Black Friday 2019 is coming. This is not a drill. It might be a day many of us love to hate, but there’s no denying that there are always some incredible bargains to be had. The trouble, of course, is sifting through the cacophony of newsletters and ads. But fear not, dear reader, as the eagle-eyed team here at BikeRadar will yet again be doing the hard work for you. We’ll be continuously updating this page with the very best Black Friday deals from individual retailers, plus specific deals on big ticket items such as smart trainers, power meters, GPS devices, groupsets and more. So, whether you’ve got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket or you’re looking to grab a bargain, make sure you bookmark this page. What is Black Friday? If you’ve been living in a socialist utopia and have only recently returned to Western society, you might be wondering exactly what Black Friday is. Black Friday is the name given to the Friday following the Thanksgiving national holiday in the USA. Intended to mark the start of the Christmas shopping period, retailers offer huge discounts and deals, usually time-limited specifically to the day, and that means there’s the chance to save on everything from big-ticket tech to cycling apparel. When is Black Friday 2019? In 2019, Black Friday falls on 29 November. It’s also worth remembering that some retailers will actually start offering deals in the days leading up to Black Friday, just to get everyone salivating. We’ll be updating this article as we see deals start to flood in, so if you bookmark this page now, you can return as much as you like for a head start on the crowds. The Monday following Black Friday has also been recently termed Cyber Monday by online retailers. Essentially, it’s another day of deals, but ones that focus specifically on online shopping. Is Black Friday any good for cyclists? Yes, absolutely. All of the big retailers now take part, and there will be deals across a huge amount of categories. Last year saw Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Evans Cycles, Ribble and Halfords all taking part in the Black Friday frenzy. That’s only a snippet of the full list of retailers who will be taking part this year. As already mentioned, 2018 saw deals on smart trainers, power meters, GPS devices and groupsets. But there were also deals on wheels, shoes, helmets, frames, lights – there were even deals on inner tubes – so there really will be something for every budget. Furthermore, there will be all manner of crazy deals on general tech and other bits at more general retailers such as Amazon. Maybe it’s a good time to upgrade your Zwift setup? You could invest in a new TV or iPad, a better ANT+ or Bluetooth dongle, an enormous fan and a nice new set of hand towels… Expect more Black Friday bargains from Chain Reaction Cycles in 2019. Chain Reaction Cycles Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday deals Chain Reaction Cycles (CRC) is one of the biggest online retailers of cycling goods, so it’s no surprise that it’s able to offer some of the best deals. Last year, CRC even started revealing some of its offers throughout November, so that’s yet another good reason to bookmark this page – we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about those deals. You can count on Wiggle for Black Friday deals. Wiggle Wiggle Black Friday deals Wiggle is another online cycling behemoth. Its offer is a strong mix of big name brands alongside a number of in-house brands, such as dhb, Vitus and Nukeproof. Expect to see great discounts across its range for Black Friday. If you like receiving Haribo with your orders, then Wiggle is the place to shop. Evans Cycles will be offering Black Friday bargains in-store and online. Evans Cycles Evans Cycles Black Friday deals Evans Cycles is expected to have extensive Black Friday deals as usual, both online and in store, with model year bikes often heavily discounted. Notably, Evans often has substantial deals on marquee brands such as Oakley and Mavic. Halfords released a number of early Black Friday deals last year. Halfords Halfords Black Friday Deals Halfords and its sibling cycling-specific store, Cycle Republic, is expected to have lots of deals on bikes and clothing, as well as general discounts on useful items such as tools and storage. Halfords was also among a number of brands that released deals early in November last year, so you might be rewarded again if you’re paying attention. Go Outdoors is the retailer behind the value-packed Calibre bikes. Calibre Go Outdoors Black Friday deals Go Outdoors might not be a specialist cycling retailer, but we’re likely to see Black Friday deals on its range of good value bikes from Calibre, plus on kit, cycling clothing, accessories and components. Last year it also offered an extra 20 per cent off its entire product range. Most of it is more general outdoor kit, but there’s a lot that can function as dual purpose kit – both on and off the bike. If you’re after something like a new waterproof jacket for mountain biking or commuting, it might have just what you’re looking