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Black Friday bike deals 2020: today’s best discounts on bikes and kit – BikeRadar.com

The Black Friday 2020 sales have arrived, and there’s a heck of a lot of bike deals and offers on cycling kit to look through.

Bikes, wheels, tyres, helmets, lights, GPS computers… you’ll find them all and plenty more on sale right now.

Maybe you’re looking for a Christmas cycling gift for somebody. Maybe you’re just looking to treat yourself (and fair enough). Either way, Black Friday is the prime opportunity to bag yourself a bargain.

In this article, we’ve picked out the best bike deals and general cycling deals ahead of Black Friday 2020 on 27 November and, rest assured, we’ll be keeping this page up-to-date with our pick of the latest offers in the run-up to the big day.

Scroll further down and you’ll see we’ve also answered a few questions surrounding Black Friday – trust us, you’ll want to be prepared. Before that, here are our favourite cycling deals at a glance:

Best early Black Friday bike deals

Best Black Friday bike deals

Garmin Forerunner 735XT bundle – $499.99 $299.99 (US only)

Garmin’s Forerunner 735XT smartwatch is a good choice for cyclists that also want multisport tracking functionality. This bundle packs a chest strap heart rate monitor alongside the watch itself and is ideal for those who run and/or swim as well as ride.

Invert Runner lightweight balance bike £50 £35

This lightweight balance bike stocked by Evans looks like a top bargain ahead of Christmas. The simple aluminium frame has loads of standover clearance so you can get your child into riding as soon as they’re comfortable with doing so. Proper pneumatic tyres and a height-adjustable saddle are also fantastic at this price.

SRAM Force eTap AXS 2x groupset – 15% off (US only)

This particular version of SRAM’s second-tier wireless road groupset can be had with a healthy 15 per cent saving currently at Competitive Cyclist.

This 12-speed drivetrain shares compatibility with the brand’s Eagle AXS mountain bike drivetrain components.

Muc-Off reusable face mask £5.99 £4.99

Face masks have quite quickly become an essential part of our everyday lives. These reusable ones from Muc-Off can be washed up to 30 times and have been designed to work with glasses.

They’re available in small and large sizes and a range of colours/finishes.

Prime RR-50 V3 Disc tubeless bundle – £799.99 £499.99

A pair of tubeless carbon wheels and quality tubeless tyres for under £500? Yep… these won’t be hanging around for long.

Wiggle’s in-house wheel brand Prime is offering its RR-50 V3 Disc tubeless bundle at £499.99 – that’s a 35 per cent saving over the £799.99 retail price.

The RR-50 V3 is a 50mm-deep carbon wheelset with a 19mm internal rim width and claimed weight of 1,775g.

The bundle also includes a set of Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance 11Storm TR tyres and Hutchinson tubeless sealant.

Fulcrum Racing 900 C17 road wheelset £184.99 £109.99

These entry-level road wheels from Fulcrum are likely to be a decent upgrade over the stock wheels on many affordable road bikes or could be ideal as a set for winter training.

At 40 per cent off the already reasonable list price, these 1.89kg (claimed) clinchers are not going to hang around.

GoPro Hero 9 Black bundle £529.98 £329.98 / $549.98 $349.98

This bundle deal is direct from GoPro and represents a whopping £200 / $200 saving for UK and US shoppers.

Besides the camera itself – GoPro’s latest model was only released in September – the bundle includes a 32GB SD card, magnetic swivel clip,  floating hand grip and spare battery.

You also need to sign-up for a year’s subscription to GoPro’s cloud storage, and loyalty and insurance scheme for £49.99 / $49.99, but that brings the price of this mega-bundle down to £329.98 (was £529.98) / $349.98 (was $549.98).

The retail price of the Hero 9 Black camera alone is normally £429.99 / $449.99!

Orro Gold 2021 Tiagra Road Bike £1799.99 £999.99

At its £1,799.99 retail price the 2021 Orro Gold Tiagra road bike already represents pretty good value for money. Introduce a 40 per cent Black Friday discount and we see a deal that’s worth shouting about.

