Black Friday 2018 has begun, here are the best US and UK Black Friday deals for cyclists in the run up to the big day
As we predicted, Black Friday has kicked off a whole month before the scheduled date of Friday 23rd November. However, that’s no bad thing because there’s a tonne of a great bargains to be bagged in these early stages.
So far, the deals are just from Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle but have no fear, they’ll be plenty of other retailers releasing their own bargains over the next few days and weeks.
The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal. Where we’ve reviewed the product we’ve included a link to it so you can read more.
With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.
In short: the best Black Friday 2018 cycling deals
More great deals below
Oakley EVZero Carbon Prizm trail glasses were £140, now £69.99
Read more: Oakley EVZero Prizm glasses review
These are Oakley’s lightweight glasses with minimal frames and excellent peripheral eye coverage. They’re great for warmer weather riding when venting is a must and now at 50% off these are an absolute steal.
Save 20% on UK Cycling Events sportive bookings
Sportive and event company UK cycling Events are running a Black Friday sale that could see you entering the best events in the UK at a 20% discounted price.
There are over 20 events eligible to discounting all over the country, both on road and off road. Included in the price is event support, including en route feed stops and mechanics.
Santini Thermo bib tights were £99, now £39.99
Stay warm this winter with these Santini Thermo bib tights, equipped with thermofleece fabric the tights should be insulating against whatever winter can throw at you.
Save £166 on on a Tacx Flux smart trainer now just £399
Read more: Tacx Flux smart trainer review
With its Flux model, Tacx has done a good job of incorporating its advanced technology features of the Tacx Neo smart trainer at a far more competitive price. It’s still direct drive, and it can still partner with Zwift and other indoor training softwares. The unit is capable of delivering up to 1500w resistance or holding 850w for up to a minute, which will be more than enough for most people’s riding.
38% off the SiS protein bar pack of 20 – now just £24
Save £14 on a box of 20 SiS protein bars on Amazon. The Rego bars delivers a good amount of lean protein without the excess calories that can lead to weight gain – perfect for us endurance athletes.
Save almost £2000 on a Giant TCR Advanced SL 0
Read more: Giant TCR Advanced 1 review
The excellent Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 is now discounted by 24%. For the new price, you’re getting Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Giant’s tubeless ready wheel and tyre combination and an exceptional carbon frame. We’re big fans of the TCR, awarding the bike at lower price point our grouptest winner.
Castelli Aero Lite jacket was £175, now £87.50
The Aero Lite jacket is built in a similar way to the excellent Gabba or Perfetto, using Windstopper X-lite fabric. It’s water resistant and figure hugging so it doesn’t flap around in the wind either.
Sidi Wire carbon road shoe was £325, now £164.99
Sidi are renowned as one of the stiffest, and most performance orientated shoes on the market. The shoes have a unique closure system that manages to avoid cutting into your feet and they’re built to last, with a replaceable heel pad and a tough outer material.
Rapha Classic Winter jacket was £260, now £159
Get 40% off this Rapha winter jacket, which is rain resistant, windproof and highly insulating. The jacket is pretty versatile, with a concealed, waterproof front pocket, drainage holes on the rear and covered storm flaps.
Save 44% on a Wilier GTR road bike, now just £999
This Wilier GTR discount is probably the best road bike deal we’ve spied so far in this Black Friday build up. The GTR is Wilier’s endurance range, so the bike comes with a slightly higher stack and shorter reach to keep you comfortable all day in the saddle.
This particular deal is on a 2019 Shimano 105 equipped model, which just makes it an even bigger bargain!
10 per cent off 2019 bikes at Rutland Cycles
Usually Black Friday deals will feature on last season’s items. But Rutland Cycles is offering 10 per cent off brand spanking new bikes. Like the Specialized Tarmac with its new aero skin and additional compliance.
The deals apply across 2019 bikes, just apply the code ‘BIKE10’ to save. We’re shocked, too.
