Ask Sharples - Scott Sharples Answers Your Questions

Jan 5, 2011 at 14:08
by Mike Levy  

Scott Sharples was the Junior Downhill Coach for the Australian National Team and also coached many of the World’s fastest mountain bike athletes and four World Champions, including Sam Hill. He is currently working with the USA’s Junior MTB Gravity racers, but beginning next week Scott will be answering your questions every Wednesday here on Pinkbike.

Curious about equipment choice?
Wondering which exercises you should do to get faster on your DH bike?
Want to have faster and more consistent runs?

Put your questions in the comment section!

Scott has been the Junior Downhill Coach for the Australian National Team and is currently working with the fastest Junior MTB Gravity racers in the USA  - Now he's here to help YOU go faster!
Scott has been the Junior Downhill Coach for the Australian National Team and is currently working with the fastest Junior MTB Gravity racers in the USA - Now he's here to help YOU go faster!


bigquotesWe coach athletes across the spectrum of two wheeled sports. Our methodology encompasses how your entire being relates to the big picture of competition. As such, not only do we coach athletes in any discipline, our athletes are invited to cross train in multiple disciplines. Who do we coach? Anyone. The list includes but is not limited to, downhill, XC racers, 'Crossers, roadies, BMXers, triathletes, motocrossers, ISDE, and rally riders. - Scott Sharples



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Scott is here to answer your questions about going faster. Not sure what tires to use? Do you have questions about bike setup? Wondering which exercises to do in order to go faster on your bike? Do you practice fast and race slow? Put your questions down below in the comment section and have them answered every Wednesday!

Scott Sharples has been a professional coach for 10 years now. He has coached a few World Champions, including Sam Hill. For more information on training contact him at sscoach@gmail.com or visit www.RaceBrain.com
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409 Comments

  • + 55
 Does red really make you go faster?
  • + 12
 yes and some go faster stripes will help aswell
  • + 5
 Which bear is best?
  • + 8
 flames may aid in the fast department
  • + 6
 flames make you look like a hot wheels car, a neck brace will make you go faster
  • + 2
 I heard blue rims is what gives you the most confidence
  • + 3
 Don't forget stickers
  • + 1
 yeh get some flame stickers and ur speed will triple..
  • + 3
 As an exact percentage (of time reduction or speed increase - either is fine), how much better will your riding be if you look* like Sam Hill?

*by which I mean just buy one of everything that he uses!
  • + 2
 mm, idk if that will help as much as flame stickers..
  • + 48
 How do I over come the fear of doing big drops and going fast downhill?
  • + 18
 you just have to take small steps for the drop (get slightly bigger each time) then do the same big one every time you go ride and it becomes normal...

for going fast, it too takes time, gradually build speed at a comfortable rate, per run.


sorry if thats all incorrect, just throwing my ideas out there
  • + 31
 If you can go with a buddy who is better and try to keep up with him. Try to keep up will improve your speed. You will also start learning the speed to go off drops by following him. Key word is buddy. someone who is going to be cool with teaching and waiting for you.
  • + 1
 I second doing things every time after you've first done them, it quickly becomes fairly normal. If you pick and choose when to do stuff then you'll always have the mind games.
  • + 3
 I would add that once you know you have the skill and it's mainly just a matter of balls, you should hit it asap to stop it becoming that drop/whatever that you don't do.
  • + 13
 That is a very interesting question. I would say (like most people) that overcoming the fear of drops and going fast comes with time. There's no rushing it, with practice comes perfection. My advice is dont worry about it, we ride because we like to ride, we ride to have fun. If you are not having fun, or if you are feeling uncomfortable than you should take a step back. Dont feel bad about not being able to do this or do that. Just have fun riding, and without even noticing you'll get better and better!
  • + 31
 Or you can just be suicidal and do every jump you want to without thinking about them...
  • + 5
 That actually works the not thinking about stuff. But dont do crazy stuff that will get you injured. Because the more you think about it the more you think you could crash and you will not do it. When going down a trail just hit stuff that you want to but never have because you think it is to big but stuff that you also think you handle and then it will become natural and in no time you will be doing huge stuff. Well that worked with me took me about 1 day from not doing any of the big stuff at my local track to doing it all.
  • + 4
 It took me all season to hit the 30 ft step down out where i ride, but one day my buddy was ridding infront of me chainless and went for it and i said fck it hes got the speed, and gaver. came pretty close to cassing it baddly but still rode out alright. now id say thats one of my fav jumps on the mountain, its fast and very forgiving!
  • + 22
 F*ck it, just huck it
  • + 3
 More endurance!!! How you do eet?
  • + 7
 ^ Actually that's a question I've been wondering. What do you think is the proper diet for someone racing DH, enduro DH? Is there a difference between longer mileage events vs. shorter ones and does it really have to be strict in terms of how many carbs/vitamins you take in per day or could it be more lenient?
  • + 2
 ye man, lyk when you ride more your gradually gonna hit bigger stuff....... but the real thing for hiting something big is just going for it, lyk pedal the shit out (pending on jump)....... or you can do what i did which was get a mate who peer pressure's you into doing bigger stuff..... like hes not normal he screams at you and torments you.....
  • + 1
 @Scott

If you want to train your body for Downhill or Enduro you should go into the gym. A downhill run is between 2 - 5 Minutes so you have to train you endurance for this short amount of time. Cardio training should help you with an very intense level.

But if you are very interested to get even stronger, getting more endurance and so on, look for some bodybuilding forum and read the locked posts - they mostly help.
  • + 7
 Guys I thought this was ask Sharples not ask the forum Razz
  • + 4
 it is, So Where's Wally?
  • + 1
 giv'er, like give it to her, but giv'er
  • + 2
 Tied in with the original question, how do I stop my self from dabbing the brakes before big stuff? We all know it won't help - quicker = smoother/safer than casing... but every now and then I find my fingers going for a cheeky squeeze as I'm coming up to jumps. It's really annoying me!
  • + 1
 not unless you gas2flat spoony
  • + 1
 I'd rather hit it with speed and learn to squash better (for smaller gaps obviously)
  • + 32
 Can Chris Kovarik really beat Chuck Norris in a fight?
  • + 2
 the universe would implode into a giant black hole
  • - 2
 Are you kidding?!?!? Kovarick would DEFINITELY kick Chuck Norris' ass
  • - 2
 tyson wud run in and kick everyones ass Wink
  • + 27
 Scott, what exercises do you recommend for strengthening the forearms and hands enough to deal with riding steep, rocky, technical lines?
  • + 22
 Push ups, pull ups, lift weights and wanking as mentioned above of course.
  • + 6
 Powerball for the left hand, and what DownhillDomination said for the right one! Hehehe
  • + 2
 Do a lot of powerball. It helped me a lot!
  • + 7
 Bouldering is brilliant, your forearms will get jacked Razz
  • + 1
 Whats powerball?
  • + 2
 A gyroscopic exercise ball used for forearm strength search it up on youtube
  • + 3
 bouldering is fun, and it does help quite a bit, just buy a set of 40 holds or something and build a wall. see how long you can move around for before you fall off
  • + 3
 Bouldering for fun, and if you have a curl bar, do overhand curls. (like, you know how you do normal bicep curls with a bar? well just flip your hands over, so that your palms face down. Same form as a regular curl. You'll notice the burn in the upper forearm, near the bend in your arm/ opposite of your elbow area) Smile
  • + 10
 digging jumps and trails sir!
  • + 7
 Excessive masturbation. Though now my right arm is huge and my left arm is tiny....
  • + 1
 You need a shakeweight. Masturbation with out the fun.
  • + 2
 Oh my god people, use a fleshlight hahaha its heavy enough to work out yer arms hahaha and it doesnt matter whether u use left or right... hahahaha
  • + 19
 Can you please give a time table + training schedule and details like, diet, exercises, and every thing that a beginner should know for downhill riding.
I also want to know how to drift on corners. More riding tips are also appreciated.
  • + 6
 just ride your bike
  • + 1
 as said if youre a beginner just ride as much as you can, if you can find time in the evenings to hit the gym thats even better, youll pick it up quicker if youre fit and strong enough to throw the bike around. also a healthy body = a healthy mind, youll get less nerves (mainly that butterfly feeling) if youre fit.

