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Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance [Paperback]

Lennard Zinn , Todd Telander
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2010

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is the world’s best-selling book on mountain bike maintenance and repair. This smartly organized and clearly illustrated guide—now in two colors for easier reference—can make a bike mechanic out of anyone.

Lennard Zinn’s expert advice makes quick work of mountain bike repair. Newcomers and experienced mechanics alike will benefit from the hundreds of illustrations, the exploded views of how components go together, and Zinn’s practical, time-saving tips. Zinn’s friendly advice and years of experience make tackling even the most daunting task fun and easy.

All the latest high-tech equipment is covered in this new edition, but Zinn does not neglect older bikes. Indeed, no matter what mountain bike you may have in your garage, chances are you’ll find it—and the way to fix it—in these pages.

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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


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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars complicated if you don't understand properly!!! Aug. 3 2014
By khan
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Book is good, but, complicated for me. Because Mr. Zinn trying to explain about most of the bikes in this day. But, out there thousands of new components in the market, which doesn't cover this book.

I have an problem recently with my bikes front and rear derailleur. I tried to get help with this book, but, I lost one point. So, I went to the YouTube and it was easy to fixed in 5 minutes. Now, I feel like I'm a master of bike fixing.

I will keep this book, because, I love book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the serious mountain biker! June 24 2014
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This book is a must for any mountain biker. It goes over pretty much all of the bike and its components. The tips and advice are invaluable and will save you a lot of money on simple repairs. Do not be afraid to do some basic maintanence! This book will help you through many repairs that you can do at home. Something as simple as cleaning your bike to a fork overhaul, this book has it all!

The explanations are clear and concise. There are numerous illustrations througout guide to help you through the steps. Each of the sections will list off tools that you will need to do the job so you're not fumbling around looking for the right tools for the job when you start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful June 23 2014
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A very complete and accurate maintenance manual with lots of hints.
I love the emergency temporary hints to keep biking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent book June 1 2014
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Excelent book, very usefull and very detailed draws of every part of the mountain bike, I'm saving a lot of money doing by myself my bike maintenance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Oct. 8 2013
By Peter
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Pretty big book. Lots to read which is good. Allrady used it a couple times to figure out some to save me $ on labour. The more you know...
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