MET Manta Helmet 2018 was £100, now £81
Read more: MET Manta helmet review
A helmet so good it gained a place in the 2017 Editor’s Choice awards. This aero lid claims to save 10 watts at 50km/h, has a Safe-T fit system for optimum fit and lightweight straps which fit comfortably against your face.
Tacx Neo smart trainer was £1,199, now £879.99
Read more: Tacx Neo smart trainer review
Each year we see a host of smart trainers get big discounts and now you can get close to £400 off a market leading Tacx Neo.
It’s a good trainer, with a very stable base and some of the best ascent and descent replication on the market. It hooks up to Zwift seamlessly or you can use Tacx’s own training software. It even replicates the feel of the road if you’re riding over gravel or cobbles.
Scott E-Sub Cross 20 2018 Mens Electric Hybrid Bike Grey was £1948,99, now £1298.99
Electric bikes are big right now – and that’s great news since it’s encouraging more people who might otherwise say away from bikes to get onto two wheels and enjoy themselves.
The Scott E-Sub Cross 20 can be bought with men’s or women’s components, so that it’s more likely to fit right out the box. It’s suitable for light off roading, with an alloy frame, Suntour fork, Shimano Hydraulic discs and Acera 9-speed groupset. The Bosch Motor is powered by a 400Wh battery and can provide 250 watts of power.
Halfords Advanced 170 Piece Socket & Ratchet Spanner Set was £320, now £125
This is a monster set – it’s got quite a few pieces you’re unlikely to need for the bike. However, they’ll be useful elsewhere – and at over 50 per cent off it’s a bargain.
The tools are made from chrome vanadium steel, and you get a lifetime warranty too.
If your needs are a little bit simpler, then check out this 36 piece socket set for just £20.
Vitus Razor Road Bike 2018 was £499.99, now £349.99
The Vitus Razor is far from a top end option – but if it’s a commuter or a first road bike you’re after then the aluminium frame, carbon fork and Shimano Claris groupset will do the job. The geometry sits between race and endurance, so this should suit anyone from the casual club rider to an aspiring racer.
Garmin Edge 520 was £239, now £149
Read more: Garmin Edge 520 review
The Garmin Edge 520 is one of the leading cycling computers on the market, and now you can get close to £90 off of one – perfect if you’re looking to boost your performance.
The Edge 520 can hook up to your power meter, speed and cadence sensors, give you Strava Live segments on the fly, measure VO2 Max and much, much more.
USA buy now: Garmin Edge 520 at Amazon for $218
SRAM Red eTap groupset was £1278, now £899
Read more: SRAM Red eTap groupset review
Although it is also a top level groupset, SRAM’s Red eTap system is quite different to Shimano’s top flight offering.
For starters, it’s completely wireless. This makes it very light and unique in its shifting which uses the levers differently. Charging it is also different, and you remove the batteries from the mechs themselves and plug them into a charging unit. Its different, but good and now with a whopping £300 discount.
UK buy now: SRAM Red eTap groupset at Wiggle for £899
USA buy now: SRAM Red eTap groupset at Wiggle for $1191.18
Carrera Crossfire 2 hybrid bike was £330 now £260
If you’re looking for a hybrid bike then the Black Friday sales can throw up some bargains.
The Carrera Crossfire 2 impressed us when we tested it – we liked the comfortable ride and rated the value for money.
This version comes in men’s and women’s guises, with 24 Shimano gears, Tektro mechanical disc brakes, Suntour fork and a light aluminium frame.
Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand was £169, now £99.99
Whether you’re a hardened workshop hand or a budding home mechanic, no cyclist should be without a raised repair stand. With the bike elevated off the ground, no longer must you turn it upside, or precariously balance it against you’re nice painted walls.
The Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand has a adjustable clamp and body, allowing you to get the perfect height and grip on the bike.
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm road sunglasses were £175, now £99.90
Read more: Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses review
The Oakley Jawbreaker glasses are some of our favourites. They’re big, with good covering and sticky rubber edging to hold them in place. Plus the Prizm lens is very contrasting, giving good depth and clarity when on the bike. However, it’s worth noting that these are better suited to wider faces – they can slip on skinnier ones.
