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  • (upbeat music)

  • - Welcome back you beautiful people

  • and today's all about trial skills.

  • Taking them over to the trail

  • to help you get over certain obstacles.

  • And to be honest I'm not really good at trials,

  • so I bought Chris Smith in to help me

  • do such techniques out there on the trail.

  • - Yeah and it looks like you need

  • some work on those track stands, Blake.

  • So let's get into it, and get started on the track stands.

  • So the track stand is one of the basic skills from trials,

  • but a really important one.

  • What we try and do, is just find a nice uphill slope.

  • Basically that stops you using your brakes so much,

  • as well, and stops the bike falling away.

  • Basically I'm just pushing forward with my front foot,

  • turning into it with my upper body,

  • And if I feel my balance moving,

  • I correct it with my upper body.

  • So every time that front wheel moves,

  • just keep moving your upper body,

  • keeping that pressure through the cranks.

  • You can ease off just to let it roll back,

  • just to catch your balance again.

  • But yeah that's the easiest way, to keep looking ahead,

  • down at your front wheel, just see what works for you.

  • Another really important part

  • with the track stand, is to actually relax.

  • If you find yourself tensing up,

  • you're gonna be all over the place.

  • Just let yourself breathe, relax those muscles,

  • and it'll make it a hell of a lot easier.

  • - Right, track stands on the trial.

  • Well this is a perfect situation.

  • Look at this, it's a blind drop.

  • So you can come in with a walking speed,

  • and when you get right to the end you can track stand,

  • spot your line, look over to the cress.

  • Yep, I see my line, and then you can drop in slowly.

  • Nice and safe.

  • Alright the same applies when you come to a bit of a climb,

  • a technical climb, you can track stand before it,

  • spot your line, get comfortable and lean back,

  • and put the power in.

  • (grunts)

  • Damn it!

  • Oh.

  • Bloody hell!

  • Put the power down, for the fifth time.

  • Yes, yeah!

  • Alright this technique is the slap,

  • the splat, or the bump technique.

  • It kind of helps you out

  • when you come to an obstacle in the trial that is quite big,

  • and you can't really get over with a bunny hop.

  • So you what you wanna do is you come into it,

  • you're gonna lean back, you wanna get that front wheel

  • a bit lifted up a bit, splat it, slap it, or bump it,

  • to get that front wheel up into the air,

  • you're leaning back and you're gonna drive that back wheel

  • just over the obstacle, and through it,

  • so you don't have to get off your bike

  • in the middle of the trail.

  • Okay it's not all about speed when you're doing it.

  • You're gonna come and you're gonna lean back,

  • bump it, and get that whole bike over.

  • But it's all one fluid motion when you're doing it,

  • you don't wanna stop, you don't wanna,

  • right I gotta lift the front wheel,

  • right, now I gotta do this.

  • It's all fluid motion.

  • You're gonna bump it, slap it, or splat it.

  • Do that, get the front wheel over the log,

  • and when you're back wheel's coming

  • you're gonna pull up on the bars, pull up with your hips,

  • put your feet on those pedals,

  • to bring that back wheel over.

  • You don't have to do a bunny hop over it,

  • you can just let it go a little bit light,

  • so your wheel just rolls over that obstacle,

  • and so you can get through it.

  • And right the last and most important one,

  • is commitment, you gotta be super committed

  • through all stages of this slap, bump,

  • splat, attack thing over it.

  • Because if you're not, you're gonna

  • just drive the front wheel into it,

  • it's gonna send you into the bars.

  • Or you're gonna get your front wheel up,

  • and you're gonna drive the back wheel into it,

  • and it's just gonna stop you,

  • could end up having a puncture.

  • So you gotta be committed all the time

  • when you're doing the slap, pat, bump, attack.

  • - So here's a perfect chance

  • to get all trials in, on the trails.

  • The log across the track,

  • we're gonna use the splat technique.

  • Let's hit this hard, commit, get our weight back,

  • lift that front wheel up, fly across the log.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So we're gonna be taking a look at the front touch,

  • or the hook technique.

  • This is a really advanced technique,

  • especially on the trail bikes.

  • The trials guys can go up massive stuff on this,

  • I'm talking six, seven foot tall.

  • They basically hook their front wheel on the top of a wall,

  • bounce the back wheel off of it, in one fluid motion.

  • They get up on some incredibly high stuff.

  • This picnic table for our trail bike

  • is still pretty impressive.

  • So lets take a look at the technique for this one.

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  • So lets take a look at the front touch.

  • Before we even get into this,

  • we need to be about two of three bike lengths away

  • from the obstacle that we're going up.

  • And I'm also going to switching,

  • I'm normally right foot forward.

  • So I'm gonna be switching my feet to my left foot forward,

  • so that's opposite foot forward.

  • What that's gonna do it allow big explosive drive

  • when I go to crank up onto that table.

