Rider Level Guide

Not sure about your riding level? Here’s a quick guide:YYCMTB Rider level

Level 1

You’re totally new to mountain biking – it looks awesome and fun, but you’re not quite sure where to start. You need somebody to show you the basics and get you rolling, plus get an understanding of the different parts of the bike and how they work together.

Level 2

You mountain bike on “green” trails, and some “blue” trails, but you’re not 100% confident with roots, rocks and tighter lines. Improving cornering skills and your abilities over rougher terrain are some of your goals.

Level 3

You have decent skills. You’re able to ride most trails, but have some issues on the harder sections of advanced trails. You want to start ripping the trail instead of riding it, but you need to improve your lines over roots and rocks and nail those corners. Some airtime wouldn’t be bad either.

Level 4

Jumps? Drops? Gnar? Oh yeah. To get truly dialled on the bike, it comes down to refining your technique and line choices. You want to go bigger and get faster.


It’s possible that you’re between levels, and that’s absolutely fine. For example, a lot of people are somewhere in between levels 2 and 3. If you’re looking for refinement, stick with 2. If you want a challenge, level 3 is the way to go. When in doubt, ask us!