Best Black Friday cycling deals at Tredz Bikes
Tredz Bikes is running a ‘Black Ticket’ event – with a ton of sale items, plus discounts up to 60 per cent off on everything from bikes to clothing and accessories.
Not only that, Tredz Bikes is offering to price match any Black Friday deals run by competitors.
Best Black Friday deals at Rutland Cycles
Rutland Cycles has hit Black Friday HARD – with discounts including 10 per cent off brand new 2019 bikes.
There’s offers on clothing, accessories and parts as well – but we’ve got to admit it’s the bike offer we’re jaw-dropping over most.
Best Black Friday deals at Chain Reaction Cycles
Chain Reaction Cycles, and Wiggle, were the first to roll out their deals to the cycling world.
They’re releasing new offers every Thursday – and we’ve listed some of the best ones above.
There’s more, though – check out the best Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday deals here.
Best Black Friday deals at ProBikeKit
ProBikeKit had some cracking deals last year, and they’re promising more of the same for 2018.
There’s no month long campaign, though, at the moment it looks like they’re saving the savings for November 23 – in the mean time, the Black Friday page is ready to be bookmarked and there are existing offers highlighted on there.
Best Black Friday deals at Halfords
Halfords has cracked on with some ‘countdown deals’, and the savings are available on a range of products from bikes to toolsets and kids scooters.
There’s also a Black Friday competition, with the chance to win vouchers up to £1,000.
Best Ribble Black Friday deals
Ribble sells its own bikes, and you can expect to see some big savings on one or two models – as per last year.
It also stocks a range of clothing, accessories and tech – and there’s a sign up page so you can add your email address and get access to the offers as soon as they land. See it here.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving (which in 2018 is November 23), and is traditionally seen as the start of the Christmas shopping season, with high street retailers opening their doors at the crack of dawn and offering big discounts for shoppers who have set their alarm clocks.
For consumers and retailers in the UK, Black Friday is a recent phenomenon, but it has been going strong the
Amazon launched the concept in the UK in 2010, with Asda joining the party in 2013.
The rise of internet shopping has allowed the Black Friday tradition to spread throughout the world, with the UK’s bike retailers like Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles and Evans Cycles, all getting caught up in the scramble to get shoppers to part with their cash.
Where can I find the best Black Friday bike deals?
Last year, all the major cycling retailers followed the same pattern demonstrated by the major retailers – with big deals in tech, as well as discounts on bikes.
The end of year placement of the sale period means it’s useful for retailers to boost their 2018 sales, and also helps them to shift 2018 stock in order to make space in their warehouses for 2019 bikes – so we can expect to see similar trends this year.
Black Friday sale shopping tips
When Black Friday 2017 really kicks off, you can expect to be bombarded with deals and offers from every angle. It’s easy to be tempted into making impulse purchases, resulting in an overspend that leaves you feeling unfulfilled – but with a little careful planning you can make sure you enter December having made genuine savings that leave you with a glowing halo and a healthy bank balance.
Here are our tips for Black Friday sale shopping success…
Be well informed
A handful of retailers will remain completely silent about the details of their Black Friday sale until the actual day. Most will drip feed information, giving you a chance to prepare for your shopping in advance. Here’s how to stay informed:
- Sign up to mailing lists: A plague that you avoid most of the year, ahead of Black Friday it’s actually a really good idea to subscribe to the mailing lists of major retailers, as they’ll often send priority invites to view sale stock ahead of the general public
- Bookmark this page: Retailers will send us forewarning of their sale offers in the form of press releases – and we’ll publish the information on this page as soon as we’re able
- Follow brands and retailers on social media: They will share details with their loyal followers in advance – so click ‘like’ and ‘follow’ to be first in the queue
Check returns policies
As always, these vary from store to store – but in some cases returns may be limited to 30 days. So if you pick up a gift for someone on Black Friday – November 24 – by Christmas day a return may be out of the question. Though we don’t doubt your gift giving prowess, it’s a good idea to bear this in mind.