Jumping further and higher

I’ve been trying to gap this little thing at my place but I can’t seem to jump far enough so I was wondering…do u jump further/higher with practise or is it just the person and what they can do? Thanks


I’d have though you would know this. It comes with practice. When you first learnt I remember at some stage that you were so happy to show me that you could rolling hop at all. Now you can do so much more! You would be able to clear a 5 set I rekon.

You’ve watched Max’s (max_pfeifer) progression and my own as well. You know how far I used to be able to jump. I was so happy to clear one of those concrete panels in the footpath, but now I can clear nearly 2! I used to be so happy to up 1 pallet, now I’m close to 4!

And with Max… well I don’t have any examples, but even just comparing what he can do now to what he could do in his older videos you can see a vast improvement.

Sure, we all have our own limits, but that’s only as far as you’re willing to make it.

You have a lot of persistence and passion, Brownus Boyus, that is all you need to get better at it.


Thats deep ed, real deep. U have motivated me to keep trying and one day beat u at a rolling hop contest! Thanks for the motivation.

A lot of it is a mental trick too. Just tell yourself, like it’s your personal mantra, that those gaps aren’t that big, that you can hop that far or that high–because it’s not THAT high.

I’d say that a great deal of unicycling is ousting mental blocks, and the best way for me, is what I told you up above.

lower you seatpost

That’s only if you ride seat-in.

I wouldn’t recommend that for trials riding. It’s much harder on the back, and the knees, especially for seat-out skills.

can you jump further/higher with sif cz i cant get the hang of jumping sif?


cool i find that i am a lot less stable with jumping sif and just cant seem to lift the uni when i try jumping sif, is it just practice (well course i know alot of it is) but is there a way of holding the saddle which will help and do you hold the saddle into your body when you jump to help with stability?

me either, but i can hop 28"or so seat in, and about 20" SIF EDIT:most people w/ practice CAN do that

i have about an 8’ average long jump seat in, on my 20" and it is all practice, as in all I did for about a week was practice hopping over sidewalk squares and attempting to get up 3 sets until I could get 2 almost every time then I got so that I can 180 over one(idk if I still can)

btw, now I can get up a 3 set 9/10 times

it is definitely practice, and the limits of your body, but I don’t thing that has much to do w/ it until you start jumping like 30" and 9’ consistently, but even then you just get stronger and still increase your hop

something that I figured out w/ all sports (especially when involved w/ throwing and kicking) is that if you try to do something as fast as you can it works MUCH better than doing it as hard/powerfull as you can

I know I hate this answer, but the only one here, is practice, and just go for it.

I’m the biggest wimp when it comes to unfamiliar jumping…even if it’s a height I know I can make, if the spot is unfamiliar, I still hesitate…I’m working on that though, hopefully it’ll be gone soon.

Just go for it, and practice.

i know what you mean!!!

That comes with time, there was a period that I was obsessed with height. Now I can jump 90cm (6 pallets), and I don’t measure anything that I hop. Sometimes, after the hop, I’m curious what I just jumped, put my uni against it and am surprised that it was 80cm, even though I thought it was like 70 or 60.

im just short of jumpin up onto a bench i can hit it most times but not very well need to work on the landing but i figure when i can jump that high i will be happy 4 a while. and recently i got a lot better at side hoppin i am hoppin about 1metre from a stationary position

For seat-in-front practice, just ride around with the seat out in front of you.

Try not to let the seat push against your legs, but just brush up against your legs. Relax your arm that’s holding onto your seat. Put only as much pressure as you need to hold onto it. Use your other arm, that’s not holding the seat, for balance.

As you get better, trying riding seat-in-front up hills, down hills, backwards, turning both directions. You can also try to ride forward, and see how far you can hold the seat out in front of you. The more you practice, and comfortable you get with seat-out riding, you’ll be able to hold the seat really far out in front of you while riding.

I’m so comfortable riding seat-out, that it sometimes feels weird riding seat-in. As a matter of fact, I rarely do anything trials seat-in, anymore.

I suggest you get comfortable sif riding, before you start sif hopping, which is called jumping. But, practice hopping seat in, in the meantime, since it involves similar techniques and principles.

I was the same way when I first made the transition from seat-in to seat-out riding… it felt way unstable.

The problem is, riding seat-in is a “crutch” for poor technique. You don’t have to make precise landings seat-in since you can use the seat to control your balance, squeezing it between your legs.

Once you go seat-out, you have to learn that it’s not the seat that does the jumping / landing / etc… it’s the wheel. It doesn’t matter how you hold the saddle, it matters how you move your legs and where your body is. In jumping, you really need to tuck your legs. In landing, you need to have your body in just the right place (usually directly above the point where the wheel makes contact with the ground).

To gain stability riding seat out you need to pay attention to where your body weight is when you land. If you’re doing a side-hop, you need to move your body directly over the landing spot as soon as possible… even before the wheel lands if you can. You’ll need to use your body to absorb the landing, this will help with the stability, just squat down as you land, then stand up tall for the next move. Forward hops are a bit more forgiving since you can use your pedals to do some balancing… but the same idea applies: put your body over the landing spot.

Practice practice! In short: don’t concentrate on the seat, concentrate on your body. You can land bigger hops and drops seat out than seat in (and it gets to be way easier too), you just need to be in the right place at the right time.

I can’t agree more on this. I just learnt to hop yesterday and I still get one of those low-to-zero confidence attacks sometimes. And gripping the seat between my legs makes me feel safer although I know that half the time, I can clear the height even without gripping.

I realized something yesterday, that almost enabled me to clear a 10’ (not kidding… it was also a foot down) gap … go as fast as you possibly can and still jump, CROUCH down and use the motion of the pedals to help push you into the air

to hop higher read me. This was written by koxx pro bikerials rider TRA, and almost deserves it’s own thread. the overall message is you are much more physiclly capable than your mind allowes you to be, unlock the mental door and you’ll be unstoppable.

when you land a high hop that you have to struggle to pull off. Tell yourself that it was easy and if you can do it once, you can do it every time, and that you can easily go higher. Don’t be content with landing the hop, do it over and over till you can land it easily with perfect form and without revovery hops.

But it’s more than simply telling yourself this, you have to believe with every fiber that the 40" wall you’re trying to get that pedal on is not too high for you, you have to truely believe that it is easy, and it will be.

yea what i tend to do is if i can jump something and land it well is to try to do it three times in a row and if i can do it three times in a go and land it i know ive got it, seems wierd but works