Coach Peter Glassford breaks down the bunny hop so you can get over obstacles on the trail. These tips will not only help budding mountain bikers, but cyclocross riders, too. Even road cyclists will benefit from these skills.
Glassford says you shouldn’t life the front and rear wheels at the same time. The key is to raise the front wheel first. But before you get to big wheelies, Glassford has you rolling over small obstacles in the attack position. In that first step, it’s about shifting your weight correctly. In Step 2, you practise your wheelie, popping the front wheel up and shifting your hips back. The rear wheels simply roles over the small obstacle. In Step 3, you plant the wheelie after the obstacle, then raise your rear wheel up. Step 4 sees you getting higher by tapping the top of the obstacle with the front wheel, and then pushing the bike forward. Step 5 is the hop, in which you sail over the obstacle.