How do you brake in a panic?

Hi Groovers,

This week has been Super Huge in the MTBtips Lab, working on a special project we want to bring to you in July.

So, I’m cutting straight to the mountain bike braking video that’s the inspiration behind this week’s Super Tip. It might prove itself very handy for you this weekend.

Click HERE if the video below doesn’t play for you, and remember: a rolling tyre offers the most amount of traction.

Groove On!

~ Chris

p.s. If you missed any of the last 7 Super Tips you’ll find them all right HERE

If you don’t climb Hungry you need to watch this (1m 21s)

Hi Groovers,

Do you own the climbs or do they own you?

The reason why I ask is because getting to the top of any tough and technical climb really is far more about mental fitness, than physical fitness. True story.

Often, we put our ability to not making the climb down to ‘lack of fitness’.  When in actual fact, it could be the words we say to ourselves before the climb that determines how the story up the climb unfolds.

One of mountain biking’s great thrills is the joy you get from reaching the top of a challenging climb without ever putting a foot down. So, if there hasn’t been enough of that joy for you lately, perhaps it’s time to look at the words and the attitude you carry to those climbs.

Click play below to discover a simple way you can re-write your story and pedal to the top of the nastiest climbs.

(click HERE if you can’t see the video below)

DID YOU KNOW that I really love helping people mountain bike better? So, I’d be thrilled if you could give this tip a go on your next ride.

Let me know what it did for you.  Did it help?  Did you Own a climb that once Owned you?  Drop me a line or jump to the Youtube comments HERE.

~ Chris


Do you Pick and Pace your Climbs? Be a Climbing Boss with Super Tip 6

Hi Groovers,

Do you Pick and Pace? Be the Boss of the toughest climbs with this must-have mountain bike climbing Super Tip.

Take this strategy to your next nasty climb and let me know who won.  (Will it be the hill or You?)

(click HERE if the video below doesn’t play)

And here are the links mentioned in the video:

Enjoy, Groovers.

Please share this post with a fellow mountain biker to help them mountain bike better!

~ Chris

Power up Loose Climbs Easier – Super Tip 5

Hi Groovers,

Are you stomping and slipping up loose and slippery climbs?

Then check out Super Tip 5 to get you powering up them with more speed, traction and efficiency.

Try it on your next ride!

Enjoy, and share this video with your friends to help them mountain bike better.

~ Chris

Chris is back! The Hip Hinge plus 3 more Razor Sharp Super Tips

Hi Groovers,

Thank you for letting me back into your inbox after my ‘little break’! I hope you are well.

I’m happy to say that I’m back with a vengeance, starting with these four straight-to-the-point, 60-second skills videos.

Don’t let their size fool you, though. These all-new videos pack a punch with key tips to really sharpen your skills and boost your fun.

View all four in a row at the Youtube Super Tip Playlist, or press play below.

Super Tips 1 and 3 have been extremely popular.  Let me know what you think, and send through any questions you may have.

Super Tip 1: UNLOCK yourself from that saddle with this Dynamic Riding Super Tip

Super Tip 2: CHANNEL your focus by Leading With Your Eyes

Super Tip 3: SAY NO to back pain and YES to more pedal power with the Hip Hinge

Super Tip 4: The DEAD-SIMPLE, Excuse-Proof MTB Strength Training Super Tip

Enjoy, and please share these Super Tips with someone who you’d like to help mountain bike better.

Keep an eye out next week for Super Tip 5!

~ Chris

Only a few hours left to grab your MTBtips T-shirt or Jersey

Hi Groovers,

There are only a few hours left to grab a sweet MTBtips jersey or shirt perk.

Get your Perks HERE before it all closes

Exciting things are just around the corner for MTBtips, so make sure you’re a part of it!

Oh, and say hi to your bike for me.


Order Your Jersey and T-shirts NOW! MTBtips is Live on Indiegogo

Hi Groovers,

MTBtips has launched on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo!  So, now’s the time to order your t-shirts, jersey, shorts and more to help the website that helps you mountain bike better.

Click HERE for the MTBtips Indiegogo campaign

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Please click the link and take action *Today*.  This is important.

Your immediate support gets the campaign off to a stronger start which:

  • makes more people take notice and perhaps contribute themselves, and;
  • increases the chances of the campaign ‘featuring’ on the Indiegogo home page; maximising exposure and the potential for more contributions.

If there’s one time MTBtips needs Your help, it’s right now.

