Finding the correct riding position is key: Get into an aggressive riding position: eyes over your stem, elbows out—and try to flatten your back. Many people stand up too tall and don’t end up having the power in their arms to take the hits that the trail throws at you. Another problem is many people are too far back. If you are too far back, you don’t have any weight on your front wheel, which causes you to not have good traction and control. You should always have some downward pressure on the palms of your hands, even in steep terrain.
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