Best Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday deals 2020 | Savings on bikes, wheels, computers and more

Bikes, carbon fibre wheels, pressure washers, GPS units, pedals, shoes – they’re all on sale in the store’s Black Friday bonanza

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You’ve still got time to find yourself a Black Friday bargain! If you want to treat yourself, or simply nail the Christmas shopping, you can still find some brilliant deals with online cycling superstore Chain Reaction Cycles.

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Already this week we’ve seen some great price drops on items such as frames from De Rosa, bikes from Orro and Garmin GPS units and we’ll be updating this page all day with even more deals. Read on for our pick of the best so far or head over to Chain Reaction Cycles own Black Friday page.

For a run-down of the top deals across the board, take a look at our Black Friday cycling deals page. We also have dedicated deals pages for a number of major brands and retailers – make sure you check out Amazon Black Friday bike deals, Halfords Black Friday bike deals, Wiggle Black Friday bike deals, Garmin Black Friday deals and GoPro Black Friday deals articles. If you’re in search of a discounted wearable, take a look at our Black Friday smartwatch deals page.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of deals, scroll down to our Black Friday FAQs section. Here, you’ll find all the major questions answered: when Black Friday takes place, what to expect and (most crucially) how to up your deal-hunting game. Happy shopping… and good luck.

Best Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday deals

Science in Sport Go Isotonic Energy Gel Mixed Pack £45.00, £22.50

Science in Sport Go Gel multipack

Science in Sport’s Go isotonic energy gels are one of our long-time favourite energy staples – easy on the palate and a cinch to chug down on the move. This selection pack – with a 50 per cent discount – includes 30 gels in blackcurrant, apple, cherry, lemon and lime, orange, vanilla and fruit salad flavours. 

Five Ten Freerider Pro MTB Shoes £119.95, £85.00

Five Ten Freerider Pro

These Freerider Pro mountain bike shoes are designed for use with flat pedals, and to that end, the soles are made from Five Ten’s Stealth S1 rubber. Stealth S1 is one of the stickiest rubbers currently on the market, so your feet should lock nicely into place on your pedals, A few sizes are still available with a 29 per cent discount. 

Lifeline Essential Torque Wrench Set £36.99, £29.99

Lifeline Essential Torque Wrench

Anyone who does a bit of home-spannering on their bike needs a torque wrench. This is especially true if you’re tightening nuts and bolts on carbon componentry. The Lifeline Essential Torque Wrench can help you finesse you’re tolerances between 2 and 24NM and is available with a 19 per cent discount.

Garmin Edge 520 Plus £199.99, £149.99

Garmin Edge 520 Plus
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When we first reviewed the Garmin Edge 520 Plus we were mightily impressed, concluding that it offered virtually everything a performance-minded rider would need from a GPS computer. We did, however, comment on the price. That’s less of an issue today, as Chain Reaction Cycles are offering the Edge 520 Plus with a 25 per cent discount which drops the price by £50.

So, for £149.99, you’ll get one on the most highly-regarded GPS units currently available which will provide you with every performance metric you’re ever going to need, offers turn-by-turn navigation with automatic rerouting, a colour screen and seamless integration with apps such as Strava, Garmin Connect and Training Peaks. We’ve also included links to some more excellent Garmin deals below.

Garmin Varia Rearview Radar £169.99, £129.99

Garmin Varia 2 Radar

If you’ve wished that you have eyes in the back of your head when riding on the road, then Garmin’s Varia could be the answer. The Varia is both rear light and a radar system. Connect it to your Garmin Edge or smartphone and it’ll alert you to the speed and position of vehicles approaching from behind. You’ll find the Varia with a 24 per cent discount today!

IXS Trail Evo Helmet £89.99, £53.99

IXS Trail Evo

If you’re after a new helmet for trail riding, then the IXS Trail Evo with a 40 per cent discount is worth a look. The Trail Evo uses an in-mould design in which the outer shell is moulded directly onto the protective foam for added durability. You also get plenty of vents to keep you cool and vertical and horizontal adjustment to help find a good fit.

Castelli Velocissimo ROS Jacket £190, £133

Castelli Velocissimo ROS jacket

Castelli’s Velocissimo jacket is windproof, breathable and water-resistant, so it’s a good choice for British winters. And springs. And Autumns. And probably summers. Anyway, this racy fit jacket has a Gore-Tex Windstopper front, which is a well-proven weather protector, while the rear is Castelli’s own breathable, water-repellent and stretchy Nano Flex material. Three colours are still available with a 30 per cent discount. We’ve also included links to a couple of other Castelli offers below.

dhb Aeron FLT Roubaix Bib Tights £90, £63

dhb aeron FLT roubaix
Chain Reaction Cycles

It’s November, and here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s starting to get chilly so it’s the perfect time to pick up some bib tights to keep you toasty on winter rides. With their soft and fleecy Roubaix material, dhb’s Aeron FLT Roubaix bibs could be just the ticket and Chain Reaction Cycles are offering them with a 30 per cent discount.

