Just in case the news has escaped you, we're launching a new sister site, called off-road.cc. So to celebrate our upcoming launch, we've hooked up with our friends at Trek to offer a really rather superb prize. Yup, head to the sign up to the off-road.cc newsletter and you'll be in with the chance of winning £2,200 worth of Trek Fuel EX 7 29, along with £270 of other Bontrager goodies. And all you've got to do to enter is to pop in your details below (same as usual then).
Sporting 130mm of plush suspension travel at either end and smooth rolling 29” wheels, Trek says the EX is the perfect trail bike and it's easy to see why. The EX 7 gets a bang-up-to-date aluminium frame with a whole host of clever features such as adjustable geometry via flippable 'Mino Link' chips, a super strong 'Straight Shot' downtube with 'Knock Block' damage protector and their bump taming 'Active Braking Pivot' rear suspension system. There's a whole load of quality finishing kit from the likes of Shimano, Fox Racing Shox, Bontrager and RockShox too, with those new-fangled disc brakes coming as standard plus a seatpost that goes up and down at the press of a button. You'll think it's magic and you wouldn't be wrong
The other Bontrager goodies include a Rally MIPS helmet worth £100, a pair of Rhythm shoes worth £140 and an Air Pack CO2 accessory pack worth £30 that'll let you deal with any trail side emergencies. Did we mention that even if you don't win the main prize you'll also get news of when the site goes live, plus the regular off-road.cc newsletter? Everyone's a winner!
We're going to be covering everything that'd good about messing about with bikes in dirt, with in-depth buyer's guides, how-to features and as many reviews as you can eat. We'll also inspire you with features and information about all the ways you can adventure on your bike, whether that's hitting new trails close to home or multi-day bikepacking epics. This isn't going to be an exclusive club just for those with thousands of pounds to spend on a new bike or shiny kit however, as we're dedicated to offering real-world buying advice for those with real-world budgets. Whether you're already a keen rider or just looking to get into it, there will be something for everyone.
Jon's been riding bikes for ages and has been involved in the bike industry for most of his working life too, starting out as a Saturday boy at Harry Hall Cycles before moving into the world of media via the odd stint as a mountain bike guide. He's worked at Singletrack, headed up What Mountain Bike magazine and been tech ed at BikeRadar before arriving at the helm of road.cc's knobbly tyred sister site off-road.cc.
He mostly rides mountain bikes up and down things as fast as possible (not always that fast to be honest) but isn't averse to riding drop bar bikes either, whether that's on gravel or tarmac.
He goes all funny at the mention of rubber compounds and shim stacks.