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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press; Fifth Edition, New edition, 5th Ed. edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030592
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Lennard Zinn is a veritable cycling Einstein, and as a naturally gifted teacher he has the unique ability to explain even the most difficult mechanical task." —Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist, U.S. Pro champion, and Tour de France stage winner

"Understanding the mechanics of your bike, knowing how to adjust it to suit your riding style, and knowing how to keep it running smoothly are essential to your mountain biking performance. Nobody teaches these skills better than the famous artiste "Leonardo da Zinnski." —Ned Overend, World and National Mountain Bike Champion

“Lennard Zinn is an institution in the bicycle world—a legend. Legions of cyclists have learned to repair bikes from him, ridden bicycles he’s built, or used his advice as guidance on how to better enjoy the world on two wheels.” — Bicycle Times magazine

"Regardless of your skill level, this book is a great manual to have on hand. In its 5th edition, Zinn adds to an already impressive knowledge base, keeping things up-to-date with current innovations and tools. It doesn’t spend all of its 464 pages going over installation and maintenance procedures; there are also a lot of useful tips and tricks." — Adventure Cycling magazine

"Zinn is very good at taking you incrementally through the learning process—whether you are a beginner or expert mechanic." — Out There Monthly magazine

"This book almost rates along with those ‘missing manuals’ that exist for computer software. When was the last time the manual that came with your bike bore any relation to it? Exactly. You could barely buy a decent tire for the price of this book and that should be justification enough." — TheWashingMachinePost.net

"Simple to reaad and follow, the illustrated, large-format paperback manual features everything from replacing a flat to repairing components. It’s a great addition to any new biker’s library but offers invaluable advice for experts, too." — Sports Guide magazine

"This 5th edition contains details on bike technology introduced since 2005. Includes sections on belt drives and internal gear hubs, which are completely ignored in almost ever other general audience repair book." — Cyclelicio.us

From the Back Cover

Understanding the mechanics of your bike, knowing how to adjust it to suit your riding style, and knowing how to keep it running smoothly are essential to your mountain biking performance. Nobody teaches these skills better than the famous artiste “Leonardo da Zinnski.” —Ned Overend, World and National Mountain Bike Champion

NOBODY COVERS BIKES LIKE ZINN

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenanceis the world's bestselling book on mountain bike care and repair for good reason: it covers everything you need to know about your mountain bike in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format.

Whether you are an enthusiastic novice or an experienced old hand, you will find complete instructions for basic and advanced repairs, accompanied by hundreds of illustrations, exploded views of how parts go together, time-saving tips, and smart recommendations from Lennard Zinn, America's leading expert on bikes and bike gear.

The Basics:
• Simple instructions for regular maintenance
• How to choose a bike, including fitting and sizing
• Full coverage of cross-country, hardtail, full suspension, downhill, and hybrid bikes old and new

Advanced repair:
• Integrated-spindle cranks, clipless pedals, suspension forks, internal headsets, hydraulic brakes, hub and cassette overhaul, and much more
• Problem-solving for frozen parts, stripped threads, missing pieces
• Pro Tips to speed your work

All about wheels:
• Tubeless tires, sealant systems, flat repair, tire sizing and choice
• Wheelbuilding and general wheel maintenance and repair

The latest and greatest:
• The newest components including BB30, BB92, PF24 cranksets, inertial valve suspension forks, air sleeve rear shocks

The most complete reference available:
• Glossary of bike terms, specifications for bolt tightening, gear chart for 26- and 29-inch wheels, and a comprehensive troubleshooting index
• More than 350 illustrations, including exploded views of critical assemblies

Lennard Zinnwas a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for nearly 50 years. A professional frame builder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer forVeloNewsmagazine and Singletrack.com and hosts the popular Q&A column on VeloNews.com. His other books includeZinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, Zinn's Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, and The Mountain Bike Owner's Manual. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

Good book, easy to read.
Junior77
His book covers all the basics from purchasing the right tools to basic maintenance to emergency repairs.
H. Hall
If you know nothing (like me), this is the book to buy.
Larry Womack