As well as the tights’ warming properties, the Aeron FLTs look well set up for darker nights thanks to the placement of reflective detailing. Comfort is provided by a Paris HP pad made by Elastic Interface, while the tights also have ankle zips to make pulling them on and off easier. They’re available with a number of different colour accents too. Check out all of the links below for a few other dhb Black Friday bargains!

De Rosa SK Pininfarina Frameset £3599.99, £1070

De Rosa SK Pininfarina Frameset

Black Friday is a great opportunity to hoover up some smaller cycling essentials like lights or inner tubes, but you can also get some impressive deals on big-ticket items. This De Rosa SK Pininfarina frameset is a great example – with a whopping 70 per cent discount you can save over £2500 on a high-end carbon frame from a famous Italian bike builder.

As the name suggests the SK Pininfarina was designed in conjunction with the Italian design house most famously linked with beautiful cars from the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. The SK frame uses four different grades of carbon-fibre, is suitably aero and when we first reviewed it, we simply loved it. Obviously, you’re going to need bits to put on it – good job there are plenty of other bargains out there right now!

Mobi V-15 Portable Bike Pressure Washer £99.99, £74.99

Mobi V-15 pressure washer

If you’re out on the trails at this time of year then you’re guaranteed to get back to your car or van with a bike covered in mud. A portable pressure washer like the Mobi V-15 will help you get the worst of the muck off before you head home. Chain Reaction Cycles is offering this useful gadget with a 25% discount.

We’ve reviewed a couple of the Mobi washers, with this early model closest in spec to the V-15, and have been impressed. In the wild, the washer runs off your vehicle’s 12V socket and can deliver between 45.5 and 130.5 psi of pressurised watery goodness to clear the crud.

Kask Mojito X Road Helmet £119.00, £80.00

Kask Mojito X

Italian company Kask’s helmets are very highly regarded by us here on BikeRadar, and they’re also the official lid-supplier to The Ineos Grenadiers, so they’ve got Grand Tour winning chops. The Mojito X road helmet is now available with a 33 per cent discount at Chain Reaction Cycles. It won’t make you 33 per cent more likely to win the Tour de France, but if you want a new helmet that’s a decent saving.

We gave the original Mojito four stars when we tested it and the X is a similar product. It’s light – at 220g – and boasts 26 vents to keep the air flowing over your head. The shell is tough polycarbonate with moulded-in internal foam for protection. The fit is highly adjustable and there are plenty of size and colour options available.

Manitou Mattoc Pro Forks £799.99, £479.99

Manitou Mattoc Pro fork
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If the forks on your 27.5-wheeled mountain bike have gone a little bit saggy and lost their boing – that’s a technical term, right? – then Black Friday is a great time to look for an upgrade. Chain Reaction Cycles are offering Manitou’s Mattoc Pro Boost forks with a tidy 40 per cent discount which could put a, erm, spring in the step of the budget-conscious mountain biker.

For £499.99 you’ll be getting an aluminium fork weighing 1.89kg that offers 160mm of travel. The Mattoc comes with an  IRT Dorado Air Spring, Manitou MC2 damper and Boost axle spacing which allows you to run wider hubs for tougher wheels.

Prime RR-50 V3 Carbon Fibre Wheelset – Tubeless Bundle £779.99, £499.99

Prime RR-50 V3 Disc tubeless bundle

If you want to improve the performance of your road bike, then one of the best upgrades you can make is to swap the wheels for something a little lighter. This is especially the case if you’re running standard alloy hoops and opt to upgrade to carbon-fibre wheels. If that’s you, then take a look at the Prime RR-50 wheelset offers on Chain Reaction Cycles – both rim brake and disc wheels are available with a tasty 36 per cent discount!

Chain Reaction Cycles claim that the RR-50s are race-ready but are also tough enough for cyclo-cross and adventure riding. This offer also includes Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance 11Storm TR road tyres and Hutchinson Protect’Air Max tubeless sealant for a thoroughly on-trend setup.

Orro Gold 2021 Tiagra Road Bike £1799.99, £999.99

Orro Gold road bike

At its full price of £1799.99 the 2021 Orro Gold Tiagra already represents pretty good value for money, so apply a 40 per cent discount – which takes a not insubstantial £800 off the price – and you could be looking at quite the bargain. For under a grand you’re getting a carbon fibre frame and fork and one of the most reliable and well-proven groupsets out there.

We’ve reviewed some of the slightly pricier Orro Gold models in the past and been impressed. You’re going to get a pretty similar experience with this model and, because you’re getting a very nice frame, it’s a bike that is usefully upgradeable.

Shimano Ultegra R8000 Carbon SPD-SL Pedal £149.99, £99.99

Shimano Ultegra R8000 Carbon SPD-SL Road Pedals
Shimano

Shimano’s SPD-SL pedals are well proven,  dependable, are virtually maintenance-free and the wide platform gives a sure-footed connection to your bike. The carbon-fibre Ultegra R8000 pedal hits the sweetspot of lightweight, sleek looks and value for money, so we’re happy to see them offered with a 33 per cent discount!

