Beginner Hardtail MTB Skills You Can Master!

Beginner Hardtail MTB Skills You Can Master!

Hardtail MTBs are an amazing way to enter this awesome sport, with more affordable prices, fewer parts to maintain and great all-rounders, it’s no wonder so many people ride hardtails when they first start mountain biking! Join Blake Samson, our resident hardtail-loving funny guy as he runs you through some fun & simple hardtail skills you can master!

⏱ Timestamps ⏱
0:00 – Intro
0:52 – Pump tracks
2:21 – Good pedals
4:12 – Cornering
5:24 – Lift the front wheel
6:12 – Body position
7:19 – Line choice
9:09 – Jumping

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  1. LisaPet on March 22, 2023 at 5:56 am

    Thank you!

  2. Reniel Baluyut on March 22, 2023 at 5:57 am

    🀣 Blake got me rolling! Great dance moves! Only on hardtails !!!

  3. Randy Pratt on March 22, 2023 at 5:57 am

    Saw you back pedal when switching feet between corners. Years ago we learned to alway forward pedal when switching feet to prevent dropping the chain off the front ring. Not a big issue with current 1X mt bike drivetrains but still a problem on 2X gravel and mt bikes.

  4. Johnny Doe on March 22, 2023 at 5:58 am

    I love my plus hardtail, I even gave it a good Stripper name; Trixie, because she likes dancing in the rough, maybe not the way Blake dances, but close….lol

  5. Ghost on March 22, 2023 at 5:59 am

    I woke up today on my birthday and saw a video of you straight away. Great birthday present, thank youπŸ˜„

  6. Jonas Vieth on March 22, 2023 at 5:59 am

    Blake is a legend πŸ˜„ that dance must be the sickest thing of the week πŸ‘Œ

  7. Peter F on March 22, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Blake, welcome to being a roadie!! … I mean riding clipless!

  8. Bud Ride on March 22, 2023 at 6:01 am

    I laughed so hard with that hardcore dancing. Well done Blake, as always.

  9. Edvin on March 22, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Does anyone know Blakes frame size and his height? He really is a HT legend, watching the videos makes me ride my scout much harder an faster.

  10. andrew grant on March 22, 2023 at 6:07 am

    Came for bike tips left with killer dance moves πŸ‘Œ

  11. Anton on March 22, 2023 at 6:08 am


  12. Anita Snoopy on March 22, 2023 at 6:10 am

    Great video πŸ˜ƒ if you are just starting out then i would recommend a hardtail 😐 these are often cheaper πŸ˜ƒ

  13. Immanuel Jungheim on March 22, 2023 at 6:12 am

    Blake should team up with Sam Pilgrim for some hardcore style dancing. ^^

  14. Hector Cook-Monro on March 22, 2023 at 6:12 am


  15. J_Laf on March 22, 2023 at 6:15 am

    That dance part had me crying. Guess I need to get a hardtail so I can dance like Blake!

  16. MickeyRides on March 22, 2023 at 6:16 am

    The man, the myth, the legend. Blake! Arriba arriba. I’m on a Hardtail now bro gaining more confidence and experience every weekend. Can’t wait to ride steeper downhills and higher jumps.

  17. Johnny Kramolis on March 22, 2023 at 6:17 am

    HC music πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„

  18. Martin Sero on March 22, 2023 at 6:18 am

    Bravo bravissimo, acrobatic equilibristic funny fantastic Mr. Blake.

  19. Hector Cook-Monro on March 22, 2023 at 6:18 am

    the hardcore dancing hahahahhahaha

  20. Everyday Gamer on March 22, 2023 at 6:19 am

    What type of MTB shoe do you recommend?? I want/ prefer a shoe that has ankle support and protection, friend broke his ankle many many years ago as a teen and don’t want to go through that.

  21. Chuga on March 22, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Let’s go

  22. Michael Rodgers on March 22, 2023 at 6:23 am

    I’m going to experiment with being clipped in this weekend. I’m already feeling like it’s not going to be for me. But I do have a hard time keeping my feet planted on the rough steep downhills.