  • So I've got my front foot forward,

  • as I'm lifting that front wheel up nice and high,

  • I fixated on a point where I wanna place

  • that front wheel on the bench.

  • So when I've got that front wheel on the bench,

  • I'm squashed down on the suspension,

  • and I've curled my feet around the pedals,

  • I've lifted that back wheel up,

  • whilst pushing forward with my handlebars,

  • driving that bike onto the bench as well.

  • You might find that your back wheel

  • sort of barely makes it up, but just keep pushing forward,

  • and pushing the weight and driving your hips forward,

  • and that bike will go up onto the table.

  • And once you're on there, it's easy,

  • this is the easiest part.

  • Roll to the edge, give it a quick stab on your pedals,

  • do a mini wheelie off of the bench,

  • keeping that front wheel nice and high.

  • Land, back wheel first, ride away, nice and smooth.

  • There's a few mistakes that when it comes to using

  • that front touch technique, that you can make quite easily.

  • One of the ones I see a lot,

  • is coming in with your cranks level.

  • Like I said, it's really important

  • to make sure you've got that good foot,

  • your wrong foot forward.

  • Just allows that drive that instant pfft

  • to lift the front wheel up.

  • If you're coming in, with your right foot forward,

  • or your strong foot forward,

  • you've got nothing to drive that bike,

  • you're purely trying to do it with your hips,

  • and your body, and it just won't happen.

  • You really need that rear wheel drive,

  • and the explosive technique to get your up onto there.

  • So for the front touch or the hook technique,

  • front wheel placement is crucial.

  • If you come underneath,

  • you don't lift that front wheel high enough,

  • basically you're just gonna go straight over the handlebars,

  • and probably slide across the bench,

  • which is gonna be pretty cool, and make your mates laugh.

  • But if you go too far,

  • you're not gonna get enough lift off that back wheel,

  • the bikes gonna hit sorta there

  • and your chain rings gonna bash into the table.

  • And again you won't get up on the table.

  • You really need that to be right on the first

  • little bit of the table.

  • As soon as that hits, drive that front wheel in,

  • and lifting the hips up, drive that bike onto the table.

  • - Now we are gonna use this hook.

  • Well this hook technique is perfect

  • when it comes to a step like this, a little ledge.

  • It's got a little bit of slope,

  • so when you're coming in,

  • you're coming in with a little bit of speed.

  • So what you're gonna do is lift your front wheel up,

  • as soon as your front wheel has tapped there,

  • like Chris has told you,

  • you're gonna force your body weight up,

  • pulling on your pedals,

  • curling your feet on those pedals to get that back wheel up,

  • land, and put the power down and continue down the trail.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Ah yes, logs, the log ride.

  • When you come to trail, if you're out in the carpark,

  • or you're out on the trail, it's a great time

  • to practice your balancing skills

  • when it comes to a log like this one,

  • 'cause you can just get up onto this thing,

  • have a little bit of a hook, ride along.

  • This is a great place to start

  • building a confidence in your balancing skills.

  • Especially when you come to a bit

  • of a sticky situation out on the trail,

  • where there's a bit of a north shore, and it's a bit narrow,

  • and it's like six foot up in the sky.

  • You don't wanna be learning it straight away

  • and chuck yourself in the deep end.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (grunts)

  • (laughs)

  • Oh so close, damn it!

  • - So let's talk endos.

  • The basic endo is a trials move,

  • isn't much use to you out on the trail.

  • So basic endo is when you go along,

  • you pull that front brake on,

  • shift, squash that suspension,

  • and move your weight forward

  • whilst holding onto that front brake.

  • I'll just show you this maneuver now.

  • So we come in, pull that front brake, squash.

  • So that isn't much use out on the trail.

  • What we need to learn

  • is how to move that back end of the bike around.

  • So let's talk through a few techniques

  • on getting that back wheel all the way 'round.

  • Basically all we're doing, is just starting a technique

  • at our toes, so connecting to the bike,

  • so you're obviously pushing into those pedals,

  • whilst turning with your feet and your ankles.

  • And continue that motion up though your hips

  • and your upper body, whilst holding onto that front brake,

  • whilst looking as well.

  • You really need to look with your head.

  • If you do it whilst looking straight,

  • it will just go straight.

  • You actually need to turn and look

  • to where you want it to turn.

  • Basically that will let that whole bike

  • maneuver all the way around the corner.

  • - I've done this a lot,

  • and that's taking the wrong whole trail.

  • So the super stylish way to do this,

  • to turn around, is the endo.

  • Perfect way to turn around, head back down the trail,

  • and get back on the right trail.

  • Oh, I knew left was the right one, silly me.

  • Woo hoo.

  • Oh wow, this corner's quite tight.

  • This is where the endo is going to come into play.

  • Just to get your rear wheel 'round.

  • Come in slow, do that, and drop in the trail.

  • Right, without the endo, even slower, way more awkward.

  • Look at that, ha!

  • So the endo, in hindsight, is way better.