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September 02, 2019 5 min read

Wildcat Mini BMX’s are built to impress and are perfect for riding rails and ramps at your local skate. Wildcat Mini BMX bikes will take any punishment you can throw at them, so get down to the skate park and try out some of these wicked tricks with your buds.

Air Tricks

Nail any trick that a full sized BMX can do. Here are some of our favorite air tricks that will have you jumping like a pro.

180

To perform this wicked trick, spin both yourself and your bike 180 degrees before riding backwards. Here’s how:

  • While riding, do a bunny hop.
  • Midway through your bunny hop, turn your head to look behind you.
  • Allow your shoulders and upper torso to follow your head and twist.
  • Your bike and the rest of your body will follow so that you end up facing in the opposite direction.
  • When landing, immediately pedal backwards.

Barspin

This simple trick involves spinning the handlebars 360 degrees while in the air. It’s infinitely harder on a mini but, if you can pull it off, you’ll be the star of the skate park. On a full-size BMX, it can be done off ramps or over flat ground, but flat ground may be difficult on a mini. Try these top tips to polish your barspin technique:

  • Wedge your back wheel, with your front wheel raised, while stationary to practice throwing the handlebars. Once you get the feel for it, take it to the next level on a jump or with a bunny hop.
  • Instead of raising the seat and pinching it between your knees, like on a full-size BMX, you will need to hold the bike steady by pushing your feet together.
  • Throw the handlebars at the peak of your jump, when your bike is level.
  • Throw the handlebars with one hand and keep your other hand in the same position so you can grab the bars easily once the spin is complete.

Superman

Fly like Superman on your Wildcat Mini BMX! Here are some tips to get your technique looking perfect:

  • Ride fast towards the jump.
  • Pull up and back to get you higher in the air.
  • Take your feet off the pedals and push back as hard as you can.
  • Push the bike forward at the same time.
  • Once you’re fully extended, pull the bike back towards you and your legs back in.
  • Land back on the pedals before landing on the ground.

Tailwhip

Spin your bike 360 degrees beneath you with an impressive tailwhip. This more challenging trick may take some practice, but it’s worth it! See our step-by-step guide below.

  • Start by doing a bunny hop.
  • Rotate your hands so the handlebars turn slightly. The bars should complete a small figure 8 by the time the bike completes the rotation.
  • Kick the bike to one side with your feet, sending it spinning 360 degrees.
  • Raise your legs and feet higher than the spinning bike.
  • Wait for the bike to return to its original position before aiming to place your feet back on the pedals.

Try landing on the cranks first and move to the pedals once you get the feel for it. Although not in English, this video has some great slo-mo footage of the technique you need to master to pull off this awesome stunt.

Flatland Tricks

Flatland tricks require superior balance, especially when performing them on a Mini BMX bike. Here are some of our favorites.

Bunny Hop

A bunny hop is a great first trick to learn because you can build onto it later with other tricks. You can choose from two variations: a simple hop or a scooping hop. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be bunny hopping in no time.

Simple version

  • When you’re ready to bunny hop, push or compress your body down as you would when jumping without a bike.
  • Ensure you maintain your grip on the handlebars before hopping.
  • Release or push up with both feet and allow the bike to spring upwards.
  • Land with both wheels at the same time.

This version lifts both wheels at the same time.

Scoop version

  • Start your bunny hop as normal by compressing your body down.
  • Release while pulling up on the handlebars.
  • Push forwards on the handlebars.
  • Point your feet down and then push them backwards.
  • Land with both wheels at the same time.

This version effectively lifts the front wheel first, followed by the back wheel, and creates a scooping motion.

 

 Wheelie

Unlike on a full-size BMX, you can’t sit down while performing a wheelie on a mini BMX. This makes it more challenging but it’s still a great trick to practice when you get your first mini BMX. Here’re some tips on getting it right:

  • Put your dominant foot on the top pedal.
  • As you press down with your dominant foot, use both arms to pull up on the handlebars.
  • Once you have this technique down pat, practice finding your perfect balancing point.
  • If you feel yourself beginning to fall backwards, try to lean more forwards and vice versa.
  • Try practicing on soft ground at first so you can fall back without injury and build your confidence.

Once you find your balancing point, keep practicing to get your wheelie going longer and longer. For a visual guide, check out this helpful video.

Manual

Once you’ve mastered the wheelie, you’re ready for the more challenging manual — essentially a wheelie without pedaling. Here’s how to do it:

  • Small movements are key because the bike is so small.
  • While riding, lean back ever so slightly and lift the handlebars.
  • To compensate for falling too far backwards, bend your knees forward.
  • To compensate for falling too far forwards, straighten your legs and lean backwards.
  • Maintain your position until you run out of momentum.
  • Riding faster will make it easier to maintain a manual for a longer time.

Nose Manual

A nose manual is essentially a manual on the front wheel, instead of the back. You’ll need to get quite a steep lean for this trick to look awesome, so be prepared for some stacks.

  • Practice leaning forward too far on your mini and jumping over the handlebars. This will help you practice jumping out of the trick when you lean too far forward and will help you commit to a steeper lean.
  • Push forward on the bars and pull the back wheel up. Practice until you get a feel for it.
  • Hop into the nose manual to help you get into position quickly. Only use a slight hoping motion, rather than a more powerful bunny hop.
  • Use your legs to adjust your balance, as with a manual.
  • Maintain your position until you run out of momentum.

Try adjusting your bars slightly forward to help keep your lean to a minimum.

Check out this great video by a pro mini BMXer and see some of these tricks in action.

Got some tips and tricks that you'd love us to share — shoot us an email at sales@wildcatmini.com. We'd love to see them.  


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