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What is the purpose of whipping a bike?

What is the purpose of "whipping" a mountain bike during a jump? Is it merely a trick (show off) or is it a functional move with a purpose? It is very commonly seen in videos which made me ...
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What is the purpose of landing on the rear tire?

Throughout the entire Kranked series, riders are doing insane jumps and drops. What puzzles me is that, despite beginner advice to land both wheels (nearly) simultaneously, about half of the landings ...
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Why do riders swing the bike out sideways when jumping?

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 ...
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Left crank keeps coming loose

Often when I go to school on my bicycle the left crank arm starts to loosen up after one or two really gentle jumps. When this happens I just tighten it with the tool I have in my backpack. It went on ...
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When should I move onto double jumps from tabletops?

I do mountain biking on some of my local trails and I have started doing some tabletop jumps which I can now clear, but I am afraid of starting to try doubles. Any advice? Thanks.
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How can i get the most air from a jump?

I'd like to know what technique/s to use to get both the most height, and the most distance from a dirt jump. The stock image below is the kind of dirt jump I'm referring to.
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Does wearing a backpack weaken your jumping technique?

I mountain bike about 4 times a week. I like to do jumps, but I wear a water backpack (water bladder, camelbak, whatever you'd like to call it). I wear it because I find that a water bottle doesn't ...
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Jumping - What happens if you pull your back/front brake in the air?

What happens if you pull your back brake in mid air? What happens if you pull your front brake in mid air? Does your bike go lean forward or backward? Someone told me you can use these techniques ...
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What is a good method for constructing dirt jumps?

What is a good method for constructing dirt jumps? Not massive jumps, just something more than a simple mound of dirt for a bit of fun. It's one thing to pile up the dirt, but there seems to be a bit ...
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How to perform a long-distance bunny-hop?

When I need to clear a missing pothole or a slippery section of the trail, I try to make the hop as long-distance as possible. The result is that, unlike when hopping onto something elevated, now I ...
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keep going off-axis on big jumps i don't know how to stop it?

I've been riding for about 5-6 years, and can speed through tech, can do hips, speed-jumps 5-8 meters... but every time theres a jump with a steep lip, or involves me going quite high, i keep coming ...
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How to avoid hand strain when landing with a road bike?

Whenever landing from a bunny-hop or jumping a couple of stairs, my hands strain just above the wrist. How can this be remedied? Things I have tried: Warming up before going out. Position the ...
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Should the hands be used for absorbing the impact after a jump?

I am trying to learn some very small jumps and bunny-hops. It seems that upon landing from either, there are two options. I am talking here only about the moment of the impact with ground, and not ...
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Do half link chains work on any bike and what is their purpose?

Do half link chains work on any bike? What is the purpose of a half link chain? I've noticed that only BMXers and DJers use them, and that leads me to believe there is a technical reason behind ...
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Chain jumping, unsure why

The chain likes to jump from the front sprocket, it is my impression that it makes no difference if the chain lies on the inner or outer cogs. Since I am unsure about the root cause I ask here for ...
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What does 'orbital' mean when speaking wheels?

I want to build my own dirt jumper, mostly using Octane One parts. At this site, there's two versions of the wheel. An 15mm orbital and an 20mm orbital. What is the difference, and which is the most ...
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Is the FOx TALAS 32 RLC suitable for reasonable jumps, ligh DH?

Here is the details of the suspension: FOx TALAS 32 RLC At the end it sais, that INTENDED USE is XC, AM. Not exactly sure what AM means, I have a few light enduro trails nearby, and the biggest jump ...
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What tool do I need to press fit a "Spanish" bottom bracket?

I bought a BMX style bottom bracket called a "Spanish" bottom bracket for a dirt jumper. Instead of using a hammer and a block of wood, I would like to do it correctly with a press... ...
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Building a Dirt Jump Bike - Spanish Bottom Bracket?

I'm putting together a Deity Cryptkeeper and confused about which bottom bracket to buy... The specs say: spanish 73mm Bottom Bracket Does this mean 73mm wide and 37mm diameter bearing?
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Bike saddle position for mountain biking/jumping?

A few times a week I go cycling with friends, we usually go to off-road places with jumps. I was wondering if having the saddle further backwards or forwards would affect performance?
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Can a non-cylindrical grip be better for jumping?

I'm learning to jump my mountain bike. I've noticed that when jumping, if I "death-grip" the handlebar, my hands can actually twist around the handlebar. This happens in both the ascending ...
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Beginner MTB ramp

When I google "ramp for MTB", I get some rather serious products and other lavish constructions. Do you have other, simpler, ideas to build a beginner's ramp to practice elementary jumps ...
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Bicycle chainring dropping/ making a click sound. Help! [duplicate]

My bike is a bit dirty but can someone explain whats happening and a possible fix for this issue? a video with the issue on imgur
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Which type of frame for slopestyle?

So I'm looking to build a slopestyle-trail kind of bikes, something like Brandon Semenuk used in Redbull Raw videos. I want something I can use on trails while being playful enough to commute on the ...
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Why does my rear cassette feel like it's jumping when I put pressure on small cog?

I just gave my bike a going over with new bearing cages in the BB and a new chain. After putting everything back on I indexed the gears - finally getting the hang of the front but first time indexing ...
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