Just about anyone can go fast when the trail is smooth. What separates the faster riders is how well they negotiate the really tough obstacles, the ones that can cost you time by stopping your forward motion or, worse, putting you on the ground. An obstacle that’s notoriously difficult to get over is a slanted log. AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn schools us on the proper etiquette of crossing slanted logs.
1. “When attacking a log, you will need to lighten your front end as you approach it. The idea is to use your suspension so it helps you get over the log.”
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2. “When the front wheel gets to the log you want to bounce the front tire off of it about three-quarters of the way up the face. That will compress the front and rear suspension. If you just wheelie over the log, you’re either going to stop forward momentum or your rear wheel is going to skid along the log.”
3. “When your front wheel clears the log the suspension will rebound and at that time you want to get all the weight that you can off the bike by springing upward with your legs and at the same time give the throttle a blip. This will help the rear wheel spring up and over the log with a lot more ease than if you just wheelied into it.”
4. “Once you clear the log you need to get back into a race stance and look for the next obstacle. A lot of riders make the mistake of just trying to use momentum to get over an obstacle like this, but if you use your suspension to help lighten the bike it becomes a lot easier.”