Newbie fear of going down hill

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    • #506771

      I got a cheap mountain bike from a local sporting goods store a few months ago. Was lucky to find it because COVID depleted all bikes in this area. Been hitting the trails 2-3 times a week since, and they’re brutal. Going down hill is my weakness. I don’t trust my cheap bike or myself with all the roots and rocks around here. Trying to keep heels down, center of gravity, look ahead…but it’s slow going for me. My question is actually two questions. How can I build up confidence and go faster down hill? And, I’m upgrading to a Giant fathom 2 29” (won’t get here for a couple months though). Will a better bike help, or is it all in my head?

    • #506800

      It’s not in your head! The Fathom 29 is going to be a much better descender than the crappy bike you are currently riding. Given the price, the Fathom 29 is an excellent bike. It has excellent geometry and aggressive tires. Both should improve your descending ability immensely. Happy riding!

    • #506811

      Definitely a better bike will help tremdously. A dropper is also recommended. Keep back.

      • #506830

        Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping that a better bike might help with confidence in go down hills. The bike I’m getting does have a drop post.

    • #506831

      A Fathom is going to be a huge upgrade and you will definitely start to feel more confident after a few rides.  I have owned a few decent full suspension bikes from the early 2000’s and I must say the Fathom is very trust worthy (my current ride:2019 Fathom 1 27.5).  The modern geometry makes a big difference.  The lack of rear suspension is the only limit I have  on it…but it’s an amazing bike at that price point.  And it’s a blast to ride even in the rough stuff.

    • #506887

      Once you have a bike that gives you a little more confidence stop worrying about speed. Work on being smooth and controlled, start slow. If you stay smooth and controlled you will get faster.

    • #507178

      That dropper will make a BIG difference going downhill. If you want to test the theory, I suggest you try a few runs with your current seat way down just to to see how it feels.

    • #507379

      The new bike will make the difference. Another good way to get comfortable is stairs. Find some not-too-steep stairs somewhere in your world and start riding down them (occasionally, over a span of time where you’re also getting out and riding trails). Progress to steeper stairs until you find that your comfort level on the trails gets to where you want it.

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