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The static hop


Starting from a trackstand position, the static hop or wheel-transfer is very useful in situations where room is minimal and when the front wheel is resting on top of an edge.

A very versatile technique

trials riding tutorials Hannes Herrmann hangs to his front wheel before a static hop.

trials riding tutorials Nicolas Vuillermot about to compress both tyres.

It can be used on any weird shapes to precisely position your rear wheel one step higher, exactly in place of your front wheel or at the same level.

Use the initial vertical trackstand to focus on placing your front wheel correctly for optimum grip and impulse. Your center of mass will hardly move during the whole jump, hence the name of that technique.

Body language and tyre compression are the key drivers as there is no pedal kick involved in this technique.

The static hop is easier to perform at an angle of about 45 degree with respect to the obstacle, with your lazy foot facing the obstacle.


Practice at a slight angle

trials riding tutorials Surging to back wheel with a static hop.

trials riding tutorials Janos Boudet secures his front wheel.

Balance with the front wheel standing on top of an edge or a kerb. You should find your balance with your shoulders leaning beyond the handlebars, with most of your weight supported on the front wheel and firmly pressing the tyre onto the obstacle. Your head should be almost over the front hub.

Keep the brakes completely locked at all times. When you are ready, point your feet and stretch your legs to gain extra height on top of the pedals. Then flex your ankles and arms to compress both tyres and spring up immediately into a full extension boosted by a firm push-up from your arms, slightly sideways.

The tyres will bounce back from the compression and sum up to your upward motion. At the very end of the jump impulse, pull on the handlebars to lift the bike up and sideways onto the obstacle, and tuck your knees to let the rear wheel take-off.

You should finish the weight transfer with your arms fully stretched, holding the bike up in front of you and about to land the rear wheel on top of the obstacle. Land as softly as you can, with your hips right over the rear wheel. From there, move up to a more comfortable position on the pedals with a few adjustment hops on the rear wheel. Get ready for your next move.


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A regular static hop

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1° Balance with your front wheel standing on top of an edge. You should find your balance with your shoulders leaning beyond the handlebars.

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2° Keep the brakes completely locked at all times. Then point your feet and stretch your legs to gain extra height on top of the pedals.

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3° Then flex your ankles and arms to let your torso drop, firm up the arms to compress both tyres on the obstacle.

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4° Spring up immediately into a full extension boosted by a firm push-up from your arms, slightly sideways.

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5° At the very end of your jump impulse, the tyres bounce back from the compression, pull on the handlebars to lift the bike up and sideways.

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6° You should finish the weight transfer with your arms fully stretched, holding the bike up in front of you to land the rear wheel.


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Boosting your static hop

trials riding tutorials Kenny is ready to perform a firm push-up.

trials riding tutorials Vincent Hermance locks his front wheel over an edge.

To boost your impulse, use the spring of both your legs and arms combined with the bouncing effect of the tyres. If the obstacle is wide enough to support both wheels, you can lean further over the obstacle during the push-up and swing the bike over the obstacle while maintaining the front wheel fairly low.

This will be smoother and less demanding than pulling up the whole bike in mid-air for nothing. You will also be able to secure both wheels earlier on the obstacle. Choose your landing strategy in line with your plans for the next move.


Hooked static hop

trials riding tutorials Rick Koekoek pulled himself up to rear wheel.

trials riding tutorials Kenny Belaey well hooked before a firm traction.

The static hop can be performed with the front wheel gripping very narrow edges, even to a point where the bike hangs against the obstacle. In these situations, because the rear wheel has very little grip, most of the impulse will be concentrated on the front wheel and the fork.

In extreme situations (when the obstacle is nearly vertical), you won't be able to secure a confortable position with your torso above the front wheel. Instead, you will have to hang to the bike and build momentum from a powerful traction on the handlebars to bring your torso over the stem and quickly push up on your arms and legs to perform the static hop with extra momentum. It is very much like the second step of a regular front-wheel hook, without the run-up distance.

Make sure that your front wheel is well hooked or else it will slip off the obstacle. Before pulling yourself into such a hooked static hop, free your rear brake so as to let the fork flex a little bit under your weight. The spring effect of the fork will help you pull the bike up once you have completed your impulse.


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Hooked static hop

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1° Regroup low behind the bars. Free your rear brake so as to let the fork flex a little bit under your weight.

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2° Build momentum from a powerful traction on the handlebars to surge up with your torso over the stem.

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3° Follow up with a firm push up on your arms and legs to perform the static hop with this extra momentum.

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4° Once your impulse is over, the spring effect of the fork helps you pull the bike up. Tuck your knees to let the bike go.


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Placing your front wheel

trials riding tutorials Jack Carthy ready to load both tyres.

trials riding tutorials Benito Ros about to jump.

Typically, because most static hops are performed sideways, the rear wheel lands a few inches aside the initial position of the front wheel. Landing the rear wheel right in place of the front wheel requires a more frontal approach and more thrust forward during the compression push-up on the handlebars.

Performed at a slight angle inwards rather than purely vertical, the push-up will allow for more forward traction during your jump impulse for a very precise placement of the rear wheel.


Static hop from a wheelbase catch

trials riding tutorials Carles Diaz is about to lift the bike up.

If you must rest on a small obstacle that just fits within your wheelbase, with your wheels litterally holding the obstacle at both ends, a static hop is your only way forward (unless you decide to drop off the obstacle sideways).

This situation arises on most rounded obstacles where a pedal kick would throw you over the handlebars. Maintain a trackstand position with the obstacle locked inside the bike's wheelbase. When ready, flex your ankles and arms to compress both tyres against the edges (lowering your torso) and spring up immediately into a full extension boosted by a firm push-up from your arms.

trials riding tutorials Hanging by the rear wheel, Vincent Hermance gets ready.


Try to concentrate your efforts in a forward motion, pulling yourself on the handlebars as you push up on the obstacle to initiate forward momentum with your torso. After this surge, lift the bike up in front of you while tucking your knees to let the rear wheel take-off.

As soon as the rear tyre has cleared the back edge, swing the bike further in front of you to bring the rear wheel on top of the obstacle, landing well balanced and ready for your next move. You can think of this as a horizontally hooked static hop, in the sense that you want to move your rear wheel forward rather than high up.

trials riding tutorials Flexing before the hop, Kenny Belaey pinches both tyres.

With a little bit of practice, you'll be able to perform this variant of the static hop on slanted obstacles going downwards, where you'll have to pull the bike a bit more vertical to secure your balance on the rear wheel.

The biggest difference with a regular static hop is that you must concentrate all your efforts to hop forward and still maintain a good balance on the rear wheel when you land. Try this on a few pallets before you challenge yourself high up on slippery rocks.


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Static hop over a short wheelbase

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1° Place the bike with your wheels litterally holding the obstacle at both ends. Flex suddenly to compress both tyres.

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2° Spring up immediately into a full vertical extension boosted by a firm push-up from your arms.

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3° Lift the bike up in front of you while tucking your knees to let the rear wheel take-off.

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4° As soon as the rear tyre has cleared the back edge, swing the bike in front of you to land on the rear wheel.


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