Building & Riding a twisty hip jump transfer thingy

Last month we began building Rhodorooter, a steep downhill trail through the rhododendron thickets of Berm Peak. At the top.


Last month we began building Rhodorooter,
a steep downhill trail through the rhododendron thickets of Berm Peak. At the top around the very first turn, we
made a mess. Dubbed the Kevin Jump, this failed project
was Kevin’s plan to build a twisty transfer hip thingy out of two dead trees. We figured that throwing some dirt on the
stumps would make for a nice bonus feature. It didn’t. And so we began a series of quick fixes that
didn’t really fix anything. And now this mess sits right at the beginning
of Berm Peak’s newest trail, and that’s not gonna do. So today we’ll set out to rebuild the Kevin
Jump into something fun, and rideable. But first we need an actual plan. Rhodorooter starts with a hard right turn,
and if you blink you’ll miss the lip of the Kevin Jump. The rider must pull right to catch the landing,
and twist left to point down it. That would make the Kevin Jump a right transfer
left hip, if it worked. We need to fix this mess of a runup so riders
can maintain their speed around the turn, position the lip in a better spot, and increase
the size of the landing considerably. For starters, we’ll work on that landing. Using logs from dead trees, I’m building
a cage to keep all the dirt where we want it. Not only does caging speed up the building
process, it also keeps the landing contained. This is turning out to be really effective. There are countless ways to build jumps, but
you can usually categorize them as tabletops or doubles. A double has a separate lip and landing with
a gap in between, while a tabletop is essentially the same thing but with the center filled
in. I’ve actually seen someone (on facebook
of course) angrily question the purpose of doubles. He insisted that doubles are pointlessly dangerous
and only exist for daredevils to prove themselves on. To Facebook guy, doubles are just a macho
thing. But actually doubles are a dirt thing. You know, that heavy stuff you need to move
with a shovel? Depending on the size of a tabletop, it could
take many times the dirt of a comparable double, and when you’re the one slinging the dirt
that’s a pretty tough sell. In our case, the dirt was hard won from the
high spots on the forest road. Some of it was right there for the taking,
and just needed to be shoveled and wheeled out to the jump. But as we worked out way down the road things
started to get a little messy. When mud season finally ends, we’ll need
to do something more permanent here, but that dirt from the forest road gave us everything
we needed for the landing. A little shaping and a little packing, and
we could let the landing sit for a while to harden. Next up was the berm. Strangely enough this is the very first berm
on Berm Peak. Since the jump is coming right out of a turn,
we need to maintain as much speed as possible. But ideally this Berm would be a bit wider. To do that though we’d need to cut further
into the rhododendrons, and I didn’t want to. So we made due with the trail we had. While Kevin worked on the Berm, I began building
the wooden lip. Not only are wooden lips easy to build, they’re
mostly maintenance free. And although this one will stand only 3 feet
tall, it follows the exact same 10.5’ radius as our much bigger airbag launcher. Moving forwards I can use this off-cut as
a template instead of the paint can and string method. To get a lip positioned right is more of an
art than a science. Since the jump would be a right transfer,
I rolled the lip to the right a few degrees and fixed it in place with posts, lags, and
dirt. From there, I worked on finishing touches
until Kevin came back so we could finally give this thing a try. We did a few test approaches to find our lines,
and it was finally time to send the Kevin Jump once and for all. But for some reason, nobody was really feeling
it. Carrying speed out of that berm was more challenging
than we expected. Sure it was still soft, but it was something
else. The whole thing just felt like a broken collar
bone. So we ended up digging again. And rolling up again. And continuing to dig more. I even reluctantly agreed to pull out a few
dendrons to make the the turn wider, but we had bitten off more than we could chew. Then the rain moved in and we had to call
it quits for the night. New clay features run…a little slow if you
don’t give them time to dry out. So we’d have to wait for dry weather to
get this running. A week after that, we had enough sunshine
to give her another go. And the jump felt amazing. Sure, it was a huck, especially with the berm
still running slow, but that right left twist to catch the transition is really satisfying. Once the berm hardens the Kevin jump will
take a lot less effort to clear. In the meantime, it’s still a little sketchy. The Kevin jump is surrounded by future projects,
like this 90 degree turn immediately after the landing. But we’ll need a little more sunlight before
we get into that. For now it’s a good start, and we’re finishing
2019 with four jumps on Berm Peak: the long low on airbag trail, the airbag launcher also
on Airbag trail, the skinny tree jump on snake pit, and now the Kevin Jump on rhodorooter. You had best believe those jumps are only
the beginning. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

