Scrubbing - Racer X Virtual Trainer
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By Bryan Johnson, MTF Head Trainer
In this instruction article I will explain what scrubbing and soaking up a jump means and how you can learn to do this. The video shows Pro SX rider Anthony Rodriguez demonstrating three levels of scrubbing. Remember you can turn on HD and maybe use slow motion to see better.
Scrubbing a jump is when you are able to hit a jump faster, stay lower and get on the ground to drive the rear wheel sooner. Scrubbing is something that every rider wants to learn because it’s a great way to make up time and even pass other riders in the air. One word of caution, make sure you are a good and confident jumper before you start trying to scrub!
There are different levels of scrubbing speed on a jump. You want to start out with just soaking up the jump and getting some movement in the air (see jump #1 in the video clip). Watch Anthony Rodriguez as his suspension compresses on the face and unloads as he takes off. Right before his bike leaves the top of the jump notice how his body drops down into the bike allowing the bike to come to him, unloading the suspension a little earlier.
You also want to get comfortable with the bike moving side to side in the air and to do this make sure your legs are tight as you leave the face and try to get the backend to move out and come back straight before you land. Again you can see Arod doing this in the first jump.
If you are getting the backend out but not bringing it back straight you're not using enough legs in the air. You don’t want to take your scrubbing any further as you will most likely get into trouble landing sideways and maybe crashing.
As you get more comfortable with the bike moving in the air you can take it one step further (watch Arod’s 2nd jump in the video clip). As he approaches the top of the jump he will lean his bike and turn the bars the same way he’s leaning allowing the back wheel to slide off the jump. Run the video in slow motion if you want to see this more clearly.
The 3rd jump in the video clip shows Arod more aggressive with this movement meaning the bike is going to slide more, keeping him lower.
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The earlier you do this the more you are going to scrub. When you get really good at doing this both wheels will actually slide off the jump and that is when you have got the scrub down and can officially say you have done the “Bubba scrub”. Notice how once his bike comes off the face he turns his bars the opposite way and uses his outside leg to pull the bike straight.
Always make sure your toes are in against the bike because sometimes that peg will drag the face and you don’t want your leg getting ripped off.And lastly, always land with power on the downside so your bike wants to drive forward.
To watch another MTF rider demonstrate the three levels of scrubbing watch 2014 Loretta's winner Stone Edler in this video clip.
Good luck and let us know if you have any questions about this, or any other, instruction tip. - Bryan Johnson Jr.
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