I decided to concentrate on hopping today, but although all the advice seems to suggest that I should be hopping with my cranks horizontal, I was finding it easier to hop and maintain control with my cranks vertical (right foot down).
I even managed to hop up a curb ! That made me happy inside!
But, is hopping with cranks vertical a habit I should be getting into, or would it be more beneficial to really practice hopping with cranks horizontal?
Although you are finding it easier to learn that way, it would put you way off balance when advancing onto other obstacles.
If you are having trouble keeping your feet horizontal when trying to hop the conventional way, make sure you keep your legs straight with unbent knees, good body tension, stand up straight, and do little hops with your whole body.
I learned to hop rolling…which was wierd and I found it easier to hop w/ vertical cranks like you’re saying. Eventually I tried hopping in one place w/ horrizontal cranks and found it much easier after a small while.
hopping with your cranks horizontal will give you about 6 inches extra clearance between your ass and the seat, allowing for much greater tuck on jumps. Having your feet spread also gives you a mroe stable base. However, being able to both land drops with the cranks vertical and put in small correction hops is useful in muni.
Nobody mentioned this yet, but hopping with the cranks vertical will put all the stress on the bottom crank, which would lead to early consequences with a square-taper axle. It’s probably fine with a splined setup though.
It’s probably also hard on that bottom pedal, and could pop the bearings. But it could be interesting as an alternative hopping method, or just something most people can’t do.
One of the main reasons I’ve been able to hop like this is I’m struggling to bring myself to a halt with the cranks horizontal…my feet want to keep going until my right one is on the ground. Just seem to have more control that way.
Where did he say he was doing drops or trying to get any height? The first thing to learn is standard hopping, which is hopping on the spot to gain balance. Therefore, my advice was fully correct, and not yours.
I, respectfully, disagree. Even without trying for height slightly bent knees are better for balance and less dangerous. Impacting onto locked legs is bad for your knees, even it it’s small impacts from standard hopping.
I guess he should try them both and see which he likes better.