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Best technique for steep/long hills with a kicker or obstacle in the middle

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As per the title... 

The sort of hill that is going to be 3rd Gear + and lots of throttle and should be fairly easy but requires momentum, but then there's a bump/rock/log/hollow etc. somewhere where you'd want to be at maximum speed. 

I can see two options, of which the second seems more appropriate but what do you think?

 

1. Flat out, hit the obstacle as hard as you dare and get kicked or launched and then try to get hard on the throttle on landing. This seems to really kill forward momentum and the bigger the kick, the worse the stall. But it seems the obvious option because... Flat out. 

Or

2. Approach the kicker and roll off to just clear it without getting airborne and then try to sit into the bike and start accelerating from a near stop on the other side of the obstacle. Runs the risk of simply not having enough momentum to finish the climb but seems more elegant and likely to succeed.

As with everything, there's a millions variables but keeping it simple, what is the general approach and specific tips for this situation? 

 

 

 

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 Simple you splatter it! Basically you use the clutch to launch the rear tire into the obstacle and keep your speed up the hill.

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Option 1 with massive cohoona's.

It'll either work, or you can dine out on telling the nurses from your hospital bed the story of your wipeout! 😂😂😂😂

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Hmm... Interesting responses. 

 

I can see Jap Zaps working on moderate hills but this would be at a speed where the splatter is more appropriate. Plus, I simply cannot jap zap...

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 Better attempt a lousy looking splatter than no attempt at all. With enough speed and a little input you would be surprised what the untalented can get away with.

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Way too many variables as you said, but basically anything other than option 1.

If it's a small obstacle, something that you could just ride over on the flat and is only an issue due to the steepness then you can aim to just skim it rather than slam into it and rebound, a subtle hop and blip to lighten the impact and absorb the reduced impact with the legs not the suspension to try to keep the rear in contact with the ground and driving you foreward.

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