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How To Jib On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills

How To Jib On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills

(people cheering and clapping) – Alright! – [Instructor] Jibbing is the hottest word in mountain biking right now. But what exactly is the jib? How do you set your bike up for jibbing? What today’s video is
going to be showing you how to become a jib master. (energetic orchestral music) So, you might be wondering what jibbing is and where did the term jibbing comes from. Well, originally it come from
the guys that had snowboarded. They got creative out on the slopes adding man-made obstacles to the slopes that they are riding. Same thing happened with mountain biking. We had riders coming from BMX and trials blurring the lines between them all and getting creative with
obstacles out in the woods and on the streets. And then jibbing was born. Let’s take a look at
the few mods I’ve done to my bike for jibbing. (energetic orchestral music) Riders, when they come to set
their bikes up for jibbing tend to run a big, high
rise wide handlebar on the front. Set the suspension up
a bit stiffer as well. Or if they’re running fast, rolling tires with a strong wheel set,
so it can take a beating. Also, you’ll find that the
saddle is going to be dropped sometimes with the nose up as well so you can clamp it with your knees when it comes to bar spins and
no handers, things like that. There’s also a couple of more hacks that you can do to your
bike, like I’ve done that’s going to make jibbing a lot easier. So up front, we’ve got something special
going on with the front brake. This, I’ve got running
through the forks steerer so it goes in through the forks through a hollow star nut and goes down to the front brake. That way it allows you
to spin the handlebars, to do bar spins, tail whips, whiplashes, foot jam tail whips, the list is endless. Also, you need to add longer cables if you want your bars to spin free. So, on the back of the bike we’ve got something special going on too. I’ve added a spacer to the cassette. So, I’ve removed a
couple of cogs from this and put a flat spacer so I can down shift onto it and it acts just the same
as a BMX Freecoaster, when you’re going backwards. So, traditionally, you’d have to backpedal if you’ve gone backwards or fakie but with this in, your cranks stay level and you can fly backwards with ease. It makes a load of those tricks a lot, lot easier. So, in the middle of the bike we’ve got a chain guide. Underneath we’ve got the bash guard The bash guard is something important when it comes to jibbing. It just protects your chain ring when you’re doing grinds or
trying to go up on ledges or stools, things like that. You don’t want a mangled chain ring when you’re out there jibbing. This thing is a must. (energetic orchestral music) How on earth is a bar spin even
possible on a mountain bike? Traditional mountain bike, the front brake would
straightway get tangled straight round the front of the head tube meaning that it would
stop the bars at 180. Or the brake levers
might hit the top tube. That’s why we’ve got a high rise bar. So the high rise bar
would clear the top tube. Other things you might want to think about is how close your bars
here to your seat as well. Literally, it runs super close here so just be aware when
you’re slinging the bars that the bars don’t touch the seat. So, you’ve got your bike
all basked and ready but you want to learn how
to do your first bar spin. This is how. You just find yourself a tree stump or a hole in the ground, something that you can
sit your back wheel in to allow the front end to lift. Then you need to learn
to spin the handlebars. Learn to spin them rather than bus drive
them round with one hand like some people do when they claim to be able to bar spin. It’s not a good technique but it is an easy way to learn. Next up, you need to learn
where your handlebars are with your eyes shut. Just spin the bars with your eyes shut. Learn where they are cause
if this trick goes wrong it can go wrong in a big way. Then, go out to the front of your house do a little manual, lifting the front end spinning the handlebars, getting used to the pinch in the seat and spinning the bars. (energetic orchestral music) So my top bar spin tip
is all about the seat. You need to look how high your saddle is. You need it to sit
nicely between your knees when you go to pinch it. You also need to look at
the angle of the seat. It’s too nose down, you’ll find that it’s
really hard to pinch. Tilt the saddle back, you’ve
got the front nice and high. Also think about running a set
of big BMX style knee pads. It’s going to make that
pinch a lot, lot easier. (energetic orchestral music) Whoa. Fakie, what does even the word mean? It means riding backwards out of the trick that you’ve just done. With my knee, little (mumble) to hack, you can change that onto the spacer and glide backwards without pedaling. So to use a fakie out on the trail you need to come into it in the gear above the
spacer on your cassette. Think about when you come into it you’re going to need a bit more speed than you would do regularly because you got no
drive to that back wheel once you’ve downshifted onto your spacer. You come into it, you downshift around here so you’re on your spacer in neutral. You’re coming into it and then grab the front brake transfer your weight forward, then back and as soon as the tires touch the ground let off the brakes. Let that energy fire the
bike path down the hill. You’re going to find yourself gliding back down the slope and you need to turn the desired way, look over your shoulder and hop 180 to ride away
from your first fakie. (energetic electronic music) The manual is an essential jibber’s trick to have their list. If you’re missing out on the manual, missing out on a load of things that you could be doing. Jumps to manual, nose haul to manual, manual in between rollers. Manual’s a super stylish trick and one you definitely need to know. So, how are you going to
nail down that manual? First up, you need to find
yourself a nice open area, a car park, a fire road is ideal. Find something with a
slight sloping gradient that’s going to increase
the momentum in the wheel, make it easier to learn. Weight position, all we’re doing is centering the bike as we approach it with the pedals level. Going to do a bit of a weight
shift towards the front give the fork a bit of a squish, watch for it instantly
lift the front wheel transfer our weight towards
the back of the bike. You want to be pulling with your arms, pushing forward with
your legs on the pedals. That way, the bikes gonna
want to go up from underneath here and the way you keep
it in the manual sweet spot is just by modulating that
back brake really lightly. If you feel that you’re
going to fall off the back you need to pull the back brake on its going to bring the front wheel down. If you feel yourself dropping you need to pull up and lean back and push with your feet and pull on the bars. It’s all about brake modulation is staying in that sweet balance spot. So, my top tips for the manual is learn how to modulate your back brake. You need to literally be
able to feather this thing. You don’t pull it hard,
you don’t pull it soft. You need to be on and off and just stay in that
complete balance point. Next thing is to learn to get right back if you’re not falling
off the back of the bike or having to jump of the back of it you’re not going up high enough. A lot of people seem to do a quick shift on the forks and get the weight back and it’s just lifting that
front wheel up a few inches. You need to compress and
really get that front wheel nice and high. Next one is learn to link it into features on your run so if you’re coming down manual from some rollers or hop up manual ledge on the street It really is a sign of total bike control. So there you go. I hope you’ve really enjoyed today’s video on how to jib on your trail bike. Getting creative out there in the woods is a load of fun. I suggest you go out there and do it now. Don’t forget to subscribe to GMBN so to make sure you don’t
miss out on a load of videos. And talking about videos, Doddy’s done an amazing video on GMBN tech and how he converted my Mega into the jib machine that it is today. Check that one out. And Neil using the
Freecoaster to a different way out over here as well. Really cool vid. Don’t forget to drop some
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9 thoughts on “How To Jib On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Skills”

  1. Chris Smith is an excellent teacher . I tried the endo turn from one of his other tube tutorial – looking in the direction of turn was the key 🙂 . see here :

  2. Hey Guys how can i set up my cassete so that i can go fakie. do you have a tutorial for that so i can change my cassete into that space gear?

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