drifting youve just got to lay it over and let it slide, dont brake because then youre just skidding haha but its just a matter of working out where your tyres lose grip and when to pull it back
  • + 17
 How do you make yourself feel as stable as possible? through corners and rough sections?
  • - 21
flag drpepperrider2 (Jan 7, 2011 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 I'd say leaning back would help in rough sections.
  • - 11
flag coupstair (Jan 7, 2011 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 through corners have your downhill foot/pedal forward. left turn = right foot forward. right turn = left foot forward. if you're dominate one way in your foot placement it takes a bit to get used to switching stance, but when you finally do, you're motoin'. same principle as skiing really, keep your downhill ski placed and pressured. by doing this, you keep closer contact and weight distribution on your front wheel so that you don't wash out.
  • + 3
 There is a helpful Video on how to ride with the correct body position and how to be more stable.

Also your bike may be to stiff and not set up right for your weight if not then look at the tech Tuesdays on suspension and that should help you become more stable

www.pinkbike.com/news/how-to-ride-better-zep-mountain-bike-camps-2010.html Link for position Video
  • + 3
 Any good tips for roosting into and out of corners? as i struggle to get the back wheel drifting and poping out the other side?
  • + 3
 In rough sections the best thing to do i find is to Not brake and to "unweight" yourself from the bike, meaning try and float over your bike. if your coming up to a rooty section preload into your suspension and rebound back so your wheels basicly glid over the roots and allow your suspension to do all the work, as well keep Loose let your bike do what it wants but try to predict what its going to do so you know how to react if something does happen. The biggest things in cornering is that you want to keep your weight forwards and not brake, as well once you get comfortable cornering start pumping into the apex of corners to get the most out of them.
  • + 15
 lol coupstair Facepalm seriously, just no, in corners you want your outside crank to be down and your inside to be up. None of this switching foot thing.
  • + 1
 +1 Christo. If your having to think about doing it too, then you should probably just be riding more.
  • + 1
 I have never heard anybody say that you should swap your front foot before! Most people ride with their preferred foot forwards because that's how they're most comfortable and feel most stable on the bike.

I totally agree with whitetux, that dropping the outside crank makes me feel a lot better through tighter corners and generally whenever I'm pitching the bike over to one side - it distributes your weight better through the bike, adding pressure to the gripping edge of the tires and helps you not to ground the pedal if you're really leaning into it!

I think too many people say you should just lean back on a DH bike, it's not that simple. I agree with the unweighting of the bike so that it makes as little contact with rough sections as possible - e.g. skipping over the top of a rock garden, only hitting the top edges of the rocks and letting the wheels get down between the rocks. Keeping your arms and legs soft is the real trick during rough stuff let the bike move around underneath you but try to keep your weight nice and "still". The momentum of your body weight should keep the bike moving in the direction you want it to!
  • + 4
 Since I've stopped leaning back and started throwing my weight around I've improved ten fold...
  • + 1
 sebs if you want to roost youve literally just got to use your legs to push your back wheel down into the corner
  • - 3
 whitetux, your notion of pedal up, pedal down to go faster and under control is simply wrong. i've beeen riding longer than you've been alive mate ... anyways, check these photos out to see how fast guys get it done:

www.pinkbike.com/photo/2876951
www.pinkbike.com/photo/2255528
  • + 2
 Hahaha who the f*ck are you? Christo is one of the fastest Juniors in Scotland...

Also, that looks a lot like crank up crank down to me... especially the second link.
  • + 4
 And especially the first link... The guy in the Troy Lee look at his knees! Outside leg almost straight, inside leg really bent - so despite perspective he's doing exactly what we were saying.

And to correct your other sentence: You've been riding BADLY for than I've been alive.

Oh and a picture of the MOST SUCCESSFUL dh rider of all time to prove my point:

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5601763

but let me guess you know better than him to!
  • + 4
 @coupstair the first link is a fake so does it really matter what position his feet are in? And it seems quite clear that the worlds fastest use pedal up pedal down so that probably means its the best way to go...

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5720819
www.pinkbike.com/photo/5603725
  • + 2
 I like this guy ^
  • + 1
 mee tooo
  • + 2
 @coupstair: It is beyond common knowledge that you put the outside pedal down and the inside pedal up when trying to rail a corner. There are instances where you may choose to keep your pedals level, but not many. To suggest that you run opposite foot forwards in certain turns is ridiculous and will not effect your cornering stability or speed.
  • - 1
 you dudes are funny. anyways, nice pics, however, they are not in the corners (maybe gee is still coming out of the pocket but ...), they are coming out of the corners which means they are starting to pedal as all of these guys do. likely this is when these photos were snapped.

whitetux, no doubt, if you have your inside pedal down you're looking for trouble but that's not what is being asked by i-ride. he's asking about small adjustments to help in stability and speed and as i have ridden fairly fast for over 25 years i have tried a few things to go faster and foot and pedal placement for the last 5 years has been the greatest advantage.

spoonyman, your example is a little arbitrary for this conversation as peaty goes fast because he pedals almost always and he certainly would be pedaling in that gentle corner, so i dunno about how your example relates to this ... and no i'm not a bad rider, i'm a pretty damn good rider actually, or so i've been told.

kids, having a way and an opinion may keep you on the path, however, you can try new things that may help as well. maybe just try suggestions and then blast me/them if you find otherwise. i can throw a ball with both arms, write with both hands, footy with both feet, and table top both sides and this is really only feels right and looks decent by switching stance as well (can't wait to get comments back on this one ...). peace.
  • + 1
 i don't think coupstair's switching foot forward would work for me, but let a man do what works for him. Thanks for the feedback guys Smile
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/video/48980

about 12 seconds in. I could find numerous other examples from Roam/Seasons etc if you still think you know better than Peaty! Not that we can tell properly without a video, but it doesn't look like he's pedalling in that photo - look at the way his body and knees are twisted - pedalling in that position would seriously f**k you legs up! And if he's coming round there at 30+ mph he's probably not pedalling as pedalling reduces stability and grip if you're nailing it round a flat corner!

