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Drop-off from a rear wheel position


As soon as you will be able to hop on the rear wheel, you will be tempted to jump off obstacles, landing firmly and well balanced over the rear wheel. This frontal drop-off technique gives you plenty of control and visibility over your landing target.

A powerful drop-off technique

trials riding tutorials Nicolas Agyemang lets the rear wheel drop.

trials riding tutorials Giacomo Coustellier lowers the front wheel.

You can even combine this with a firm pedal kick to hop over a gap as you drop to a different level (the famous drop gap).

First, you should be confident about approaching the edge of any kerb or step with a few hops on your back wheel.
Balancing over the back wheel, adjust your tyre right on the edge of the obstacle with a few hops or with one controlled pedal kick.


The full move explained

trials riding tutorials Kenny Belaey getting ready for a big drop.

trials riding tutorials Maximiliano Vicario just off the edge.

When ready, brakes fully locked, lower the front wheel to the horizontal and crouch on the bike. This ensures that you start the drop with your centre of gravity as low as possible.

Release the rear brake and give a slight stroke in the pedal so that the rear wheel rolls off the edge. Let the rear wheel drop first and extend your limbs to adopt a standing posture in mid-air.

You can control the vertical tilt of the bike and the rear wheel position beneath you by pulling more or less on the handlebars. Upon landing, lock the rear wheel again to secure your position and crouch progressively, resisting smoothly with your legs and arms to damp the impact on the rear wheel first.

Lower the front wheel progressively, stretching your arms further as you crouch back. Check out our tips to land smooth.


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Rear wheel drop-off

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1° Balancing over the back wheel, adjust your tyre right on the edge of the obstacle with a few hops or with one controlled pedal kick.

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2°Brakes fully locked, lower the front wheel to the horizontal and crouch on the bike to bring your centre of gravity as low as possible.

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3° Release the rear brake and give a slight stroke in the pedal so that the rear wheel rolls off the edge.

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4° Let the rear wheel drop first and extend your limbs to adopt a standing posture in mid-air.

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5° You can control the vertical tilt of the bike and the rear wheel position beneath you by pulling more or less on the handlebars.

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6° Upon landing, lock the rear wheel again to secure your position and crouch progressively to damp the impact with your legs and arms.


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Minimizing the drop-off height

trials riding tutorials Abel Mustieles lowers his center of gravity.

trials riding tutorials Andrei Burton stretches to reach the ground sooner.

Once your rear wheel is well positioned, and especially if you are jumping from high, make sure you lower the front wheel and crouch on the bike as much as you can before releasing the rear brake.
Then in mid-air, you can fully stretch your legs again, just accompanying the bike down to reach the ground sooner. This tucking/un-tucking exercise will dramatically reduce the total drop-off height of your centre of gravity compared to a high standing position with your front wheel lifted.

Even when jumping from big steps as high as your handlebars, you could virtually reach the ground by simply extending your legs, from a crouched horizontal position.


Use the flex of your legs

trials riding tutorials Hannes Herrmann flexes before the next drop.

trials riding tutorials Vincent Hermance damps most of the impact on the rear wheel.

Use the flex of your legs to absorb most of the impact on the rear wheel and stretch your arms to lower the front wheel as you crouch. The higher the drop, the more stretched you will end up on your bike to absorb the impact.

When the front wheel finally touches down, you should have already damped most of the landing impact, the front wheel shouldn't bang on the ground.

In some situations, you will want to land on a narrow spot or you will have to maintain the front wheel up before you move on to the next obstacle.

In that case, concentrate your weight right over the rear hub to maintain your centre of gravity over the appropriate spot as soon as the rear wheel touches down. In mid-air stabilize the bike aligned with your upper body otherwise you're likely to be ejected sideways upon impact with the ground.


Landing into a slope

trials riding tutorials Giacomo Coustellier will lock the rear wheel to level the bike down.

trials riding tutorials Karin Moor about to dive into a slope.

If you are going to drop-off into a slope, then regroup over the centre of the bike as you take the plunge. You don't want to be leaning too much over the rear wheel. You can lower the front wheel beyond the horizontal limit and wait until the wheelbase is parallel to the slope before releasing the rear brake, or alternatively, hop into a frank dive and lean forward, well centered over the bike to tilt it down.

If the slope is very steep like on a ramp or like in a half-pipe, use it to your advantage and touch down with both wheels at the same time to damp the impact as you ride down.


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Landing into a slope

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1° If you are going to drop-off into a slope, then regroup over the centre of the bike as you take the plunge.

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2° Lower the front wheel beyond the horizontal limit as you take the plunge, leaning forward to stay well centered over the bike.

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3° Control the bike to touch down with both wheels at the same time, flexing while staying well centered over the bike.

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4° If the slope is very steep like on a ramp or like in a half-pipe, use it to your advantage to damp the impact as you ride down.


Jumping down across gap
The so-called drop gap is a combination of the rear drop-off technique with a firm pedal hop that sends you flying off the edge, across whatever gap there may be, to a lower obstacle. The higher is the drop from take-off to landing, the more distance you will be able to cover across the gap that separates the two obstacles. Check the drop gap page.


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