With a good suspension on your bike, you may want to chill on the saddle and let the fork and shock do the work. But when the going gets rough, it's better to stand. "Your legs are better suspension than just the bike alone." Bend your knees and elbows slightly. That way, you're ready to react to whatever the trail throws at you. "We call it the ready position," says Wicks. "It's like when you're on defense in basketball. You're ready for anything."