Corner Faster

It’s pretty common for me to hear riders say that their front wheel often slips out on them, and that they think it’s because they are too far forward, or putting too much pressure on the front tire. In fact the opposite is typically the case. Riders often wash the front wheel out because they had too little pressure on the front tire, not too much.

Over my years of teaching, I’ve come up with a number of ways to get riders to find more traction and control over the front wheel when corning. Most of those have to do with getting the rider to move forward in turns. Recently, I started to notice that this was often very easy to achieve with the simple idea of driving the outside, or weighted knee forward while cornering. The action of driving the outside knee beyond the ankle joint allows pressure to manifest properly in the front tire and front suspension, where traction is required. I also noticed that riders who were struggling with turning in a particular direction (weak side turn) were often hindered by not having the necessary coordination to bend the outside knee when cornering. By simply becoming aware of this and making this adjustment, many of my students have had amazing results in cornering speed and control while turning in both directions.