March 2, 2018

ATTACK! With all the e-mails I’ve gotten from bike stores in the last few weeks, it looks as if a couple decided to throw the hammer down with big, new sales on gear and kit and a bunch of others decided to follow their wheels with their own sales so they aren’t left out of the breakaway.

But, are these breakaways sales ones you should follow or are the stores just marketing the best prices and discounts you can already get by clicking on the links I update in the site’s sidebar and reviews with some of their end-of-season closeouts thrown in?

To find out, I just completed an analysis of current prices on all the gear I’ve reviewed and recommend at stores I trust because of their high customer satisfaction ratings.

Below, I’ve highlighted three real attacks deals that are uncommonly good right now, ones road cycling enthusiasts like you and me should follow for our cycling budget to win if we are in the market for a top groupset, power meter, or pair of spring and fall bibs.


Shimano Ultegra R8050 Di2 groupset

I picked these as the best value electronic groupset and one with almost indistinguishable performance difference compared to the top of the line Dura-Ace gruppo for all but the racing enthusiasts amongst us.

This is the lowest price I’ve seen it in $USD by a good amount from a highly rated store and is tied for the lowest price in £GBP, €EUR right now along with one other store.

$1285, £1199, €1364 here





Stages Ultegra 6800 Powermeters

When Shimano updated their Ultegra groupset from the 6800 to 8000 model, Stages began attaching their powermeters to the new model crank arms and stopped making them on the earlier ones.

But wait! What about all of us with Ultegra 6800 cranksets that want the Stages I rated high in my powermeter review? Sure, you can use a Stages Ultegra 8000 powermeter crank arm but it will cost you more than you need to spend.

This store has one of the highest TrustPilot ratings (9.8 out of 10) of the over 100 stores I follow and has a new supply of Stages 6800 powermeters crank arms they are selling for $180 less than the 8000, $100 less than what you used to be able to get Stages 6800 for, and $100 less than what you need to spend to get one of the remaining 4iiii 6800 powermeter crank arms.

$400 here



Gore Oxygen Partial Thermo Bib Shorts

While not on par with my top rated thermal bibs from Assos, these thin fleece layer lined Gore bibs are about one-third the price of the Assos and fit all but slim enthusiasts very comfortably.

They have wind-resistant material in the front crotch and groin outside panels that I found are warm on cool spring, fall and winter rides.

They normally run about $170.

$110 here




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  • Never quite understood the logic of lined, “thermal bibs” to help protect your junk and thighs during cold weather cycling – however; at the same time completely ignoring the poor, exposed knees!

    • here in NorCal we have a lot of rides starting at 8am when its in 30s, and by end of ride its in 50s or low 60s. Thermal bibs with knee or leg warmers make it easy to regulate body temp when its sunny and warm, later in the ride!

  • Giuseppe, if you need to keep your knees warm on cooler days, many people throw on wear leg warmers or embro cream. It’s a personal thing but I usually find the thermal bibs to be more than enough and put on some embro when it’s cooler. More about all of that here Steve

  • Thank you for these deals! The Stages finally got me into getting a power meter, i thought it was too pricey earlier. Now I just need to figure out how to make the most of all that data.

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