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Bunny Hopping Technique(7 posts)

Bunny Hopping Techniquetriangleforge
Jan 17, 2002 7:01 AM
Some of the discussion under the "Action Photos" thread reminded me that I've been meaning to ask for pointers on bunny hopping. I don't aspire to leap tall barriers in a single bound (or rather, I'll continue to do so on foot!), but there are plenty of roots, rocks & other places on courses and trails around here where a confident hop would carry a whole lot more speed than bouncing over the obstacle. Currently, I'm comfortable with a typical roadie bunny hop -- lift both wheels simulaneously & count on sufficient speed to carry me over the obstacle. With the lower speeds & higher obsacles in 'cross or mountain biking, however, this technique dosen't do me much good.

I'd like to develop an ability to do a hop more like Wells & Nijs (incidentallly, Jan, I thought their techniques looked fairly similar, based on what I saw of Nijs on my tape of the '98 Worlds in Denmark, but I could be missing something). This involves lifting the front wheel over (or onto) the obstacle, then shifting weight forward and lifting the rear. Try as I might, I can't seem to get the timing right for everything to happen in the proper order. Any advice or pointers would be most appreciated!

Also useful for riders who crash in front of you.BK
Jan 17, 2002 12:31 PM
Same question. New to CX roadie who hasn't quite mastered the hop. Any practice tips would be appreciated!

re: Bunny Hopping TechniqueMJ
Jan 18, 2002 5:38 AM
I'm not the bunny hop master - but curbs are good practice for bunny hops - lift one wheel on to the curb then separately lift the rear wheel - at speed/bigger obstacles changes the strength and quickness required of the mover for the desired effect
It's very very easy...N Euton
Jan 18, 2002 8:10 AM
Ride to the obstacle at speed. 1' in front, apply front brake as hard as you can. Throw weight forward and upwards.

With practice, you will be able to preform a perfect forward summersault over the obstacle (doesn't matter if you hit it - aids take-off) and ride away with minimum loss of speed.
been trying that...paulie
Jan 18, 2002 6:31 PM
but I just can't seem to pull it off. You must have to be going REALLY fast to have enuff speed to pull the complete somersault.

I'll start practicing agin as soon as my collarbone heals...
Tried that (but seriously...)triangleforge
Jan 22, 2002 5:42 AM
Actually, I almost tried that technique with a way, way too late dismount -- got off the bike just in time, but smacked the front wheel good and hard on the barrier. Bike ripped out of my hands, cartwheeled full circle beside me as I was hopping the barrier. More dumfounded than anything else, I stuck out my hand and caught the bike in mid-air without missing a step, set it down and remounted.

Too bad it was just a practice lap and I didn't have more of an audience!

That said, I have to imagine learning how to bunny hop better will be a more useful skill than bike flipping, but it appears I'm not going to get much in the way of straight advice...
Jan 22, 2002 7:25 AM
it is a huge advantage in races, and those of us that know the secret won't give it up easily (free beer helps but is no guarantee). Some things are best learned on your own and/or the hard way.