A drop-off is a step
down in the trail. The easiest drop-off is one that can be ridden at
speed. Speed hop at the lip to prevent the front wheel from
dropping. This can result in a very smooth landing and is one of the
easiest types of jump to perform. Practice it from a curb, try to
get both wheels to contact the ground together. A very small, flat
hop (both wheels in the air together) is all you need.
Where the drop-off has
to be taken slowly, on a steep trail for instance, push the
handlebar in front of you as the wheel goes over the edge. The idea
is to get the wheel to go over before you do. Don't grab the front
brake but instead feather both brakes to avoid locking the wheels
and sliding. after the drop move forward on the bike as soon as the steepness of
the trail allows. The aim is to keep your weight centered over the
balance point of the bike. If you stay way back on the bike, there isn't enough weight on the front tyre to steer
with. This means you'll be likely to crash the next time you try to
The first graphic
shows that the balance point of the bike stays directly between
where the tyres touch the trail. The centre of gravity of the rider
is already behind the saddle and will need to go even further back
for the few moments the bike tilts over the drop off.
The next two show how
as the trail gets steeper, the rider must hang further off the back.
Also there's less margin for error as the balance region gets
smaller the steeper the trail.
Way steep climbing