Bag a Black Friday bargain
Black Friday mountain bike time! Whether you like it or not, Black Friday is becoming the new Christmas. The end of November is a bigger time for online purchasing than any other time of the year. This is when Santa Claus buys his stock.
Enough blather. Here’s what you came for…
Black Friday at Evans Cycles
Evans Cycles started their Black Friday sales today.
Highlights: Oakley glasses with 40-50% off, Sealskinz gloves for half price, Giro Montaro MIPS helmets for £84, Bontrager Race Windshell jackets for under £30, Exposure Joystick lights with 30% off, Saracen Kili Flyer X framesets for £549, MIPS helmets from Bell for under £30.
What to look out for at Chain Reaction Cycles
Chain Reaction Cycles have started already! They actually started at the start of November somewhat amazingly.
Highlights: Power washers for £60, decent 150mm forks for £200, enduro framesets for £600, gloves for a fiver, top-end clipless shoes for under £50, wheeled hard-shell bike travel bags and dropper posts for under £100. Check out their opening sales.
What about Wiggle?
Wiggle have started their Black Friday bonanza. Every day they’ll be releasing more deals.
Top tip: if you get Wiggle’s smartphone app you’ll be able to check out the Black Friday deals a day early. To get the app simply search Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store for “wiggle” and download it.
You can’t forget Amazon
Amazon pretty much invented Black Friday and while they obviously aren’t a cycling-centric retailer they do carry pretty much anything and everything. Black Friday 2016 at Amazon
What about other cycling retailers?
Everyone and anyone in the online retailing world will be doing some Black Friday discounting.
Here are the best deals we’ve seen from those shops that aren’t one of The Big Ones already covered above.
Shimano Deore XT M8000 I-Spec II F+R disc brakes – £239.98 – £138.75!
RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 160mm 27.5″ – £952.99 – £656.00!
Endura Retro cycling cap and socks gift set –
£22.99 – £11.49!
Moon X Power 2500 bike light –
£269.50 – £109.00!
Saris Bones 3 bike car rack –
£160.00 – £99.00!
When will these Black Friday mountain bike deals be available?
It’s happening already! The best deals may well be reserved for the big day itself but Black Friday stuff is already flying around from the very first days of November.
And let’s not forget Cyber Monday three days after Black Friday. Yet ANOTHER big day for online shopping. Cyber Monday typically sees retailers bringing out a fresh batch of new deals to tempt you with. This is more along the lines of how Wiggle do things usually.
Having said that, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still very new to the UK so the retailers may adopt completely different strategies for 2016. We shall see.
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Black Friday this year is on November 25th. The majority of online cycle retailers will be putting on sales way before the day itself however. Having said that, don’t blow all your budget on the first Black Friday stirrings. Most retailers still save their best deals until the big day itself.
What is Black Friday?
Yep, it’s an American thing (or should that be thang?). It’s the first Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s essentially the start of the Christmas shopping season. In a practical sense, Black Friday is usually the last pay day before Christmas Day.
Black Friday gets the tabloid headlines for the fights that break out in ASDA over big tellies but for most normal folk it’s an explicitly internet shopping phenomenon. For us mountain bikers it means the big online cycling retailers like Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles and Evans Cycles are visited in our browsers even more than they are already.
What sort of Black Friday mountain bike deals will there be?
The general vibe of Black Friday is for big discounts on electronic and techno gadgets as well as high-value products such as complete bikes or suspension forks.
Some retailers will have strategically purchased in bulk certain one-off items – perhaps items that are bespoke to them or otherwise limited edition stuff.
Other retailers will strictly see it as a way off offloading the remaining 2016 components and bikes. And lastly, some retailers may just offer a flat discount for baskets totalling a certain amount ie. ‘10% off orders of £100 or more’ type of thing.
The bottom line is that the bike industry doesn’t really have any set trends or tactics for Black Friday. Each retailer will be doing something different. Which makes it really good for consumers as there’s bound to something somewhere worthwhile and relevant.