July Riding Tip: Face it:
When going up the face of a jump, you want a balanced position on the bike. It may appear I'm forward but actually I'm in a central position for a foundation to do what I want, once in the air. If I go up the face in this position with a smooth throttle from the base to the lip, my bike should be level in the air. If I want my bike to angle down to match the downside of a jump, I'll let the throttle off in the last quarter of the face of the jump. Generally you want your bike level or angled down in the air, depending on what's needed and this is a simple but effective way to do it.