Hey Lee – quick question. I am on a 27+ hardtail. This is the little pump track I use. Almost the whole track is in the frame. The bumps and corners come up so fast and it is sometimes hard to not run off the edge. When I put my 4 year old on it his tiny balance bike seems to fit so much better on the track than my bike. It makes me wonder – would i be having more fun or learning faster if I used a bmx bike instead? I am very beginner – only my 4th time on a pumptrack.
Thanks for reaching out.
I’ve ridden a replica of that same track. It’s pretty darn fun. As a matter of fact, I rode it on my Specialized Fuse plus hardtail.
While a BMX is theoretically better for this sort of thing, I strongly suggest you ride the bike you have.
- You already have that bike.
- I’m guessing you ride that bike elsewhere, and your pump practice will transfer better.
- The best bike in the world is the one you get to ride. See #1.
You didn’t ask about riding technique, but I can see some obvious places to improve:
- Get lower across the tops of the bumps.
- Don’t let the bumps push your torso upward. Keep your body level through the track.
- Advance the timing of your down pressure.
- More range of motion with your arms.
Learn way more at www.llbmtb.com.
If you take your current skills to a BMX bike, it’ll feel even more sketchy. Work to improve your skills. Enjoy the bike you have!