Trailgrams: Turning Tips


Kyle Norbraten rips a turn in Lilloett, British Columbia. Photo by Paris Gore

The picture of Kyle Norbraten in “Ask MBA” [December 2019] is awesome. To me, that is as radical as any backflip or whip. It is also an outstanding example of the points you made in your response to Roger Burns about turning. Two other quick thoughts: if you can wiggle your pinky finger on the inside hand, you’re probably doing it right. Also, if you have access to a fat bike, you can learn a lot. When you lean a fat bike, it immediately starts turning. When you are leaning/turning and touch the brakes, it stands up and stops turning. Fat bikes are a great learning tool!

Jim Mason
Centennial, Colorado

Read MBA’s Response to Roger Burns ASK MBAction Question Here👇

Pulling G’s on the  Devinci Troy.

Roger Burns-Question:

I’ve been a longtime reader and fan of Mountain Bike Action, but due to a busy job and family life, I have been off my mountain bike the past few years. I’m excited to say I recently bought a Devinci Troy and have already had the chance to take it on some of my many great local trails. The problem I’m having is that I keep overshooting turns because I feel so comfortable on the straightaway sections. How can I improve my cornering technique so I’ll stop flying past every turn?

Roger Burns
Tahoe City, California

MBA Wrecking Crew-Answer:

Glad you’re able to get back into riding with a sweet new bike. Our testers highly favor that machine. Anyway, here are a few things you can try to remedy your cornering troubles. It sounds to us like you’re braking too late and not setting yourself up properly for each turn. Start by applying your brakes earlier until you’ve approached a comfortable cornering speed. Then set up wide for the turn and cut in to make it the straightest-line possible.

Remember to get all your braking done before you lean into the turn. The key is to roll into a corner at a safe speed and carry that momentum throughout the other side. It’s also important to drop your outside pedal to plant the bike to the ground. Another thing you could try is to give your inside elbow a little wiggle to remind yourself to stay loose.

Hope these tips have you railing turns in no time.

Read MBA’s Story: Cornering Tips With Eric Carter

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