A video on how to best use your feet to increase braking performance and safety on the trail. This might feel a little strange at first but be patient. Remember, the steeper the trail and harder you brake, the more dropping your heels will help. If you are not braking very hard or on a flat trail, you do not need to drop your heels as far. Hope this helps!— Aaron Gwin
But Hope he still has a few more years of racing world cups though?
That's the advice I need.
I have garbage flexibility and mobility and as I learned more and more about the sports I was in the more I realized yoga would get me further than the gym.
For example my limited ankle mobility makes this lesson (and wakeboarding) almost worthless.
Learn to brake BEFORE
you learn to haul azz? But, Where’s the fun in that?
I always find it helps to think about staying behind the bike so I can drive it forward when it’s trying to rotate me over the top during hard steep braking.
I’d expand my advice to anyone that really wants to get better at riding mountain bikes in general: get a bmx or at least a dj bike. Watch Gwinny too, if you like.
And for the record I believe in learning to use brakes well, too. This was just an observation of my own progression. Two things have helped me progress faster than I could have by training solely on the mtb: pump track and bmx.
Also, doing this on a mini bike (50-150cc sport bikes) is even better, and a popular thing for fast riders to do.
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