a thumb check. I can't leave the house without checking my pressures because I don't trust my 'thumb check'. So for him just casual riding that's probably just a quick check before he heads out.
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 @JesseMelamed: Or he’s playing Palmers game: Work your ass off and fine tune all the details when nobody’s looking - then act like you don’t give a damn when they see you Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Pretty sure Nino lets everyone see how hard he works, but he knows he works harder and fine tunes all the details more than most so he isn't worried.
  • 2 1
 TIP #1: Don't suck!!
TIP #2: Quit being a baby!
  • 1 0
 Riding in South Africa?? Looks like Australian trails
  • 1 0
 He has a dropper on his Spark!
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