7 common jumping mistakes according to Rich Drew

Rich Drew is an MTB skills coach.

I think most of his tips are spot on.

1. Pedaling too close to the jump

2. Pedals not level

3. Hips too far back (I slightly disagree*)

4. Lifting the bike

5. Shooting the hips back in the air (I slightly disagree*)

6. Rigor mortis

7. Landing rear wheel first

*I believe you should hinge. Rich appears to ride in more of a squat.

The main difference between Rich’s and my approach seems to be this:

Rich says, “As the bike’s angle changes, my torso stays with it.” Here he is:

I say, “Keep your torso level and make the bike rotate independently from you.”

Fun stuff. What do you think?


PS: Here’s pro rider Joe Barnes.

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