Front wheel hop

Lifting the front tire can be necessary to go over an obstacle too large to just roll over. It isn’t a common move on trails. You may have to hop your front tire over a tree trunk or a single large step. The move is almost the same as rolling over a small step.

To start, try the move with a small object lying on the floor – you must be able to lift your front wheel at least half a wheel high. Then try curbs

Photo sequence: Spring load, extension, front wheel lift

lift front wheel
  • Approach the step at moderate speed. You must give yourself about two bike length to prepare for the move
  • Spring load! Press hard on your bike, you want to compress the suspensions and the tires as much as you can and immediately spring back – pushing back on your arms and your legs
    The move must be swift. Imagine jumping on a train track and realizing that a train is approaching full speed – meters away: you would jump back.
  • As soon as your arms are extended pull on the bar to lift the front hand
  • Your legs should at that point be extended
  • Let the back wheel hit the obstacle
  • Flex your legs to get over the obstacle and push your bike forward. The impact against the back wheel should bring your back on to of your bike in a stable position
hop step