The manual lift is the first step for bunny hopping, taking small drops and keeping fast over rougher trails. You need to make sure you are comfortable with this skill, before moving onto bigger tasks. You can practice lifting your front wheel anywhere and we recommend doing so as much as possible – regardless of what bike you’re on.
Back, not up
Trying to lift your front wheel when your body is above it won’t get very far. The key is, therefore, to get your body-weight over your rear wheel and out of the way, allowing your momentum to lift your front wheel.
Drop your weight – preload your suspension by dropping your body down and slightly forward. This give you more available leverage and range of movement for the next step.
Push the bike forward – Get your hips over the rear wheel, pushing your bike forward with your arms and your feet. As your arms and legs become fully extended, there is no weight on your front wheel and the momentum should lift it. If this hasn’t worked, you need to be more aggressive, push your bike forward harder.
Don’t try to lift your wheel with your arms. Trying to pull your front wheel up will just pull your body forward, having the opposite effect you’re after.
Keep a finger hovering over your rear brake – this is your safety net. Touching your rear brake will force your weight forward as your bike slows faster than you do, ultimately bringing your front end down.