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Freestyle BMX: dirt jumping
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A dirt jumper flies through the air in spectacular fashion
Dirt jumping is where BMX riding began

Freestyle:

All of the other types of BMX riding that are not racing fall under the bracket of 'freestyle'.

We have written some descriptions of how some bikes are generally set up but please remember that these are just generalisations.

For example, some people use a gyro (a brake mechanism that means the cable will never get tangled no matter how many times the bars are spun).

Many others don't - some riders don't even use brakes at all!

So without further ado:

Dirt jumping is where BMX began.

Dirt jumping is kind of split into two different forms: 'trail riding' and 'dirt jumping'.

'Trails' is the word used to describe a collection of dirt jumps.

Britain's Stephen Murray wins gold at the 2002 Gravity Games
Murray is the reigning Gravity Games champion

Trail riders generally prefer to spend their time in the woods, building more and more jumps that link all over the place for them to flow through.

'Dirt Jumping' is basically what you see at the X-Games: where there are two or more HUGE jumps and riders try and do as many tricks over them as possible.

Dirt bikes are generally heavier than a race bike, but lighter than a street bike (although they can be used for both if you're smooth enough).

A dirt bike will usually have no pegs and may or may not have a gyro.

Dirt riders also tend to use wheels with 36 spokes which are lighter than street wheels and they use race-style two piece-bars.

Some great dirt jumpers include: Stephen Murray (UK), Kye Forte (UK), Neil Wood, Mikey Aitken, Taj Mihelich, Migalla, Brian Foster (all USA).


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Introduction
Racing
Dirt jumping
Street
Ramp & Park
Flatland

Did you know?
The basic idea in dirt jumping is to get up as much speed as you can then hit a ramp built up out of dirt and pull off a trick which is graded by difficulty, originality, and smoothness of the landing - although the grading also depends on the judges!

Did you know?
Britain's Stephen Murray was the first ever rider to pull a 360 degrees back flip when he won dirt jumping gold at the X-Games in 2001



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