5 Tips On How To Pre-Jump In Extreme Terrain With Jordan Ashburn

How to use a small irregularity in the trail to unload over or pre-jump a nasty area in the trail

This article was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Dirt Rider.

Here we have a pretty fast downhill with a series of bumps or jumps.

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Tip 1Shan Moore

At the very start of this section is a little rise with some roots just before it then there is a little low spot and then a double jump. If you hit the first jump too fast, it will throw you into the face of the double jump, so I decided to pre-jump off of a root just before the first little jump, and that allows me to get my wheels back on the ground quicker so I can set up for the double jump.

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Tip 2Shan Moore

Just before the first little rise, or jump, I see a root and I hit it and unload my weight from the bike and pull the bike up and to me, so I lift the bike over the jump. If you grip the bike with your knees, it helps you to lift the bike up and over the obstacle.

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Tip 3Shan Moore

You’re not really getting off the ground very high; you’re just trying to clear the jump so it doesn’t launch you into the air. I’m only get about 2 inches off the ground here. Once I land, I’m soaking up the landing and then getting ready to launch off the first peak of the double so I can land on the backside of the second one.

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Tip 4Shan Moore
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Tip 5Shan Moore