Off-Camber Turns with Nathan Kanney - Pro Secrets - Dirt Rider Magazine

**The Dirty Part

With Nathan Kanney**Off-camber turns can present a problem for even the most experienced riders, particularly once a trail becomes worn in. After heavy traffic an off-camber turn can become a really nasty obstacle as the obvious line or "low line," which is the path of least resistance, starts to deteriorate and expose roots and other menacing obstacles. That is why you will see most pros, like top off-roader and GNCC racer Nate Kanney, square off an off-camber turn--so they can avoid the problem areas. Kanney gives us a primer on negotiating these tricky turns.Follow Nathan around more than just one turn at


1. "When approaching an off-camber turn you basically want to go into it straight and smooth at the entrance, making sure you are balanced and centered. I'm careful to emphasize or 'shade' the inside of the rut and not the outside, so I have room to square the turn at the apex."
2. "At the apex of the turn I make sure I stuff the outside of the rut and pop to the inside of the turn. I pitch the bike about 5 to 10 degrees to facilitate the maneuver, weight the outside footpeg and keep your upper body loose and look ahead to the exit of the turn."
3. "After squaring off the turn, I accelerate up the inside of the camber, keeping my body weight to the inside while weighting the outside peg. You need to stabilize the bike to ride up the camber without slipping down the roots."
4. "Squaring off the turn and cutting up the inside keeps me away from the roots and rocks, which have been exposed due to previous traffic. Most often in off-road racing, the cleanest line is the fastest and the safest line."