Your guide to the history, bike types, fitness, riding technique, bike anatomy and maintenance essentials.
Low standover height for improved crotch clearance
Long travel rear suspension
Large soft compound tyres - for extra traction and bump absorption
Heavy duty frame material
Platform pedals preferred by many riders
Single chainring with chain retention device
Wide and high riser bar for maximum control
Long travel fork for maximum shock absorbency
Disc brake with large rotor for greater stopping power
Above: Anatomy of a Downhill bike - run your mouse over the boxes to read the text Below: Author Steve Worland is a highly experienced rider and one the world's most respected MTB journalists.
This fully updated second edition of The Mountain Bike Book is a comprehensive guide to the ever-growing world of off-road cycling, offering instant access to a sport that has mass appeal for both beginners and the more competitively inclined. With rare insight and enthusiasm, it explores the excitement, diverse design and amazing technology that surround the mountain bike, from the birth of the commercial concept that became the mountain bike to an overview of where they're all heading.
Thorough coverage of the practical side of mountain biking in The Mountain Bike Book includes a detailed look at bike anatomy and specialist kit, as well as riding technique and bike care. This inspiring book captures the very essence of mountain biking, a sport that has, in a generation, rekindled the spirit of adventure that makes us want to get to places under our own steam.