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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 2 edition (12 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736083715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736083713
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Since his professional debut back in 1993, Brian Lopes has been a constant presence on race podiums worldwide. With over 25 World Cup wins and four World Championship titles in both downhill and dual slalom, Brian holds the most World Cup "wins" of any male racer to date. Lee McCormack is the world's leading technique instructor and coaches riders of all types and levels. He is a journalist who has written for Bike, Mountain Bike Action, Twentysix, Flow and Mountain Biking.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. J. Counter on 22 Jan. 2008
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I've only been riding mountain bikes since this spring and a mate got me this for Christmas. I enjoy doing some off road stuff but most of what the book shows is well beyond what I'm likely to get into so I initially read it without expecting to get much out of it. Boy did I get a surprise. Within a week I'd managed to incorporate much of what is in the early chapters into my riding and I'm finding I've got a lot more confidence and am attacking the trail far more than I did before. As far as the later chapters go (jumping, dropping and such like) maybe one day it'll be something I want to look at but it's definitely fun to read about in the meantime.

As for the language, some of it is a bit Southern Californian but I managed to work my way round it. I'm still laughing about him suggesting that I might want to learn to "pump the backside".
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Blueshark on 24 Oct. 2005
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I purchased this book recently as I felt my MTB skills were somewhat lacking, particularly with regards to switchbacks, drop-offs and jumps. This book is well laid out, with fantastic photography, detailed instructions that are for once easy to follow in conjunction with the photographs. The book is also written with a huge element of humour, and I found myself laughing aloud at the comments and language. I have already gained some speed and control since reading this book, which in my humble opinion is an excellent addition to any mountain biker's library, whether you call yourself a cross country rider, a downhiller, weekend warrior or stunt king!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Gale on 12 Oct. 2009
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First off, this has been a useful book and my mountain biking skills have definitely improved as a consequence of reading it. The first few chapters contained some great tips that I have already put to good use. The language used is unique and makes the reading easier and more enjoyable. I think it is all part of being a "biking dude" like Brian!

Don't be put off by the date of the book - the content is still very appropriate to today's riding and I was surprised to see that the bikes in the photos don't look dated.

The author clearly knows what he is talking about and his pedigree speaks for itself. But the book does concentrate on the downhill side of mountain biking and some of the later chapters were of less interest to me (the ones that involved jumping and turns on dirt tracks!). However, I am sure there are readers out there for whom this information is very relevant.

I was looking for a book that would cover the range of mountain biking skills and, for me, there are some elements missing from this book. For example, there is no information on route planning or navigation - essential skills for mountain bikers (although less relevant if you are a downhill racer). I was looking for the Mountain Biking equivalent to Libby Peter's book on rock climbing Rock Climbing: Essential Skills & Techniques - that contains the full range of skills and techniques for the sport.

All in all, this was a useful book and my skill level has improved as a consequence. This should not be underestimated and all credit to the authors for this. Thank you. However, it is not the ultimate mountain biking skills book and my search will continue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonno on 21 July 2007
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Ptretty much echo the comments of Phil and Gravity, this book is brilliant, I returned to biking after 12 years so not a beginner but a lot of it was wierd, that said I think that a novice could use this book very well, the vernacular elements no a major problem, suffice it to say doing a "dead sailor" sounds bad!! ( for the record I dont know what that is, but I hardly think that matters.
What does matter though is that the book tells the reader in good detail, stage by stage how to achieve the various manoueveres and skills..... and more its done with great humour and a sense of fun that is central to riding for me at least. I too laughed out loud.
Im not one for hero worship but Lopez is great (phoo you Lopez!) he conveys the spirit, the joy and necessary detail perfectly, I use it all the time and thouroughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baby Bro on 29 Feb. 2008
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If you only ever buy one mountain bike tuition book make sure that this is it. Ive only been riding just over a year and ive found every part of this book really useful. It covers loads of subjects, including everything from basic riding techniques to more complicated trials, jumping and racing topics. Its all very well laid out with lots of pictures and despite the opinion of some that it may be hard for beginners to understand due to jargon terms, I still class myself as a novice and had no problem understanding it. Besides, if there are any terms you are unsure of, there is always that wonderful invention, the internet, which is always willing and able to explain things to you....... ENJOY YOUR RIDING!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Jackson on 18 Jun. 2009
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This is the funniest book I've read in ages, learn while you laugh. If you want to progress your mtb skills, this is a must have for the book shelf. Insider tips on how to do all those stunts that look impossible, as well as the simple things like cornering and braking, clearly broken down stepwise. The only thing it doesn't do is ride the bike for you ;-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hmmmmmm, you did what? on 10 Sept. 2013
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This is it. The 3rd Testament. The only book you will ever need. in 100 years, they will be quoting this in School Assemblies and preaching the word of almighty McCormack/Lopes at trail centers!

If you read this book, cover to cover, then read it again, I can guarantee 100% that your skills will improve, your confidence will go up, your grin will get bigger, and girls will fall at your feet. You'll look 'dope', rather than 'a dope'

Go out and practice what you've learned and you will see the results almost instantly.

I suggest you do everyone behind your slow ass a favor and get this book and get reading.

I'll meet you on the trails...
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