Q: My friend has a 2010 Verde Radia and I have a 2009 Mirraco Blend 2. Our bikes weigh the same and we are both even in riding skills…its just that he can do higher barspins, hops and 180s! I am 5’5” he is 5’9”, does height affect our riding abilities, or is he bagging on me just because I’m Asian? Please reply. He is making me mad!!
Good news Will, its not because you are short, or Asian, your buddy just has better hops then you. Hopefully he doesn’t read this or you are really in for some bagging on. If hops were height related then everyone, including you should be able to hop higher then Brad Simms, or hop barspin higher then Biz. Those guys are not giants; they just have the “knack”. What is the “knack” you ask? Practice and lots of it. Both of these riders are quick to say that they still practice hopping higher and doing higher hop tricks like barspins and 180s nearly every day. So practice Will, break down the form and see how you can maximize the motions to jump even higher. Good luck.