How To Ride BIG MTB Drops With Chris Smith | Mountain Bike Skills

How To Ride BIG MTB Drops With Chris Smith | Mountain Bike Skills


Remember: Blake, Neil and Chris are professionals and have spent years building their skills working up to drops like this. Never ride anything that is beyond your skill level or which you are not comfortable with. Like we said; you’ve got to know your boundaries on this one. Ride safe!

Even small drops can be intimidating for the most experienced riders. So when it comes to big drops, you’ve got to know your boundaries, work up in size and have confidence in your mountain biking technique and ability.

The guys checked in with Chris Smith at Windhill B1kepark ( to get some pointers.

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Chris, Blake and Neil are all professional Mountain bikers with years of experience and confidence in their ability to hit big features such as these. The main techniques for big drops are learnt by starting small and building up in size.

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81 Comments on "How To Ride BIG MTB Drops With Chris Smith | Mountain Bike Skills"


  1. Recommendations for carbon trail mtb's around 3-4K with anything above sram x1 parts

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  2. #askgmbn I have a pretty decent hard tail and I'm getting a new bike soon I ride dirt jumps and lots of downhill should a buy a better hard tail or buy a average full suspension bike??

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  3. #askgmbn where do you ride and what country and is it bad for your bike to ride of a jump on a hard tail?

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  4. when riding big drops I like to grab a handful of front brake in mid air for extra style points. I then add to the style points with a sweet otb landing and broken bike.

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  5. This is like two days too late. I just crashed a big drop big time two days ago. Now I need a new helmet and a lot more courage to ride that one again.

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  6. #ASKGMBN whats your weight and how much pressure do you guys run on your rear and Front shock?

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  7. Hey, rather than suggesting that judgement for speed on big drops is a "black art", can you just stick to tips on how to do it? As an instructor, I know that saying things like "it's a black art" or "it just comes from feeling it you know, just feeeeeeel the trail" can be offputting to anyone learning a skill and dare I say, it's a bit of a cop out. You're almost saying "it can't be taught", in the midst of a skills lesson video! Besides that minor point, great video fellas.

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  8. I have a 2016 trek 9.8 slash… would these drops be to much for it? Would I need something a bit more DH?

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  9. So judging speed is super important and properly judging speed comes from years of experience. Pretty much means this video is useless. Just get out and ride your bike.

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  10. God that looks scary on the video! It must be terrifying in reality. makes my bones ache just watching!!!

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  11. #askgmbn Hello there, I want to buy my first Enduro bike. I am looking for a 2×11 with a Alu Frame, Dropper seatpost and Rock Shock or Fox suspension (blockable). My budget is about 2500€. Any recommendations? Greetings from Germany 🙂

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  12. beggining: about a 4 foot drop (cory burgler: probobly about the same height)

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  13. Ignore if this isn't your format, but Video request: Can you please do a quick refresher on first aid if it all goes wrong? Common trail stuff, e.g. crash knocks someone unconscious, possible broken limbs, avoiding heatstroke, when and how to get help, that sort of thing.

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  14. When I'm lying in a hospital bed with my whole body in a cast, and my wife and kids visit me, I can say "well, this fella on the computer said just grab your balls and like go for it".

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  15. my biggest tip is to do as many drop as you can, different size and shape drops, so with experience you can judge pretty accurately the speed and everything

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  16. I this video is pretty old but I have a question… I have a race soon and on one of the trails, there is a pretty big drop that is made out of a big rock and it kicks a little bit so when I hit it, my front wheel goes down first and I almost otb so how can I hit that better?

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  17. I would burp a tire and go right into one of those trees and then be answering to baby Jesus for all the beer I drank.

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  18. It would be nice if you can also comment on, "what would be the minimum suspension travel is needed to perform those drops" I am using a 120mm Norco fluid 7 bike and I have always wonder what are the limits of that bike. Thanks

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  19. How many mm of travel would you guys recommend for drops like that?? Do you think 150-180 is sufficient?

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