How to pump - video

Nail the technique to gain free speed from the trail

Pumping is a fundamental skill in the world of mountain biking. Essentially a downward body movement that pushes weight through the bike and into the tyres, pumping enables a rider to maximise potential from trail undulations and gain free speed in the process!

Let Sam and Matt from Bristol-based skills company Pedal Progression guide you slowly and clearly through exemplary pump technique in the video below.

How to pump
Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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