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4/5 (3 Reviews)

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Performance Mountain Biking

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ziggy Stardust a Cross Country Rider from Outer Space

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I bought this video from Amazon hoping to learn some basics (and more) so I could hopefully improve my riding style. Overall I would say the video is good, although at this point it's 7 years old (as evidenced by the dated bikes). Obviously the basics of riding that were true seven years ago still largely apply today. But there are differences in equipment and advances in riding style that I think easily warrant a more up to date version of this kind of tape.

For instance nothing is covered for full suspension (FS) bikes (although Ned rides a primitive early Specialized model). Some of the riding techniques that have arisen in response to the wide use of these bikes is nonexistent (and there are differences, believe me). Also, there has been a revolution in downhilling since '96 that is totally left out in this video. Some of the techniques and skills that apply to downhilling also apply to normal trail riding....lets see some lessons learned!

Plus, although I do admire and like Ned Overend, he is getting a bit long in tooth. And this vid was produced 7 or 8 years ago. Although he does share the stage with some younger and more agile riders who demonstrate their stuff. And again, not that you need some young hipster to show you the ropes, but it would be nice to see some more aggressive feats and to at least be shown what is possible on a mountain bike (as far as healthy jumps, dropoffs and tricky sections requiring extensive bunnyhopping).

In the last 8 years not only have the bikes changed, the riding styles have too, and you'll be missing that with anything circa '96. The sport of Mountain biking has been advancing and changing at an amazing rate, both in riding and equipment, faster than even computers evolve. There has been tremendous change and progress in all forms of MB'ing (including downhilling) that you will miss with a "1.0" version of an instructional video like this.

This video would be good (a four chili rating) if it was still 1996....but as I write this, it's SEVEN years later; THINGS HAVE CHANGED!

PS>> One last thing - If you really REALLY want to improve your riding style/skills, the very best way is to simply ride with people who are better than you. Watch them closely and see what they do (if you can keep up!)...ask them questions and learn from them. You will learn more effectively and faster than through any other way, I promise!


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Favorite Trail:   the happy one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by smokey strodtman a Weekend Warrior from gilliam, MO usa

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2000

Strengths:    excellent production values, both video and sound. techniques clearly presented and easy to understand. the scenery and trails are magnificent! i like the fact that riders of all skill levels are represented in the video. it is more encouraging to a novice(like myself). very thorough in the different trail situations that it covers. not overloaded with race footage. i enjoy watching mountain bike racing, but feel that it is more appropriate to target this video to the recreational rider.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
buy this video! as a beginning mountain biker, it has been a tremendous help to me, but it can be a big help to riders of all skill levels. i also have ned overend's book "mountain bike like a champion" and highly recommend it, also. five BIG FLAMING chilis!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   all of them(love riding!)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   gary fisher marlin hardtail(99 model) with dirtwerks clipless pedals and(hopefully very soon) a moxey suspension seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by mt_jeff a weekend warrior from Augusta, GA

Date Reviewed: April 19, 1998

Bottom Line:   

In a word, EXCELLENT. This is the ultimate 'how to' in mountain biking video. Shot in '96 and right at an hour long, this video takes you from track stand to having confidence on impossible technicals.Ned (Specialized Promoter) Overend is getting a little old, but could still kick my butt on his bad day. Friendly, open and put in the simpilist context, this video picks up where others just started. Some guest appearances by some of the coolest pro riders doing what they do best. The use of video editing and overlay made this video a little more entertaining (without over doing it) and super simple. Just enough sound track and outright riding to keep the pace up, but plenty of in your face, this is the key instruction.Highly recommended. P.S. thanks for all the helpful reviews on everything!

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