For under £1,000 you’re getting a carbon fibre frame and fork, Fulcrum wheels and one of the most reliable and well-proven groupsets out there.

Shimano J04C sintered disc brake pads –£31.99 £22.99

If you’re lucky enough to have Shimano disc brakes on your road or mountain bike, changing the standard pads can prove quite a costly affair – particularly where these finned items are used.

These sintered pads are compatible with a huge list of Shimano disc brakes and are a direct replacement for many of the firm’s mountain bike brakes as well as BR-RS785 road bike brakes (check the link below for full compatibility details).

Vittoria Rubino Pro G.20 folding clincher tyres and inner tubes bundle – £89.99 £44.99

If you’re looking for a set of decent new road bike tyres, this Vittoria bundle from Merlin could save you a lot of cash.

The bundle includes a pair of 25mm Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres with a folding bead as well as a couple of suitable tubes (or you can upgrade to a pair of fancy Vittoria tubes for just £3).

These are high-spec all-rounder road tyres with a 150 TPI casing and triple compound tread that even uses graphene. They’re sat at half their retail price so likely won’t hang around for long.

Ridley Fenix SLA Disc Road Bike – £1,499 £999.99

In the second week of its Black Friday sale, Wiggle has dropped the price of the Fenix SLA by a mighty 33 per cent. The SLA is positioned as a more impact-resistant model in comparison to others in the Fenix range, and is pitched as an ‘all-rounder’ by Ridley.

This is a road bike that’s equipped with Shimano RS171 wheels and Vittoria Zaffiro tyres, and uses a Shimano Tiagra 2×10-speed drivetrain that should serve riders well on steep climbs. After a £500 price drop, this now comes in at £999.99. A hot Black Friday deal if ever we saw one.

GoPro Hero 9 – £429.99 £379.99

GoPro’s top-of-the-range action camera has been reduced by £50 in Amazon’s early Black Friday sale. Curiously, it’s one of the strongest discounts on the GoPro range, with lesser siblings the Hero 8 and Hero 7 having more modest price cuts.

They are both high-calibre devices, but in terms of features and quality the Hero 9 is, of course, the star of the show, from the 5K recording to the HyperSmooth Boost image stabilisation to the longer battery life.

Garmin Edge 1030 GPS cycling computer – £499.99 £299.99

Formerly Garmin’s top-of-the-range bike computer, the Edge 1030 has since been superseded by the Edge 1030 Plus. But this remains a highly versatile, feature-packed device.

It has a 3.5in colour touchscreen (something not available on lower-end Garmin devices), plus on-device route creation, turn-by-turn navigation with alerts, rider-to-rider messaging and phone notifications.

The price of the Edge 1030 was hovering around the £415 mark for a while, but it’s now dropped 40 per cent from the RRP to just £299.99 at Wiggle. That’s a big discount, and if we had to take a guess, we don’t think it will drop again.

Selle Italia Novus Boost Superflow Saddle – £169.99 £74.99

Selle Italia’s short saddle has fallen by a spectacular 55 per cent in Wiggle’s early Black Friday sale.

While this is the titanium-railed model in the Novus range, we tested the carbon-railed version and as you can read in our Selle Italia Novus Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow review gave the highly comfortable short-nosed saddle a 4.5-star verdict.

Indeed, it was in that review that we urged readers to seek out a more affordable model from the Novus range. Here it is, one £95 discount later.

Nespresso 11389 Vertuo Plus Special Edition – £179.99 £79.99

If you’re looking for an easy means to a caffeine kickstart before your bike ride, take a look at the £100 discount slapped on this Nespresso machine by Magimix.

There are plenty of coffee machines out there with far more features, but not in the sub-£100 price bracket. Best of all, the Vertuo comes with 100 free Nespresso capsules and two months’ of a free coffee subscription.

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Which retailers and brands have launched their Black Friday sales?

We’ve seen a number of retailers and brands launch their Black Friday sales well ahead of the end of November. But while there’s plenty of deals out there already, don’t panic: here’s our run-down of which retailers and brands have already started dropping prices.

