Essential cornering skills


Of all mountain bike skills, cornering might be the most complex. You have to adjust for various speeds, radii, cambers and surfaces, not to mention rocks, logs, roots, rollers, jumps, drops and more … not to mention different types of bikes, wheels and tires!

At the highest levels, cornering gets integrated with almost everything we do: pumping, dropping, jumping and on and on. As a smart person told me, “The best riders are never going straight.”

This lesson focuses on the core skills that create fun, safe turns. When you dive into advanced cornering skills, you’ll be building on this foundation.

A. Overview
B. Step 1: lean the bike
C. Step 2: load the bike
D. Step 3: drive your hips
E. Outside foot down or feet level?
F. Should I lean my body or my bike?

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