Scoox

Manuals on mod?

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I ride a mod and would like to learn to manual. Been riding for a few years now and I can pull fairly decent gaps, taps, bunnyhops, blah blah but manuals... it's become kind of like a holy grail. Ali C et all—and pretty much everyone I've seen riding an Inspired bike—seems to be good at manuals, but I can't find any mod manual videos. Are street bikes generally easier to manual, or am I the problem? If you have any youtube links please share them here, cheers!

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mods are harder to manual but look at flipp or any bmxer... higher bars and stem should help

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It's no coincidence Flipp and BMXers tend to run slicker tyres though - most 19" rear tyres are pretty sluggish so they make manuals a bit trickier.  The geo on most mods doesn't help either, but they are doable.

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They also run 20" with a decent bit of pressure too, which will feel much nicer than 3" of rubber around your 19" hole, so to speak.

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I'll crank up the PSI before tomorrow's ride. For pure trials riding manuals probably aren't particularly useful, but they look sick.

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15 minutes ago, Scoox said:

I'll crank up the PSI before tomorrow's ride. For pure trials riding manuals probably aren't particularly useful, but they look sick.

if you learn how to do them on something thats a little bit easier, its a real help, i can manual my 26" compy bike completely fine, but the amount of corrections i have to do in comparison to something smooth and a nicer geometry shows that trying to learn it in the first place would be near impossible on this setup. psi up, bars back a smidge (although, if you can bunnyhop, then it should be fine) and find some parking lot spaces to practice in. learn how to jump off it when it loops out first, thats the key i think

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Flat vs slight downward slope, what's the word? 

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2 hours ago, Scoox said:

Flat vs slight downward slope, what's the word? 

Flat for practice, downward slope for world record lenght ;)

I'd also suggest it might be easier to learn them on a BMX, street or dirt jump bike and then transfer the learned techniques to your mod bike, but that's just if you want REALLY dialled manuals.

 

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For the time being I'm sticking to mod, mainly because my flat is tiny and I'd have nowhere to put another bike. Although I've been toying with the idea of getting an Inspired, after watching Ali C and Duncan's vids, those bikes really seem like a lot of fun

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If you have a friend who's got a BMX bike or sth., maybe you could borrow it? No need to buy a bike just to learn manuals :D

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will get there... eventually

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