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The Bubba Scrub
Not so long ago, the Scrub was considered a very controversial technique. For obvious reasons it is attractive to the faster riders on the track, as it allows the rider to hit the jumps faster without over jumping them (jump speed), and the rear wheel is on the ground faster than those who are not scrubbing, which is a huge advantage. If you jump next to someone who is scrubbing and you are not, it is pretty hard to argue the point that scrubbing is a waste of energy. The controversy is "Is it really worth the energy it takes to execute it? " "Is the risk of scrubbing worth the reward?", and " Are we teaching unsafe practices to our young riders?" There was even a time where there was talk of banning scrubbing altogether. Can only imagine how impossible that would be to enforce? There is just no way possible to determine what is too much scrubbing and what is not. No one really wanted to touch that hot topic when discussions come up about how to make the sport safer.
At the end of the day we need guys that are pushing the envelope and moving the sport forward. The ironic thing about scrubbing is that most guys think they are doing it and actually they are coming up a bit short of the real "Bubba Scrub". Shaving height off a jump is important to speed and there are several ways to do it. Soaking up the suspension, (the easiest and first thing you learn), whipping, which is scrubbing speed when the rider is able to actually slide the back wheel off the face a bit and looks cool too, and then the Bubba Scrub, where the rider slides their front wheel off the face of the jump which in turn allows the back wheel to slide as well. Much harder than it sounds.
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As we were discussing this article, we remembered that James Stewart had written an article back in the day (January 2005 Transworld Motocross. See full article below.) when coaches and parents were trying to understand how to teach this newer, riskier technique to our young riders. We thought you might enjoy it. It is has been a long time since someone came along and made real changes to this sport like James did, and although we no longer get to see James on the SX and MX circuits, he has forever etched his brand on this technique.
Want to learn how to Scrub? Check out this article.
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