How-to...Wheelie!

Jun 24, 2010 at 10:11
by Paul Howard  
First in a series of detailed, instructional "HOW-TO" vids that ZEP MTB Camps will be posting up throughout the summer.

Check out the video inside for all the details...One of the most common questions we've been asked over the years when instructing is, "how do you wheelie?". So we figured this summer we'd do a ZEP Video Lesson Series to address the main things we end up coaching people during our MTB camps and instructor training courses. This first video then shows a detailed, but simple progression to learn how to wheelie... starting with a basic front wheel lift and moving all the way to seated manuals, and is aimed at novice to intermediate riders.

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After watching the vid, make sure your bike is working properly (particularly the brakes and gears), you wear the necessary protection (butt pads are a good idea if you're new to this) and that you have somewhere appropriate to practice, preferably with a soft surface. Learning to wheelie for the first time on gravel or paved surfaces can be dangerous as there is a risk of falling backwards onto your bum and/or back. If you also therefore have any back issues, then make sure you're physically 100% fit before you try anything.

The next vid will be out in a couple weeks and will be titled "How-to...Do Everything Better!". Sounds really vague I know, but I promise it's not - we'll go through one simple skill that can transform your overall riding like no other... so watch this space.

Till next time,

Paul

ZEP MTBCamps are supported by Transition Bikes, Fox Racing Shox, MRP, Straitline Components, Troy Lee Designs, Sunline, 661, Whistler Bike Park. ZEP Coaches are PMBI certified through the industries longest standing and highly recognized mountain bike instructor training courses; the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Certification.


45 Comments

  • + 23
 At last someone explains and demonstrates this in a way that I actually understand !! Thanks a lot !! Am going out to practice right this minute !
  • + 11
 Great vid. Yes it's for the basics, but it explains it well, gives good demos and gives plenty of info for anyone to get started with bike skills. For all those haters, remember, you started somewhere too, no-one just jumps on a bike and rides like a pro. Videos like these are building blocks for anyone to learn these days. Look forward to the next "how-to"!
  • + 14
 preload and EXPLODE!
  • + 19
 that's what she said.
  • + 8
 Smile CanĀ“t stop laughing now...Damn you!!
  • + 2
 LOL seriously....
  • + 10
 DO IT ON A D.H. HAHAHA
  • + 1
 dude, it really isnt hard to do it on a DH. my best is a 5 min 23 second wheelie. ill try to post it soon
  • + 7
 great vid ... should really help people out ... made me realise straight off that I pull too much
  • + 7
 be careful, if you pull too much you will go blind.
  • + 9
 Very nice vid! Helpfull!
  • + 4
 I always have people ask me how I wheelie, and I never really could explain it to them as I just learned it and did it. Nice job explaining the mechanics. I know how I wheelie nowSmile
  • + 6
 Loved the music! HILLTOP FOR LIFE!
  • + 2
 Guys excellent work!! I think these instructional vids give people a good idea of their coaching styles, methadology and technique The ability to break things down and explain it is a fantastic skill and if you pick up one thing from the vid then its helped, even if you can alraedy do wheelies cant wait to see more!!
  • + 6
 so pointless
  • + 73
 How is that pointless you muppet! It's aimed for people getting into the sport or just wanting to improve on their skills. Good Vid and Great instruction.
  • + 57
 The title is how to wheelie.... what were you expecting?
  • + 2
 10 minutes on how to do a basic wheelie...how oh how did anyone ever learn to do a wheelie before this video was made??? I'm all in favor of these instructional videos, if they help at least one person they make a difference...but seriously 10 whole minutes, give me a break!
  • + 27
 some people need assistance with very basic skills.... think of old people just starting to ride, they're not going to want to get out there and eat shit a bunch just to learn how to wheelie... you know?
  • + 2
 Well said not-Iggz Salute
  • + 9
 sometimes, but rarely... I try.
  • + 2
 This takes stuff too seriously i learnt accidently
  • + 6
 Why would you want to wheelie on a mountain bike trail (this is directed at MTB skills after all)? I cant wheelie my dh bike and it doesnt hinder my riding in the slightest...
  • + 1
 I don't even care anymore. some people may agree with me, clearly many don't...I'm guessing this series will pick up speed and get better.
  • + 6
 You guys might be surprised to know that a lot of people can't do a basic front wheel lift, it is one of the first 'trail' skills we teach.