I would also like to point out the scientific reasons behind dropping your outside foot:
- Lower centre of gravity = more stability
- More pressure on the biting edge of the tire = more grip, more grip = more stability

I'm sure Mr Sharples could clear this up for us Big Grin
  • + 1
 i'm surprised he hasn't answered yet, this was only the second question
  • + 14
 k dude well when i practice i feel like im halin ass and im pinnin it everywhere but when it comes down to the race run i think i get soo worked up and nervous i wind up screwin up big time and crashing. This has happened to me the last three races, what are some things i can do before my race run to help just loosin up and not get soo worked up on it?
Thanks
  • - 2
 clip a photo of your riding buddies to your handle bars. when you get worked up, just stare at the photo and imagine you're on a social ride. it also comes in handy if you're about to crash, look at the photo with tears in your eyes and say goodbye.
  • + 3
 That was a little too gay...
  • + 9
 well it could work. it works on old war films...
  • + 1
 lol dude^^
  • + 1
 Try to ride within your limits when you're racing, nobody wins by crashing. The first run should put down a solid run, get a time on the board, and then if you want to go crazy in your second run then you've already got an alright time to fall back on. By the time you get to single run races (in the UK anyway) you'll have a better idea of how far you can push without falling off.
  • + 1
 just let loose and have fun on the start line, works for me, give yourself some time between the uplift and your run and walk down the track a bit and scream at people
  • + 15
 What were you smoking before that picture and where can I get some?
  • + 14
 How can one prepare themselves to feel confident going fast in during racing/regular riding??
  • + 1
 SQUEEZE THEM MAN, SQUEEZE THEM!!!!!
  • + 1
 play mx vs atv
  • + 12
 How does one put the other racers and crowds to the back of ones mind on race day in order to avoid the butterfly effect and stay focussed on the task at hand?
  • + 12
 the butterfly effect? what, going back in time, and killing a butterfly, which drastically alters the future?
  • + 6
 I think olstar means butterflies in your tummy!
  • + 1
 Isn't the butterfly effect a concept that some believe, in that the flap of a butterfly's wing will alter the weather in another country..?
  • + 1
 not quite green and literally ol youve just got to keep racing and learn, its different for everyone. some people like to listen to music, some people sit and chat at the top, some people (like me) walk down the track a few corners and just scream at people..
  • + 1
 Butterfly effect is to do with 'Chaos Theory', where a minute change in one variable may have drastic effects on total outcome.
  • + 10
 Can you try and describe the mind set you need to be in when sat on the start line, for example should you be concentrated like mad, or try and loosen up and just let it flow, what makes you faster. What mind set do you get your riders in to get the best times out of them?
  • + 1
 you need to be in a loose as ken mindset mate
  • + 1
 try some different mindsets. because everyone is different and they react differently to their mindsets. I would try one time where you focus really hard on the track you are about to race and visualize ur run a few times in your head right before you race. then try one where you dont even think about the race and just stay relaxed and dont worry about it. then see which one works and adjust it to your liking. like I said everyone is different and what works for one person doesnt necessarily work for someone else
  • + 13
 **WHAT HAVE U FOUND TO BE THE MOST COMMON 'FLAW' IN THE RIDERS YOU HAVE TRAINED? HOW DID YOU HELP THEM OVERCOME IT?**
  • + 12
 How do I get over the fear of speed? I am constantly dragging my brakes and I want to stop.
  • + 0
 yea..i face that issue too when im going steep.
  • + 2
 I used to have that too, just force your fingers to grip your handlebar as hard as you can and stay away from your brakelever. Try that a few times untill your desire of braking decreases and you have the confidence to go fast!
  • + 1
 yes greg! we call it death grip! Smile
  • + 1
 as greg said just concentrate on not braking, just leave some space in your head for everything else youve got to do and dont death grip...
  • + 2
 Go down some hills with nothing technical on them and just pedal like crazy, get used to going really fast. This will come over to the trail. When you hit your limit try holding it there and just keep practicing until you feel comfortable going as fast as possible.
  • + 9
 I approach berms at a fast speed and always fear for sliding out.

I run the same tire front and back. slightly more pressure in the back and I ride a single pivot bike

idk what factors matter but I feel like my front wheel will slide out if I go any faster. I could tap the brakes but that takes some of the fun out and ruins most berms

advice?
  • + 3
 That just means you need more time on your bike. You have to actually go so fast that you slide out numerous times before you know the boundaries of your bike - and of course, yourself. After that you can start stretching those boundaries. Riding in your comfort zone will not make you a faster rider.
  • + 1
 It would also depend on the corner, ex. i would feel more confident railing a super steep wooden berm than i would a dusty flat corner
  • + 3
 you need more weight on your front wheel, to create more friction!
  • - 1
 ur problem seems like it may be a simple solution corners are key to riding and a good way to actually gain speed on a trail, rather than hauling ass into a corner then slapping and hating life go into the corner with comfortable speed pump through the corner and get on the gas on the way out just remember carry ur speed and never break in a corner only before to set ur speed up much like u would before a steep chute
  • + 1
 NS greg is right... i used to have the same problem, but when i started leaning forward it made everything easier
  • + 1
 coming into a berm drop you outside foot and put pressure and lean, cuz you bike will be more flat to the ground and trust your tires to hold you if you dough it more likely you will slide. were i ride there is a lot of dust so having one foot off just hovering the ground helps to sometimes on a more flat berm
  • + 1
 Ya I'm talking about the dusty corners. I rode at northstar mainly. Very dusty there and so dry and loose most of the time so thats when I feel uncomfortable. I think I'm doing everything right, I'm just a little scared to test it lol i'll grow a pair when the season for DH is back. Until then, it's all dj
  • + 2
 try having a more knobby tire to grab and just kick a foot out just in case so.
  • + 2
 I have a rather dusty corner In my yard I was practicing on. I found starting off slow, rolling is a good way to get confident, make sure the technique is right, I tend to lean inwards and push the outside foot off the front and slightly to the outside of the pedal so its almost scraping the ground, it will come back on when you start straightening. I just kept repeating this building speed each time which allowed me to be more confident, more than I had been after hitting it at higher speeds the first time but with less technique. The confidence will come from feeling secure. I've found going fast enough will even get front wheel roost Not being afraid of the consequences of stacking helps. Stacking a berm doesn't hurt as much as other features. I slid off once but still rode out of it with speed due to my side knobs riding the outside wall of the berm.
  • + 13
 What is the best way to work on faster cornering?
  • + 2
 low, loose and lean
  • + 1
 and no brakes Smile
  • + 1
 Trust your tires.Lean wit it.
  • + 1
 brake before the corner so you get maximum grip through it, but just keep pushing it really, most corners you wont give yourself more than a graze if you go off on them dont just lean over though, unless the berm goes vertical that on its own wont be enough, youve got to push in with both your wheels as you go round and pull out as you exit
  • + 7
 @ Scott,

I'd like some advice on how much to practice a track over a race weekend. I practice too much and get worn out before I race, but at the same time I want to know the track very well. Do you have a routine that you recommend following during a race weekend? Ie. course walk, a few easier runs on day 1, one fast practice run at race pace on race day? I feel that if I had a routine instead of blindly doing 700 runs throughout the weekend that I'd be better off...
  • + 9
 How do you get racers to overcome their anxiety when they begin their notoriety on the race scene and what's the worst advice people have given racers over the years?

thanks
  • + 7
 What sort of assessments/testing do you do with your athletes to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses when initially developing a training regement? (specifically DH athletes)
  • + 8
 What single thing can anyone work on to improve their overall perfofrmance in any type of bike racing?
  • + 3
 Repetition. Wink
  • + 1
 getting out and spending the maximum time on your bike possible
  • + 3
 cornering. If you can ride a corner faster you can then hit the following straight faster, simple
  • + 7
 run it wide and let it slide or sneak around on the inside; which one is faster?
  • + 1
 Depends.
  • + 4
 * When mentoring atheletes like Sam Hill, Jared Graves, Aaron Gwin, and the like, I don't expect you to have to do a lot of motivating, but for a simpleton just starting off in the pro class, what kind of mind activities do you instruct to keep the ball rolling in the off season?

* The night before a race, what kind of nutrition would you recommend? Brown Rice, broccoli, tofu a good start?
  • + 4
 Also, what is a good way to increase one's response time? Maybe a better way to ask that is: How does a person get the brain to push reactions from the think source to the muscle/nerves?

