I have tried on a 20" Devil going over a plastic skate ramp about 16" high or so…and it slid from under me and i wiped out.I suppose if it was rooted it may have worked but you would need alot of speed to get any ‘air’ off it.
welll… rolling hops are the easier option, but speed is not the major issue. lining up your cranks is. I have a friend who launches off of small banks/bumps/curbs all the time, but it took him 6 months or so to get it down(on a24…on a 20 its pointless) it doesn’t help get distance or air, it just feels cool.
That’s what I meant! Not that I want to do it myself, just looking at that makes my bones feel weak.
But big air has lot’s of spectator appeal. I think the bc might be the only way to get enough speed with a small wheel. Come on you brave rubber boned (you hope) heros! You tube glory awaits !
I’m going to build a “wedge”, or “kicker” ramp, the kind without the curve, for launching off and getting some fun air. I don’t think you’d need a great deal of height at the launch end. I’m thinking only 4"-6" would be sufficient to get good height.
My rolling hops on flat kinda suck, so maybe this will help me to improve, by giving me enough extra air-time to throw my wheel out in front more while bending forward. I tend to stay totally upright during my jumps, greatly limiting my height and distance. :o
The dimensions I’m considering are about 5-6 feet long and 2 feet wide. I found this tutorial that looks pretty much like what I have in mind, except mine would be lower. And with the 6 foot length and wood construction, it should not move at all when riding onto it and jumping off, like those one-piece molded plastic ones.
Anyway, after I build it, I’ll make a video of the results. I want to try getting good air on three of my unis; my trials, MUni and coker!
ok, so i have to admit, it takes a lot of practice, but it is possible to get some serious air off of a kicker.
i figured out how to do it at the (concrete) skatepark a few months ago. it is hard to find a ramp with the right angle, but once you do, you can get some serious air. doing tricks in the air is tricky though, i can barely do a 180 at 1/2 the height of a decent jump going for height.
Well, I basically figured you’d have a good result, providing that the ramp is long enough, with a nice gradual incline, and not too short with too severe of an upward angle to slow you down. And so if you are going UP the ramp with decent speed, then you should be able to continue UP and out after launching, with a good “kick”, or at least more so than if trying the same rolling hop on flat.