So, please do this for me (it only takes a few minutes):

  1. Click through to the campaign
  2. Make a pledge and grab your perks
  3. Share the campaign with family and friends, using your unique Indiegogo referral ID url.  (you could earn some awesome rewards for sharing, if you do!)

Click HERE for the MTBtips Indiegogo campaign

Thank you so much.  With your support MTBtips can grow into the future and help even more riders everywhere, mountain bike better.

~ Chris


MTB Tips Live Show 25: New Jerseys, T-shirts, Prize Draw, Q and A Gold

Hi Groovers,

Live Show 25 has got me excited!

(might have something to do with my first ever double-strength coffee I had before the show…)

But anyway, hyperactivity aside, Watch Live Show 25 here to find out about the new MTBtips cycling kit, new t-shirts, the August prize draw winner and of course, a stack of answers to your great mountain biking questions.

And if you can spare me a minute:

Please let me know what you think about the new kit and if it’s something you’d like to wear. I’m really keen to hear your thoughts.


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Got a question for Live Show 26? Send it in.

The best way to get my attention is via MTBtips on Facebook or the comments section under your favourite MTBtips Youtube video.

Watch MTB Tips Live Show 25 here


~ Chris

How to Scan the Trail Like a Pro: The 4 Techniques You Need to Know

Hi Groovers,

Ignore this post at your peril!

Mt Perry tree Chris

(click image or HERE to view larger image)

Scanning, or reading the trail is what we all do as we’re riding along on our mountain bike.  It’s the act of looking ahead to see what’s coming up next.  Then, interpreting what we see, and making decisions to adapt as best we can.

But, there are good and bad ways to scan the trail.  And as always, HOW you do it is what makes the difference!  Here are the Top 4 Techniques you need to know, to scan like a Pro:

  1. The Golden Rule of Mountain Biking
  2. Judge Quickly and Dismiss Often
  3. Ride Hungry
  4. Ride Everything

Do not underestimate the difference proper scanning technique will make to your riding!

Read on to find out how to apply these techniques to sky-rocket your skills, confidence, safety and capability. And make sure you check out the When and Where to Look Guide further down the page, too.

Any questions? Send them in.

1. Use the Golden Rule of Mountain Biking

It’s the number 1 rule of mountain biking, “Look where you want your wheels to go, not at what you want to miss”.  Easy to say, hard to do.  Especially if you’re a beginner mountain biker tacking rough terrain.

Another way to think of this rule is ‘Your wheels will follow your eyes’.  Sure, your hands are holding the handlebar, but it’s your eyes that steer the bike, not your hands!

Picture This:

There’s a huge rut on the left side of the trail up ahead, but you’ve chosen a line or path on the right.  If you keep your focus on the right side read more

6 Evils: Could These Nasties Be Stopping Your Fun?

Hi Groovers,

Mountain Biking is so much more fun when we’ve got the skills and capability to ride over anything.

What Evil obstacles are stopping you on the trails?

Click the links to rid yourself of Evil and conquer the trails this weekend.


How to Ride Rock GardensRevolting Rock Gardens

click here to watch

How to Ride Rock Gardens in 6 Simple Steps


Better Switchbacks in 4 minutesSpiteful Switchbacks

click here to watch

Better Switchbacks Up and Down in 4 Minutes


How to Ride Log RolloversLoathsome Log Rollovers

click to watch

How to Ride Roll-overs in 2 Minutes


How to Cruise Through SandStinky Sand

click to watch

How to Cruise Through Sand in 3 Easy Steps


Ride Trees and Gaps Super fastTerrible Tight Trees

click to watch

How to Ride Through Trees and Gaps Super Fast


How to Bunny HopVicious Logs and Small Animals :)

click to watch

How to Bunny Hop – The Best Step-by-step Method


Have fun with these and…

please Share them with your friends to help them mountain bike better, too.

~ Chris


MTB Tips Live Show 24: Prize Draw, Quick Tips and Your Questions Answered

Hi Groovers,

It’s that time again: The monthly $50 Chain Reaction Cycles prize draw and a heap of your questions answered, including:

‘Does Sadde Stopping mean using your bum to stop the rear end bouncing too high?’

– Paddy McNasty, via How to Ride Up Stairs on a MTB

‘Hey Chris, what’s the longest race you ever did?

– Javed, via Faster Cornering: S-Bend and Line Change Super Tip

‘How do you snap the rear wheel? That’s the hard part.’

– trotanium13, via How to bunny Hop – The Best Step-by-step Guide


Get it all here: MTB Tips Live Show 24 (5m58s)

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~ Chris

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