Mastering Step-Overs on a Mountain Bike


Tackle trail step-overs with ease

Travelling the world with your mountain bike is an amazing experience, but because of the nature of riding trails that you don’t know, you are going to come across unexpected obstacles, like fallen trees, big rocks or drainage bars when you are riding in the wild.

These are some of the hardest features to come across, so keeping calm, focused on the outcome, not the problem and learning some key hints and tips will keep you on the right track.

In this episode of the #MTBMinute Chris will show you how to ride step overs on your mountain bike in order to carry your flow onto the next section of trail and onto that post ride beer.

With these few top tips and a bit of practice you’ll be hunting down features to enjoy your new found skill and confidence with this potentially intimidating trail feature.

9 steps to mastering step-overs on a mountain bike

  1. Approach in neutral attack position
  2. Keep cranks level
  3. Push hips down in a ‘J’ shape
  4. Unweight and lift front wheel
  5. Transfer your weight backwards striaghtening arms
  6. Bring weight up and forwards
  7. Unweight and lift rear wheel
  8. As bike flattens out, return weight to neutral position
  9. When both wheels hit the ground return to attack position

Tick, tick, tick, tick…

What can you learn in a minute? Well, quite a lot as it turns out…

From changing a gear cable to mastering the attack position, in the #MTBminute we take on some of the most pressing questions around your mountain bike life and attempt to show you the key stages in just 60 seconds!

Using decades of collective guiding, riding and mechanical experience we’ve carefully created each minute-long video to give easy-to-follow, practical tips that will instantly demystify skills and techniques. They might still take a lifetime to master but with the #MTBminute at least you’ll be off to a solid start.

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