Oct 18, 2011

Excellent AM skills video

I stumbled upon this video the other day and really enjoyed it. In my 17 years of mountain biking I believe I've watched one or possibly two actual skills videos. Well, my eyes are wide open to them now. I actually learned a lot and found myself outside practicing my newly learned cornering technique. In this video Fabien Barel from the Mondraker Factory Team explains some really basic and helpful All Mountain (AM) skills in a way that is very easy to understand. The video editing is top notch providing many very clear visual demonstrations of each skill. I particularly liked the layering of videos showing Barel using proper vs improper cornering techniques at the same time. Techniques are slowed down and replayed for clarity and graphics point out where your center of gravity should be during each move. It's a lengthy yet excellent AM skills video showing how a little bit of correctly applied body movement can increase your ride's stoke factor. Enjoy.

3 comments:

Gandalf said...

Totally agree with you. Loved the video, having seen it a while back and have adopted the mentioned cornering technique myself since. Seemed to come naturally very quickly and best of all it just increases confidence dramatically. Great how a few useful pointers can dramatically affect a whole riding experience and as mentioned, the stoke factor. I think Mr Barel plays a big part in the quality of the video. What a cool man!..and a lifestyle we can all be jealous of.

mikkel216 said...

Really nice video. Good summary of the most important points. Even for more seasoned riders it should be pure pleasure to witness this guy ride. What a flow... But i'm a little surprised that he didn't emphasize "always look ahead on the trail" more. Maybe that's just me...

phattire said...

Mikkel:

Yeah, isn't this video great? yeah, looking ahead to read the terrain is a good point. Maybe he just assumes people should do this.

Where were all these instructional videos when I was a youngin'?!