54 thoughts on “Building & Riding a twisty hip jump transfer thingy”

  1. Seth I have a hack … if your saddle seat is torn get a small plastic bag and put it on then get tape and tape it all on and then you don’t get wet when you sit down…sorry if any one All ready told him

  2. WHATS UP SETH HACKERS! This is James with Sodirte productions! we love what Seth has going? living the dream! come see the potential we have going on here at our new channel Sodirte productions! ride hard stay humble

  3. Hey Seth, I was just rewatching your other videos when I noticed that you bled your fat bike with baby oil. You said after 1 year, you would dismantle it to see if anything was wrong. I was hoping you could do that as it has been over 1 year and I really want to see if it works so I can try it myself. Love your videos.

  4. FROM A PATREON SUPPORTER: SETH HATES KIDS- Says "babies not deserving of baby oil"… SETH: HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU AND YOUR FIRST WIFE HAVE??? HOW LONG (IN YEARS< FOR IDIOTS) DID YOU SUPPORT & NURTURE THEM??? OH, that's right… F*cking ZERO, 0, the numeral 0, the CONCEPT 0, you tard- monkey! Don't you dare EVER profess to know how to take care of a child " WHEN YOU"VE NEVER HAD A CHILD"

  5. I had this idea/ hack
    Why don't you keep spare dry dirt in a container in your garage keep building and testing berms and jumps easier
    I don't know if this idea is any good though

  6. Yo so like I'm here in Beaumont California and there's a campground with some trails called Bogart park theres no jumps no wood trails no big berms it's not crazy fast but it has a lot of trails.

    Also there is a spot called noble creek that has some fire roads and some small jumps with some single track

  7. My little girl upon seeing my berm peak T-Shirt:

    Her: Who is that on your t-shirt?
    Me: that's erm.. (explain YouTube fame to 3 year old) it's daddies friend 🤔
    Her: what's he called and why does he look angry?
    Me: Seth and he's not it's just a bike helmet
    Her: Where's his feet?
    Me: they're there but they're just small.. he's quite small see..
    Her: what's the bit around the outside?
    Me: That's Berm Peak, it's a Forrest where he lives and he rides his bike around it?
    Her: why does he do that?
    Me: Er.. because that's his job? (Realises as I'm saying it that the concept of making a living riding your bike around your own garden would've seemed completely insane until recent times!) 😉👍

  8. It's funny when you first start building, how everything in your mind works better in your mind than on the bike…it's like you need to stretch it all out more to fit the bike.

  9. Hey seth! I think the jump would be easier if you make a sharper and thighter turn at the beginning of the corner and then having a Short strait Part bevor the Jump.

  10. I can’t be the only one who has binge watched this whole series, love all the vids, thanks Seth. You’ve done a great job , looking forward to more

  11. I love this and I’m looking for a new hardtailbike around 300 to 500 uk pounds apart from pinkbikes and chain reaction cycles not to sure where to look on the internet

  12. Hey I hope you read this
    Im trying to save money to buy my first mountain bike, if anybody would help I would be pleased, Donators contact me for paypal

  13. Right after this landing I think you guys could use a wall ride? So you can keep your speed in a sharp corner, but you would have to lose a tree or two. I'm loving all this amazing content!

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