How to manual

Tips from Steve Peat and Blake Samson

BikeRadar have already showed you how to wheelie, and a natural progression from that skill is to learn how to manual. A manual, like a wheelie, is a trick that involves keeping the front wheel elevated while your rear wheel tracks the ground. 

The difference between the two comes in the way you pop and maintain the height of your front wheel. A wheelie involves pedalling to keep the front wheel up,  whereas a manual is both initiated and maintained by shifting your bodyweight – no pedalling involved.

Manuals can be used in a variety of riding scenarios, whether to keep the pace up at a pump track or to prevent the front wheel from tracking deep ruts on the trails.

So sit back and let downhill racing legend Steve Peat and dirt jumper Blake Samson show you it's done.

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