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For many, the notion of “extreme biking” conjures up images of brazen youths throwing themselves off of impossibly high cliffs – landing in a heap of torn clothing and multiple injuries. In mountain biking, there certainly exist inherent risks – to varying extents – that the rider must take into consideration. However, if extreme mountain biking involved only terrifying drops and mangled bodies, cyclists would quickly grow bored of the sport – pretty quickly. Let me demystify extreme biking for you:
What Is Extreme Biking?
Any sport taken to its outer limits might be considered extreme. A ten foot drop might become a 70 foot drop, and jumps might take the rider flying over stretches of highway. This sort of riding takes more than courage. Extreme mountain biking also demands experience and creativity. If a rider starts a trick, but cannot imagine the outcome (or landing) – misfortune may strike. But creativity also involves re-inventing certain tricks or cycling down a stretch of single track in a way that other riders have not thought of before. Creativity is essential here.
Now, riders jump from, over, and across, buildings, crevasses, urban art installations, and houses. One mountain biking video even features a rider executing a hand plant off of, while jumping over, a camel! As far as I’m concerned, the best extreme riding involves not only bigger tricks, but more creative tricks as well.
Bikes for Extreme Biking
Extreme mountain biking does place exceptional demands on the bike. Therefore, mountain bikes used for this type of riding are typically free-ride or downhill mountain bikes. In general, bikes used for extreme mountain biking are heavier, with more travel in the suspension. For those riders who are hell-bent on hitting bigger and bigger jumps, a bike strictly oriented towards downhill riding such as the Norco Team DH. These bikes will have the biggest suspension to cushion the landing of those monster jumps.
Some riders choose lighter, hard-tail freeride bikes in order to execute intricate aerial tricks. These bikes will offer the most amount of maneuverability. However, most folks wishing to combine flexed creativity with breath-taking drops will opt for a bike more like the Santa Cruz Nomad.
Special Equipment for Extreme Biking
Aside from the items you would normally be wearing, such as a helmet and rugged cycling clothes, you would do well to include some other items in your arsenal.
Many downhill riders use ski-style goggles. Many companies, such as Smith, and Oakley – manufacture goggles especially for this purpose. These goggles will keep the many things out of your eyes that shouldn’t be there: rocks, branches, mud, and small small, fury woodland creatures.
Other items include:
- Knee/Shin Guards
- Pressure suit (protects back, sternum, shoulders, elbows)
- Wrist Protectors
Some reputable companies for mountain bike body armor are Race Face, Six One Six, and Evo.
Is Extreme Biking For Me?
Mountain biking is a great sport. Not only does it keep you fit, but there are many different styles of mountain biking to enjoy. Some people might be more than happy to spend most of their time exploring thousands of miles of single tracks. Other folks might crave a more adventurous style of riding.
Finding the right style of mountain biking for you is a journey of discovery. You may find cross country riding or racing to be right up your alley. However, if the thrill of danger and adventure is what drives you to ride, you may attempt bigger and more interesting tricks. One day you may just find yourself riding a bike that takes you hurtling off of a 50 foot cliff as an inevitable consequence of your passion.
Books About Extreme Biking
For more information, there are some informative books about extreme biking. You can find them on several online book stores:
Extreme Mountain Biking Videos
There are many extreme mountain biking videos over the net. Watch these two great extreme mountain biking clips from YouTube: