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Trek EX 27.5 Plus & 29

wp-1469731095562.jpgTrek have redesigned their popular EX for 2017, we now have the bike available with 27.5 Plus wheels and 29″ wheels. Both bikes accept the both wheel sizes (they use the same frame and forks with boost spacing).

Travel has been increased up to 130mm rear and 140mm front, the bike has been made a touch longer, lower and slacker (similar to the 2015 remedy 29er). New frame features, straight down tube for stiffness, knock block headset / steerer to avoid trashing your frame if you turn the bars past 90deg), metric shock sizing, boost hub spacing.

We have in stock all 3 models of the 27.5 Plus EX as we think that will be the more popular option, the tire sizes should make the bike even more fun to ride! We also have the EX 8 29 in stock too which should run better in the depths of winter in deep mud. Which ever size you go for, you could always fit the other wheel size to suit your style of riding and conditions.

I like the look of the EX 9.8 27.5 Plus so much I’ve ordered one for myself! The bike is currently on display in the shop to buy but be quick before I take it home!

Here is what Trek have to say about the bike :-

Trail riders expect more from their bikes than ever, while suspension performance continues to improve in both efficiency and control. With this evolution in mind, we made the Fuel EX more capable with a bump in suspension travel, more aggressive geometry, and much stiffer frames. We’ve also simplified the trail bike lineup to eliminate multiple wheel size offerings in each platform, and focused on simply making the best riding bikes for each category, regardless of wheel size.

Fuel EX 29 goes from 120mm travel to 130mm travel front and rear, and gets a longer, slacker geometry for more confident handling on high-speed descents. We also made the frame stiffer using a straight downtube, for a bike that won’t flinch on rough descents.

New Fuel EX also includes three Women’s models geared toward female trail riders who want the same performance and features as the mainline models, but with a distinct lady-shredder style and saddle. Fuel EX Women’s also gives smaller women more maneuverability by pairing the 15.5” and new 14” size with more proportional 27.5” wheels for better fit and control.

It’s the summer of trail bikes here at Trek, and we’ve got hot new dirt-surfers for every trail rider.


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Trek Slash 29er

All new Trek Slash 29er – Enduro Weapon!!

29ers are becoming more popular on the Enduro scene and Trek have made what’s looks to be the bike to have for next season.

This is what Trek have to say about the bike –

With the recently-released Remedy 27.5 taking on more aggressive All-Mountain to enduro duties, it left a conspicuous long-travel 29er hole in Trek’s lineup. Retailers, riders, and MTB editors were all skeptical that Trek would walk away from Remedy 29’s popularity among riders, enduro racers, and media. We didn’t. Rather, we raised the bar for all long travel 29ers with an all-new Slash featuring 29” wheels for a new focus on both speed and capability.

New Slash is built for one thing: top-tier enduro racing. With that in mind, we designed it around the fastest-rolling 29” wheel size, and 150mm of rear travel for the best balance of capability and efficiency. Like the new Fuel EX & Remedy, Slash gets a Straight Shot downtube with Knock Block frame defense for DH-like frame stiffness at trail-bike weight. Staying true to its beat-the-clock focus, Slash comes in carbon only, with two complete bike models, as well as a frameset. Enduro-minded spec including reservoir shocks, travel-adjust forks, 1x-drivetrains, and SuperEnduro tires make both Slash models ready to slay some stages right out of the box.

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016
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Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival

We are very pleased to be supporting the Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival!

Northern Grip is a MTB Festival to celebrate Mountain Biking and our Northern MTB Trails.

The event is ticket only and will be held over the weekend, 23rd – 24th of July.

Apart from drinking beer and talking about bikes all weekend, we will have a shop stall at the event with a selection of quality products, demo bikes from Scott and Giant and finally we will be there to help fix any mechanical issues you have with your own bike over the weekend.

The event which will be held in Ramsbottom is starting to sell out fast so be quick and buy yourself a ticket from their website.


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Bontrager Road Shoes now in

We’ve been stocking the excellent Bonntrager MTB shoes for over 12 months now with some great feed back from our customers, so we thought it was time to start stocking road shoes for the new season. We have started off with 3 models out of their range, the Bontrager Race Road at £79.99, which offers a slightly roomier fit and 3 Velcro straps, then we have the Bontrager Circuit Shoe, which has to be one of the lowest priced Boa shoes on the market at £99.99! Then we have the stylish Bontrager Specter at £129.99, which uses a more adjustable Boa system and a lighter weight construction.
All shoes take both 3 Bolt road cleats and 2 bolt MTB style cleats and come with the Bontrager unconditional guarantee. If you don’t like it return your Bontrager product within 30 days for exchange! Is there any shoes out there that offer a 30 day comfort guarantee?
Take a look at the full range of Bontrager shoes here – we currently have the amazing Bontrager winter boot on special off too!

