How to Climb Better on a Mountain Bike in 90 Seconds
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How to Climb Better on a Mountain Bike in 90 Seconds

October 24, 2019


Hi Groover, the Chest and Nose Technique is the answer for those steep climbs where you don’t have the grip or momentum for an out-of-saddle burst or where you’re finding it very difficult to keep the front wheel planted on the ground and keep front wheel control. To perform the Chest and Nose Technique simply slide your bum forward up to the nose of the seat so that your body weight is on the seat pressing through the bike and putting weight on the rear wheel. As you do that lower your
chest to the handlebar while still looking ahead along your line. Now, while the Chest and Nose technique might not be the most comfortable riding position, it’s very effective up steep sections
for improving your centre of gravity and your balance on the bike to maximize both weight over the rear wheel for rear wheel
traction, and weight over the front of the bike for
steering control. You’ll be amazed at how much steeper you can climb with the Chest and Nose Technique! Go try it out!

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  1. Thanks, Darren. A: Rarely. Sometimes on a longer smoother climb, but much of what I climb is rough and loose, or at the least a bit sketchy, so I prefer the lockout off to help keep the front wheel settled. Cheers ~ Chris

  2. Speaking of lockout, I currently have a current model Trance X 29er that came with a Monarch R rear shock which doesn't have lockout. Overall the shock performs well and I'm really happy with it, I just worry that I might be losing a lot of power through that shock. What would be a good upgrade shock that has lockout, and would it be a worthy upgrade?

  3. i want to ask you something about a cross country bike.downhill bike.how to set up bike for downhill.except a cross country bike.thank you.your a good tutorial teacher.god bless.

  4. thank you so much man! I am going on a mountain bike race on Sunday and I will use this technique on my hill climbs! Thanks so much! ;-D

  5. Chris, a bit, odd question.. But is it true that it's best to be naked underneath the biking clothing? No underwear or anything? – And also, do you advice to shave ones legs? (I feel so manly asking these questions haha)

  6. I have ridden the Lefty a few times, but not for extended periods. I prefer conventional twin leg forks for a bigger range of terrain and hits. Cheers. ~ Chris

  7. Thx Chris, this tip has really improved my climbing skills, and helped overcome some steep sections on my local trail for the first time 🙂 Drove by two other riders who pushed their bikes up, just like i used to do.

  8. Awesome. That's what I like to hear! Well done, Kasper. It's a great tip. Hopefully those other two riders find it soon. Cheers.
    ~ Chris

  9. 25 psi. The video doesn't do the climb justice. It's very steep, which puts a lot of my weight on the rear wheel on the steepest sections. Cheers.
    ~ Chris

  10. Hi Chris,
    what you recommend to do on the long steep climb, that's full of small to medium rocks, that tend to flow underneath your wheels, causing you to lose momentum and stability? (like middle of the track on 55-57 second of this video).
    thanks

  11. Hey Chris,
    How do I avoid wheel-spin while climbing hills? Often on lower gears when I put more pressure on the pedals, the rear wheel spins on the spot rather than pushing me more upwards… Do I need to sit on the seat and make sure the rear wheel has some weight on it, to avoid wheelspin?

  12. How did you clip out so effortlessly and fast there (at end)? My pedals are set to the easiest and yet I still can't clip out that fast 

  13. Hi Chris, we want to buy Radon Slide Carbon 160 650B 10.0, is this bike versatile or its not good at all for climbing and longer tours? Cheers, Marek 

  14. Hi there, I also find that tucking elbows in closer to my torso helps to keep the front wheel down as it prevents excessive pulling back on the bars.  Cheers. 

  15. No fun going up, it's just a necessary evil for getting down as fast as you can!
    Push if you have to, why waste energy on crappy climbing?

  16. Yep, right again, Chris. You are such a blessing. I take you with me on every ride as my personal coach. It feels sometimes like I'm having a conversation with you as I ride; I think about what you say and try to implement it; then I try to think of comments I want to write later on (don't always get to the comments part–sorry!). I'm glad you're not being put off by lazy, nay-sayers. I'm almost 52 and I enjoy being able to climb the hills well–just as I enjoy the challenge of going down the hills (especially when I don't end up 'hugging trees'!). Thanks to you, I'm a beginner who has the confidence of an intermediate. I'm riding intermediate trails by myself safely, sanely, and happily. Keep at it please, what you're doing is making a difference. Good on you

  17. The price you gotta pay in order to get that sweet breeze in your face going down…
    I did this as a newbie…was doing something wrong and dangerous..my junk went numb for 4 days..frightening. Thus the quest for the right saddle and managing ones commitment to the pointy end..

  18. I'm a newbie to mountain biking and I've had two "oh sh*t" experiences while climbing steep grades.  Both times, I pushed it to the point of no return where I could not un-cleat my left shoe in time and ended up tumbling down the hill w/my bike still attached to my right shoe/cleat.  My riding partner suggested that this was likely due to my applying both the rear and front brakes instead of just the front.  Admittedly, I wasn't using your recommended technique but will do so for future rides.  Any suggestions for newbies like myself for safely terminating a steep ascent, (one that you can't achieve and/or due to serious tire slip?  Thanks for your great videos!   

  19. Thank you from up in Alaska! I've been applying this and other skills drills videos you've made to my cyclocross riding and have seen dramatic improvement in my handling skills and confidence. Races have been more fun, successful, and safer as a result. Keep up the good work!

  20. That is the best tip, have been doing it for quite some time now and it also gives you confidence to go and try steeper and steeper climbs. Great work!

  21. Hey Chris when climbing really steep climbs my front wheel always wants to lift, will this technique correct that? keep up the great vids!

  22. Slide your bum forward to insert the nose of your seat securely in your brown eye while putting weight on the rear wheel. It may not be the most comfortable riding position, but it is the most affective in steep sections.

  23. You didn't mention how to get the oxygen in me to keep going like that.   I will get there.  I may be old but I'm boot tuff

  24. I would have enjoyed seeing a comparison of regular position to this position.  Just food for thought for the next time you may cover this or other similar techniques.

  25. You forgot to mention that seat high matters at first place otherwise you burn all your energy out very quickly. Nice video, cheers.

  26. Interesting Technique
    Im getting back into riding to get fit & loose weight & I tend to stand up & peddle on uphills like i did when i was a kid.
    Is there any situations where stand up peddling is required or should i try to avoid it.

  27. Your tips are good but that high-pitched sound coming from your microphone on your videos makes them annoying to watch.

  28. I wish there was a dropper post where the saddle shifted slightly forward when fully extended. This is especially wanted for all mountain bikes that are fairly slack.

  29. Hey mate Ik this video is a bit old but I mountain bike myself but I don't have very strong legs I have a 2015 hopper and I'm wondering would this help me

  30. My god you’re running low tire pressure! Did you ever damage your rims with that?
    Thanks for the video! I will definitely try it out.

  31. Also very important to point out, pedaling technique is crucial too. You want to pedal as constant and as "round" as possible so as not to lose grip. Clips I suppose help a lot but since I've never used clips I can only speculate.

  32. (Cdeca Vídeos) Seu canal é D + ganhou mais um sub, assista alguns de meus videos se gostar, compartilhe, dá like , o YouTube, está excluindo meus inscritos, por isso venho reforçar o meu pedido para se inscrever em meu canal.

  33. Something I never see in video's but is still a pertinent problem for most riders; that of pushing the handlebars as you pedal uphill, this habit will only sap energy and make the steeper sections that bit harder. Instead, try to focus on making it feel as natural as possible, having full range of motion and stability.

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