An example would be going through a stair stepping section with roots: the rider is descending rapidly, with a lot of physical action going on, the front wheel may miss one of the holes and drop further than expected. How can the rider prepare for a riding situation such as this?

I think Danny Hart is the epitome of this example: www.sicklines.com/tv/finally-2-trailer-dirttv see 1:26. How can one prepare for this kind of reaction?
  • + 1
 I'm interested in that too. I bet a lot of it has to do with suspension setup and not getting bucked off, maybe even some luck? I find sometimes I have to just lean back and hope my front wheel skips over top of the holes instead of sinking into them...

And that is an amazing video!
  • + 1
 i don't think its luck. you could compile a video 2-3 mins long just of clips of danny hart in moments like that. the key is to just be loose as a goose, this lets the bike flow through a much larger range of movement underneath you and so you are able to ride out of situations tenser people would be bailing in.
  • + 1
 bob thats a good question but the answer is simple, eat healthily and just keep riding drink plenty of water and eat your greens to keep your brain healthy then just ride as much as you can, the more you use those neural connections the stronger they become
  • + 4
 I seem to ride well enough in practise, but I have difficultly stepping it up a notch for race runs. I find my fastest pace quickly and easily, but can't get any faster for the race. How can I push on from a good practise/seeding run to a good result?
  • + 3
 hey,

I live in the Netherlands, the worlds flattest country. So i don't have an DH track near me.In the off season most of my training consist of spending time in the gym. In summertime I ride a lot of DH tracks in Belgium and Germany. But what excersizes help me improve my riding skills/fatigue with out getting "slow"? When I ride, my forearms really sufer from arm pump.
Hope you have an answer.
  • + 1
 I have an answer for it and its really cheap. Buy a powerball and you will se that after a week you will be much stronger.
  • + 1
 try some different grips and fork setups as well
  • + 3
 Hi Scott,
my current flaw/problem at the moment is I cant seem to carry alot of speed through tight slower corners, do I have to work on line choice or is it just trusting the corner/tires and moving the bike through the corner?
  • + 1
 practice different lines and techniques, it could be flowing nicely by coming in wide then dipping into the apex or just squaring off the corner with a quick drift or compress your suspension
  • + 3
 One thing i've had problems with since starting downhill just over a year ago is turning to the right on either a sharp right hand berm or corner.

I know this seems weird but if its a sharp turn to the left, then i can use my left leg perfectly to steady my self on the ground and 'pivot' the bike around (if need be). When it come to using my right leg on a right hand corner, i cant seem to put any pressure on it so at the moment i end up dilly dallying around right hand berms/corners because my feet just dont feel natural.

Best way to describe it is trying to kick a football with the other foot, or trying to write with the other hand, it just feels plain WRONG!

So, how can i get around this? By doing everything else in life with the opposite foot/hand?! or just practice, practice and practice on those tight right hand bends!?

Cheers!
  • + 1
 i'm having the same problem, and i'm actually trying to solve it by practicing the more often turns on the side i feel less confortable, hoping it will improve the balance of my weak foot
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 You need to get comfortable with the other side. Since, unlike most guys I whip to left and not the right it makes features harder that some of my mates have built, I remember how hard it was trying to learn to wallride opposite because it had been built to suit some of my other mates. I think you need to be comfortable with the back wheel sliding the opposite way so you still feel in control. I would recommend trying to scrub flat the opposite way and get used to getting out the other side so you feel more confident and in control. Also try getting the technique of cornering dialed for your opposite side then building up the speed after that. Hope that lends and insight
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 What is that tissue-looking stuff Steve Peat (and some other racers) puts in his nose before race runs?
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 I believe that's just regular tissue. Other athletes do that to build a steady pace of breathing through there mouths instead of there noises. A steady breathing pattern helps in all aspects of intense sports.
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 the tissue has been soaked in menthal(sp?) which clears your airways, its so basically they don't have a blocked nose at the start of their run
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 I was told it was meant to make you fell like your breathing was difficult, and when it was time for your run you take it out and your breathing feels amazing
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 whitetux and zako you both right, its covered in menthol to open up your nasal passage, and also whilst doing this blocks your nose, thus having twice the effect when removed. however it is also done largely for mental reasons and has only minor benefits in performance, if any due to physiological gain.
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 Hi Scott!

How do you learn to look forwards and also turn your head through corners? Everytime I go ride, I find that I'm not looking ahead far enough to react to upcoming things. And I cannot, absolutely cannot turn my head through a corner. These things really hurt in a race run.

Thanks!
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 practice these things on flat trails and progress to more technical stuff
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 Can you describe the proper warm up techniques before a DH race in terms of exertion, time, and methods? Thank you.
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 Hello I have a huge problem with arm pumps when under alot of breaking when racing new trails. I dont get the arm pump when riding local or trails. I assume this is because I use much less break knowing where the turns are. I have been fighting this problem for the last two years with no luck. I have worked on grip strenght and forearms but havent had much success. I dont get to do ton of riding which i know can help the problem. Do you have any tips to help me with this problem.
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 do you ride with gloves?
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 if your brake levers are closer to the bar you will get less arm/hand pump
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 Also make sure theyre not pointing down. your wrists shouldnt really be bent when your riding something steepish. More circulation = Less arm pump.
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 Take401 yes i do wear gloves I have code brakes so I have my levers adj in close to the bar which does help or delay the problem. I have messed around with lever and bar postion. Good feedback thou guys
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 not a lot you can do about it, your brakes are good enough so its not like youre pulling them more than you could be, just gotta take the pain really armpump is a common problem
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 Suspension setup: I like to run a stiff suspension but have the following issues in setup.
1. I am getting the propper sag but my suspension is to soft.
2. The travel is as stiff as I want it, but not enough sag.
Any tips?
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 less preload on the spring or softer spring and more compression dampening.
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 Facepalm you arent going to be able to run it stiff and still have all of the sag, think about it. If you put a stiffer coil in then you're not goingto have as much sag. You may be able to crank up the hight speed compression without affecting the sag too much though.
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 I've tried running a lighter coil (then my current recommended) and then I just blow through all the travel and get about 20% sag. As is though I am getting mabey just over 10% sag. I love the way it feels with 10%, but in the high speed wash board stuff I just wash out. I'm sure there is a way to do it, I'm running a Fox 40 and am looking into adjusting the high speed shims if I can find a way. But figured I'd ask incase there is something obvious I am missing Wink
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 Run the softer coil but turn up the high speed compression knob
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 I have tried it, but I may give it a go again next season... also might try dropping my coil weight and putting a heavier weight oil in the damper. I'm just picky about the setup.
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 Hi Scott

Last season my son and I raced .

one thing that stands out is the race run verses the practice runs. it seams sometimes we forget to breath during the race run.
halfway down the run I am gasping for air. we always try to put together a few top to bottoms before race day, but there never
100 % more like 80 % . how do you prepare yourself for a race that allows you to relax enough to finish strong?
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 practice sections at 100% and then coast others, so you know how to ride them fast, and also do runs at 80% like you mentioned just to get a feel of how tired you might be
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 what kind of bike should I ride to get Major pussy?
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 An R1 or GSXR 1000!
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 Ducati Sport 1000S
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 G'Day!

What foods/fluids and supplements do you recommend DH/FR and all-mountian riders eat while in training for pre and post recovery training workouts and rides and what foods/fluids and supplements and do recommend prior to race time? When should riders start cutting back on training and riding as race day approches and start focusing on just resting? What do you recommend or tell your riders to do to stay relax before a race? Is there any mental excersise riders can do to help them focus and prepare for a race?