Bontrager Race Road Shoe
Bontrager Circuit Shoe
Bontrager Specter Shoe
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Bikmo Cycle Insurance

We at Cookson Cycles have teamed up with Bikmo for an exclusive customer discount on their cycle insurance.

We have been very impressed with Bikmo and all their features that come as standard including cover for racing, accidental damage, theft, travel and crashing.

Use the code: COOKSN to benefit from our 5% customer discount.

If for any reason you need to make a claim, they will send you into us for an excess free replacement

Check them out and get a quote


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Bosch E-Bike Service Centre

After a days training at Scott Uk head office, we are now a certified service centre for Bosch E-Bikes, regardless of bike brand. bosch_logo_english

If you would like your Bosch e-bike servicing, software updating or are thinking about an upgrade such as a bigger battery or fitting the fantastic Nyon GPS headunit we can help! Not all shops that sell Bosch bikes will have access to spares parts, software updates or the diagnostics tools like we have, so if you have a Bosch E-Bike and would like it looking at please bring it down to us!

You can find us just off J17 of the M60 North of Manchester. Full contact details can be found on our contact us page here



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Trek Project One Video

Trek Project One Video

Take a look at this great video from Trek, taking you through process of building and painting of a Trek Project one bike!


Project One now gives you more ways to customize your bikes.  Choose from road, triathlon or mountain bikes with an impressively vast set of options.

Whether the bikes you choose are the no up-charge Select Schemes or the special Signature Series, the opportunities to find the perfect bike are nearly endless.

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2015 Bike Sale

We have some amazing deals on 2015 bikes, from Trek, Giant and Scott that we can guarantee are the best around.

For example we have the Scott Speedster 30 down to £550 from £749.

the award winning Giant Defy 1, now £700 from £899.

Trek Emonda SL5 now £1350 was £1900.

We have more too, take a look on our sale page for the full list –

along with our final 2015 bikes, we have reduced the 2016 Stache 9 to £2000 from £2700 and the Trek Farley 5 £1000 from £1300.

These offers are only available on stock bikes we have in store – be quick before they are all gone!

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Trek 2016 price reductions

Trek have reduced the pricing on some of their superb mountain bikes from today – the highlight in the list for us is the Trek EX 8, now £2000 with a dropper post and Re:Aktiv rear shock.

Model Was Now
SUPERFLY 9.6 £1,600.00 £1,500.00
SUPERFLY 9.6 WSD £1,600.00 £1,500.00
SUPERFLY 9.7 £1,900.00 £1,700.00
SUPERFLY 9.8 £2,300.00 £2,200.00
FUEL EX 7 27.5 £1,900.00 £1,600.00
FUEL EX 8 27.5 £2,250.00 £2,000.00
FUEL EX 9 27.5 £3,000.00 £2,750.00
REMEDY 7 27.5 £2,000.00 £1,900.00
REMEDY 8 27.5 £2,500.00 £2,400.00
REMEDY 8 WSD 27.5 £2,500.00 £2,400.00
REMEDY 9 27.5 £2,950.00 £2,700.00
SLASH 7 27.5 £2,500.00 £2,250.00
SLASH 8 27.5 £3,200.00 £3,000.00
SLASH 9 27.5 £4,000.00 £3,750.00

Prices will update on our website over the next few days.

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Whinlatter Forest 2015 – Nutcracker Round 1

Round 1 Whinlatter Forest

I headed up for round 1 of the nutcracker series up in Whinlatter forest in the lake district, early Sunday morning with enough time to have a practice lap for my 1st race of the year!

They provided a pretty tough course, Some pretty steep long climbs and I was glad I choose to run a 32 tooth front chainring instead of a 34.

As usual at a trail center they didn’t use a lot of the man made trails and put in a nice slippy techy rooty descent.

It was my first time racing in expert a step up from last year so was ready to get my ass whooped.

Expert category set of with Elites and Juniors so right from the start it was flat out. I knew a few people racing elite so used them as markers and manage to stay with them for a lap before they left me in there dust. After that I just set myself a hard pace and managed to keep it up till the end.

Wasn’t expecting a great result but managed ending up taking the win, was quite surprised with myself as I didn’t have a clue what position I was in.

Chris Lever 1st place expert - Whinlatter Forest

Raced on my Scott Scale RC with the new 11 speed Shimano XTR groupset on which worked superb, as expect from Shimano!

The next nutcracker race is at Dalby forest, if you fancy giving it a go you can enter it on the britishcycling website 🙂