The cuttie, looks cool but also makes you a better rider…learn how here!
Words: Jared Rando Photos: Nick Waygood
Call them what you will – I have heard countless names over the years, but for me a cuttie is a cuttie and the term ‘cuttie’ is the preferred Australian slang, so cuttie it is. The first I heard of a cuttie was about 20 years ago from legendary DH racer Johnny Waddell and, since discovering what it entails, I still reckon I do at least 10 every ride because damn they are fun.
What is it? Well there are lots of reasons to have the skill of performing a cuttie, but for me it’s about being able to generate a good, sharp slide of the rear wheel whilst simultaneously digging deep for as much traction as you can get. The skill crosses over hugely into short, sharp and fast cornering, quick direction changes and of course, spraying dirt through turns at will, arguably the most popular aspect of it these days!
When learning cutties, make sure you try it on different surfaces in different directions, and try to have something to turn around like a rock, stick or a point on a bank and link up consecutive turns to get the most bang for your buck. You’ll always favour turning to one direction as well so learning both ways is really important to cross the skill over onto the trail. And perhaps the most important part – keep going on the same track until ruts are formed and you can’t keep going. The more you get into the flow of it, the easier it is. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1 – Pick your mark
Here I’m using a rock and a stick to mark my ‘track’. Coming in, I’m looking to weight the bike evenly and pre load the suspension as I push into the turn while pushing my rear wheel out and around the rock. The sliding part of the cuttie comes as your rear suspension unloads as you exit the turn, causing the wheel to slide as it loses traction.