How do you bunny hop on a mountain bike? And what exactly is a bunny hop used for? A bunny hop is used to get both your wheels off the ground in order to get your bike over roots, rocks and obstacles without slowing you down.
How to bunny hop on a mountain bike
It’s much easier to understand a bunny hop by breaking it down into two parts. Both parts consists of the front wheel and the back wheel.
Remember how to do a manual? GOOD! Because in order to get the front wheel up, it requires a similar technique to a manual.
If you haven’t yet mastered manuals, see our How To Manual On A Mountain Bike article.
Just like with a manual, you need to pre-load down into the bike and then punch it forward with your arms and legs.
The most important thing to remember is to use your weight to get the front wheel up rather than pulling it up with your arms.
As the front wheel is coming up and almost to its peak, it’s time to get the back wheel up. At this point, your manual has moved your weight over the rear wheel and pre-loaded the back of the bike. Now you have to quickly spring up and just a little forward. Your sudden weight shift will get the rear wheel off the ground.
How to Practice Bunny Hops
When you’re practicing your bunny hops, work on each wheel individually. Start nice and slow with a line on the ground and work on your timing to make sure both wheels clear it.
Slowly increase your speed until both wheels are in the air at the same time. When you’ve nailed that, add a small stick and start again. Once you can clear the stick at speed, you’re ready to take it to the trail.
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