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Barnett's Manual 5th Edition: $11500

Barnett's Manual DX (1 year): $8500

Barnett's Manual DX (3 year): $17000

(If you buy the 5th Edition from us, you'll also receive a $25 discount coupon for the DX upgrade)

(As per our agreement with the publisher, we are only allowed to sell DX to registered owners of the 5th edition, but if you would like to purchase both at the same time, we can register the book for you)



NEWER! — Almost 200 additional forks and shocks covered. Dozens of new disc brakes covered. Integrated headsets now covered. Expanded coverage of Campagnolo products. Procedures for servicing newer models of pedals and cartridge-bearing hubs added. Wheel-building procedures for low-spoke-count and paired-spoke wheels. Procedures in every chapter have been refined and expanded.
MORE INFORMATION! — More subjects, more detail, and more illustrations combine to increase the content portion of this edition by 28.5% over the content portion of the 4th edition!
DIGITAL UPGRADE! — Expand the functionality of your new 5th Edition by purchasing the Barnett's Manual DX subscription for as low as $48.33/year (if you choose the 3-year subscription and purchase the book from us as well). Barnett's Manual DX is a CD-Rom version of the complete manual that is updated quarterly. The DX version includes the entire manual, reformatted and optimized for use on your computer. DX has 4600+ screens connected by over 30,000 hypertext links. Get anywhere in DX with just 3–4 clicks! Additionally, you get the source files for all the printed-version procedures so that you can print out worksheets to use each time you perform a procedure!

Read on — and see what makes this the manual you've got to have!

Format: At over 1000 pages, the manual simply got too large to handle! The fifth edition is separated into four separate volumes for easier handling. The standard soft-back book binding is convertible to loose-leaf format, if preferred, by virtue of perforated pages and 3-hole drilling.

Worksheets: Worksheets are provided (as part of the DX upgrade) that can be printed and used to guide you through any procedure. The chapters are based on the worksheets, so cross-referencing to the chapter for more in-depth info is a snap!

Illustrations: More than a thousand computer -generated illustrations with phenomenal detail and clarity are used. More than ever, words and pictures are used together to optimize and simplify understanding.

Scope: Extensive reference information is included to minimize the need to cross-reference to other resources when solving the problem. Everything you need is in one book. This will be the only book on the bench-top.

New tools: Recommendations and procedures for numerous new tools introduced since 2000.

New equipment: Virtually all of the challenging new technologies are now included. Some of the new equipment covered in the 5th edition of Barnett's Manual:

Suspension forks and rear shock– Almost 200 fork and rear-shock 2000–2003 models from Cane Creek, Cannondale, Fox, Manitou, Marzocchi, and RockShox are covered in this edition.Upgrade to the DX version and receive the newest information every few months, instead of every 3–4 years (as has been the case with earlier editions). For each model, there are service procedures provided for the simplest spring change through the most complete overhaul. Tuning information, including damping settings, spring choices, and travel choices provided on a model-by-model basis.

Disc brakes– Install a system, align a caliper, replace pads, diagnose problems, true rotors, replace hoses, or bleed the hydraulic system with procedures for dozens of Avid, Formula, Grimeca, Hayes, Hope, Magura, Shimano, and SRAM hydraulic and  mechanical disc-brake models.

Integrated headsets– All the new headset designs, whether fully integrated or semi-integrated, from manufacturers including Campagnolo, Cane Creek, Columbus, Chris King, FSA, and others are now included.

New Drivetrain technologies, including– XTR cranks, ISIS cranks (from FSA, TruVativ, and RaceFace), Campagnolo 10-speed (Shimano 10-speed to be added to the DX version as soon as it becomes available), Campagnolo freehubs and cassettes.

New wheel technology, including– Cane Creek wheels, Campagnolo wheels, Shimano mountain and road wheels, tubeless tires, and more.

And if it's not in the 5th Edition now, by subscribing to the DX upgrade, you'll get the latest information in the first quarterly update of DX that is released after the equipment becomes generally available!

This is the ultimate bicycle mechanic's manual . . .

Grease-resistant pages, a binding format that separates this massive book into four easy-to-handle volumes (and allows you to transfer the pages to a ring-binder, if preferred), every little detail the novice needs, all the advanced information the experienced mechanic wants, quick-find chapter dividers, and comprehensive coverage of all parts of the bike and all technologies are just some of the features that make this manual the bicycle tool you can't do without.

