Jun 7, 2017

Breakdown of "American Bunnyhop" ?


Note: I consider myself a beginner.


It seems that the components of the American Bunnyhop are KEY to a number of other manuevers in trials.



From watching that "Thinkbike" video tutorial, it looks like the American bunnyhop is:


1. A quick manual; followed by

2. a leap or hop (from the rear wheel)


This 'leaping from the rear wheel while rolling' seems to be a foundational skill for a lot of moves. (Up to Front and Hooking to name a couple).


The American bunnyhop has proven difficult for me to this point. I haven't been able to find that point on the rear wheel from which to leap... But, I shall keep at it...


Anyone have any thoughts on this? Is my perspective on the manuever correct or ?



Jun 8, 2017

I like the way he puts it on Trashzen(.com)

Jun 8, 2017

Bend your knees is HUGE!!! TRA pointed that out, whatever happened to him!?! Fighting ogres in the dark forest?


Took me years to learn how to bonnyhop, I always did both wheels at once... blame clips. Pull back into a manual, and grab the pedals with your feet and jump the back- think like a bunny, front side unweighs first then the rear...


Start with a stick and work your way up to a curb and beyond... like everything practice is key, visualization makes a big difference as well. Good luck

Jun 8, 2017

I too am a begginer and just started to get the hang of the bunny hop. I cant hop too high but my worst issue is my timing. I either hop too late or too soon. practice practice practice is the plan for me.

Jun 8, 2017

If you just ride around constantly just having fun, you'll learn to bunnyhop.

Jun 9, 2017

Thanks for the tips guys. This helps.


TONK said- "Took me years to learn how to bonnyhop,"

-That is actually encouraging. The Am. Bunny Hop is not coming easy for me. One of the things I like about bike trials is : There are NO shortcuts really. I've ridden mototrials since 2000 and it's the same. To get proficient you HAVE to take the time to practice; I will keep at it.


Josh - I reviewed TrashZen. Great stuff. Thanks.


djphelan said - "practice practice practice is the plan for me." We are on the same page! ha.


The jerk said - "...ride around constantly just having fun, you'll learn to bunnyhop..." I think you nailed it. I just need to keep CONSTANT in riding; enjoying it and the skills will come. Again, there really aren't many 'short cuts'.. a few 'pointers' here and there to keep things progressing, but TIME on the bike will be the BIG key.


Glad I am enjoying it! I've been riding every day for 1 to 2 hours in the last few weeks. I plan to keep it up for the foreseeable future. ;-)



Thanks again guys.. Good input...




Jun 12, 2017

Good video Darryl. Thanks.

Jun 12, 2017

A good way is to start with a small ledge, ride at it at a slow but steady speed and just before your font tire hits go to manual and just throw your body upward and just go at it till you make it.. 🤙 Good luck

Jun 26, 2017

Here's one to wrap your eyes around


Jun 27, 2017

Great video. Thanks Josh. (I've been working on the manual lately.. SLOW progress, but it IS progress. A little better each ride)

Jul 20, 2017



While still working on my American Bunnyhop skills, trying to progress on the 'manual' - I have altered the way I practice the manual; discovered this way kind of by accident. I'll explain:


I was practicing 'riding a wheelie' (doesn't everybody want to have THAT skill?!) -- and as I was pedaling along, I was a bit too high on the front so I just STOPPED pedaling and drifted/coasted for a couple of feet - BOOM... "I just 'felt' what it was like to 'manual'!" So, I kept doing that... and I am getting the 'feel' for drifting along/rolling along on the rear wheel. I haven't got far; my speed is pretty slow, but I GET THE FEEL which has me pretty happy/excited. LOL.


To put this in contrast, what was doing before was getting some speed on two wheels and then performing the big body shift, up and back, in an attempt to get the front end up. That was HARD HARD WORK. (Maybe a different/shorter stem would help)... It was difficult to find 'the spot' of balance, or even to get the front that high... By starting with pedaling to the wheelie, I am 'at the spot' immediately, with less energy expended. (At 55, energy expending is important. ;-)


Still having a great time.

Jul 20, 2017

I was doing the same thing with a little luck. Problem I have is im practicing my wheelies with a fat bike and I'm sitting down. So to try and keep my balance by extending my legs isn't working too good. I guess I better start practicing wheelies standing up on the trials bike.

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