How to Do Hip Jumps on a BMX

Learn how to do hip jumps on a BMX from expert Francisco Colón in this Howcast video.

When you’re jumping hips there are a couple of suggestions or tips I can give you that will make your life a little easier. What you want to do is you want to approach it at a medium speed, depending on whether or not the hip is going to have a gap in it. Now, some hips say, if you’re out riding a dirt jump or something, you’ll actually have a section where you have to clear a gap. Obviously, you want to approach your hip at a speed that you can get from point A to point B. On the hip that I’m going to be showing you on there’s no gap so you can start at the lowest point and kind of work your way up to where you’re actually jumping the hip itself.

As you’re going up the hip you want to compress. You know, you want to pop off the top of the hip. As you pop you’re going to kind of hit your max height, and at your max height you’re going to really want to tuck and balance out you bicycle and spot your landing. As soon as you spot your landing, you should really start to lean forward and level out your bike so it matches the transition you’re approaching. So, whether it’s a bank or an actual transition itself, you want your wheels to match so that as you come in you can catch all of that and even get a pump where you can gain speed.

Coming down you want both wheels to kind of land evenly. With that being said, you’re going to absorb a little bit of the shock. As you get to the bottom of that transition you can actually push down and decompress to pump the bottom of it, ride away clean, and that’s how you’re going to jump hips on your BMX bike.