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Double Peg Stall
(50/50 Stall)


This is one of the 'basics' of street and vert riding.  But that doesn't mean that the trick is always really easy to hit perfectly.  Often riders attempt this trick hundreds of times before nailing it, so make sure you are ready to NOT hit it right away.  It also is different on about every ramp, rail, or object you try it on.

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PREREQUISITES: basic ramp riding and pumping. feeling comfortable on a transition. ability to drop in. 50-50 grinds are helpful but not needed

VARIATIONS: opposite side, barspin to stall,xup stall, half barspin stall, fakie(alley oop) 180 in, 180 out, fakie out, many others

DESCRIPTION:  The 50-50 stall is one of the most basic tricks for ramp riding and allows you to move on to many other tricks once you have it wired. It can also allow a short rest in a run. At a skatepark, stalling on a 1/4 pipe can give you a birds eye view of different lines and traffic.  Before you ever try this you should at least be able to go up and down a transition comfortably.  You need to be able to drop in from a 50-50 position too since getting out of the stall is a drop in.  The ability to 50-50 grind on street helps but is not a must-have.

To start; pump around the ramp in big circles getting all the way up the transitions.  Your tires should be just about touching the coping before you try the stall.  If you are doing it on a quarter pipe, it will be a bit different. approach a freestanding quarter pipe with enough speed to get you TO THE TOP.  No more or you will fall over when you stall.

The ramp you are trying this on should be wide enough that you aren't scared of falling over the edge should you grind a bit.

To start the trick, pump up the transition to the same level as the coping. DO NOT try to air out of the transition and land on the coping.  You simply use your momentum to ride up the ramp until your pegs are even with the coping and then set them there.  It dosen't take much speed.

As you go into the stall turn the bars to line you up with the coping and lean your bike into it (towards the deck) keep your body slightly over the transition.

If you have too much speed or not enough lean over the transition you will fall onto the deck.

This balance of speed and lean is the hardest part to learn.

Once you have stuck it, you can sit there as long as you want.  If you are off balance you can push your inside pedal on to the deck to help you.

To drop in, position your inside (on the deck) pedal forward and at the same time lean in to the transition and TURN THE WHEEL into the ramp.  You must commit to this step or you will slide down the ramp sideways and tear it up.

For more tips on this see the dropping in how to.  When I learned this trick it was actually easier for me to learn it as a 50-50 grind on the coping before learning the stall. this gives you time to figure out how much speed and balance you need.  There are tons of variations to this trick on mini ramps including x-up, alley oop, barspin, opposite side, etc. 50-50 stalls are possible on street where you have a transition to launch out of. you can stall on fences, benches, etc. the street version is a bit burlier than the ramp version and harder on your wrists too.

Submitted By:  TR


1.  If going for the double peg stall on a half pipe or quater pipe, go at a medium/slow pace heading sideways towards the coping.  If you are going to hit a ledge go at a slow pace.

Half pipe/Quater pipe:

1.While heading sideways along the coping starting to go up, jump as to carve an arc but much slower.

2.Now when coming up you just want to barely get above the coping so both wheels are just barely up.

3.  You should be sideways enough so you should just land on both pegs, and Stall.  Sometimes you can land very hard when you go up higher.  When you get better and start going a little slower and lower it will be swift.

4.Then hop off Front Tire first back down Pipe and head down and your other peg will come off also.

Ledges/Rails:

1.While going slow along side off the Ledge/Rail, bunnyhop up onto it turning sideways.

2.On Ledges you will stop much faster and maybe go down a few times.  But both pegs will just stay.  On Rails it will feel really weird.

3.  When hopping off do so just hopping off sideways and landing both tires.  Notes:  It is probably easier to learn double peg stalls on a flat rail.

Submitted By:  Danny Herrera


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