This model is designed to complement the Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset but, let’s be honest, the matte black look will go with whatever group you’re riding. At the moment both a standard axle version and one with a 4mm longer axle are available on the Chain Reaction Cycles website.

Fizik R4B SPD-SL Road Shoes £189.99 £99.99

Fizik RB4 bike shoes

These road shoes are from Fizik, a brand that appears multiple times on our best cycling shoes list. They have been reduced by a hefty 47 per cent in Chain Reaction Cycles’ early Black Friday sale.

The brand’s reputation is on clear display here, with uppers that are laser-perforated for breathability and an injected composite sole. Now £90 cheaper, this would make a fantastic Christmas present. (Not that we’re dropping any hints.)

Northwave Spider Plus 2 MTB Shoes 2020 – £129.99 £69.99

Northwave Spider Plus 2 MTB

Another pair of discounted shoes – although not all colours and sizes have been reduced in the Black Friday sale. As you can read in our Northwave Spider Plus 2 review, these shoes might be something of an acquired taste in terms of looks, but they are also highly effective cycling shoes – flexible enough to offer you comfort but also stiff enough to see you through long rides.

A 46 per cent discount has brought the asking price on select sizes and colours down to just £69.99.

Nukeproof Horizon V2 29-inch Boost Pair with ARD – £449.99 £349.99

Nukeproof Horizon V2 29-inch Boost Pair with ARD

Nukeproof is the most prominent brand to feature in Chain Reaction Cycles’ early Black Friday sale, and these 29in alloy wheels have been given a 22 per cent discount.

Intended for both enduro and downhill riders, both wheels have the same rim profile, but the rear has a thicker sidewall to offer added strength. The J-bend spokes of the Nukeproof Horizon V2s are easy to tension and replace.

We’re hoping this deal is a sign of many more Black Friday wheel discounts to come.

Nukeproof Horizon Carbon Riser Bars – £99.99 £49.99

Nukeproof Horizon Carbon Riser Bars

This carbon bar – yes, another Nukeproof product – is available in rises of 12mm, 25mm and 38mm. While designed to be lightweight, the Horizon risers are none the weaker for it, and can bear maximum loads of 700kg.

Grip is provided by no-slip particle paint around the controls and stem mounting areas. Best of all, Nukeproof offers a lifetime warranty: a vote of confidence if ever we saw one. If you’re interested, make sure you pick this up for half the usual price: just £49.99.

Which retailers and brands have launched Black Friday sales?

Black Friday has arrived! Take a look below for a run-down of which retailers and brands have launched the best Black Friday sales.

Black Friday deals: quick links

  • Amazon – The retail giant’s ‘Black Friday Week’ sale runs until 30 November
  • Chain Reaction Cycles – New Black Friday deals released
  • Currys PC World – The store’s ‘Black Fri-Yay’ sale is underway
  • eBay – Reductions galore in the auction site’s Black Friday sale
  • Garmin – A number of the brand’s watches are on sale at Amazon
  • Halfords – A wide range of Black Friday deals online
  • Nespresso – 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
  • Wiggle – 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. But really, with the sales period growing bigger and longer each year, these two dates are counting for increasingly little. As you can see from the Chain Reaction Cycles deals we’ve listed above, many of the best offers arrive days or even weeks in advance.

With the pandemic still unfolding, parts of the UK back in lockdown, and many stores closed for business, online shopping will take centre-stage in 2020. We imagine the deals period will be more anarchic and unpredictable than ever, with retailers tweaking discounts and rolling out flash sales in what’s an ultra-competitive marketplace.

How to get a good deal on Black Friday

  • A little research goes a very long way. Before you buy a product, read a few online reviews, or scroll down to the bottom of a product page to see what other buyers have to say
  • Enter the deals action armed with a wishlist! Trust us, relying on inspiration isn’t a good idea – not when every single retailer is trying to convince you that you’ve just happened upon the bargain of the century
  • Never take percentage price drops at face value: they’re usually set against RRPs that might be months or even years old. We track the price histories of products on sale, and we’ll be sure to let you know the real deal that you’re getting
  • Retailers like to label items as ‘low in stock’, or tell you how many hundreds of people are also looking at the product. Don’t let the panic get to you. If you’re interested in a product, add it to your shopping basket, then take a look at the prices on other sites before you head to the checkout. You’ll typically get at least a couple of minutes before the item leaves your basket
  • Many retailers, like Currys PC World and John Lewis, promise to match prices if you find an item cheaper elsewhere. Hold them to it!

Should I wait for Cyber Monday?

If the name Cyber Monday sounds a little old-fashioned, then the concept most certainly is. Traditionally, Cyber Monday was positioned as the online-only follow-up sale to Black Friday, where deals were all in-store. But now that nearly all shoppers are as comfortable buying in front of their laptops as they are on the high street, this distinction counts for very little anymore.

Very rarely will you find price drops exclusively in stores any longer – and certainly not in 2020.

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This year, we expect there to be no difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or let-up in sales either. If you see an incredible offer on the Friday, we advise that you don’t hang about to see if it improves on the Monday – it may very well be no longer available.