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Bunnyhop height

MeehahMeehah Posts: 15
edited June 2014 in MTB general
Hey bike radar. I've been practicing my bunnyhops and have got them about 2-4 inches off the ground most times and am wanting to get them higher. Anyone got tips for getting them higher?

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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Learn to manual first.
  • MaroMaro Posts: 226
    American style (lift front/manual then hop) tend to result in a higher hop.

    My highest hops involve half a pedal stroke whilst lifting the front, bit like a wheelie before hopping. My best result was a hop over 4 skateboards stacked edge to edge.
    Bird Aeris. DMR Trailstar. Spesh Rockhopper pub bike.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    POAH wrote:
    invest in spd's lol

    That's not bunny hopping, thats cheating.
  • CqcCqc Posts: 951
    As has been said, learn to manual, and when you do pull a manual to lift the front, and then push the front forwards/ down whilst moving your weight forward and lifting your feet
  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    That's not bunny hopping, thats cleating.
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  • holiverholiver Posts: 800
    I too am learning. There are a load of videos on Youtube to help. I like this one:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xNJR8W0YH4
  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
    POAH wrote:
    invest in spd's lol

    That's not bunny hopping, thats cheating.

    rubbish
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    It's not the proper technique pulling the bike up with spds. You will be less well balanced than if you use the flat shoe technique even when wearing spds.
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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    That's not bunny hopping, thats cleating.

    :lol:
  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
    It's not the proper technique pulling the bike up with spds. You will be less well balanced than if you use the flat shoe technique even when wearing spds.


    its not the original technique that I learned to do but its still a technique to lift the bike.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    It's more likely to put you off balance and land you on your face. Anything that involves pulling up generally moves your CofG in front of the cranks.
    Spds or not I would much rather use the technique wher you manual and unweight the rear to pop it up, no pulling involved. If you get it wrong, you're in a good position to ride it out comfortably.
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    POAH wrote:
    It's not the proper technique pulling the bike up with spds. You will be less well balanced than if you use the flat shoe technique even when wearing spds.


    its not the original technique that I learned to do but its still a technique to lift the bike.

    Totally agree with Rockmonkey, that's censored technique, if your pedal releases unexpectedly you're gonna have quite a crash. It's pretty limiting in how high you can actually get too.
  • FerralsFerrals Posts: 785
    I concur, and is one of the primary reasons I'm running flats at the mo,to get the proper technique dialed.
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    njee20 wrote:
    POAH wrote:
    It's not the proper technique pulling the bike up with spds. You will be less well balanced than if you use the flat shoe technique even when wearing spds.


    its not the original technique that I learned to do but its still a technique to lift the bike.

    Totally agree with Rockmonkey, that's censored technique, if your pedal releases unexpectedly you're gonna have quite a crash. It's pretty limiting in how high you can actually get too.

    yep, I can tell you that when your pedal upclips and you land 1 footed and hit a tree it hurts :lol:

    I still run spd's though :lol:
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    But if you use the correct technique for flats, there is no problem running SPD's, its just (like me - LOL) if you rely on the clips only that you can end up with problems.
  • plasma_manplasma_man Posts: 129
    Just watched Danny MacAskill do 120cm at the weekend in his Baden show, something to aim for!
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I remember seeing Steve Geall break the world record back in the early 90's. I think it was on the first Sprung film. Great bike film, well worth watching. The first four Sprung videos are on YouTube now.
  • MaroMaro Posts: 226
    Chuffing love the sprung films, and Steve Geall was The Man!!

    I saw Martin Hawes break the record about 10 years ago, he was doing a demo at a shop in town, nice bloke and he brought Rob Warner along with him too which was cool.
    Bird Aeris. DMR Trailstar. Spesh Rockhopper pub bike.
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    Maro wrote:

    I saw Martin Hawes break the record about 10 years ago, he was doing a demo at a shop in town, nice bloke and he brought Rob Warner along with him too which was cool.

    Why did he stop riding and take up motorbike trials? He was poo at that ha ha
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    The Rookie wrote:
    But if you use the correct technique for flats, there is no problem running SPD's, its just (like me - LOL) if you rely on the clips only that you can end up with problems.

    Agreed, some very worn cleats inspired me to learn to do it properly! It's far more satisfying than a "yank and hope" SPD technique too! Interestingly the one thing I notice is far harder/worse on my 29er.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Maro wrote:
    Chuffing love the sprung films, and Steve Geall was The Man!!

    He made a bit of a return to racing last year and beat the second fastest veteran by 11 seconds on a sub 2 minute track!
    Proper good rider and a nice bloke.
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