Of all the books and DVDs available that explain MTB and trials techniques, this is possibly the best at actually TEACHING them to the average guy on a bike. What is unusual is how the author starts with the very basics and encourages you to learn these well by very simple exercises that you can do in the local parking lot. He then builds upon these and joins them up so you can master the more complex tricks. Unlike other resources, the book is not just a collection of tricks and their explanations - it's a course taking you from zero to (hopefully) hero. It seems that even this master of the sport has done this sort of training rather than just magically picking up complex moves overnight which is kind of how you think of these guys. Obviously he has immense physical talent but I'm guessing that he also has a talent for breaking things down and working out how to crack the hard moves.
Martyn's writing is a bit of a mixed bag. He comes over very well indeed IMO - like he really wants you to take the same joy of mastering physical movements and skills that he obviously does. He's not trying too hard to write in some slick, annoying men's magazine style but is lightly humorous and encouraging. What is not so good is the punctuation and grammar. This might seem like a pedantic thing to pick up on but more than once I've had to read and re-read lines out loud in order to work out what he's actually saying because ill-placed commas and badly constructed sentences have mislead me as to the true meaning of the words. It's very noticeable. Some words are even spelled wrong entirely. He might be a wicked bike rider and not a master of English grammar - fair enough. But I would have thought any editor worth his or her salt would have picked up on this.Read more ›
This book is exactly what the arthur states on the cover "a step-by-step guide to building techniques" that will help your riding and allow you to do tricks if that is your thing. He gives some very helpful insights into learning specific skills like wheelies, bunny hops, etc. He then build on these skills to advance to more difficult tricks and techniques. I have no interest in learning tricks but love the fact that most of the skills are just as applicable for the trails.
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Awesome book from an amazing author.3 Mar 2014
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The book is fun to read, and reinforces the notion that Mr. Ashton is probably very good company. The tips and explanations are clear and do the amazing feat of making some very difficult tricks accessible. Moreover, these tricks inject a new element to riding, an element which enhances both enjoyment and ability. Reading this book even changes how one watches riding videos! And the book is full of great pictures, so it's fun to just flip through and look at, too. This reader only regrets not getting the book sooner, and wishes its author all the best in his life's newest chapter.
GREAT book6 Feb 2013
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This book is incredible. I have MANY books on Mountain bike, motorbike, skating techniques/know-how, and in terms of good substance/ quality advice, brilliant lay-out etc...this is possibly my favourite. Written by an expert......you will not regret this purchase. Beautiful book with great information and pictures, etc.