Originally Posted by Snowolf
The best method for approaching a jump on the takeoff ramp is to flex (squat) before starting up the ramp then slowly extend as you ride up the ramp. Just before the front foot hits the lip, finish this extension with the pop.
This slow extension going up the ramp actually increases forward speed slightly and helps the rider maintain their forward momentum. This means a more stable takeoff and a bit more air. This technique is also used in the half pipe and is often referred to as " pumping the tranny".
I was hitting the smaller jump in Young Guns on Seymour all day today. Was having trouble clearing the knuckle. I finally remembered this advice and decided to try it. Amazing difference! It was like someone had put a trampoline under me. I immediately started clearing the knuckle and then some. And it was almost without effort.