5 Ways To Use Bunny Hops On The Trails | Mountain Bike Skills

5 Ways To Use Bunny Hops On The Trails | Mountain Bike Skills

– Right, if you’ve watched any of our mountain bike skills videos, you’re gonna know that the bunny hop is an essential skill. But if you don’t know
how to do it, here’s how. Right, so the first thing that I’m doing is I’m slightly compressing into the fork, and then I’m gonna shift
my weight backwards into that manual position
you can see right here. My hip and my ass is over
the rear of the bike, and then I’m gonna drive
all that weight forward. That’s gonna allow me to
lift that back wheel up, get into the air, and then coming into this point, I’m back into the landing. I’m compressing my legs, going into a squat position, landing both wheels on the same time, and then rolling out. You know how to bunny hop now, right? Well, we’re gonna take
that skill onto the trail, and I’m gonna show you five places where you can use it. (fast-paced electronic music) (crunching sound effect) (fast-paced electronic music) Right, this might not
be the perfect example of where you can use the bunny hop, but jumps are the ideal place where if you want to get higher
or you wanna go further, you’ve got to get that bunny
hop technique dialled in. I’ve done it really fast, and you just saw that, but this time, it’s really slow, and I’m gonna overexaggerate
the bunny hop technique. (fast-paced electronic music) So, you can see in this
super slow motion clip that I’m really
exaggerating that bunny hop. I’m almost compressing the bike in. I’m leaning back, and then to make sure
that I get over the jump, I’m actually driving those
hips really far forward, using that bunny hop
technique and the pull, and then pushing the
bike into the down-slope and making it over that jump. (fast-paced electronic music) Okay, one of the functional
uses of the bunny hop, especially when you’re climbing, can be to get up and over
obstacles in the trail. Take this little step, for example. Well, it’s actually quite a big step. You want to manual onto it first, and then you’re gonna
drive all your weight from the back of the bike
up towards the front. Picking that back wheel up, getting onto the obstacle, and then peddling off again. (fast-paced electronic music) Okay, so here’s another example of where you can use that bunny hop. I’m coming into this section really fast, but there’s this stump right here. If I hit that square on, then the chances are I
could get a puncture, I’m gonna slow down, I’m gonna lose speed or get
a little bit out of control. But if I use a bunny hop, and there’s actually a
root right before that that is completely straight on. I can almost bump-jump that. That is another technique
that you can use. So, you can hit that, air over it, and you’re gonna have more speed, more momentum and come
into the next section with way more control. Let me show you how to do that. (fast-paced electronic music) Right, you’ve got that bunny
hop technique mastered. You’re gonna take on to the trails, and this is one of my favourite uses. It’s called the pre-hop. I’m coming into this section pretty fast, but there’s a down-slope right here, and if I come in too fast, I’m gonna actually launch off it just because it’s quite steep. But what I spotted is
right here is this root. All the roots are parallel, so I know I can cross them, and I’m gonna find grip. The tyres aren’t gonna slide away from me. I’m gonna use that root for
the bunny hop technique, almost to bump-jump it. I’m gonna use that to manual back, shift my weight backwards, drive it forwards, I’m gonna look ahead, and then I’m gonna aim to
get into that down-slope. And that’s what the pre-hop is all about. It’s clearing this whole section, coming into the next bit
with composure and control, and then going down the trail, and you’re in control of that bike. You’ve got more speed, and you’re having more fun. That means bigger smiles. (fast-paced electronic music) Okay, so the other ones were
just your daily trail uses, but what about the extreme case? Well, in this one, I’m gonna come through
this section really fast, and then I spotted this
little line right here. I can jump from there down to here. And if you’ve got that bunny hop technique absolutely dialled, well, you’re gonna be able to jump this, go into the next section super fast, and the best thing is, it’s a great way to impress your mates. (fast-paced electronic music) Oh, I think that jumping might be my favourite
use of the bunny hop. Either that or the pre-hop. Now, if you guys are struggling with any of these techniques, then please send in videos, photos of you guys doing it to [email protected] We have a show every week. We want to make you guys
better mountain bikers. And if you want to watch
every video from GMBN, click on that globe to subscribe ’cause you’ll never miss one again. Down there for four ways to get bigger air with Brendan Fairclough, and over here, tips for how to improve your bunny hop. Don’t forget, comment, share, like, and have a good one.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I still struggle with timing the bunny hop sometimes. Thanks for another great video guys! There is a double on my local trail that I am hoping to make with the help of this vid. Wish me luck!

  2. Bunny hops again? This is like fourth fu**ing time. I follow your channel since day 1 and you started to repeat a lot of the things.

  3. #askgmbn My brake lever for my rear break moves up and down quite alot, not the whole brake lever thing that's mounted to the handlebars but the brake lever itself, how do I fix this?

  4. Hello guys i love watching your videos and i would love to get into mountain biking however my budget is very low and i cant afford a bike that will last have you got any tips on how i could do this or if someone would be able to help out?

  5. There is bound to be an element of repetition but hey, I think these boys are doing a great job and I find the vids entertaining and informative. Deffo best on net.

  6. Scotty will eating 60-80 grams of carbohydrates pr. Hour improve my bunnyhop? And can we see Neil bunnyhop a fatbike?

  7. On a purely informational level there wasn’t really anything new for me, but GOSH Scottie it’s a joy to watch you ride!!!

  8. So i have my xc hardtail and im wondering if learning to bhop is easier if i switch from clipless to flats. Btw Keep it up guys

  9. I've been practicing my bunny hops and jumps during the winter but can't seem to get much height and distance. Is it harder for taller riders? I'm 6ft 3inches. Any tips for taller riders?

  10. #askgmbn I have started racing and I have a race coming up this weekend I was wondering if u had any good training tips?

  11. #askgmbn Hey all, Im considering going to a 1x system on my cross country bike. What would be the most ideal cassette range for this? Thanks!

  12. I love those yellow things on scottys rims, they look cool when they're rolling specially when its fast 😂😂😂

  13. #ASKGMBN can i put a single crown 160mm fork on a dh bike? Do u have to change front and rear suspension for that?

  14. My biggest problem is that even though I have watched all the GMBN videos on bunny hops, and even just the manual videos, since that's the first part of the bunny hop, I still automatically pull on the bars. I know very well that I can't do that in order to progress, but it's an automatic reaction. Any tips on how to get past this?

  15. I see most of your videos now have an annoying advert….. pity….. just un-subscribed there are plenty more channels out there. BYE

  16. @gmbn: My back wheel spokes go loose and sound clicky after I try to learn hops on my MTB. Do you face the same too?

  17. I plan to put over 150 dollars in mods on my mountain bike after having a lady pull out in front of me…I shouldn't have been lazy and just adjusted the front brakes instead of unhooking them…

  18. Guys, are you only going downhill on specifically-crafted and nicely arranged MTB tracks?
    Do you ever pedal uphill, go random through the forest or on the grass (no track at all), like start from point A, ride a day up and down, then return to the same point A without involving a cable-car or something to take you up?
    Cause, really, with those bikes you ride, I can't see myself climbing a mountain or something.

  19. Never mind finally made it. Got my bike. A Giant talon 3 2017. Can someone tell me if i made a good choice ?

  20. Nice moves Scotty! I have been busting out the pre- hop recently and it has opened up so many more line options on trail! Thanks!

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