Chunder: This word describes the
rocks, roots and technical features that
make a trail bumpy. If a trail is challenging and full of stutter bumps and rough
sections, it’s said to be “chundery.” This
is generally used to describe trails in the
Pacific Northwest and B.C. that combine
loam with steep sections littered with technical roots. Trails with proper chunder are
guaranteed to keep riders on their toes.
Damping: No, damping is not making something wet, which is dampening.
Damping is the effect the damper has on
suspension by pushing oil through ports
inside the fork to control the spring rate.
It’s what makes suspension adjustable.
Most forks and shocks have adjustable
compression and rebound damping that
control the feel of the fork on impacts and
upon recovery afterward, respectively.
Enduro bro: An enduro bro generally
rides a full-suspension bike with at least 6
inches of travel, wears a half-shell (or full-face) helmet with goggles and will shuttle
just about anything. Enduro bros are often
seen driving lifted trucks and wearing hats
with their ears tucked into them.
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Hip: A hip jump is a type of jump that
transfers you from one side of the trail to
the other, or forces you to change direction.
Hips used to be referred to as “airplane
turns” in certain circles.
J.R.A. (Just Riding Along): This is
a common acronym used among shop
employees to make known that a bike
was crashed or severely damaged but the
owner will not take responsibility for it. A
customer brings in a mangled bike and
says something like, “I don’t know what
happened. I was just riding along when…”
Loam: This is the type of dirt that
mountain bikers live for; it’s a perfect
combination of sand, clay and decomposing vegetation that offers maximum
traction and minimal dust. Certain types of
loam may have straw mixed in as well.
Monocoque carbon: There are plenty
of ways to lay up carbon fiber these days
and plenty of claims about strength and
such. A monocoque carbon frame is made
in one piece as opposed to being molded in separate pieces and then bonded
Loamy dirt: Riding loam is pure nirvana.
Goggles: Enduro bros pride
themselves on their goggle
collection and receive brownie
points for reflective lenses and