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If cornering is the primary issue I will offer the following advice: look thru the turn to where you to be when you exit use your brakes BEFORE you turn; enter the turn at the speed you want to hit the apex and accelerate out keep mass over the center of the bike; don't lean into the turn practice turning on dirt until you slide or fall; cyclocross skills ...


Firstly, the fundamental skills - position, cornering*, braking, cadence are easily overlooked - one can go for years without realizing they are doing some of those wrong. They have been explained in the top answer. Now in my opinion these are some drills, that are useful for the trail. Track stand - useful for slippery surfaces e.g. ice or wet stones, ...

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