I'm the same, and chasing faster riders is one thing that gets me above my comfort speed zone, but does occasionally result in crashes when I get above my ability zone. Plus when you're following another rider, it can help you see the fast line, but it sometimes masks obstacles till it's too late too.green said:I need help as well buddy, my experienced friends keep leaving me for dead on the downhills. I think it's my cornering. Sorry I cant help.
my problems are in the rocks-n-roots. I can be hauling a$$ on the trail and I see rocks or roots and I just freeze up. It's the only thing keeping me from racing (as a beginner - duh!). I pull up shy like a horse that wont jump. And I refuse to pull that in a race.Steve71 said:Brake before the corner.
Enter wide, hit the apex, track out. Or if there is a berm, use it.
Get used to controlling your fore/aft weight distribution on the bike
Get comfortable with drifting the bike.
In faster corners point your belly button where you want to go.
Best way to learn is to buy some pads and a full face helmet, drop your seat and spend a summer or two at your local ski resort (assuming you have one) on your XC bike. Most resorts have a lot of tame trails that are great fun on an XC bike. Do the same trail(s) over and over and over and over and over. Perfect your lines as you go.
With corners, slow in, fast out is faster than fast in, slow out. But fast in fast out is the fastest .
I don't want to make it sound like I'm blaming the tool, I'm not. The problem (and answer) is me.ecblanks said:But as far as roots and rocks go, what has worked for me is:
If it's not so big that it'll wreck me, most of the time I just go straight at it. Big wrecks have happened when you try to swerve too fast from an obstacle that isn't that bad. Let your shocks do what you pay them for. Ease your grip, pull your butt up and back and bumpety-bumpety-bump right over them!
Yep, a good fork (correctly setup) will do much better a speed than that RS fork.capt pearl said:That said, I'm riding a 5 yr old Rock Shox Jett T2. Would upgrading the fork offer signifigant performance and time gains, or is it just a matter of working on technique?