Wheelie dropping made simple

I just posted a “How to wheelie drop” lesson on the LLB online MTB school.

This lesson should come after you’re consistent on larger drops, and after you’ve dialed in your “kung fu power wheelie” — the crucial explosion that lifts your front wheel as you leave the precipice.

Here’s an animation from the wheelie drop lesson:

This animated gif will play repeatedly. Click for big.

For more details about wheelie dropping (and lots of other skills), check out the LLB online MTB school at www.llbmtb.com.

What do you think of this image? I’m experimenting with ways to convey this type of information.

Have fun out there,


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4 replies
  1. Scott R says:

    Hello Lee,
    I like the repeating GIF format for learning. Allows me to watch over and over until I grok what’s going on.
    I only use wheelie drops in very limited circumstances, mainly when I am going too slowly to keep my front wheel up without a pedal. For 90%+ of the drops I do, I prefer to dynamically raise the front wheel without a pedal. I find that there are many more things that can go wrong when I involve my drive train in the equation. I have had skipping/shifting while dropping issues (which may say more about my bike maintenance than the technique). I also find that the extra half pedal can throw off my right left balance if I get sloppy.
    Great technique that should be in everyone’s tool box, but for me it is a skill for special circumstances. As always, thanks for sharing the knowledge.

  2. leelikesbikes says:

    Thanks guys. That good news re: the animated gif.

    I agree that the wheelie drop is best reserved for special occasions. I go months between using them, but when I need one it’s a life saver.

  3. George Dickert says:

    Hi Lee!

    I like the GIF format for the same reasons as Scott R. It’s great to see it repeat in slow motion. I also really appreciate the text telling us what to look at throughout the GIF reinforced by the circle, arrows and lines.


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