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Seems Like I Have Too Mugh Weight On Hands/wrists?

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Hello Folks,

 

Just starting beginning trials training - have 30yrs of enduro/trail riding experience - C+/B- skill or so.   My trials bike is a scorpa sy250.  I am 6'1" and a "stocky" 220lb 

 

While practicing on the trials bike, I seem to have all my weight on my hands/wrists and I find it very uncomfortable, almost painful in my lower palms and wrists. 

 

I Know this is a broad question, but can anyone offer suggestions on what I may be doing wrong... bad stance? Need Bars Higher? etc.  The the pain in the hands makes me look for any excuse to skip practicing and leave the bike sitting in the garage. I am missing out on all the fun of trials riding as a result of something that I hope has a simple solution!

 

thanks!

 

-t

 

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At 6'1" you might want to look at risers, but I'm guessing mainly based off the fact that at 5'10", I feel like I'm near the limit of the stock bar height for a punter like myself. You really need to think about bending your knees a lot and holding all your weight on your legs. You can't be lazy like you can on an enduro bike... or rather, you can, but you end up relying on your wrists to support all your weight, which isn't fun.

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 Risers have nothing to do with it. Bend your knee`s and weight back. Do not just stand stiff legged. Try a video or two, and watch riders body position.   

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I'm guilty of this as well. I have tried to improve by trying to put the weight on the pegs and let the bike float underneath. It's tough to remember sometimes. I try to be light on the bars and put more on the pegs, and that's where the real steering is (from what some advanced riders have said). Most of the time I tense up and this all falls apart.

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Squat! No weight on hands! STOP IT! Practice for a while exaggerating things! Stay centered on the bike. Use peg pressure to turn and let arms follow! If your inside arm is straight in turns you are less likely to dab.

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 Risers have nothing to do with it. Bend your knee`s and weight back. Do not just stand stiff legged. Try a video or two, and watch riders body position.   

 

This!

 

 

Enduro style riders happen to be far to far forward on the bike (what you want with speed).

 

Just watch some random videos on trial and focus on knees only.

 

(nice exaggerated)

 

 

 

Edited by crazybond700

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Try moving your bars forward. It's common for new riders to have their bars too far back because it just looks weird to an enduro guy for the bars to be angled forward. What happens with the bars back is you rotate your hips too far forward and your hands are too close to your body to get proper leverage so you bend forward and stick your butt back and put pressure on your hands to maintain the wrong position.

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I get a similar issue with hand/lower arm pain on my current bike which is a Sherco 305. Strange thing I found is that on my other bikes ie motocross bike, road racing bike and my old 2007 sherco 250 i'm completely fine it's only on my new Sherco I get it. I think its either the body position on the bike such as peg height, handlebar height etc and also I think with the extra power and torque from the 300 I tend to hold the bars tighter which is not good at all for hand pain. 

I've moved my bars forward and dropped my levers a bit lower so that when I do ride with some weight forward i'm not bending my palms and putting excess weight on them.

 

Some good advice above which ill be trying myself.

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Thanks kindly for all of the input & suggestions.. I will watch the vids closer and work on the squatting.

 

thanks again!

 

-t

 

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Try moving your bars forward. It's common for new riders to have their bars too far back because it just looks weird to an enduro guy for the bars to be angled forward.

 

Definitely agree with this, a mx or enduro bar angle would be too low and far back.

 

Im 6'2 and ive a few friends the same height and none of us run risers.

Edited by faussy

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I have the handgrips directly in line with the front forks, which is exactly how I have my KTM set for woods/single track.  I will attempt to move them in front of the fork centerline and see how that affects the "stance".

 

Thanks again!

 

-t

 

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