Cheers!
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 Ok. Alot of people have technical questions. but I have a psycological one.
I ride good enough and I have alot of fun doing it. when riding with friends I have feel great and sometimes show off and actually ride better than if I was alone. Now when it comes to racing. I can train my ass off on a course, be fast as shit, and the day before race day I will be so nervous that a can barely hold the bars. Race day I usually make some stupid mistake because I cant focus. My race run seems numb in my mind and I am not "flowing". I may still be fast but it usually the small mistake costs enough time to make my time mediocre.
When I used to race alot in 02ish I struggled with this, but some good finishes brought me confidence. Now with sporadic racing it is a P in the A every time. its like I am a rookie. WTF.
How can I train my brain???
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 What advice do you give professional downhill racers about how hard should they should push their limits during practice to improve their riding abilities? How should they avoid injuring themselves, and losing training time to recover, but not go so easy that they don’t benefit from training rides? Where do you find the balance? Is there a special mindset riders should be in to achieve it?
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 I'm a flat pedal DH rider, and as such I have a bit of a harder time pedaling compared to other clipped in riders. I understand there's also some technique involved, if you could please explain. Cheers
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 tilt your feet a bit forward while youre pedalling (only on faltter sections though or youll OTB) and pull the back pedal up just as you would riding clips
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 When I ride rough downhill trails I cramp up in my palm right at the base of my thumb and experience pain in my pinkie and ring fingers, is this due to lack of strength or is it a problem with my riding form or bike setup? I have much larger hands than the average person and have always thought it was because my grips diameter is too small. Can you make any suggestions? Thanks!
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 Try using softer larger grips
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 I seriously have trouble when it's really muddy during a race weekend. I don't know what it is, but it seems like anyone I could keep up with in the dry no problem can murder me in the mud! Besides mounting some proper mud tires and practice, is there anything that I can do for myself or my bike to make me go faster in the nasty?
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 Scott, 1) what are some of the myths & bad advice going around that make you cringe? (ex: hitting a jump is all in your arms, pogoing off the fork for a drop, etc) 2) How do you take a slippery, gravel filled turn where you wash out before the exit? Thanks.
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 Sorry, question 2 is for flat land turns, not bermed or necessarily steep.
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 use your foot to keep yourself upright
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 When I ride runs that have breaking bumps and frequent small rocks, that cause alot of vibration, the first digit of my fingers hurts to the point where I cant ride any longer than an hour. Do you know what may be causing this?
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 Scott, I race DH and XC and would like a training routine that could benefit both disciplines. Do you have any suggestions?
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 I know im not Scott, but I also do DH and XC (more XC) and believe me, step ups (with wheight if you can) and jumping squats are just great, and well, push ups are basic for DH, if you don´t get enough add some bench press to your routine. Believe me!!! Try it and you ll see.
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 Why isn't most of the pro downhill riders wearing body armor? I think it would be better to wear protection se that they have less chance of getting hurt and ruin half the season?
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 so*
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 I only wear knee pads, i ride with what i feel comfortable in. Neckbraces and pressure suits just make me sweat and make me feel like my movements restricted!
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 I think they dont wear it because they want to get better results. What i mean is like if they dont wear it they feel more Free and confortable and so they can improve their performance
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 The tyranny of fashion. If someone doesn't wear armour due to restrictive movements and heat then no one would wear pants either.
But really, what's a broken limb or neck when compared to looking good in the lift line? It's time our sport outlawed armour and helmets so that we can look more like dreamy surfers.
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 dude you crack me up
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 I hear you all! I ride without body armour to. I have helmet, neck brace and knee pads. I really want to have a good spine protection but I've tried almost everything out there and NOTHING fits without restraining my movement. + it looks really stupid, and when you feel like you're looking stupid your confidence level goes down and your confidence is a BIG part in racing downhill.
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 think the restriction of movement a body suit gives is a little bit more than pants (trousers?) give
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 is there anything i can do to make myself move more over the bike during the run
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 Yoga.
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 XC in difficult tech terrain with high seat. You have to get it off the way of your thighs to lean the bike, so you have to move around on the bike. Not only will that teach you to move around but also it's going to help you understand the importance of seat in steering the bike, i.e. putting some weight on it to get the rear wheel grip when things get loose. When you get used to that on XC bike, you will be more eager to run higher seat on gravity bikes. Look at Hills or Minnars seat heights in relation to handlebars.
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 well, I used to race xc for a few years and still do quite alot xc miles, i like to think that i can descend on my xc bike quite well. I think that it might be my setup on the dh bike that is the problem, or it might be a wrong position that I have (too rear end heavy or too low... )
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 DH bikes make it very easy to be too far back. If you find yourself often "hanging" on the bars, so you feel it on your fingers not on palms, then something is wrong. It is very hard due to a high DH cockpit to be too far up front. The answer to most problems is neutral position which is the proper one. It is the one where you are very heavy on you feet and very light on hands. It should work like that, so you stand on pedals and when you very lightly let go off the bars you neither tip back nor forward. Do that on a paking lot first, them chwck yourself randomly on trail where situation allowd you to. Check yourself like that for good position: chin up, elbows out, heels down. Then chest low on the bars, ass high, balance check by letting off the bars a bit.

For reference visit www.leelikesbikes.com and www.betterride.net
Lee McCormack and Gene Hamilton are great teachers.
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 i want to backflip my mtb, i know a bike park with a foam pit and a ramp going into it, the only fear i have is landing back on the ramp because it is quite steep but not straight up, will this happen? i seen other people backflip off it xD
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 Practice on a trampoline first. Don't rotate by "throwing your head back" like every other rider incorrectly does. Learn proper rotation technique in a gymnastics class or trampoline class.

Go onto youtube and look at trampolinists or aerial skiers, you will see they do not start the rotation until AFTER they leave the trampoline/lip (that's what all the arm waving that the aerialist do at the top of the ramp is for - they are practicing the moves that rotate their body). This means they will land exactly where they would have if they didn't do a trick at all. This is what you need to achieve - start the rotation AFTER you leave the lip and you will not land on the ramp.

Ask any wakeboard coach - an hour on the trampoline is worth four days in the water when it comes to learning tricks.

