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New to Cranked? Here’s what we’re about…

If you’ve only just discovered Cranked, here’s (most of what) you need to know about us: We’re print only. Yep, no 24/7 online updates, clickbait, sick edits or badly reworded press releases. Because… well, you don’t need any more of that stuff. Right? We publish quarterly. Before the internet, a monthly mag was pretty much […]

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Brexit and our EU readers: an update from the editor

When I set up Cranked in 2015, I always aimed to create a magazine that ignored boundaries. Sure, it’s rooted in the UK. But its outlook has always been broad. It’s the reason we cover every single aspect of mountain biking, rather than concentrating in one area. It’s the reason that we welcome contributions from […]

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#Barrygate. And what’s important

In Cranked #22 we ran a retrospective feature looking at the short life and enduring influence of brilliant young racer Jason McRoy, who died in a road accident in 1995. In the process of helping us put together the feature Jason’s parents, Jim and Rose, suggested we might like to run a charity auction of […]

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RIP Bike

When I first started freelancing as a mountain bike writer and photographer in 1996, the internet was just about enough of a Thing for me to need an email address. Magazines were produced by big companies with shiny offices, corporate hierarchies and (for the most part) healthy bank balances. And people bought a lot of […]

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Cranked and COVID-19

I know, I know. You don’t want to read another pandemic post. I just wanted to update you on how it’s affecting what we do at Cranked, and what our plans for the next few months look like (at the moment – subject to change, of course). Cranked #21 It’s going to be delayed. Sorry. […]

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People power

We get asked a lot what Cranked is about. I guess people have a sense of what bike mags usually are – lots of gear, lots of reviews, more gear, a bit of riding – and assume that’s what we do, too. Not quite. If we could sum up Cranked in one word, it’d be […]

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Bucking the trend

It escapes the notice of all but the nerdiest of media-watchers (I include myself in this description), but the annual ABC run-down of magazine circulation figures has made grim reading for publishing houses over the past decade or so. But even if you’re not immersed in the minutiae of consumer magazine print publishing, you’re probably […]

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Subscriber survey – feedback

Recently we asked all our subscribers to take part in an online survey, partly so that we could learn more about them and partly so that they had the opportunity to give us some feedback. Here, Cranked founder and editor Seb responds to some of the comments and queries: “More feature articles each issue even […]

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