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I think I may have worked out what was doing it. I don't "ankle" (see Sheldon Brown) while pedaling, but while coasting I unconsciously point my toes downward on the extended leg, which seems to have led to the same symptoms. I'm making myself flex my foot at the ankle while coasting instead, and so far so good. Gearing down and pedaling faster has made ...


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While not specifically addressing your question, this post from Lee McCormack addresses body position with jumping. Between that post and others he's put forth, the answer is: heavy feet and light hands. i.e. don't absorb the jump with your hands/arms. You use your arms and legs to adjust the bike to the landing (as the answer with the super-slow-mo video ...


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Your assumptions are wrong. Yes, riders do extend their hands and feet just before landing, but not to make the bike work more. They do that so they can make room for the inevitable hand and feet compression which will happen when contacting the ground. If you don't extend hands and feet then you only have: 40cm absorbtion of hands and feet compression ...


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If you watch a lot of trials riding, you'll notice they actually land with considerable more force on their rear wheels using their legs as a shock and then (sometimes even gently) touching down their front wheel. Front suspension was mainly created to maintain control on rough terrain. Trying to use your front suspension to absorb the impact of a jump ...


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You want to stay centered. Don't push the bars down. But don't wait to kicking downwards when the bike is just about to land. Extend in air smoothly so you have room to absorb and get ready for landing. On a hop you are trying to get air so you will be extended. If it a jump you are tying to absorb you will be compressed so you will extend in air. If ...


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Perfect pedaling is actually on the rare side and generally takes a lot of work to develop. That being said many people pedal in an unbalanced way (I tend to have a much stronger downstroke on my right and upstroke on my left). I use clipless however, so my feet are always in the proper position (for me). If your foot position varies or isn't correct (for ...



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