13 years ago
Anonymous

how come i can't do a wheelie on a mountain bike?

i'm having trouble with my wheelie on my bike please tell me whats going wrong. i go really fast and pull up the front of my bike as hard as i can while i'm leaning back and sitting down but my front wheel only raises about 1 inch? whats going on?????
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13 years ago
badbadleroybrown
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You need to start slow... You should be a middle range gear that allows you plenty of torque but that isnt so hard to turn you'd need to be standing. Sit on your seat, keep your weight back, set your cranks at a 45 degree angle or so, grip the bars and pedal forward while pulling up. You want to make sure you keep a finger on the rear brake to use for balancing yourself from going over backwards... Your first few attempts will probably end with you either getting the front wheel up but to the side or just too far up and you on your butt. Either way, just keep practicing at it and you'll eventually get the balance down and be riding on your rear wheel like nothing. From there, you need to develop the strength to pull up while throwing less weight backwards so that you can pull it while riding at speed. Its basically the same process but more pulling up on the bars and no pedaling... I also find it helpful to watch pro videos for stuff like this too... You get to see the little things they do, like pumping their legs instead of using all rear brake to maintain balance. Like anything else though, its just practice and will come to you with time... Good luck and dont let the little rim guys that already posted discourage you.... it is harder to do but can easily be done. 20" bikes are for boys that arent strong enough for 26" yet, they'll grow up someday.
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13 years ago
Anonymous
It's the geometry. You simply have more weight towards the front of the bike. If you look at bikes that wheelie easily, you sit further back so that more of your weight is over the rear wheel, making it easier to lift the front. Many mountain bikes don't transfer the weight very easily. I've seen people who are much better riders than I am do it, but it's more of a gift than I have. They even admit that it's definitely harder than on a BMX.
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5 years ago
Anonymous
Bassically dude im gonna tell u an identical factor different than as quickly as u pop the motorbike interior the air save the front tire severe if ur start to fall backwards faucet the returned brake. whilst popping a wheelie consistently have one finger on the returned bake or 2 if u like, so if u do get to the 2nd like ur gonna fall returned faucet the returned brake to brign ur front tire down. something is in basic terms prepare guy blending pedalling in with braking. Oh and working in the direction of ur stability.
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13 years ago
NiCKKKKK ;
They are not to big. You just pull up realy hard and while u pull up then u start peddling. Tt will take a few times but once u get it you will be like a pro.
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13 years ago
sean r
the design of the bike its to heavey and the weight is distributed wrong
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13 years ago
Matt M
Its to heavy. Ride a freestyle or bmx bike.
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13 years ago
Mattman
They're not made to "wheelies."
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