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The holidays are just around the corner and if you are in the market for a new smart trainer, get your credit card ready. In this post, I will walk you through what to expect during the 2019 holiday season and when to expect it.
November is the best month to find a good deal on trainers You will find sales on all major brands from Wahoo, Tacx, Elite, and Saris. Deals are already coming in and if you haven’t been checking our Sale Page, make sure to bookmark it and check often.
Again, November is your best chance to get a good deal on new trainers. Don’t wait until December or think you might score a better deal around Christmas or New Year. After Black Friday, the deals generally are not as good especially if you are looking for a trainer from Wahoo or Tacx. Having said that, here is what to expect in the next few weeks.
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WHEN: Middle of November
HOW MUCH: 20% OFF one full-priced item.
HOW LONG: Sale usually
MEMBERSHIP: CT VIP membership is required (use coupon: SBTCTVIP to waive the membership fee)
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CleverTraining usually runs a 20% off VIP members sale around the middle of November and runs for about a week. You have to be a VIP member to qualify and the sale is only valid on full-priced items and one item only. The sale usually includes all smart trainers including trainers from Wahoo.
If you miss the first VIP sale, they usually follow it up with another short 24-48 hours VIP members sale around Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
You have to be a CleverTraining VIP Member to qualify for the discounts. (use coupon: SBTCTVIP to waive the membership fee)
Wahoo always runs some kind of sale on Black Friday. Last year, they had $200 off their 2017 KICKRs on Black Friday. We will probably see something similar
For CyberMonday, Wahoo usually does another sale. My expectations this year is we will see
Amazon is a hit or miss when it comes to smart trainers. The official start date for Amazon’s Black Friday deals will be November 29,
Competitive Cyclist is a good place to buy anything cycling related in the US. They generally have 20% off trainers but usually restricted to only Saris, Kinetic, or Elite.
OutdoorPlay is another good online store for trainers. You can always use my exclusive coupon (TARQ15) any day of the year to get 15% off. This coupon works on SARIS and Kinetic trainers but doesn’t apply
REFURBISHED AND PREVIOUS YEARS MODELS
If you don’t want the latest trainers models, then looking at a year or two old trainer might save you a lot of money. The Saris Hammer or H1 is currently selling for $699 and I’ve seen it go down as low as $560. The Tacx NEO 2 is selling for $1,200. That’s $200 cheaper than the NEO 2T.
Also, getting refurbished KICKR or KICKR CORE will save you a few hundred dollars. Wahoo certifies each one of these trainers and makes sure they are in working order. Cosmetically, there might be some scratches or nicks if you don’t mind that. You also get the same 1-full year warranty on a refurbished as you get on a new trainer.
WHEN: November 15, 2019 – November 25, 2019
HOW MUCH: 20% OFF one full-priced item but might not include bike trainers!
MEMBERSHIP: Requires an REI Membership.
REI is a major retailer that also runs a 20% member sale right before Black Friday. This year their sale will start on November 15th and last until November 25th. You can apply the 20% off to one full-priced item. You have to be an REI member which costs $20 for a lifetime membership. You get an average of 10% back on all purchases at the end of the year. So this membership pays for itself if you spend over $200.
In years past, this sale included smart trainers including the KICKR, however, this year they have “bike simulators” in the exclusion list and after multiple confirmation with REI and visitors’ feedback, it looks like REI doesn’t want to play along this holiday season. Hoping they change their mind. But I am keeping them in the mix here because this sale does include a lot of other good fitness-related items.
REI charges for shipping unless you opt to ship to a store near you. They have a 90-day return policy on bike trainers and any GPS enabled devices like a Garmin watch for example.
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!
Please visit our Black Friday Deals Page for current list of deals.
Updates: November 6: Updated the post with REI policy.