POP THE PERFECT WHEELIE
Popping a wheelie can become your go-to trick for conquering challenging obstacles like rocks, logs and drop-offs. You can also do a basic wheel lift to clear small obstacles; but according to pro rider and coach Lindsey Voreis, this relies more on arm and back strength (rather than leg power), and doesn’t give you enough lift to scale taller obstacles or hold the position.
However, a simple shift in technique changes this. “A wheelie is generated from your pedal stroke,” says Voreis, “so the key is to push on the pedal to generate forward momentum, then rock your weight back over your rear hub; and the opposing forces will pull your front wheel up effortlessly.” Always keep your arms extended – and don’t pull on the handlebar, or you could fall all the way back.
“You can extend a wheelie for as long as you like,” says Voreis; but even if you can only manage the initial ‘pop’, you can still use that forward momentum to get over all sorts of technical terrain.