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Technical MTB Cornering | Intermediate MTB Skill Guide with Leigh Donovan

Sometimes you will have to change your direction while maneuvering over rocks, roots or other obstacles. When tackling technical corners, it is important to maintain traction and proper body position to ensure you stay balanced and in control throughout the turn. Here are Leigh’s tips for riding technical corners:

  1. When approaching a corner, find the smoothest entry line that will allow you to maintain traction while controlling your speed. To control your speed, modulate your braking as you enter. Keep in mind, some momentum will help you roll over rocks and roots a little easier.
  2. Keep your body weight centered between both the front and rear wheel.
  3. If you find that you need more traction to execute the corner, try weighting the outside pedal at the “apex” or center of the corner.
  4. Make sure your eyes continue to shift to the “next” allowing you to see any obstacles approaching after the turn. 

Want to learn the basics? Click below for Leigh's beginner mountain biking tips! 

MTB 101

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