This fully updated edition is an inspiring and comprehensive look into the ever-growing world of off-road cycling. It explains with rare insight why mountain bikes have re-invented the popular image of the bicycle, making riding a bike fashionable, comfortable, pleasant and ultimately extremely rewarding. It covers the history, the excitement, the diverse styling and the remarkable technology that surrounds the mountain bike. It offers readers an educational look at the mountain bike's roots, its heroes, and the often baffling design diversification of its many disciplines. There are also sections on the practical aspects of riding technique, fitness, specialist kit, bike anatomy and bike care.