It sounds like from what you’re saying that, in order to roll out
immediately from a drop, you’d want your body weight slightly over the
front of the axle (or your weight on the leading pedal) thus causing your
mass to continue forwards on landing and your legs instantly begin to
pedal… or else you’ll end up eating dirt. That sounds perfectly
reasonable to my non-physics enabled brain. The rolling-off-a-drop method
is kind of the same
i.e. your momentum is carrying you forward as you come off the edge so you
have to ride it out.
Also, rather than dropping straight down (or as near as anyway) putting a
little extra spring in to the clearing hop (to give yourself more forward
momentum) would achieve a similar effect. I guess that would only work for
smaller drops as with higher ones you’re going to come down more
vertically anyway? The forward momentum will basically stop you from
landing at a complete standstill and force you to ride out of it. This
would all, of course, be taken care for you by dropping onto a downward
slope. I’ll take my hypothetical hat off now.
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Jeff Lutkus wrote:
>> It seems that in landing from a drop, people (well, I do, anyway) tend
>to apply more weight to the “back” pedal then >the “front.” The goal in
>fixing this problem would seem to be to ride forward away from the drop.
>> In figuring out how to correctly land, it seems most reasonable to try
>to figure out why I land incorrectly (or at >least not ideally). Does
>anyone have any experience to add as to why people generally put more
>weight on the back >pedal?
I think the key (of which I am no master, I’ve just got a hypothesis)
seems to be in landing with your body perpendicular to the landing surface
(as viewed from the side).
If you land with your body angled rearward from perpendicular, we must
apply lots of force to that rear pedal to keep from landing on your butt.
Our body applies this extra force naturally, and we are happy in doing so
because this method brings us to a quick (if not instant) stopping place
at the bottom of the cliff. Another reason we naturally angle backward
while in the air is probably because it’s easier to get your tire to clear
the lip by shooting your tire forward than by actually jumping forward
that extra distance. Of course this effect is exaggerated with larger
So basically, if we land vertically perpendicular to the landing zone, our
body will naturally have to apply even forces to the two pedals in order
to keep us on the uni. This is pretty easy to do if the landing is on a 20
degree upslope, but requires more thought (and a high speed rollout) if
it’s on a downslope.
Anybody else buy into this?