MASTER YOUR SUSPENSION
KEEP YOUR RIDES BUMP-FREE
One thing that can derail any MTB ride, no matter how skilful you are, is poor suspension set- up. Most mountain bikes have at least a front suspension fork, and many have a shock absorber in the rear as well. These make big bumps almost disappear as you roll over them. But they only work if you have them set to their active positions.
With time, you’ll learn the finer nuances of setting your sag (how much travel you use up just sitting on the bike) and rebound. But what you definitely should know is how to lock out and/ or open up your suspension, so you don’t accidentally roll out onto a crazy-technical trail with a fully rigid bike.