for. Amazon may not be known as a cycling retailer but Black Friday gives you the chance to save on big-ticket tech for indoor training. Courtesy of Zwift Amazon Black Friday Deals Amazon’s sheer size means it should be on everyone’s radar for Black Friday. If you want any kind of tech and general life bits, Amazon should probably be your first port of call. It’s also got an enormous amount of cycling-specific stuff, from bikes and parts, to tools, accessories and clothing. To be frank, there’s not much it doesn’t sell! Argos sells a range of budget bikes. Challenge Argos Black Friday Deals Argos is another non-specialist cycling retailer, but one that takes Black Friday very seriously. Maybe you don’t have an Argos catalogue lying around your house anymore, so you’d be forgiven for not knowing it does a range of value-oriented bikes, plus accessories, storage solutions and lots of general tech (such as TVs, smartwatches, tablets and phones) that could have cycling-related uses.
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This week has been a rather wet one here in the UK, and as if Rapha was expecting it, it announced its first-ever Rapha Gore-Tex waterproof jackets. We also updated our waterproof jackets best list and there’s something for roadies and mountain bikers alike in there. Scott Gambler 900 Tuned review How SRAM’s $15 universal derailleur hanger could end bent hanger woes There have been announcements too from Roval about its new Terra gravel wheelset, which use the widest rims on the market and will take 55mm tyres, and there was more news from the off-tarmac scene with Time launching a new range of gravel and ‘cross-specific pedals. We’ve had reviews too of Manitou’s excellent Mezzer fork for both 27.5in and 29in wheel sizes, Shimano’s RX8 gravel shoes and plenty of tests on mountain bike saddles to help you choose a new seat if you’re on the lookout. Trust launches another bonkers linkage fork with longer travel 2020 Devinci Django Carbon 29 GX LTD review But in this week’s First Look Friday we’ve got a sneak preview of some of the lights we’re currently testing to get you ready for the winter months – keep your eyes peeled for full reviews soon – as well as some nice kit from DMR and Hutchinson. Exposure Lights Diablo MK11 helmet-mounted light The Diablo has Tap technology. This means you can cycle through the light’s modes by just giving it a knock. Alex Evans Shining out an impressive 1,750 claimed lumens on full power, the Diablo Mk11 has a claimed 1-hour run time at maximum. It weighs a paltry 128g, including the mounting hardware. The three LEDs are arranged in a triangle on the front of the light’s body. Alex Evans Light is pumped out by three LEDs and comes pre-programmed with 10 modes that offer up to 24 hours of battery life. The rear of the light has a button and charging port. Alex Evans Its all-in-one anodised aluminium body includes a 3,400mAh lithium-ion battery. There’s a single mode selector button on the rear of the light but the Diablo has Tap technology, which means you can switch between modes by simply tapping the body of the light — it senses the tap and changes output accordingly. This sounds like a great feature for lid-mounted operation. The light’s 10 programmes are etched onto its aluminium body. Alex Evans £215 / $283.30 / €239.99 Latest deals DMR OiOi saddle Choose your camo! Alex Evans Our favourite ex-Marines mountain biker, Ben Deakin, is a prolific character in real life and, more recently, on social media. DMR products are usually top quality. Alex Evans His first signature product, the DMR OiOi saddle, promises to be a versatile and durable seat with a Marines-inspired snow or jungle camouflage finish. Made with CroMo rails, it weighs a claimed 270g and won’t break the bank at £35. Ben Deakin is a top MTB personality. Alex Evans £35 / $43.99 / AU$59.99 / €44.99 Latest deals Hutchinson Overide tan wall gravel tyres We love the look of the tan wall tyre. Alex Evans The recent resurgence of tan wall tyres is, in my opinion, a welcome one. If your bike’s the right colour they make it look great. So, if you’re a Gravelista, the Hutchinson Overide gravel-specific tan wall tyres look like just the ticket. With a smooth central area that should help reduce rolling resistance and more textured sides for when you’re cornering or leaning over, we reckon they’ll hook up great on most gravel surfaces. In 650b only, the 47mm wide rubber is pretty chunky. The tyres are tubeless-ready and weigh a claimed 490g. The tyres should be chunky enough for any gravel exploits. Alex Evans £33.95 / $69.99 / €36.90 Latest deals Knog Cobber Mid rear light The Cobber’s looks are simple and sleek. Alex Evans Knog’s got a reputation for making no-fuss products with stylish designs. The Cobber Mid is no exception to this and provides up to a claimed 170 lumens in its flash mode and will last a claimed 6.5 hours. The mounting clip is removable and replaceable for different sizes of bar, seatpost or frame. Alex Evans It’s got a 330-degree beam spread, which is ideal for being seen at night, in the wet and from the sides. Supplied with two mounting options, the USB-rechargeable light weighs 44g with its smaller mount and is claimed to be 100 per cent waterproof. It offers a very wide angle of light output. Alex Evans £59.99 / $69.95 / AU$99.95 / €69.99 Latest deals
