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Backcountry Black Friday deals 2020 – US only –

Black Friday is just around the corner, and there’s going to be a heck of a lot of cycling deals appearing online soon. 

As the pre-holidays sales madness draws closer, get ready to see deals and discounts on bikes, accessories, clothing, wearables, GPS computers and, well, pretty much everything else you can think of. We challenge you to find a single retailer out there that doesn’t get in on the sales action once Black Friday arrives – and mostly probably well ahead of that.

This list of Backcountry deals is for our US readers, but for a run-down of the best offers available in the UK, take a look at our Black Friday cycling deals page.

This is a great time of year for anybody who loves a bargain. But with cyclists, it’s a prime opportunity to pick up an expensive cycling product at a much cheaper price. In the past, we’ve seen savings of over 50 per cent on items from major cycling stores, including Backcountry.

Read on for our pick of the best early Black Friday deals we’ve found on the Backcountry site.

Best early Backcountry Black Friday deals

Evil Bikes Calling GX Eagle Mountain Bike – $5,499 $4,399

This mountain bike from boutique bike maker Evil has been given a 20 per cent price drop in this early Backcountry Black Friday offer. We’ve yet to review the Calling, but all the brand’s bikes feature the same suspension platform, which impressed us on other Evil bikes, as you can read in our Evil Following MB GX Eagle Fox Factory and Evil The Following MB X01 Eagle reviews.

A boutique brand that’s planted firmly at the high-end of mountain biking, the Calling GX Eagle would make one showstopper of a Christmas present. Get it while it’s $1,100 cheaper than usual.

Ridley Dean 105 Road Bike – $2,699 $1,749

This road bike from Ridley places aerodynamics above all else, and is aimed first and foremost at triathletes. Ridley describes the bike as having a “unicorn balance of speed and affordability”– heady stuff!

Now that the Dean 105 has been dropped in price by 35 per cent to $1,749, this is arguably true: an exceptionally strong offering on a bike that’s kitted out with a Shimano 105 groupset and comes sporting a coat of aerodynamic ‘F-Surface’ paint.

Castelli Superleggera Men’s Jacket – $99.95 $79.96

A high-quality cycling jacket makes all the difference on those colder, wetter bike rides. And it’s always worth taking your time looking out for cycling gear, which often gets reduced by large amounts during Black Friday.

Right now there’s a modest $19.99 saving on this jacket from industry leader Castelli. If stocks last, we’re confident this will drop again in price.

Zipp Tangente Speed R28 Tire – Clincher – $65 $22.99

The 64 per cent price drop on this tire isn’t quite as incredible as it looks: we’re seeing prices hover around the $24 to $40 price point on other retail sites.

Zipp first started out as a brand whose tires were focused on aerodynamics, but since then has evolved to offer a more balanced approach. It’s on sale at Backcountry for just $22.99 – we’re hoping this is a sign of many more price drops on tires when Black Friday lands.

More on Black Friday

When is Black Friday 2020?

As always, Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, that’s Friday 27 November, with Cyber Monday on 30 November. We’ll dive into how these two sales differ later in this article.

Each year, Black Friday gets bigger, louder and longer. One piece of advice we can definitely give you now is that you don’t wait until 27 November to start hunting for deals. We’ve noticed in previous years that often a lot of excellent deals appear on the Friday before Black Friday.

Read on for our pick of the best early Black Friday deals available at Backcountry right now – this is a list that we’ll be keeping up-to-date with the hottest new deals that appear closer to the big day.

We’ve also answered a few of the key questions surrounding Black Friday and its follow-up sale Cyber Monday: when they take place, when you should start to expect to see deals online, and how to up your deal-hunting game.

Are the Backcountry deals on Black Friday worth waiting for?

In 2019, Backcountry rolled out some extremely noteworthy discounts on non-cycling items too. On Black Friday itself, items from brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Arc’Teryx and Black Diamond had their prices slashed by as much as 50 per cent.

In its Cyber Week sale, the store offered savings as high as 40 per cent on items such as baselayers, Mountain Hardwear bib pants and Danner hiking boots. We’re confident we’ll see deals as strong as this in 2020… after all, Black Friday never gets any smaller.

How to get a good deal on Black Friday

  • We suggest you do your research. Sure, a product’s price drop might look amazing – but you’re best off reading a few online reviews before you take it to the checkout
  • Do you actually know what you’re shopping for? Enter the deals action armed with a wishlist; that way you’re way more likely to come out with some bargains you genuinely wanted, versus a whole ton of products that you immediately regret buying
  • Don’t assume you’ve found the deal of the century just based on RRP and sale price. Often, products haven’t cost the RRP price for months or even years, so that price drop looks much more drastic than it is. We track the price histories of products and do our best to let you know about how much money you’re really saving
  • Shop around, people! If you see a product that’s low in stock, don’t simply panic-buy. Add it to your shopping basket, then take a look at the prices that other stores are offering. You normally have a window of at least a few minutes before that product leaves your shopping basket

Should I wait for Cyber Monday?

By tradition, Cyber Monday has always been the online-only epilogue to the in-store deals of Black Friday. But with the rise of online shopping in recent years, there’s now far less of a distinction between the two days. Rarely now do retailers showcase a deal exclusive in-store – you’re far more likely to find deals that are either initially or only online instead.

Since the ongoing pandemic is keeping lots of shoppers out of stores, we expect all remaining distinctions between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to dissolve altogether. Our guess is that both days will play out this year as a combined four-day sale, with no lull in the deals action on the Saturday or Sunday.