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mtb805 on December 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I normally don't do reviews but I have fallen in love with this book! I have owned several bike maintenance books such as Park Tool's Big Blue Book and Bicycling's Complete Guide to Maintenance and Repair and they don't even come close to the usefulness of this book! I can attribute this to several things:
-Zinn's diagrams and tables are extremely helpful over the typical photo; it allows a more in-depth view of the component and the illustrations are a refreshing take on a maintenance guide.
-The book is organized well and includes tidbits only a master mechanic like Zinn would know from his years of experience. Repairs are organized by skill level that corresponds to a specific set of necessary tools and experience. He also lists the tools needed for the project.
-His writing has opened my eyes to the fact that most repairs don't need to be perfect; sometimes yanking, fiddling, and improvising is necessary to make your bike run perfectly. Before I was under the impression that most professional mechanics were precise and careful, but I see that their method is not so different from the less-than-perfect method I was already using.

His writing makes bike mechanics not only interesting but even fun! I find myself reading The Art of MTB Maintenance before bed and in my spare time. I've been inspired to tackle repairs I once found daunting and I am learning more in a shorter period of time than I could have ever done with comparable books. I highly recommend this book to every mountain biker as a staple in their repair station.
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My family owns seven bikes including my two very nice high end dual suspension carbon fiber mountain bikes and I am at about the advanced home mechanic level of expertise. I clean, rebuild or install my own headsets, bottom brackets, hub bearings, disk brakes and fork internals. I even build my own wheels occasionally. I however, am not a shop mechanic, and I do not ream bottom brackets, weld frames or align dropouts. With that said, I like to have as a backup to the internet, one complete reference for everyday maintenance. The Zinn book fits that bill perfectly.

His book covers all the basics from purchasing the right tools to basic maintenance to emergency repairs. He also covers roughly 99% or more of the repair procedures that any home mechanic might need to attempt. The book even covers wheelbuilding (which bike purists would say is holy ground), frame alignment, proper rider fit and has a decent set of torque tables.

There are a few areas where Zinn does not go into much detail, but these tend to be rare topics that even the experienced shop mechanic is probably only going to see a few times a year. Perhaps the only weakness of the book is that for a few of the more detailed procedures, some more photos or diagrams would be helpful. For myself, I was fine with the amount of diagrams but I can see where a newer home mechanic might appreciate it. I am also glad he tends to update this work about once every three years. Will be waiting for the next release, and a great guide for more than 99% of home mechanics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Burnette on September 20, 2013
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I've been trying to maintain my mountain bikes without any manual and it's been a struggle. I was excited about getting this book to help me through some harder tasks. First--derailleur adjustment: the instructions were too confusing and ultimately not very helpful. I've spent hours on this and the adjustment is still off. Second, replacement of my front derailleur: Even though the directions covered several types of derailleur, it left out some vital steps including how to use the inner sleeve and--oddly--getting the chain through the cage. Presumably, the chain would need to be separated or the cage breeched (a real trick as it was obviously not intended to be opened)--but there was absolutely no mention of this. True, I'm a novice and perhaps everyone but me knows how to do this, but a mention would have been helpful. Finally, changing the front fork and replacing the front stem bearings: The directions were too confusing for me to even think of attempting this and I'll probably need to Google it for more help. I'm still trying to use the book but it is much more complicated than I would like for my inexperience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Lewis on April 26, 2011
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As someone fairly new to mountain biking, it's great to have the advice of an experienced hand in maintaining your mount. Will pay for itself the first time I do a tuneup.

Unlike one reviewer who complained about the use of illustrations, I think they are far clearer than the typical muddy black & white photos you often see in books of this type.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Twa on April 11, 2014
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I was skeptical that the book would cover all the different brands and types of components that I currently have, but so far it's done a very good job. The illustrations are simple, but effective. I like how the book rates each type of repair according to difficulty and tools required. Overall I'm very happy with the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashleyrose224 on April 4, 2014
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The book is very comprehensive and clear. The illustrations were well done and the text was easy to follow. I also liked the way the book was divided up.
Service was excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOFilho on March 29, 2014
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Very useful book. Rich in images and explanations, it's a truly guide about how to take care of your bicycle. Before buying it, I didn't realize how good it is, and my spectations was very low. Was a great surprise for me when I started to read and enjoy each page of this book. Now I'm much more confident to fix or set up my bicycle. I recomend.
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