4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Too wide ranging, not enough detail,
This review is from: Mountain Biking the Manual (Paperback)
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.