Mountain Bike Terrain Technique

Mountain Bike Technique - Carving Corners
Mountain Bike Technique - Carving Corners
Carving Corners

Having looked at the fundamentals of cornering in an earlier issue it is time to add some meat to the bones and offer up some additional advice that will take you from 'getting by' to cooking on gas. There are 5 key ingredients in our recipe for success. Those ingredients don't change from corner to corner although the ratio in...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - Climbing
Mountain Bike Technique - Climbing
Climbing

Uppers Will Improve your Downers Having been around the scene for over three decades I'm well aware that climbing is not everyone's cuppa tea, but when push comes to shove, we have to face the reality that in order to go down first we must go up. All too often the topic is taboo for the recreational rider, and it...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - Conquering Camber
Mountain Bike Technique - Conquering Camber
Conquering Camber

We often think of trail as up or down, ascent or descent. The reality is we live in a far more three-dimensional world where often the fall line of the terrain is crossed rather than followed. The cross fall of the trail can challenge a rider and present a problem that pushes them to places either they don't want to...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - Crags and Slabs
Mountain Bike Technique - Crags and Slabs
Crags and Slabs

Bedrock, boulders, and slick slabs of stone are some of the key elements that make up the quintessential mountain bike experience. For those of you who are lucky enough to live in such areas, these staple trail elements are less demanding. But as many riders live miles away from the mountains, some of you may find yourself getting in above...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - Rock Stars
Mountain Bike Technique - Rock Stars
Rock Stars

Rocks come in all shapes and sizes from solitary lumps and outcrops to collectives forming gardens of granite. Although for some of us 'home' might mean 'loam,' no matter where you live your journeys on two wheels will eventually ensure that you encounter trails that are made of sterner stuff. Whether the trail ahead is impregnated with igneous, scattered with...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - Strava Be In The Pub
Mountain Bike Technique - Strava Be In The Pub
Strava Be In The Pub

When the cycling press describes something as the 'technical innovation of the year,' you might expect them to be referring to electronic shifting, belt drive, 11 speed, clutch derailleur or perhaps another life-changing adaptation to wheel size. In this case however, the focus of such high praise was something as simple as an App. Strava itself is not vastly different...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - Switchbacks
Mountain Bike Technique - Switchbacks
Switchbacks

Switchbacks are a trail feature that has been long forgotten in the new world order of trail centres and cultured MTB parks. Old school riders and those who enjoy getting out into the back country will know them all too well, but the new breed of riders born and bred at the trail centre will find them to be a...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - The Golden Thread
Mountain Bike Technique - The Golden Thread
The Golden Thread

Much has been written about ‘line choice’ as an important aspect of taming the trail that lies ahead. This issue we put our usual spin on the subject with the ultimate goal of making you a better, faster rider. Line choice is indeed an important skill to develop, but from experience we know that when you are out on the...

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Mountain Bike Technique - Back Behind Bars
Mountain Bike Technique - Back Behind Bars
Back Behind Bars

Although we would all like to think that we will always ride, come hell or high water (and if you are in the UK this winter you will have faced plenty of the latter), the truth is many riders will take a longer than normal break from their time in the saddle from time to time. Health, circumstance, workload, injury,...

Mountain Bike Technique - Camber
Mountain Bike Technique - Camber
Camber

Save the anger and conquer the camber Welcome back folks and thank you for joining us in the continuation of our skills and technique features, we now move on from the basic core skills covered in the previous issues, and we start to ramp it up with trail technicality as we look at progressing those core skills and techniques. As...

Mountain Bike Technique - Climbing
Mountain Bike Technique - Climbing
Climbing

Uppers Will Improve your Downers Having been around the scene for over three decades I'm well aware that climbing is not everyone's cuppa tea, but when push comes to shove, we have to face the reality that in order to go down first we must go up. All too often the topic is taboo for the recreational rider, and it...

Terrain
Mountain Bike Technique - The Bunny Hop
Mountain Bike Technique - The Bunny Hop
The Bunny Hop

I Said A Hip Hop Hippie to the hippie, The hip, hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it out Now, what you hear is not a test I'm rappin' to the beat... and for those of you not familiar with the hit track “Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang I’ll crack on with this editions skill,...

Mountain Bike Technique - Winter Survival
Mountain Bike Technique - Winter Survival
Winter Survival

With 2023 well and truly underway many of you will be digging deep to keep to those new year riding resolutions. Some of you will be doing a sterling job of hitting your goals to stay in shape or improve your skills, while others may find motivation waning as these winter months drag on. Staying motivated at this time of...

Mountain Bike Technique - Nothing New Never Normal
Mountain Bike Technique - Nothing New Never Normal
Nothing New Never Normal

So we are back! And boy have we missed sharing our secrets of the trade with you. For obvious reasons we took a wee break but now as the globe gets a grip with the ‘whack a mole’ pain in the butt that is COVID we have rounded up the troops and got the show back on the road. So...