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Mountain Biking the Manual [Paperback]

Chris Ball
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Book Description

1 Jun 2010
"Mountain Biking The Manual" is an essential reference book for anyone wanting to learn more and improve their skills in this exciting sport. With over 5 million mountain bikers in the UK, this comprehensive book starts with a run through the various MTB disciplines, gives guidance on equipment & bike set-up, fitness & nutrition, how to handle berms, switchbacks and even covers survival techniques, coming back from injury and competitive strategies. Each chapter features step-by-step guidance and is supported by unique insights from today's best riders. Combining their tips with the author's inspirational coaching makes this a truly exceptional mountain biking skills book. Supported by quality photography and some awesome action shots, this is the first time so many top professional riders have come together in one book, sure to become a best seller. It includes top technical tips and insights from legends and icons of the mountain biking world.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wavefinder, Limited (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977556999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977556991
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Ball: Competed in over 30 World Cup events and is now the UCI Technical Delegate for the DH & XC races, along with coaching the Scottish National team.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality MTB skills book 24 Aug 2010
By Rinkle
Bought Mountain Biking the Manual after reading a review on the Dirt Magazine website, which said "If you ride bikes then you need to read this book." As a mountain biking skills book it certainly covers all the bases with a brief history of the various MTB disciplines & equipment, training & fitness, nutrition and psychology. The performance section includes basics like the wheelie to key techniques on how to handle flat corners, berms, roots and switchbacks. Flying through the air is included in the advanced performance section, with tips and stunning photos of big gaps, step downs, whips, flips and 360s.

The photography in the book is truly inspirational, with some amazing shots from events like Red Bull's Rampage. But what I've really enjoyed most about the book so far is Chris Ball's writing, along with the insight he got from some legends of the sport. I reckon this is a book I'll be constantly referring back to time and time again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too wide ranging, not enough detail 27 Oct 2010
The book starts off with an explanation of the different types of mountain biking and moves all the way through to getting big air, preparing for competitions and doing long treks by bike. This was a lot of ground to cover and I think this made the book skimp on detail. Most topics are given 2-3 pages including the great full page image. This technique works ok for most topics, but 2-3 pages each on manualing, switchbacks, drop-offs etc did not seem enough. In the author's Dirt School DVD they each get a good ten minutes and I was hoping for more insights along the lines of the video.

I like Chris Ball, and would recommend his Dirtschool DVD - The Mountain Bike Technique Film DVD above this book if you actually want to learn skills. Also the Mastering Mountain Bike Skills book by Brian Lopes is much more practical, and has better sequence diagrams of how to perform skills on your bike. This book does cover how to do large gap jumps, 360s and other types of big air - but I wouldn't have thought they were best learned from a book....

So in summary this is a nicely put together book which is good to dip in and out of, and it will make you want to get out on your bike. But if you want to boost your rad skills I'd look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dh Book 6 Sep 2011
Excelent Book, with High quality pictures...
Just what I was looking for!!this book, has al techniques about Mountain bike activiti, specially DH
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3.0 out of 5 stars Left wanting 2 Nov 2010
By Simon D
There's something about this book where every time I read a bit I'm left feeling disappointed and short changed. I wanted a book that had some depth to the technique covered and this book doesn't have it in my view, more tasters. I suppose it's a little bit like the difference between a Haynes car manual versus a factory workshop manual - this is the Haynes. I already know quite a bit of technique and maybe that's where the problem lies. If you don't know technique then perhaps this would be a good introduction. With a background in psychology the section on psychology I felt was just poor. I also got the feeling that it is a bit biased towards downhill rather than cross-country riding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with some great tips 1 Sep 2010
By MTB2010
I've been surfing for a while and bought Surfing The Manual from the Wavefinder. The book really helped my surfing, so as an avid mountain biker as well I figured that the newly released Mountain Biking The Manual would help my riding!
It's got some sweet pictures (such as the Red Bull Rampage ones that the reviewer above mentioned) and great tips from Chris Ball that helped me do loads of new stuff such as my first 360!

I'm stoked I bought this book and I really think it will get my riding so much better!
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