Taking a look at how mountain bike technique has evolved over decades, from the sat-down pedalling style of the 90s to the stable upper body of today.
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Don’t be intimidated by steep trails; learn the skills to handle even the gnarliest of tracks with control and confidence.
Keeping it low-key by selecting the right line and timing your attack will boost your control and leave the showboaters for dead.
Spending time learning how to play on your bike will mean that, once you're out on the trails, you have better familiarity and more control.
It takes time, humility and lot of determination to really get your head around track stands, but the satisfaction of finally getting them is addictive.
To exploit today’s amazing mountain bikes, and adapt to seemingly ever more challenging terrain, new skills and techniques have to be developed.
Wheelies, back hops and cutties are fun but will also improve your trailcraft, so stop being self-conscious and upgrade your skills by relearning how to play.
Andy Barlow from Dirt School breaks down a few different clients that he’s worked with over the years and how mountain biking ties them all together.
Time invested in perfecting your position and braking at the right time reaps dividends when the terrain gets rowdy.
Braking is about so much more than just stopiing, or taking the fear out of speed. Use your brakes with skill and style and you'll be faster and safer.
Cornering can be one of the most satisfying experiences you can have. How can you improve your game plan so that you can ensure you always get it right?
From rooty sections to fallen trees, depressions to drainage ditches - here's how to jump gaps with confidence.
With the correct knowledge and the right approach anyone can get air. There’s no trick to jumping, anyone can go big with the proper technique.
Learning how to bunny hop and quickly create lift will allow you to smooth out trails by using obstacles to your advantage, as well as impressing mates.
Perhaps a bit of time spent in a different direction is what you need to keep things fresh. Here are five different types of bike you should think about.
How to get your mojo and your moves back when you return to riding. Set yourself up to feel positive, confident and make the best use of your time.
What looks at first like the wheelie's cooler cousin is in fact one of mtb's foundational skills - read this guide to learn how to manual a mountain bike.
For this guide we switch from the specific to the general, with advice on the physical and mental hacks to help you up the pace whatever the trail.
Ex-pro road rider James McCallum learns to take the rough with the smooth by controlling his body position.
To really get better at mountain biking you need to replace vague aspirations with targets that force you to commit.