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Side drop pivoting on the front


With the endo side drop, you rely on your front wheel to swing your weight over the gap at a controlled pace and amplitude before the actual drop. It comes in handy in biketrials competitions, were nothing is quite square like in urban trials.

Again, this technique doesn't require much balance, you will only need to stop along the edge you want to leave, and do a small endo (rocking the bike over its front wheel). Although you should practise on both sides to feel at ease in any situations, it is usually easier to perform the endo side drop on your front foot side.


A simple move

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Get as close as you can to the edge, on the side you want to drop-off, your front foot over the gap. With both brakes locked, lean forward using body language and lock your arms to launch a small endo.

As you push on the handlebars to lift the rear wheel, swing your hips to skew the endo sideways over the gap, pivoting slightly on the front wheel. When the back wheel is hovering over the gap, clear from the edge, perform a quick push-up on the bars to hop the front tyre off the edge. Make sure to pull the front wheel away from the obstacle.

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This firm hop sends you off the edge, now pull the bike sideways to realign it parallel to the obstacle. Only when both wheels are cleared, let the rear wheel drop first by extending your arms down. Land in line with the bike, otherwise you may be thrown off-balance upon landing.

Keep your brakes locked as the rear wheel touches down. Crouch progressively to absorb most of the impact on the rear tyre and hang firmly to the handlebars to control how fast the front wheel drops down to the ground.


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The endo side drop

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1° Get as close as you can to the edge, on the side you want to drop-off, your front foot over the gap. Lean forward and lock the front wheel.

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2° As you push on the handlebars to lift the rear wheel, swing your hips to skew the endo sideways over the gap.

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3° When the back wheel is hovering over the gap, clear from the edge, perform a quick push-up on the bars to hop the front tyre off the edge.

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4° This firm hop sends you off the edge, now pull the bike sideways to realign it parallel to the obstacle.

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5° Only when both wheels have cleared the obstacle, let the rear wheel drop underneath you and land in line with the bike.

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6° Keep your brakes locked as the rear wheel touches down. Crouch progressively to absorb most of the impact on the rear tyre.



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A common mistake is to wait until the rear wheel has started to "sink" on the side of the obstacle. This makes it more difficult to hop as the front tyre gets hooked on the edge, a sure way to crash on your back.


Landing smooth?

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In mid-air stabilise the bike in alignment with your upper body, otherwise you're likely to be ejected sideways upon impact with the ground. Let the back wheel hit the ground first, with the rear brake "on" to gain extra damping power. Use the flex of your legs to absorb most of the impact, lower the front wheel to the ground by stretching your arms progressively. Here again, fat low-pressure tyres are more comfortable.


Pivoting 90 degrees and beyond
If you are confident about pivoting on the front wheel, you can push the endo side drop to 90° or more on the front wheel. Then you will hop and complete the turn in mid-air to land at 180 or 270 degrees from your initial position on the obstacle. This technique could be used to re-position yourself as you drop, but this is mostly a neat trick to show off at demos.


Swing the frame sideways

trials riding tutorials The full 180° swing before a drop.

Swing your hips to initiate the endo and keep pivoting on the front wheel with your rear wheel well lifted. Maintain your shoulders over the bars. When you have pivoted over 90 degrees and are ready to hop, perform a push up on the handlebars and shift your weight over the rear wheel.

The push-up together with a good swing of the handlebars away from the obstacle will help you spin the bike further. Once ejected from the obstacle, pull the bike further to follow the rotation of your shoulders and re-align the bike underneath you as you drop, rear wheel first.


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Complete the turn in mid-air

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1° Swing your hips to initiate the endo and keep pivoting on the front wheel with your rear wheel well lifted.

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2° When you have pivoted over 90°, perform a push-up on the handlebars and shift your weight over the rear wheel.

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3° The push-up together with a good swing of the handlebars away from the obstacle will help you spin the bike further.

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4° In the air, pull the bike further to follow the rotation of your shoulders and re-align it underneath you as you drop, rear wheel first.


Demo style
At demos and for the "Whow!" factor, you could even perform a 180° pivot on the front wheel, from facing the gap, to complete the full 360° as you drop off.


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