We are well into the swing of things for the new riding season here in Australia, and there is plenty for Aussie mountain bikers to get excited about! A date has been set for the opening weekend for the new St Helens trail development in Tasmania, which you might have already read about in our weekly Flow Mail newsletter (if not, drop us a line via the Contacts page, and we’ll be sure to get you setup). It’s all kicking off in St Helens on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of November, so be sure to get your skates on and book yourself a summer riding holiday to experience one of the hottest new destinations in the country! And there’s more exciting news for Tassie this week, with the announcement that Derby has been awarded with the Enduro World Series’ ‘International Trail Of The Year’ for the raucous ‘Kumma Gutza’, as voted by the world’s fastest enduro racers and industry representatives. Of course, they’ve really only just realised what all us Aussies new all along Back on the mainland, and Wil had the chance to ride the Red Hill mountain bike trails for the first time, where he was escorted by the crew from Canyon Australia, who are located about half an hour up the road from Red Hill. There’s also been a wad of new 2020 bike releases recently, including Giant’s lightest ever mountain bike and the 2nd generation Specialized Kenevo, which as we discovered, is an absolutely hulking piece of kit. We also published what has quickly become the most-read news stories of the year, which identifies an emerging theme for production mountain bikes that are coming with a $10,000+ price tag. Wowsers! We’ve since had to add a few bikes to that story too, though we have a sneaking suspicion they won’t be the last… Enough of the news though – let’s get stuck into the latest edition of Flow’s Fresh Produce! 2020 Fox 32 Step-Cast Factory Series Fork The new 2020 Fox 32 Step-Cast fork isn’t actually lighter than the 2019 version, but it is meant to be a load stiffer. Fox’s lightweight XC race fork has received a facelift for 2020 to improve chassis stiffness. Based upon the 32 Float fork, the Step-Cast (SC) version is pared right back to the bare essentials to chisel away as many grams as possible. Named after the stepped magnesium lowers, which are externally relieved on the inside face of the dropouts to reduce weight, the 32 SC is a purebred race fork that features just 100mm of travel, and with Boost hub spacing. You do have the option of 27.5in and 29in sizes though, and there’s also the option of a 44mm or 51mm offset. What’s new for 2020? The crown assembly has been beefed up considerably. And unlike most new product releases, that means the 32 SC has actually gotten heavier. Though only by about 30g or so. According to Fox, this added material increases overall stiffness by 20%, which supposedly brings it inline with the regular 34 trail fork. This increase in stiffness is a good thing, as while we’ve found the previous 32 Step-Cast to be a very smooth and svelte performer, we’ve also found it to be on the twangy side when pushing hard. You can get the 32 SC fork in a cheaper all-black Performance Series version, as well as the Factory Series model we have here, which gets the gold Kashima coated stanchions for slippery sliding. Inside is the new generation EVOL air spring, and the latest FIT4 damper with external low-speed compression adjustment. Fox also runs the lighter Kabolt thru-axle at the lowers, instead of the usual QR15 lever. Because grams. Speaking of grams, our test fork with a steerer cut to 165mm weighs in at a confirmed 1406g. That’s almost 200g lighter than the 34 Step-Cast fork that came off there! From: Sola Sport Price: $1,489 Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS Computer The Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM is the brand’s first GPS to get a colour screen – a 2.7in ‘Gorilla Glass’ display at that too. Wahoo has bolstered its line of GPS computers with the addition of the very slick ELEMNT ROAM (sorry for shouting). The first GPS unit from Wahoo to get a colour screen, the Roam is designed to offer new navigational abilities that includes clever functions like ‘Route To Start’, which is useful if you find yourself a somewhat locationally-challenged and in need of a quickish return back to the start of your ride. There’s also a ‘Retrace Route’ breadcrumb function, where you can reverse the route you’ve just done to retrace your steps back to that singletrack turnoff you should have taken. Being a high-end GPS unit, the Roam comes with all the Bluetooth, WiFi and ANT+ wireless connectivity you’d expect, including the option to pair with your phone so you can receive notifications on the 2.7in Gorilla Glass screen in front of you, without need to take your phone out of your pack or jersey pocket. The Roam