I won't tell you how to acheive rotation because if you are serious, you'll go to a class. The classes cost a lot less than medical bills after breaking your neck.
  • + 1
 hi i would like to know how to get past that big point in the mind that stops me from going big, speed, lunchers, drops everything that is possible but i want to know how to get past that point in my head that says dont do that.
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 just wondering i hate to lift weights and do exercise sorta training over the winter so i was wondering what is a good way to stay motovated while doing this. also what are some of the best excercises that work the right muscles for pedaling thanks.
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 I do one XC race every year(The same one). I know the course and what is ahead. I get to a certain physical excretion and I mentally cave. I tend to stay in a comfort zone. I hate it, because at the end of the day I know I could do much better. This issue isn't limited to XC racing though. I have had this issue running 5k and marathons. Please help me Master Jedi Scott.
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 Best way to train with too much snow to ride?
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 dig a run?
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 go ride, just like me www.pinkbike.com/video/173883
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 no really just take a shovel and get that snow off your track
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 stick it to mother nature boy
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 i dont know why, but i have a fear of dirt jumping, and ramps/jumps(big jumps) (im all good with drops though), i do some but for some reason i get really scared of big dj's/ jumps etc.
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 Question for Scott: Me and my friend are 14 and have just started to ride DH but the track is a 30 minute drive away and we cant get our parents to drive us there very often(we get down there about twice a month), so we have build lots of short 5-30 second runs in our local wood e.g. berm,s drops, steep sectionss, mini rock garden ect. Will this help make us quicker and more confident riders when we get to go and ride the DH track in Rogate?
Thanks George D Smile
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 Yes and no ull just need to practice hiting those things with speed Cuz on a dh course ur going a lot faster
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 There are a lot of differences between world cup rider's gear :
What is the good compromise between wearing too much protective gear (but having much confidence) and wearing not enough (and beiing lighter, faster) on a "classic DH track" ? ( full body armor, leatt, back protector, nothing but knee pads... )
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 I've only been riding/racing DH for 2 years. I'm a pretty good rider, and race state and a few national rounds. I was just wondering what the best way to regain some confidence after having a few really bad crashes in a short amount of time. I've been really pushing myself this last week leading up to a nationals round, but doing so I've had a couple of pretty bad crashes going pretty fast.
I'm just a bit stumped where to go from here, I don't feel as confident as I did a while ago, and am now more tentative when riding which isn't too good because it means I'm slowing down a bit. Any advice?
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 I ve seen too many skinny people performing amazingly. They did have stamina, but generally no muscules. I am as a big guy always was amazed on how do they still manage to be so quick.
Hereby, my question is: How your body and it's physical shape affect your performance in Downhill races?
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 What is the best way to prepere yorself mentaly before starts? 5 minutes before your race run. someone listens music, someone goes tru the track in his mind. Maybe there is some simple things to do, that helps you relax..?

Thanks!
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 What tips, do you have for the pre-race nerves? I've been racing for a while now and do timed practice runs and they go great then for my race run, I get all shaky and usually make some dumb mistake in the run? Any suggestions on calming those nerves before getting in the start box?
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 Im a street rider and while doing pump tracks (wooden and smooth) I like to hit the berms pretty fast. Although i can get low and quick around it, i feel like my tire is just about to rip off. As if it is rolling on the rim. Is this a normal experience, are my tires too thin or deflated, or is the bead on my rim to shallow? (current setup - 2.10 " running at 60 psi)
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 I know that comfort of the trail is the main to to begin getting faster. I find that on courses i race on that the sections i seem to mess up on during my race run is the sections im not comfortable with. Do you have any tips you can give that could help us gain comfort in certain sections of the trail? Eg, rock gardens, steeps, root chutes.
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 hi, I allready have a training program off a british cycling licensed coach but he does road cycling, therfore my legs are strong enough but my top half isnt the strongest,he tells me to go to the gym twice a week, but i do not know what to work on and how, could you please give me an insite on what to do? thanks
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 my gym has diagrams on the machines that tell you exactly what muscles they work, just go for all the upper body stuff, chest press, shoulder press, ab curl
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 ok thanks! i also do alot on the rowing machne as in 100m sprint intervels with around 5 seconds gap inbetween each one, i was guessing this should be good but what do you think? thanks Smile
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 Whats the best way to ride root and rock gardens, alot of the tracks around here have huge root/rock gardens and i find my confidence dips when i come face to face with them. Any tips ?
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 just ride confident, when choosing your line anyicipate where your weels may slide so be ready to counter balance. but if you ride slow and unsure when your tires slip, you will go flying aswell
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 I do anticipate though and expect my wheels to slip, i ride them fast but for some reason have no confidence in riding them. Maybe its just nerves.
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 like a corner, brake before it, stay relaxed and centred on the bike. Bent knees and elbows will help you react, look well past your wheel so you only see the three rocks that actually matter, not all the little ones that are just there to distract you.
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 try and hit root's square on and hop over what you can
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 When I jump, my body tends to move over to one side so when I land, it's sketchy or I lose a pedal or fall off.
Any tips for keeping my body central when jumping?
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 Your shoulders and elbows must be in the same height.
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 relax, relax relax. If you are stiff and tense you and your bike will move as one tippy unit. relax your legs and arms and keep your eyes looking past your landing
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 Why are you negpropping me? I had the same problem a couple of years ago, then I was made aware of having shoulders and elbows leveled. Then I focused on it and landed it perfect a couple of times. It is no way he will be able to relax in the air time when he doesn't even feel comfortable jumping it.
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 dude, you said "your shoulders and elbows must be in the same height", not leveled. I was picturing the guy sending it off his next jump and lifting his elbows up until they were the same height as his shoulders, his front end would be so high he'd be more sketchy than ever. Elbows level with each other, and shoulder level with each other makes more sense, but is not going to hold true as soon as you get into hips or jumps on rough terrain.
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 Haha, I see. Facepalm No it won't be like that on all jumps, but it's a good thing to know, it certainly helped me out in the beginning. Later it will be feel more natural to take other kinds of jumps. But we all started somewhere? Smile
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 What are the base factors to start "production of world champions in downhill" in a country?

Special supporting and developing programmes on governmental levels, economic development of the country, physiographical features, traditions, genetic specificity, level of specific sport developing, ambitions etc or trivially money and you being invited as a National Coach?
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 i severly broke my femur november 8th but have done some healing and have the docs ok to road bike and ive been doing a bit of smoother trails on my dh bike sitting on the pillow xP. my problem is im still haveing trouble completing the upper foreward motion in my right pedal stroke. (i broke my right leg)(and yes my name is charlie legg lol) my question is i have been doing a couple excercises over and over that the doctor gave me but i am curious if you might have any stretches or excercises that are specific to muscle recovery with this motion? all help is appriciated!

