NEIL DONOGHUE REVEALS SOME TIPS ON HOW TO IMPROVE RIDING CONFIDENCE ON HARDTAILS
Neil Donoghue gives us a few tips for you to refine your skills and acquire more confidence to ride harder on your hardtail mountain bike. It is important to have faith in your own ability when riding a mountain bike and building that confidence comes from practices or mastery. Hardtails can do anything. It can lift up power for you to be a better rider than a full suspension bike. Moreover, if you’re developed to a full suspension bike, a time spent on hardtail will be a better, quicker and more capable rider. The first tip is bunny hop where you lift bike up and over an obstacles, rolling the front wheel, your weight towards the rear of the bike, move your body up, and suck up the rear wheel. Second tip will be the technical section where you have to control before you reach the section so you’re in the best position to tackle the trail. If the rocks/roots are wet, stay off the brakes inside the section. If you have to brake, modulate the power to avoid locking up and slipping.
“Riding a hardtail can be a bit of a rough ride but you’ll be learning loads of little skills, you might not get if you go straight to a full suspension bike and getting confidence will come from getting the basics actually dialed.” – Neil Donoghue
Neil demonstrates on bunnyhop skill on mountain bike at 1:51
The third tip is pumping for instant speed and extra thrills. This is to allow a rider braking with force, produces free speed, turns increases speed, grip and all-round stability. It also allows to clear obstacles with ease. Fourth is jumps and drops which is the ability to manipulate your front and rear wheel that will help to overcome obstacles and remain in control during landings. Remember that full suspension bike riders need to check their shock and fork settings before hitting bigger jumps. Soft suspension could result in control issues during take-off or landing. Lastly, the Setup tips in which is the important way to keep the confidence by getting the right position.
“Essential for building confidence is getting the bunnyhop because unlike a full suspension bike where sometimes you can just rely on a bit bad technique planning through stuff on hardtail it pays to be super light.” – Neil Donoghue
Another demonstration of jumps and drops by Neil at 4:32.
“When I started off riding or do everything on it go and hit some jumps do trials race downhill the weekends the only limitations when it comes to hotels really is riding the roughest stuff and he’s trying to go fast so you’ll never see a downhill racer. When you can’t quite go fast as the others but got a more versatile bike probably.” – Neil Donoghue
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