How To // Lay it over and carve a corner with Bryn Atkinson
Stylelord Bryn Atkinson is about to give you a master class in shredding corners!
Read up and learn from one of the best in the biz.
The key ingredients are: Wear your safety gear (especially whilst you’re building up your skill). Find a suitable corner to practise on; something nice and wide open, nothing too tight or lined with trees, etc. Commit, commit, commit and practise, practise, practise and you’ll be railing in no time!
GETTING SET UP:
I like to come in a little faster than what I would if I wasn’t going to slide the bike around. Thinking about solid squared-up form, leading with my eyes and nice round arcs;
Cornering is all about the timing of compressions.
APPROACHING THE CORNER, STARTING THE MOVEMENT:
Cornering is all about the timing of compressions. This particular turn I’m using the big long compression leading in to preload the suspension so when the bike unweights its easier to slide the bike around;
ENTERING THE CORNER:
I’ll initiate the slide by tipping the bike over onto the side knobs right when the bike is becoming light, then force outward and twist in the direction of the corner with my head, shoulders, hips and outside foot, taking my inside foot off the pedal for balance and counter steering with the handlebars;
MIDWAY THROUGH THE CORNER:
By now I’ve completed the majority of the change of direction, and I’m thinking about rounding the slide out and finishing smooth. At this point, I’ll start to tilt the bike back towards upright, and by doing so gaining traction again;
Once everything is pointed in the right direction, get that foot back on, and eyes on the next obstacle. [R]