I ride a bike.
What are the most important techniques/skills for single track?
Depends what you mean by "rails", and what you mean by "singletrack". On tight, twisty singletrack (the kind where you're bombing through the trees changing direction constantly) I found that a shorter fork (steeper HA) makes my Stumpy (fsr) very quick handling, taller fork/steeper HA slows the steering and I would say not as good for these conditions. My Stumpy is a twitchy enough bike that even with a 4" fork it seems plenty quick steering in singletrack. My previous bike was a Kona Manomano with a 100mm Bomber fork, for some reason felt much slower steering, and seemed hard to ride in the twisties, I had to lean forward on the bars hard to keep the front tire tracking.HTail said:Between my Ellsworth and my old Stumpjumper hardtail, the Stumpy "rails" way better than my Ellsworth. I think it's due to a slacker head angle or something. It's just more stable at speed, whereas my Ellsworth is quicker steering, more twitchy.
Honestly I wish the Ellsworth handled like my Stumpjumper, perhaps a 125mm travel fork will raise up the front and slacken the head angle?