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A 30-second vid of me on my @advocatecycle fat bike (Watchman) last week combining some elements I've learned recently to get up the vertical face of this boulder: track stand, 3/4 pedal stroke, lots of rear wheel unweighting while not pedaling. The trickiest part is to pause pedaling once the front wheel is up on the rock. My reptilian brain: "KEEP PEDALING! YOU'RE GOING TOO SLOW, UPHILL! YOU'LL STALL AND FALL OFF THE ROCK! YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MOMENTUM! PEDAL PEDAL PEDAL!" The pause in pedaling is so that the pedals can briefly be level, providing a stable platform for the vertical unweighting (leap! explode!) that helps to carry the bike up and over the rock. It's not intuitive but most of us have a neo-cortex, so it can be learned. 😉
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I’m thinking my next Thick Skull Mountain Bike Skills instructional series should be about unweighting/unloading, paying most attention to rear wheel unweighting and rear wheel lifts.
Many intermediate/advanced riders I see rely only on their suspension for small-to-medium obstacles and don’t seem to realize the problems that this causes, eg, loss of traction, fatigue, etc. And then they also miss out on some of the fun that a gnarly section of trail or a technical obstacle can provide.
Here’s a 15-second video clip from last October when I was experimenting with some parking lot drills on my hardtail, first showing rear wheel unweighting over some small firewood and then a rear wheel lift up a curb (no front wheel braking):