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Mastering Mountain Bike Skills
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2012
When I was first recommended this book by a friend I dismissed the idea completely offhand, wondering how much I could actually learn from sitting down with a book about a sport that involves being so active but, sitting in front of the computer one night, I decided to shell out and see if it was any good. I have to say, I have been very, very impressed.

The book is beautifully laid out, instructions are sharp and clear and the language used is simple and easy to understand. Covering everything from choosing which bike to things I will ever have the ability or courage to try, this bike is a complete guide to improving your enjoyment of mountain biking. I can honestly say that my riding has come on so far since making this purchase, highly recommended by an initial sceptic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2008
This is a truly excellent, informative book. The comments made by some reviewers about the trendy language are perhaps justified but you soon find your way through it to uncover a wealth of useful, well explained and very well illustrated tips on how to improve your riding or "driving" as the authors put it. I have been riding a mountain bike for nearly 20 years but realised that I was lacking in many core techniques which is why I bought this book. I was not at all disappointed and I have already noticed an improvement in my riding. Buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2006
Despite the previous reviewers misgivings this book is actually useful to riders at all levels. It has full colour action shots of the type found in MBUK magazine to illustrate all the skills, which easily make it better than most of the other books available on the subject. Well worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2009
Top book! Been riding for 20+ years, but still learnt loads from this book. The devil IS in the detail! My jumping and cornering technique has improved vastly.
Covers everything from XC to Freeride. Well written with good humour.
Would recommend to anyone wishing to improve their off-road riding (who doesn't?), these boys really know their stuff and communicate it very well. Brian Lopes is a legend!
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on 23 August 2011
The author Brian Lopes is a great mountain bike rider and has been entered into the MTB Hall of Fame. This rider has succcessfully honed his skills in multiple disciplines at the highest levels.
First thoughts are this book is aimed at the progressing rider. A progressing rider being somebody who not only balances and spins the cranks but a rider who understands and uses the picking of lines and weighting of the body over the bike. Why do I say this?
Well, the instructional section of this book quickly goes into a level of detail which a beginner would probably find a little daunting. It's not to say this book is no good for a beginner but it does not make up for real world experience and this can only come from trail time.
If you're a rider who has a good grounding in biking and has probably started to ride some of the trail centres but also feels like their skills have plateaued then this book could be an ideal way of injecting something new to your skills.
Most importantly, you'll have to read it and take the knowledge with you onto the trail or park and practice, practice and more practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2010
Pretty thorough book covering nearly all aspects of mountain biking. Some text used is a little too American slangy but overall no complaints as it's easy to understand. Could do with more pictures accompanying the tips but good balance overall. Most importantly, my skills have improved. The book starts with the basics and there's a natural progression to keep your practising honed.
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on 19 January 2013
I have been riding for a few years and want to increase my understanding of the skills needed for mountain biking. I think this book will be useful to all off road riders no matter what type of off road riding they want to do. It teaches some fundamental bike handling skills that are essential to being able to handle off road terrain in a safe and confident manner. Some of the information is for riders who might want to push their riding to a more advanced level.
If I was asked to show a beginner to mountain biking what to work on from this book I would say bike set up; the attack position; braking; and cornering.
I personally think the writing style is great it's like having a top level bike dude who obviously loves riding and teaching imparting his knowledge to you; the enthusiasm comes across in the writing style. I don't think any of the essential information is lost due to the writing style as has been mentioned.
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on 24 July 2014
This is an essential purchase for any regular mountain biker. It really is for all levels of rider - I'm sure there pros out there that would learn something from this. The layout of the book is excellent. You get some very sage advice on bikes themselves, tyre choices, pedals, SPDs vs flats etc. etc. Then the rest of the book is divided into the various skills sections of riding - cornering, braking, pedalling, dropping etc. Very good to read all the way through, or just cherry pick bits as you see fit.
It's entertainingly written; as others have alluded to, it's very Americanised, "extreme sports dude" language that you will just have to roll with. The content is the most important thing, and whilst the delivery can be glib it is to the point. It's quite funny in places. I dare say the references to Lance Armstrong being a god of cycling will be edited out of the third edition!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book to get an idea of the dynamics of mountain biking to imporve my skills and it works. I also like the way it is written, easy to follow with good explinations of concepts then going into detail. A pleasure to read which for a technical book is a bonus.
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on 5 August 2014
I've only been riding for 3 weeks and was looking for a book that would provide me with some techniques to learn, for me this book is perfect. The book covers many parts of mountain biking very well. Good explanations of technique with photographs that show each important section og each move to help.

I was especially happy to see sections on downhill mountain biking as this is mostly what I want to learn and eventually master!

Perfect service from Reuseabook, delivery was before the estimated date and the book arrived in excellent condition. I would definitely use them again.

I think the book would be great for both adults and children and would make a good present for anybody looking to improve their MTB skills!
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