So, you are feeling confident on your mountain bike and want to work on some advanced skills, bunny hopping your bike and popping wheelies looks cool and is fun but these are actually skills you can use when riding the trails. Mastering the bunny hop can help you get over obstacles like rocks and branches and even small creeks, plus it looks cool. The same goes for popping wheelies, and while cool while goofing around this is a great skill to have when you need to clear an obstacle while on a technical or steep climb. For both of these moves a dropper seat is going to make it easier as it gives you a greater range of motion with your bike seat out of the way. All our mountain bike rentals do come with a dropper seat so you can tackle the toughest terrain in the Vail area!
Let’s start with the front wheel lift or “wheelie”, this basic skill is all about creating pressure in the bike and using that to lift the wheel up in the air allowing you to pop over roots and rocks and even build into a roller.
The Bunny Hop is the next progression of your mountain bike skills from the front wheel lift.
Practice this on easy terrain then bust it out on your next ride to make easy work of logs and rocks. Getting the bunny hop dialed allows you to take the sting out of absorbing obstacles by simply clearing them, thus causing less wear on you and your mountain bike.