happy trails!
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 physiotherapy?
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 whats that? lol
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 Look it up it would help a lot
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 ah phisical therapy lol yea im all over it. every day a little better but im desperate to get back to the races with my new rig lol i broke my femur 4 days after buying a race bike and this weekend was the first round of winter series so it looks like im just watching this season =\
  • + 2
 I am always nervous about my front tire washing out around corners. I think I understand the idea of staying neutral and weighting the tires but do you have any tips or tricks for more confident cornering?
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 How do i keep my mouth and throat wet when pinning it hard on the pedals?
It tends to dry up and i`d have difficulty breathing.
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 in through your nose, and out through your mouth is a common thing which helps
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 Thats True , but its really hard to do it when doing any kind of sport .
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 try chewing a small piece of gum. always worked on bmx track and moto. kept breathing controlled and relaxed and chewing helps with cotton mouth.
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 Man trust me on this one. Try something like a mint candy (big size preferably). I dont know if you get "VICKS throat tablets" in your country, but it helps me a lot. I just keep it in my mouth, and it keeps it cool. You can also try some really sweet oversized candies which has that glue kinda thing in between. But they key is.. dont eat them. Just put them in your mouth.
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 Okay, i shall try inhaling through the nose and through the mouth, eat kandy and vicks(thats wierd by the way) and chew bubble gum and kick some ass racing!hahah thanks to all!
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 YIKES. I really do not reccommend riding with anything in your mouth. Hydrate, and not just before your run but the night before. Once you are in your run you should be too focused on the track to notice a dry throat.
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 Hahah yeah man, i think fullbug and vineet wants me to choke while riding!hahaha...
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 wish u no harm kurtsucks! but most kids in the 6yr exp class can pull this off..hahaha
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 drink some pure water just before your run. Nothing with sugar in it, though!
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 No bong hits at the start gate.
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 ^ ha f*ck that, i just chew gum right after..
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 why do i do great in practice runs for a downhill race but then do horrible in the actual race
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 Nerves.
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 is there anyway to help with that
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 experience
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 Is there a technique to help improve confidence after a bad crash or few wobbly moments? I'm in a fairly poor mindset right now and am trying to find a way of getting out of it and attacking the track again!
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 get the hardtail out and go and ride loose trails, you'll be having fun again in no time
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 Hey scott, I am a 17 year old DH racer from new england looking to take it to the next level. I race Jr. Expert and placed well this past season. My question is, how do i make the most of my next season? Do I continue to race on the main east coast series here or should i race some smaller non usac races and race in the pro category to get some more experience. I would also like to race some Pro Grt series next season, and though it may be far fetched, qualify for Junior worlds in Champery. Do you have any advice for a young racer like me to stay on track and continue to progressing in their career? Thanks!
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 My main problem is feeling uneven over the bike...
For instance... my left foot feels like it wants to be futher out than my right foot on the pedals..
Any help for this??
Thanks in advance.
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 when i ride on the world cup in bromont it is pretty technical for me and there are lots of rocks how do i go faster on a single crown over rock guards?
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 Take a run, get off your bike and look at the rock gardens or any other part your having trouble with...(BUT STILL MINDFUL TO OTHER RIDERS ON THE COURSE AND STAY AWARE)...and pick lines that work for you. Try to stay loose on your bike and absorb as many of the bumps as you can with your arms and legs
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 ive got wo, so take your pic to choose:P
..what did you do to keep the riders in top shape and going fast?
and how do i get the ultimate roost in a corner?, as i seen aaron gwin do it and it seems awesome to try.
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 Question for Scott: Have you ever looked at or used any of Keith Code's (from the world of motorcycle road racing, deals with a lot of the psychology and mental aspect of racing) materials? If so, are they useful?
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 As a beginner XC racer what should i do to try and transfer to gravity racing?
  • + 3
 having trouble with super steep/rough sections of trail, is there anything i could do to get through these faster?
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 practice makes perfect
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 thats pretty much the answer to half of these questions
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 Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect. Practice something wrong all the time and you will learn to do it wrong. My golfswing is an example of this.
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 lean back try not to hit anything!
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 cheers guys
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 just keep trying to brake later and less each time you hit it, do it gradually over weeks and months and it will just keep getting faster know your limits though, dont push yourself too hard as youll just crash and knock your confidence
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 "youll just crash and knock your confidence"

yeah, been doing a lot of this lately. thanks for the advice though
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 nsgreg is totally wrong! you want to be balanced in the middle of your bike (you can find this position by bouncing on your bike, and when your front and rear suspension are both responding equally, you've found it)! If you are in this position you have the most balance and control. Therefore, you can go faster on a steeper and rougher section without losing control.
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 What leg excersizes except for spinning do you recommend doing that I can do in a regular gym?
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 Squats, lunges, leg press, calf raise
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 leg press and barbell
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 deadlifts are hella good for building ur muscles for riding but u can also hurt urself doing them, look up instructions on how to do them correctly
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 What's deadlifts? Can you explain?
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 More specific than last question, I find that I can go quick round berms I know and are built well, but how can I start to rail lower/tighter/looser berms?
Any Help would be great,
Cheers!
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 Oh oh oh! One more Smile ! Which colour is faster?


PS Stereotypically its red due to Intense marketing and being first colour of electromagnetic spectrum. but what's your opinion?
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 how do i get faster on a bike and do jumps/drops more confidently and do u really need to buy a neck brace and corner with berms and without berms at speed any suggestions ????
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 How good does your cardio have to be for DH? is 20 mins of interval training three times a week enough?
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 it's not enough if your competition is doing more...
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 After a race day is complete do I eat before drinking or can I just pop tops and enjoy the little butts on the Monster Energy Trophy girls? You rule Sharples. See you at the PROGRT #1 2011! NW CUP! Whoop whoop.
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 I love you man.
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 i love doing jumps but i cant get the confedence up to do gaps what should i do
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 I have 1 question do you think i should use shaving gel or shaving cream to shave my balls?
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 What is the bet way to build cardio for dh racing besides just goin for a ride?
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 running, especially fartlek training improves stamina and coping longer with lactic acid.
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 Running is also a great way to hurt your knees. Cycling really is the best cardio workout for cycling. That being said, swimming is also great.
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 After getting back from an injury in september, i want to bulk up my muscles to improve my DH skills and help prevent myself from getting injured, what training program or excercises to you recomend to do to achieve this?
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 what's the best way to overcome my fear of gap jumpsSmile
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 start with small gaps and work your way up if your going to go for a gap i would always want to over shoot it then under
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 Scott, come race day my legs are aching and super sore from the rocky bumps on practice day, what warm ups / stretches should I do?
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 most of the people here (related to fitness) just need to put more strength/gym work in! (this isn't a question, merely a statement...)
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 hi. how can i keep a fast consistant speed on downhill without getting to tired. and could you tell me any tips on getting my berms faster. thankyou
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 Is it quicker to pump or jump things i am a dirtjumper but have a strong interest in 4x and dh racing but being a dirt jumper i tend to jump everything Smile
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 Depending on what it is if its a rock or stump jump it if its a bump or jump pump it
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 What are some of the best off season exercises and routines you could do to improve your all around endurance and leg power for downhill riding during the winter?
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 Hi scott,
How do i stay focused and training and go out and ride instead of stay in when its raining heavily outside?
Thanks
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 ask yourself, do I want to win? Results require hard work.
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 I can't believe you would consider staying inside on a raining day. Riding in the rain is the best, plus a hot shower is SO encouraging. I love riding in the rain. A riding vid may help you get pumped enough to leave the house, try peaty's first section in seasons.
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 i have two questions, take your pick on which one you would like to answer: if i shave my head will i be faster/lighter? or, where did you get that cup!?!?!?
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 Some racers, like Minaar, are know for consistency, for rarely crashing, especially in a race. Any recommendations on how to achieve this?
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 Honestly,you cant really help it if you crash a lot.Try taking a tad off the speed in your raceruns.
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 Scott - Are you really the queen?
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 Is there any excercies i should be doing to improve my dh skil? And another thihng i have problems really railing, or hitting non bermed turns at speed. Any suggestions?
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 Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Brad Benedict..this guy has national stripes and WC gold all over him..yet he owns them himself as well! Good going Scott!
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 what do you have to do in order to overcome your fears of certain jumps ??
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 don't think about the consequences too much. Just decide on the speed you need and hit before you realise its gonna be bad if case Razz
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 tell yourself that as soon as you hit 10 you're gonna go for it no matter what, when you hit 10, pin it
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 I trying to perfect my jumping technique for 4x racing, can you tell me what is the best advice to get a good pop when jumping doubles.....
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 Please answer this: Do pros ride with clips? And if so does it make riding easier or faster?
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 What excersises should I be doing to help me stay concentrated, on-line and less tired during the end of a downhill run?
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 sometimes when i jump a section or clear the gap i pull my right foot off my pedal, how can i change this stupid habit?
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 by dirt jumping.
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 angle you feet creating friction or whatever between your shoes and the pins on your pedal. Either that or duct tape Wink
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 clipless pedals!
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 Maybe if you try first in a small jumps thinking in the position of your foot, in a small jumps it´s easy be focus, then you can try in big jumps, probably that action in your foot is because stress, don´t be nervous. Regards
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 maybe try alternating which foot you position forward
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 point your toes down. This will help your feet stick much as KennyKillsIt suggested. Don't do it too early or you will get bucked, wait until you are airborne. It will help tip your front end down as well to match the downslope of your landing.
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 I mention alternating your feet since many riders favor one foot forward similar to snowboarding, and you say it is only your right foot and that it's a habit. If you are completely removing foot from pedal like you would in a berm, then changing foot position and/or pointing toes down are not even relevant yet. That would be a halfway attempt to bail and you're going to seriously injure your jewels doing that. When you leave the lip of the jump, fully commit because there's no turning back at that point. This could be more an issue with having confidence in the bike's suspension and your ability to land safely- which comes with time and practice. I had developed a habit of grabbing the front brake while in the air (which angered me to no end) and it went away eventually as my confidence increased.
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 I'm 5 2 and i really like gnarly DH but i also do fast free ride. What would be a good bike for meSmile
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 why do people keep feeling the need to answer peoples questions here like poopendral...there asking scott, not u clown town
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 but there are too many questions for him to answer, so we may as well throw our 2 cents in.
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 What excersises should I be doing to help me stay concentrated, on-line and less tired during the end of a downhill run?
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 How can I build confidence in taking berms even faster?
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 How can I start to whip and table when in the air on some DH trials? how do I take berms at a faster speed?