Black Friday deals: quick links

  • – The retail giant’s ‘Black Friday Week’ sale runs until November 30th
  • – New Black Friday deals released every Friday
  • Currys PC World – The store’s ‘Black Fri-Yay’ sale is underway
  • eBay – Reductions galore in the auction site’s pre-Black Friday sale
  • – A number of the brand’s watches are on sale at Amazon
  • Halfords – A wide range of Black Friday deals already online
  • – Save up to 56 per cent on Nespresso coffee machines at Amazon right now
  • Tredz – ‘Black Ticket’ event with significant discounts on ‘nearly new’ ex-demo and ex-display bikes
  • – The Wiggle ‘Brighter Black Friday’ sale features discounts on a huge range of products

When is Black Friday 2020?

Black Friday takes place on 27 November this year, and is followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November.

Traditionally happening on the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday has been going on for decades in the US. And while it’s only grown in popularity in recent years in the UK, it’s now very much here to stay, and each year it gets bigger and goes on for longer. Later in this article, we’ll dive into Cyber Monday and how it differs to Black Friday.

One idea you should dispense with right now is that Black Friday is a day-long sale. In reality, the sale as a whole lasts for a good fortnight and in 2019 some retailers even rolled out early-bird ‘pre-Black Friday’ sales in the middle of November.

We’re confident that we’ll see some hot cycling deals before the big day. The question is: will they improve on Black Friday itself?

Are the cycling deals on Black Friday worth waiting for?

As any dedicated cyclist knows, good-quality bikes and bike equipment rarely come cheap. If you’re looking for something in particular, Black Friday is the perfect time to strike because there’s no other point in the calendar when prices drop this low. It’s also the perfect time to pick up a bargain in time for Christmas.

In 2019, we saw bikes from big-name brands such as Castelli, Cannondale, Giant and Focus get their prices slashed in the Black Friday sale. It was also a good year for power meters, with products from Shimano, Rotor and Verve getting reduced.

Tech-wise, we saw savings as high as 50 per cent on GPS computers like the Garmin Edge 820, while Amazon kept things simple by reducing the entire Fitbit smartwatch range by 35 per cent.

Let’s not forget that 2020 has enjoyed something of a cycling boom, with people keen to stay active with gyms shut and indoor gatherings prohibited. It stands to reason that stores will want to capitalise on this increased appetite by luring in new customers with reduced prices.

How to get a good deal on Black Friday

  1. A little research goes a long way. It’s always worth reading a few online reviews before you commit to buying a product. After all, if it’s on sale for 80 per cent less than usual, there might be a good reason
  2. Have you actually thought about what you want to buy? It might sound daft, but hoping to be inspired along the way might lead to a spot of buyer’s remorse later – especially because every last retailer is trying to convince you that you’ve just found the deal to end all deals. We recommend you put together a pre-emptive wishlist
  3. Take price drops with a pinch of salt: they can often be hugely over-exaggerated, since they’re listed against an RRP that might be years old. Luckily, we track deal prices and do our best to let you know about a product’s price history so you know you’re definitely getting the best deal
  4. Don’t let the panic get to you! If you see a deal that’s marked as ‘nearly out of stock’, add it to your shopping basket straight away. Then take a look at the prices that other retailers are advertising. You normally get at least a couple of minutes before the item leaves your basket. Also, don’t forget that certain stores like John Lewis promise to price-match if you find cheaper offers elsewhere – hold them to it!

Should I wait for Cyber Monday?

Traditionally billed as the online-only follow-up to Black Friday, Cyber Monday’s concept is growing increasingly outdated as more and more people become comfortable with online shopping. Rarely now do retailers put deals either exclusively in-store or online.

We think this will be even more so the case this year due to the ongoing pandemic. With so many people avoiding the high street this year in favour of deals-browsing online, the distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is likely to dissolve altogether.

What does this mean for you? That from 27 to 30 November you should expect an intensive four-day period of sales with very little let-up over the weekend. If you see an incredible offer on Black Friday, we don’t suggest waiting until Cyber Monday to see if it improves.