You got that right…“one leg explode”
Yes. To me it’s like a one foot kick up like Onetrackmind mentioned. How many of us can hop 1 ft high on one leg while holding a saddle?
I’ve been riding for almost 3 years now, and I just totally rely on rock back mount which I’ve evolved from being able to idle.
I “tried” the 3/9 o’clock “traditional mount” but quickly gave up on it. At the same time riding and learning to idle formed my current mount. I will only try to practice the trad mount either on grass, or so. I have at least one incident where I failed and the unicycle kicked out under me and I went straight down.
To me the “zero grav” foot on pedal “ready to kick out” is a trick that requires perfect body lift to “pin head” saddle balance point. At the same time, you cannot really stall, you have to start leaning forward and pedaling at the same time. I would be really impressed to see a rider be able to free-mount like this + stall and hop. Unimyra is doing just that on his video, but he is a “master”. Again, this is more or less a “jump mount” an advanced move.
Anyways, I think the “key” is leg strength. If you are “only/barely” strong enough to hop with one leg to that height, then you need 100% power from that single leg and you have one attempt before fatigue. However, if you have strong legs say(squat your body weight or more), then you need less power. It will be easier to practice many attempts before reaching fatigue, which kills your accuracy/touch. So possibly, some gym time or focused quad strength building is what you need to do additionally, if you want to master this. That’s what I am doing. (if I can ever work through my joint pains). Also, traditional ‘extreme’ Bicycle riding speed/distance/elevation will develop crazy power quads. (JimT’s progressive block training, see above, looks pretty good and figured out a systematic way to get there)
I know a lot of you “experts” who may not be very strong are saying, it doesn’t take muscle. That’s because you have that perfect touch to get up and going. Try switching foot. Not so easy is it? Unless…ofcourse, you have already mastered that.
Anyways, my point is for any newbie who are having trouble. Get stronger, first. Or consider the “non-traditional” rock back. Keep on.