Chedgy
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 What is the best way/technique to counteract fork dive and forward tilting during hard braking?
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 compression damping. look up the tech tuesdays on setting up suspension
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 More high speed compression damping, or a higher viscosity oil in your damper.
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 I am a small kid about 5 3 and 100lbs riding a small 951. What is a good way to beef up my riding techniques and have a faster run?
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 Are the Intense Micro Knobby folding tyres a good choice for Dirt Jump riding, Also would the tiny tread size wear down quickly. ?
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 yes! the thread disappears fast even if you don't skid on the I ride brakeless and the thread on the front went within 4 months but the knobs on the side are there so they still work i suppose
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 Do you have any tricks to keep your eye's looking far down the trail?
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 Yes this is somthing I continue to struggle with.
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 put black tape over the bottom 1/4-1/3 of your goggles if it's really that hard to look in front of you and also make sure your peak is tiled up as high as it goes
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 Haha, I like that, but no it's not that bad. I just know that it's something that can be improved and shave that little bit of time off my race runs.
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 Ohh, tip for madocreg2. If you are running your brake levers really steep (pointed down) a lot try pointing them more forward. It involuntarily adjusts your position a bit and keep your eyes forward. Not gonna fix it all, but will help for sure.
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 i got told by someone to put a bright colored sticker on ur handlebar n then if you can see it too much you need to look further ahead n that reminds you Smile
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 your eyes look where they need to look, on faster sections youll notice you look further ahead, theres nothing wrong with your technique
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 Not true at all... there's even plenty elite racers who could benefit from looking further down the trail, simple fact. Besides, next time your looking at that rock in the rock garden you want to avoid, let me know, you shouldn't be looking there either... so your eyes don't always point where they should Wink
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 What sections on a DH course do people usually lose the most time on?
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 Can I haz your bike?
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 Why are you a tool?
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 what diet and exersize would you recomend to someone who is looking to get fully fit?
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 Edit****Posted in wrong bit, apologies
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 Maxxis High Roller or Maxxis Minion DH? Big Grin
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 Dear Scott,
Can you agree with a national Russian saying that breaks were invented by cowards?
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 Can you weld a crack on bike frame (aluminum 6061)?
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 if you're good, but chances are the alloy is pretty fatigued if it has cracked once, and will probably crack elsewhere pretty soon
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 so it doesnt rotate?? what, like for a snow bike? only if the crank is made of aluminium.

edit: oh shit, thought you said crank!! haaha yes you can.
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 about aluminum what is the difference between aluminum 6061 an 7005?
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 6000 series and 7000 series are just different grades of alloy, like different compositions, and each need different heat treatment once welded
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 Welding a crack is not the most ideal. As stated its been fatigued already and the crack is merely the area that chose to tear. However, if you add material, like a plate of aluminum over the crack and fully weld that in place without damaging the frame, you may very well have a good repair. Also as stated heat treating should be considered. I would talk to a custom fabrication shop rather than a bicycle shop for this. They will understand the materials and determine whether or not a strong repair can be made, it does not have to do with bicycles at this point.
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 the good thing for you is that 6000 series alloy is much easier to re weld that 7000 series if you find a good welder. they say you should never re weld 7000 alloys due to heat treatment processes, but 6000 can be if you really need it done.
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 Yes you can weld your cracked aluminum frame, I did mine just this summer. Snapped it just in front of the rear hub. Your going to want to TIG weld it and to have some filler rod as well. When I did mine I got a away with out the filler because I had good fit up and lots of material to work with but if your fit up isn't good you will need it. ***THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WHEN WELDING ALUMINUM is that you prepare the aluminum properly, the aluminum oxide that forms on the metal has a higher melting point than the aluminum itself so what you end up with if you don't clean your metal very well is an aluminum oxide balloon filled with molten aluminum that just bursts and drops through once you get it hot enough to melt the aluminum oxide as well. Prepare the area by scrubbing it thoroughly with a clean wire brush, use a good solvent like acetone to remove any remaining dirt from brushing and proceed to weld right away. Aluminum oxide will reform fairly quickly and especially after the material has been heated, which means re-buffing and cleaning if you weld let it cool a bit and weld again. As well using a good heavy chunk of aluminum strapped out of the way to the area being welded as a heat sink is also highly recommended. It will help to avoid concentrating unwanted heat around the area being welded as to avoid issues with effecting the tempering process of the aluminum as mentioned above. Hope this helps!
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 mate thats legit! good instructions.
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 what is the best way to work on getting a faster pedaling speed when in a flat straight section of a dh course?
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 try rollers, turbo's or going to a spinning class
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 Do pros ride with clips? And if so does it make riding easier or faster?
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 Whats the best way to stay on the bike and comfortable when going down steep, ruff and fast sections?
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 I doubt this will get answered, but could you give me some tips on flat corners at speed?
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 is rest and recovery the hardest thing to teach riders?
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 What colour does a Smurf go when you choke it? Wink
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 I don't know what color did ur head turn thinking of that? And many the smurf turns green lol
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 Have you upgraded to Snow Leopard on that Macbook Pro? Also, where did you get that ironic mug?
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 whats the best freeride fullface?
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 How did you get into Coaching and training?
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 Advice on cornering and turning techniques such as cutties, that is probably where my skills lack the most.
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 should i use flat pedals or clipless spd pedals, for dh????
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 How can I go faster?!?! Thanks!
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 pedal! Pedal! PEDAL! lol that all i have to say and no breaks lol
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 Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego?
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 whats the fastest way to travel over rocks and roots
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 walk down the track and find the right line tup
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 Is the race face diabolus headset still in production or did they discontinue it because it is not on their website?
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 how can i get the confidents to do some tricks like no hander and nfcc?
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 Foam pit.
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 i am the queen Smile )Smile )Smile )Smile )Smile )Smile )Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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 How to get more air to gap those big jumps
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 Tips on setting up shock and fork for different types of race runs? Like steap rough runs and fast jumpy pedely runs?
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 how do i get better at Dirt jumping?
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 How do i get round berms faster.. i always fear im going to slide out or go over the top Razz
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 Or practice. You know, either or.
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 how do you come over a fear of hitting big drops/jumps?
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 I do believe that someone already asked this.
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 GETTING LOWER INTO BERMS AND STEEP ROLL INS?
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 Clips or flats?
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 tips to help me keep a finger on each brake lever
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 How could i get more rotation for 3's on my bmx?
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 can you prevent arm pump?
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 which exercises you should do to get faster on your DH bike?
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 Will Scott ever actually a question?
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 Can you do BACKFLIPZ
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 what is a gangster?...is sam hill a gangster??
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