bunkey- I bet it really hinders your riding, you just don't know it. Learn it and then apply it to your trail riding/racing. It is used all the time by the best riders and fastest racers in the world.
  • + 4
 Ok I'll bare that in mind next time I see Sam Hill slow to walking speed, drop into a granny gear and pop a big one in his race run lol

Seriously.

I think teaching how to manual and pump the trail is worth a lot - but wheelies?
  • + 6
 You're obviously missing the point here... No, Sam Hill most likely will not drop into granny gear and wheelie, but at very fast speeds, using wheel lift/manual techniques will get you through the track at a much fast rate than not doing any at all.
  • + 5
 exactly, the body mechanics and weight shift and such are exactly the same....just much much faster. The same can be said for cornering and everything, learn the basics at slow speed then apply with speed.
  • + 4
 Bunkey doing manuals is what is really good for DH but if you go in a higher gear then what ur pedaling in then you can pop a wheelie for a couple seconds and you'll get a bit more speed and if you can't do a decent wheelie how are you going to hold a manual for more then 2 secs
  • + 1
 took semenuk one minute to teach a tailwhip...this guy 10 minutes to teach a wheelie
  • + 14
 10 minutes of quality advice methinks.. some people just dont learn stuff that fast! and whats wrong with a little more advice? If you dont need it, don't watch it.
  • + 9
 you know what, that was very quality how to, i'm sure there are plenty of riders who appretiate this, even some of the advanced riders, i think there are quite a few guys here that are too proud to let anyone try to tell them how to do something no matter how simple, I can't wait for the next installment!
Smile
  • + 5
 Can i just make the point that this skill is aimed at all biking from xc to dh. The wheelie is definitely helpful when it comes to getting over roots and rocks when climbing. It can also be used when getting the cranks in when exiting a corner when racing dh, only without sitting. For those who struggle to watch/feel and do and those who don't want to crash loads before they get it, this video is ideal due to how in depth it is and how it breaks down each component.
  • - 4
flag mretard (Jul 14, 2010 at 3:06) (Below Threshold)
 in reply to Bunkey's post, it doesn't hinder your riding at all mate, i rarely wheelie on a trail as it just seems silly to have to drop down all the gears and practically stop to pop a little wheelie, manuals are best on the trails and even if you can't do that it doesnt make your riding any different nuff said
  • + 2
 You realize that you can be going at higher speeds, and still pull your wheel off the ground, right? you just need to be in a more difficult gear.
  • + 3
 No one is saying you are going to pop wheelies while riding a trail. Learning to wheelie will help your balance and coordination on a bike, most people who can manual will have started off by learning wheelies I certainly learnt a wheelie first. Not being able to manual or wheelie won't slow you down but if you can then it can be used to the advandtage of the rider on any given trail. This video doesn't say you need to wheelie it is just offering those who would like to benefit from the skill the opportunity to be taught.
  • + 3
 A wheelie is actually very handy for water crossings so that your front wheel doesnt soak your shoes.
  • + 2
 Funny I was just talking to my buddy to figure out how to teach my gf to wheelie! I know how just don't know how to explain it... But I'll get her to watch this and hopefully she can try try again!
  • + 4
 What happened to tech tuesday.
  • + 10
 There were some technical difficulties.
  • + 3
 would like one tutorial to manual. Nice video and explanation
  • + 2
 lets hope this progresses like the tech tuesdays did
  • + 2
 That is one bad ass Transition Covert.
  • + 1
 sweet....... dur
  • - 2
 has to be the stupidest thing i think i ever seen :L preload and explode :L

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