If you feel like you may be getting a little too much boost at your local track or trails, then you may be loosing valuable speed and flow, so we hooked up with Bellflower Cycles and S&M’s Kyle Fernandez to walk you through the steps of sucking it up.
“If you want to stay low and fast over a jump, you just have to follow and practice some very simple steps. As you are pedaling towards the face of a double you should have your jump already pictured out, as in your line, where you are going to take off and where you plan to land. Take off the jump with a comfortable speed to clear it. As you are going up the face, you want your legs to be about 60% straight, so you can have a little extra room to suck up the pop the lip wants to give you and to push down your bike and stay low as soon as you are in the air. When you leave the lip you want to be pushing down mostly with your legs because if you push to hard with your arms, you will go over the bars. If you know how to manual a jump, try to follow that same motion, but in the air without actually letting your rear tire touch the ground. As you get more comfortable, you can work on staying lower and lower. When you are ready to land, keep your legs bent so you can pump through the landing and get good backside.” – Kyle Fernandez