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7 years, 6 months ago
When people do really big jumps on a bicycle or motorcycle, they'll swing the tail of the bike way out to the side once they've taken off. Then it rotates back under them by the time they land.
Do they do this just because it looks cool? Or do they have to do it for stability reasons?
EDIT: After hunting up a bicycle image of this effect, it's clear that it's a trick.
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Nov 21, 2015 at 16:55
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Its definitely not for stability, its a trick called "Table top". The flatter they look in the air the higher score.
Nov 23, 2015 at 4:12
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It's a trick -- it looks good on camera and would count for points accordant with degree-of-difficulty and "sticking the landing" at an adjudicated comp. The bike and rider become effectively parallel with their upright-riding stance; as opposed to perpendicular when in contact with the ground.
It's also a marketing cliche in biking. Like an "ollie" or a "kick-flip" on a skateboard - landing this grants credibility and implies talent, courage, maybe stupidity ... depends on the actual vs. perceived talent level.
To be clear -
cuz looks cool.
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Nov 21, 2015 at 20:34
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This is called a whip, a tabletop is a type of jump design referring to the shape of the jump.
2.It is not just a trick. This is a technique to make the bike stay lower and jump out farther.
This is possible due to the gyroscopic effect that the spinning wheels create
Although there are competitions and there are photos used in marketing, typically points are not awarded and is a skill used for adjusting the bike's trajectory.
Dec 15, 2022 at 13:54
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