It’s always going to be safer to just go around an obstacle that’s in your path, but your machine is made to tackle some pretty gnarly stuff. Plus it can be REALLY fun to put it to the test once you feel confident with your skill level. It’s important to know how to cross obstacles safely because even if you’re the ‘go-around-the-rock’ type, you’re eventually going to be on a trail where you have no choice but to go up and over, so here’s how you do it:
- Stand up, brace yourself and lean forward slightly into the posting position, keeping your knees bent.
- Approach the obstacle at a 90-degree angle and at a low speed.
- Be ready to give the machine a little juice once the front tires grip the obstacle. Use the momentum to get over.
- If you’ll be hitting the obstacle with only one front tire, you should lean your body weight towards the obstacle.
- Hang on tight and maintain the posting position, allowing the machine and your legs to absorb the shock of the bump. Try to not let your butt/tailbone hit the seat when the back tires drop off the obstacle. It hurts.