  23. elononoras on March 22, 2023 at 6:23 am

    Hours as in multiple hours on a pump track? I would like to see that ;DDD

  24. Nathan Dogra on March 22, 2023 at 6:24 am

    Nice one Blake , im struggling to keep my feet on flats when jumping "trying to jump" why oh why …can yoiu help ?

  25. Neil Cheshire on March 22, 2023 at 6:28 am

    I need to see the dancing in the next video please! 🀘

  26. Gary Kordyzon on March 22, 2023 at 6:29 am

    EDM moshing.

  27. Benjamin Quirk on March 22, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Great tutorial & reminder even for the experienced rider πŸ‘πŸš΅πŸ»

  28. YvMa Lnt on March 22, 2023 at 6:31 am

    So Blake has now become a clipless zealot πŸ™‚

  29. Robert Fullstop on March 22, 2023 at 6:32 am

    That place is beautiful, where is it? Very useful tips, cheers ✌🏼

  30. Toni_R on March 22, 2023 at 6:33 am

    Hey GMBN team, I like the video and the channel a lot but is it just me or is this clipLESS mantra a bit too much. I have not heard it anywhere else than in GMBN and you guys keep repeating it. On this very video after 3:25 first you mention "flats or clipless pedal" and then you talk about clipped in. What should someone get from this if they are looking for info and dont know much yet. It’s mumbling that cannot be understood. Let go of those old pedals with baskets for your foots and start using clipped in as "clips" or not clipped in as "flats". Just my 20 cents. Will continue to enjoy these videos anyway!

  31. BoBo The rice farmer on March 22, 2023 at 6:33 am

    Skids skrrrrrr

  32. Michael Peace on March 22, 2023 at 6:34 am

    On my three hardtail

  33. LifeBehindBarz on March 22, 2023 at 6:34 am

    I love my Mongoose Ardor hardtail. It’s basically the cheap version of the Nukeproof scout. Very similar geo & other than the thru-axle, I could fit all the same parts of I needed too.

  34. Jorge AraΓΊjo on March 22, 2023 at 6:36 am

    I gave thumbs up just for the dancing!! Go Blake!

  35. Peter Slater on March 22, 2023 at 6:37 am

    thanks, blake! this is a great video and perhaps should be a series? i’m a road/gravel guy and just got my first hardtail – so while i’m not necessarily new to cycling, in Hardtail World i’m a total novice – so there is always room for beginner skill videos, and i really appreciate it.
    also, kudos on the van build, i loved that series. πŸ™‚

  36. ICE329 on March 22, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Nice danceπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ€˜πŸ»πŸ€™πŸ»

  37. David Koplin on March 22, 2023 at 6:38 am

    Your timing is great I get my new hardtail today

  38. neville pretorius on March 22, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Awesome video! Blake must have been a legend at the rave clubs in the 90’s πŸ˜‚

  39. Marco Santos on March 22, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Hahahahaha! Here it is again! The gorgeous Yellow Nukeproof!
    And, yes, Blake, you are a fantastic presenter

  40. Matthew Acton-Varian on March 22, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Blake’s dad dancing 🀣🀣🀣🀣 I have secondhand embarrassment for his wife Jen.

  41. Brandon Fields on March 22, 2023 at 6:40 am

    I’m glad I live in Texas so I don’t have to learn to turn both ways.

  42. DEMITRI BOON HE YANG on March 22, 2023 at 6:40 am

    Nice ride

  43. John Lesoudeur on March 22, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Well presented Blake.

  44. junka1975 on March 22, 2023 at 6:50 am

    Blake is definitely the hard tail master. I just wonder have you guys ever had your hand slip off your grip on a landing and spit you into the ground? That happened to me last week, rolled my ankle and am relegated to just cruising, no jumps for a while.

  45. ExplosiveNotes on March 22, 2023 at 6:50 am

    6:40 Crack a mony o’clock?

  46. Giorgos efkairiakos on March 22, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Loved the skills video 😍😍😍
    Got me dancing my way to the trails

  47. BenBikeBuilder OTBridingstyle on March 22, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Blake moving to hardcore dance music – priceless!! πŸ€™

  48. igkok on March 22, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Lol. NASCAR

  49. FlashBang on March 22, 2023 at 6:53 am

    perfect video to begin the day