Bicycle mechanics is science, not art . . .

Barnett's Manual takes the mystery out of every procedure by putting the emphasis on detail, logic, and measurement. Decades of shop experience and the experience of teaching thousands of students at Barnett Bicycle Institute made the crucible that forged this manual into the comprehensive and easy-to-use tool that you will find indispensable to making your own bicycle mechanic skills top-notch!

They liked the earlier editions . . .

"Dear Mr. Barnett,
Thank you for your fine 5th Edition of the Barnett's Manual.  Fine is an understatement.  I consider it a masterpiece that reflects an extraordinary amount of thought, sound philosophy, attention to consistency and detail, years of persistence, and integration of broad concepts with extensive hands-on experience.  It provides genuine pleasure and elicits admiration every time I use it.
Just to mention two of the many excellent aspects of the Manual :   (1) Your statement of philosophy in the Introduction, which clearly describes the broad principles that infuse all 4 volumes, including the emphasis on method and the scientific nature of mechanics.  (2) Your Terminology sections in the chapters, along with their drawings, which have cleared up a host of gray areas and term misuses which I have accumulated over the years.
I'm a retired 56-yr old former consulting engineer and long-time biker, who began working part-time last year at an excellent bicycle shop as an apprentice mechanic.  The Barnett's Manual has been invaluable to me in supplementing my limited number of hours of shop experience.   
Thanks very much for creating and continually improving your manual, and for making the DX subscription available."
John Paulus, Lake City, Colorado
"John Barnett has trained some of the country's leading technicians...A must-have for professional mechanics and do-it-yourselfers alike."
John Francis, editor
Cyclist Magazine

"Speaking as a former student, John Barnett's teaching and writing convey information with impeccable accuracy and wonderful step-by-step procedural technique. His manual can only be a necessary and valuable tool to pro mechanics and bike shops."
M. W. Koenig
Technical Services
Bicycling Magazine

"... An advanced mechanic will learn things by reading it, and I strongly recommend you buy a copy and use it."
Jim Langley
Bicycling Magazine's
Marketing & Merchandising

"This bible of bicycle repairs is brilliant in its simplification of the complex, and outstanding in the way it intercepts all of the possible avenues of wrongdoing. It avoids incomprehensible jargon . . . Barnett has earned and well deserves his status as the unquestioned authority on bicycle repairs ..."
Jim Couper
Pedal Magazine

. . . you'll love the 5th edition


(#) = (Volume number)

(1) 13 — Cartridge-Bearing Hubs

(2) 27 — Chainline

(1)          Introduction

(1) 14 — Adjustable-Cone/Cup Pedals

(3) 28 — Handlebars, Stems, And Handlebar Extensions

(1) 1 —   Basic Mechanical Skills

(1) 15 — Cartridge-Bearing Pedals

(3) 29 — Seats And Seatposts

(1) 2 —   Tapping Bottom-Bracket Shell Threads

(2) 16 — Wheel Building And Rim Replacement

(3) 30 — Derailleur Controls

(1) 3 —   Facing The Bottom-Bracket Shell

(2) 17 — Wheel Truing And Repair

(3) 31 — Derailleur-Cable Systems

(1) 4 —   Reaming And Facing The Head Tube

(2) 18 — Wheel Removal, Replacement, And Installation

(3) 32 — Rear Derailleurs

(1) 5 —   Milling The Fork Crown

(2) 19 — Tires And Tubes

(3) 33 — Front Derailleurs

(1) 6 —   Sizing And Threading Fork Columns

(2) 20 — Press-Fit Crank Arms

(4) 34 — Brake Levers

(1) 7 —   Seat-Tube Milling

(2) 21 — Cottered Crank Arms

(4) 35 — Brake-Cable Systems

(1) 8 —   Frame And Fork Alignment And Damage

(2) 22 — One-Piece and BMX Cranks

(4) 36 — Rim Brakes

(1) 9 —   Adjustable-Cup Bottom Brackets

(2) 23 — Chainrings

(4) 37 — Disc Brakes

(1) 10 — Cartridge-Bearing Bottom Brackets

(2) 24 — Pedal Removal, Replacement, And Installation

(4) 38 — Suspension Forks And Rear Shocks

(1) 11 — Headsets

(2) 25 — Freehub Mechanisms And Thread-On Freewheels

(4) 39 — Appendix

(1) 12 — Loose-Ball Hubs

(2) 26 — Chains




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