Over the past few years the number of people buying a new mountain bike has exploded. More and more of us are getting out to explore our local trails with friends and family at the weekend and really enjoying the freedom and access to nature that mountain biking gives us.

However, most people buy and start riding their new mountain bikes without the knowledge of how to get the most from the bike, or the skills to make the most of their riding experience. 

In this video series we have asked ex-professional downhill racer and mountain bike commentator, Andrew Neethling, to share tips and advice for new mountain bikers, to ensure that you build good habits from day one, and have the skills and confidence to take your mountain biking as far as your heart desires. 

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In this, the final episode of our MTB Skills and Tips with Andrew Neethling series, Andrew covers the more advanced techniques of jumping. He explains the difference between a ‘drop’ and a ‘jump’ then dives into more detail on the skills needed for each.

Again, body positioning is extremely important for jumping, particularly being proactive with your body position and not letting the bike dictate or terrain dictate. Andrew advises starting with small drops and jumps, and gradually building up in height and difficulty, through many hours of practice. 

The topics covered by Andrew in these five videos will give you most of the skills you need to progress your mountain biking and increase the fun you have on any trail.

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