Cranked is a new magazine for mountain bikers. And when we say magazine, we mean in the traditional sense of ink and paper. Y’know, something you can hold, feel and even smell. It doesn’t have an off button, a battery to run out or a screen to make you squint.
Think of it as a digital detox.
Featuring superb photography, words worth reading and clean, simple design, it’s unashamedly high quality (150gsm silk paper wrapped in a 250gsm silk cover). Published four times a year, it will be available to buy – as single issues or annual subscriptions – for delivery worldwide from our website at www.cranked.cc (you’ll just see a holding page there for now – the website and e-store will be ready after the Kickstarter campaign is done).
The first issue will be out by May 2015.
Where are we at?
We’ve been planning this for nearly two years. In fact, we’ve got funding in place – in principle – for the first year and plans to take us well beyond that.
Issue one is in the final stages of layout, issue two is commissioned and issue three’s contents are all but locked down. Here’s a taste of what’s in issue one:
• Chris Porter – suspension guru and radical geometry evangelist
• Paradise lost – finding virgin singletrack in the Alps
• Rise of the machines – the e-bikes are coming
• Trolls – someone on the internet is wrong
• Jo Burt – on the dark side
And plenty more…
Now it’s your turn
A magazine is nothing without its readers – and that’s where you come in. Our Kickstarter goal is to raise enough money to print the first 1,000 copies of the first issue (we’ll take care of the rest). If we can do this, it’ll free up funds for us to plan further ahead, get the Cranked word out to more people and grow the magazine a little quicker.
If we raise more than our goal, the extra will go towards future print costs so that we’ve got even more flexibility with our existing funding to take the magazine further.
In return we’d like to offer you some great Kickstarter pre-launch deals:
- Single issues post-free in the UK (and discounted shipping to everywhere else)
- 5 issues for the price of 4 on subscriptions (wherever you live in the world)
By way of saying thank you to all our Kickstarter supporters, we’ll also make sure you all get a special mention in issue two (we can’t include your names in issue one, unfortunately, because it’s already in the final stages of layout).
Thanks for reading. See you out on the trails…
Meet the team
The team behind Cranked includes some of the most experienced writers and photographers in mountain biking. Editor Seb Rogers has contributed to most of the UK’s cycling magazines since he first started writing about bikes in 1996. Designer Jonathan Bacon is the man behind some of the smartest cycling publications in print and we’ve an ever-shifting collective of talented freelance writers, riders and photographers from all over the world delivering from every angle.
We’re all nuts about mountain biking. And we want to share it with other people who are equally nuts about it. Cranked will feature the stories that other mags don't have the time, space or resources to cover. It’s intentionally different.
Risks and challenges
Issue one is being designed as you read this. Because we’ve already gone through the process of producing a complete dummy issue (which is what you can see in the photos on this page), it’s really just a matter of fine-tuning (although the words and photos will all be different, including the cover images).
As far as subscribers are concerned, we’ve planned for more than a year’s worth of Cranked and have the funding in place to make it happen.
Our biggest challenge is dealing with the logistics of getting the magazine out to you, our readers. Cranked is a small team, and the people who’ve put it together are also the people who’ll be packing boxes and sticking on mailing labels.
If there’s a delay in getting the mag to you, it’ll likely be because we’re working our way through our subscriber list. We’ll do our best to keep you informed and thank you for your patience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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