and the associated app will also happily pair with partner apps like Strava, Komoot and Today’s Plan, and Wahoo claims you’ll get over 17+ hours out of the internal rechargeable battery. From: FE Sports Price: $599.95 K-Edge Adjustable Stem Mount The K-Edge Adjustable Stem Mount is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. To fit the ELEMNT ROAM to a range of different test bikes, we’ve received a couple of slick machined alloy K-Edge mounting brackets. Shown here is the adjustable stem mount, which sits above your stem while attaching to the fork’s steerer tube. There’s a hinge in the middle for adjusting the tilt of the mount, and the plastic receiver chip can be swapped out to fit different brand computers – like those from Garmin, Cateye and Lezyne. From: FE Sports Price: $59.95 K-Edge Gravity Mount The Gravity Mount is the lightest and cleanest GPS mount from K-Edge. Ideal for shorter stems found on Enduro and Downhill bikes, the K-Edge Gravity Mount replaces your standard headset top cap, allowing you to mount your GPS head unit directly to the top of the steerer tube. It’s CNC machined in the US from 6061-T6 alloy, and features the same modular design that allows you to replace the blue plastic Wahoo GPS chip with one to suit a Garmin, Cateye, or Lezyne GPS head unit. From: FE Sports Price: $39.95 SRAM Level Ultimate Brakes Same name, all-new beach body. Earlier this year, SRAM rolled out the replacement for the Guide 4-piston trail brake, which is now called the G2. Not long after, SRAM also rolled out the new version of its 2-piston XC brake, the Level, though you could be mistaken for missing that announcement as it was a pretty quiet one for SRAM. Unlike the G2, the Level carries its name over, and actually carries over the same lever design as the previous version too. What has changed is the calliper. Instead of being made from a single piece of alloy, the new Level brake gets a two-piece body that is bolted together. This supposedly increases stiffness, while affording more power too. The calliper is more open around the top for better cooling, and it comes with a larger friction puck and a more ‘aggressive organic pad compound’ as stock. The model we’ve got here is the top-end Level Ultimate, which comes with a carbon lever blade, a sealed bearing lever pivot, and titanium mounting hardware. As such, the claimed weight is a feathery 318g per end. As to how they compare to the previous version? We’re taking a set of the old Level Ultimates off to bolt these new ones on, so we’ll have a direct comparison coming for you in the very near future. Stay tuned. From: PSI Cycling Price: $399.95 per end (excluding adapters & rotors) SRAM Centerline 160mm 6-Bolt Rotors Our new SRAM Level Ultimate brakes are clamping down on a set of 160mm stainless steel Centerline 6-bolt rotors. Of course disc brakes are a little useless without something to grab onto, so we’ve put a set of 160mm SRAM Centerline rotors in between the Level Ultimate brake pads. These are a little heavier compared to the claimed weight of SRAM’s 2-piece Centerline rotors, but they also cost $40 less for the pair. From: PSI Cycling Price: $79.95 per end Thule VeloSpace XT 3 Bike Rack Poorly hand-painted number plate not included. With a rapidly increasing number of riding adventures on the cards for summer, Wil’s just got his hands on a rear-mounting Thule bike rack that’s designed to take three mountain bikes weighing up to 60kg in total. Thule reckons the Velospace XT is one of the most versatile bike racks going, with the large and extra-long wheel trays designed to accommodate everything from a kid’s bike through to a fat bike. It’s modern geometry compatible too, with enough length to take a bike with a huuuge 1300mm wheelbase. Adjustable wheel straps allow you to cinch each end of the bike down nice and tight, while independent rubber clamps hold onto your bike’s frame to keep it wobble-free on the back of the car. And if you need to access the boot, the whole rack can be tilted down and away from the car. Found yourself a new riding buddy or popped out another kiddo since first getting the Velospace XT? Thule sells a separate adapter that turns this into a four-bike rack. From: Thule Price: $1,249 Shimano M7100 SLX Groupset Also new at Flow HQ this week is the arrival of Shimano’s latest SLX M7100 groupset. Somewhat flying under the radar when it was unveiled back in June, the SLX groupset was largely out-shadowed by the arrival of 12-speed Deore XT M8100. The thing is though, while both SLX and XT draw heavily upon the latest XTR 12-speed groupset, SLX comes in at about a third of the price. That makes it bonkers value for money, given it encompasses many of the same technologies. And from our early experience, the on-board ride quality is eerily similar to Shimano’s top-end groupset. Check out all the individual component prices, confirmed weights and details in our first look story here. From: Shimano Price: $999 (1×12 drivetrain & brakes) Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. 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