In this post, I would like to discuss how you can make your pivot turn much better. I’m having here because it’s, look at this weather, its sun is shining and everything is going pretty well. I’m going to be showing you how you can make pivot turns easier today.
For those of you that don’t know what is a pivot turn, here’s a pretty good example of a perfectly done pivot turn by Jamie. It’s a good little trick especially for hard enduro and stuff like when you play you have these obstacles that you need to get over or you have a let’s say you have a hill climb that you fail and then you need to be like turning your bike around. This technique is widely used by the top hard enduro riders and the top enduro cross rider.
This technique is like a super version of everything that you need in endure. A clutch skill brake, skill balance, strength in your arms and how to use your suspension as your tool and it has everything in it. When I first started trying this trick and I remember like being so scared what is going to happen after I get the front wheel up to the air and sometimes it can go over and sometimes it can go like a low sideways.
But if you just master the basic stuff that you need with this trick before you do it like completely I think that’s the right way to approach this little nice trick. I’m going to go now to the bike I will show you the first easy exercise that will help you in the future. The first thing is to put your bike in the first gear and hold the clutch. So when I start to practice, I’ll move my butt to the rear of the bike and then I put my leg to the rear brake.
I always have the rear brake covered I hope you can see it from the GoPro. And the next thing you want to do is simply just lift the front wheel a little up and then bring it down with the rear brake. The reason why you’re doing this is to master the rear brake like properly. And I did it only with that I did it only with the help of my clutch one finger, I use only one finger on the clutch all the time.
I would say that I’m a tall guy and if I go to the rear of the bike and just reach the throttle as you can see my bike already like is. I know that there are people that aren’t as tall as I am or as heavy as I am. What I want you to do get help from your forks they go down and when they rebound they will help you to lift your bike up and same time as the bike comes up again you need to release the clutch and gently release it and give only like you can see how little I turn the throttle like in the end.
I keep it just like steady, pull the forks down and off you go and then just break it down. Do the rear braking practice as long as you feel comfortable with the rear brake and that is really important just like up and down up, up and down. Try to practice it that it’s so smooth like up not slam it down, don’t slam it down but just like go up and down so I can lift it lift the clutch a little you can see it better.
I hope you can see the clutch. When I hit the brakes I’ve tried to soften the landing with like this little clutch movement and I have the feeling when my finger when the bike starts to go down that I need to slow it down a little like. I hope you can see it from the video, I’m letting it go like this super smoothly. Oh my, I have my gasoline light on whatever that means in the two-stroke. Thank You KTM, thanks for the notice.
If you have this small uphill it will help you learn that wheelie because the bike starts to wheelie itself more easily like so. Always use your clutch person, brake perch like they are movable. When you have done enough of that braking practice you can start doing longer wheelies.
I started with just going straight, just learn to lean back more and try to keep the front wheel on the balance point because if you got it’s like if you have it there it’s harder to maintain to wheel up in the air. If you can make the angle a little higher it’s much easier to go forward and the same principle applies to wheelies. You just want to lift the bike for the front wheel a little higher and try to keep it like in the same spot with your clutch and your rear brake.
So you start to like going just forward and leaning back and twisting. And I try to keep my revs as small as I can it’s good always to have your when you’re starting to have your feet or your non-brake side boot on the ground or near the ground. If the bike tries to escape from you, you have your another foot on the ground. That’s great insurance if you in case you have a brake failure or something.
When you have mastered the going straight part, the next thing is to hit the turning bar. It’s quite simple because basically what you are doing if you leave your of this leg to the ground you have basically your balance point is on the side of the bike, the bike frame goes there. Basically this bike turns to the left by itself the same thing if you go balls deep and leave the brake pedal alone and do it to the right side.
Basically what I do is I start and the bike starts it starts to turn by itself because you have there the balance is on the left side already. I don’t know if you can see anything my tripod cameraman haze pretty, haze pretty maybe I should upgrade this cameraman to something better like. So yeah basically that the pivot turn starts to turn by itself like this. And you just hang there give a throttle for like so.
I can try if I can do it on the other side without brake, you have to be super careful with the throttle and the clutch. You have to like predict where the balance point is going to hit, twist the throttle back right before it. Yeah, it goes pretty well without the rear brake. Yeah. What was that? That’s not nice. I hope that it’s not the radiator, I hope. It’s something definitely but my only hope does not open when hot, yeah.
Now, this is how you change your radiator fluids. So yeah that’s almost like everything that I have in mind for pivot turns and at some point, I want to make. Remember to have the patience to learn the basic stuff first and then just go, don’t just like rush into it and don’t just like be, don’t just like I want to do that turning and everything and spinning and backflips lines and everything, don’t do that. Just start slow and you will get there.
First, you struggle a little and then at some point there was that’s just one movement so easy after that one when you have the click happening in your head. When you have mastered this pivot turn you can make it harder by using any looks or any rocks or any you can put any obstacles to your way when you’re doing this pivot turn.
That will make you like you have to react to the obstacle and use the balance point and twist the balance point a little and that is also one really important skill to have if you’re riding trails because you have to always like adapt to the nature and adapt to the ground and what is in front of you.
Like mixing different things with your training is always like crucial it’s as well that will make you a better rider and it will make you also a much safer rider you don’t crash so much you don’t, you enjoy much more of the riding. There are all kinds of benefits from doing that the hard work like practicing stuff before it’s just like riding guys this is fun but you need to concentrate what you have said this before what you need to concentrate what you’re doing also even though it’s fun at the same time.
If you have tried every single thing that I said in this post you still struggle with the pivot turn you should consider how is your bike set up because your bike set up, of course, will affect how easy this trick is to execute. Starting from the tires and then suspension and everything they all work together and how when the clutch is engaging and everything it all matters in this trick.
But the biggest part is all, of course, yours, but if you have the bike set up correctly it will help you when you’re making this trick. That’s how you do pivot turns, easy right. Just go out and do it and film it and analyze it.