THE BRAKEACE METHOD
The BrakeAce Method is 4 Steps to faster MTB downhill riding. The BrakeAce Method is dependent on your Key Opportunities on each trail, which BrakeAce automatically analyzes and maps for you, showing you where and what can be improved. Of all the times you brake down a trail, BrakeAce identifies just 3 places on the trail for you to improve. Once you improve your braking on these and run the trail again, you will ride the whole trail faster. And as you improve, you will notice that these same sections no longer show up in your Key Opportunities. Now you have 3 new Key Opportunities so you can continually become a better rider on any trail.
We’ve tested and validated this strategy with riders at every level, and can happily report that on average, riders save 5 seconds per 2 minutes of trail. That is a BIG deal. Even professional riders save time - 1 second on a 1 minute track. That's HUGE! And it doesn’t take all day either - literally you can get faster in just 3 runs of that 2 minute trail, and only by sessioning 3 Key Opportunities. No wasting time on every corner, no holding your breath trying to avoid braking altogether - just 3 Key Opportunities to improve.
Here’s The BrakeAce Method in 4 easy steps:
STEP 1: Ride
Pick a local trail you know well, and ride that trail at a normal ‘fast’ pace. No sprinting unnecessarily - just a normal fast pace. The trail should be 1-5 minutes long, and primarily downhill. If it’s all downhill, that's even better; and if you have to stop before the end of the trail to avoid long uphills, that’s fine as well - we’re testing your descending here, and we want to do it uninterrupted. The primary aim of this run is to ‘sight’ the trail - make sure there are no surprises since the last time you rode it, and get a feel for the traction on the day.
Start your run from a standstill, with BrakeAce recording. Ride smooth and smart. Choose a stop location, and stop recording your run.
Upload your ride to BrakeAce. Note your bike setup, tire pressure, suspension settings, etc. in the NOTES section.
STEP 2: Identify Key Opportunities
Identify your KOs in the BrakeAce app. The app does this for you, so it’s easy. Take note of where they are on the trail. Click on each event to understand your braking profile and Brake Balance. You can easily see what aspect of your braking you can improve by looking at the color of the Key Opportunity. This will be Duration, Modulation, or Intensity. Key Opportunities can be relatively long sections of trail, so note the number of BrakeEvents in your KO.
Now head back to the top of the trail
STEP 3: Session Key Opportunities
Now time for the fun part - it’s time to get creative! Ride down the trail to your first KO, and it’s time to try some new lines. Whether you’ve ridden this trail 1000x or 10x, there is going to be a new way to get through it. Try outside lines, inside lines, coming into the section with more control, slowing down faster, etc. The particular strategy that’s right for you will depend, so don’t be afraid to try something different.
Take a video of yourself going through the section and reassess. Ask yourself if your body positioning and setup are right. Usually it is enough to session the KO 3-5 times. This should take no more than 10 or 15 minutes before moving to the next KO.
Once you’ve done this for all KOs, head back to the top of the trail.
STEP 4: Ride
The final step of the BrakeAce Method is to ride the trail again. Start and stop your run at the same locations. Ride smooth. Don’t overthink any section; and you can be calm because you already know what to do in your 3 KOs. Now it’s just time to nail your KOs and string it
Check your run time, check your FlowScore, and follow our Six Steps of Quick Analysis for even greater insight.