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Who doesn’t love berms?! Railing a berm to perfection is by far one of the best feelings the average mountainbiker will experience. Linking a few together is MTB nirvana
Get it right and linking a series of berms feels like you are defying gravity and the physics of riding. Everything sticks and you come out of the corner even faster than you came into it. It’s a truly amazing feeling.
With the boom in machinebuilt trails, berms are becoming a far more common feature on Australian trails these days. There was a time when berms were few and far between and those that existed were skinny and insignificant compared to what we encounter on today’s trails. Nowadays, sections of trail that you could easily roll a basketball down are quite common, and berms are fat, happy and plentiful.
This also means more speed and more consequences if you get it wrong. Whilst railing a berm is a great feeling, getting it wrong is quite the opposite. Body positioning and line choice are key to getting it right and with just a little practice, berms are relatively easy beasts to tame. Here’s how to go about it.