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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

Australian Mountain Bike - - Contents - COACH­ING Jared Rando PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Jonathon Renton

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.

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