How to Bunny Hop and the One Critical Step Most Riders Miss

Hi Groovers,

Let’s cut to the chase.

We all know the Bunny Hop is an essential mountain biking skill that makes you far more capable on the trails.

But it’s not the easiest skill to learn.

Particularly when a lot of the videos out there are missing one critical step. So, I’ve included it in the brand new MTBtips How to Bunny Hop video.


Click HERE to view the How to Bunny Hop video and complete tutorial


So if you’ve struggled to learn the hop in the past, or you’re looking for a bigger, better hop, this is the video for you.

At the link you’ll also find helpful Set-up tips, a Practice Schedule that offers REAL results, and lots more.  With all this at your fingertips, you’re guaranteed to get it right. So check it out!


How to Bunny Hop


Have fun with it and drop any feedback or questions you may have in the comments section.

Tell your bike I said Hi.

~ Chris

6 Responses to How to Bunny Hop and the One Critical Step Most Riders Miss

  1. Joe Close says:

    Hi Chris, thanks for the awesome tips on bunny hopping. Question, when trying this with flat pedals, can you describe the best foot position? Drop the heels or drop the toes down or horizontal feet?
    Many thanks

    • Chris Carter says:

      Hi Joe,
      No matter what pedals (or bike) you’re using, the steps are the same. Level cranks and horizontal pedals on approach, lifting your heels in part/phase 2 for the Heel Snap (Heel Lift). So, toes down. Sort of like you’re digging or scraping the pedals up with your forefoot as you vigourously bring your heels up to your bum. Snapping your legs up to bend your knees unweights the pedals, so that you’re not holding the bike down with your feet. Angling your feet, toe down/heels up helps you assist the lift somewhat. (don’t forget the Shrug and Roll – phase 3) You’ll notice that 0:41 in the video is a flat pedals/sports shoe bunny hop. Let me know if this helps. Cheers!
      ~ Chris

  2. Vlad says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you so much for this in a nutshell how-to!

    I’ve got a question, please. You claim “Super-slow suspension rebound settings can delay your Lift and Snap, reducing your Hop height.”. Does it mean that you would suggest to fine tune front and rear suspension into quick rebound?

    If I just started practicing these 3 steps would you recommend to lockout front and rear suspension completely… or better I keep suspension working?

    Thanks a lot!

    Kind regards,

    • Chris Carter says:

      Hi Vlad,
      I would suggest in the beginning to tune your rebound to assist your lift speed. Why not use all the help you can get, I say! But only change your rebound for practice in the park or street. Leave your rebound as normal for the trail.

      As your Bunny Hop technique improves, you’ll be less dependent on the rebound assistance, and will be able to Bunny Hop, no matter the rebound setting.

      Keep the suspension working, especially in the beginning, so that the bike is more forgiving for your mistakes/bad landings, etc. As you get better, sure, lockout the suspension to fine tune your technique further if you desire.

      In the end, though, the aim is to have the skill to bunny hop whenever you need to on the trail – and you won’t be reaching over to lockout before you hop! :) (I never use lockouts for hopping.)

      Let me know if this helps.

      ~ Chris

  3. James says:

    Great addition tip! Still hard to do but thanks for finally telling us the key ingredient

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