Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again! The now annual 20% off sale has begun. Now technically, it’s semi-annual since it happens now and in the spring. But I don’t think anyone’s complaining about the chance to buy a brand new just released trainer for 20% off.
No matter what you call it, there are some amaze-balls deals in here. And while my title says almost all trainers and many power meters, the reality is that this applies to boatloads more devices/products too. More about your imagination than anything else, in terms of finding solid deals.
To briefly back up: Historically speaking we see the biggest sports tech sales clustered in two timeframes: November (up to/around Black Friday), and May. It’s now November, and we’re starting to see some companies announce sales. Plus we’ve seen some Black Friday ads start to appear on the interwebs.
In general, sales fall into two buckets:
A) Retailer driven sales
B) Manufacturer driven sales (specified by the manufacturer, but then sold through retailers)
Within the US, manufacturers have to approve virtually all sales, to stay compliant with MAP policies (Minimum Advertised Price). Said MAP concept doesn’t exist elsewhere. So in the case of the sales that begin tomorrow, those fall into bucket ‘B’ above. Whereas everything else in this post falls into bucket ‘A’ above. Make sense? Good.
Plus Another Sale that Begins Tomorrow (Fri – Nov 15th):
UPDATE – THESE ARE NOW LIVE: See this post here! This includes the FR945, Edge 1030, Fenix 5 Plus and many more.
In addition to the huge 20% VIP sale below, there’s a *huge* pile of wearable and cycling sales that start tomorrow, Friday. I can’t post them yet. But…they’re from multiple brands – so hang tight if you’re looking for some deals in those realms that aren’t covered by the below.
In other words, this little section is a placeholder for another 23 hours and 59 minutes.
Clever Training 20% VIP SALE (Live Now!):
For many of you, this is actually the much bigger sale. And it only happens twice a year, starting now (today). In this sale, each Clever Training (CT) VIP member will automatically have 20% discounted off a single non-sale item including most trainers.
But it’s not just power meters and trainers, it’s almost anything.
With that in mind, there are some incredible deals to be had for trainers and power meters here – or other high-value items. Especially new trainers and newly released power meters, even more so going into trainer season. Here’s some quick guidance on both categories:
Power Meters: You’ve seen all there is to see on new power meter announcements for the year. The next time we’ll see meaningful power meter announcements is usually in April, clustered around Sea Otter (usually for shipping months later). So basically – if you want a power meter for the next 6 months or so and want to save 20%, it won’t get better than this anytime soon. And honestly, there was almost nothing new in 2019 anyway.
Trainers: This is super simple – everything has been announced, and don’t expect anything new till at least next summer (likely June or July). And even better is that almost everything is available immediately, save a few last minute stragglers going into the next couple days or weeks. Definitely check out my just published 2019 Trainer Guide here!
The sale is members only, but it’s simple to get started. If not a member:
1. Go to this page and add the Clever Training VIP membership to your cart
2. Check-out and use DCR coupon code FREEVIPDCR to waive the fee
[Update: You can now order up to 5 items at the 20% discount – woot!!!]
Once a VIP member, simply:
1. Pick out the item you want to buy and add to cart (see below list as a starting point)
2. Go to checkout and add code VIP20 to save 20%
3. Enjoy gadget!
There are too many deals to list, because obviously that’d be tens of thousands of items that Clever Training carries, even helmets and other sports gear. But you can find all trainers Clever Training carries here on the trainer landing page (it’s basically everyone). ALL trainers listed qualify for the sale! Yes, all of them!
You can find all power meters Clever Training carries here on their power meter landing page including Stages & Pioneer. Plus another tomorrow.
I’m going to call out the most notable ones in the table below:
|Product||Sale Price||Amazon||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Tacx NEO 2 SE (Special Edition) - 16% off (US)|
|$1,170||N/A||Chain Reaction||The Tacx NEO 2 SE is basically just a NEO 2 but with added native thru-axle compatibility. That's it. Note this is shipped by Chain Reaction, but comes with either a UK or EU power adapter. You can simply use a $1-$2 power adapter without any problems in the US. All Tacx trainers are dual-voltage (and in fact, I regularly use $1 adapters with trainers when companies send me out of country units to test).|
|Tacx NEO 2 SE (Special Edition) - 25% off (Europe)|
|£899.99/€1,061||N/A||Wiggle||The Tacx NEO 2 SE is basically just a NEO 2 but with added native thru-axle compatibility. That's it. The UK price is 25% off, whereas the EU price will vary from about 15% off based on exact country.|
And, here’s a pile of other categories, many of which aren’t directly sports tech but are things you and I buy just as much. So if you need some shopping inspiration, here ya go:
Main sale landing page (shows all of the categories below):
o Bike Trainers
o Power Meters
o Cycling Gear
o GPS Watches & Fitness Trackers
o Running Accessories (there’s a lot of mark-down items in here that can still have 20% applied to them)
o Outdoor Gear
o Other Sporty Things
And of course, your gadgetry purchase helps support the site here (as all Clever Training purchases do).
The only power meters excluded from this sale are Favero Assioma and Quarq/PowerTap. Those are manufacturer specific choices by those companies. Non-power meter exclusions are GoPro, most non-power meter Garmin stuff, again, also per manufacturer requirement. Finally, the smart bikes are all excluded, as is the Wahoo Desk and ELEMNT/BOLT/ROAM.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Here’s what I expect to be a few frequently asked questions:
How many items can I get a discount for?
One item. Just one, and only one.
Is this per household?
No, it’s one item per member (per human). Thus, if you have multiple unique VIP members in a household, then you can have multiple people. You can sign-up to be a Clever Training VIP member here. I explain more of the details here.
Which brands doesn’t it work on?
At this time, it’s not valid on most non-power meter Garmin stuff (but does work on some things, see list above), GoPro, and Quarq/PowerTap. Also, the Wahoo bike computers (ELEMNT/BOLT/ROAM) and Wahoo Desk are excluded. Finally, the indoor smart bikes are excluded. There are some additional non-tech exclusions listed on CT’s site.
What about other things like socks and such?
Actually, a lot of those are included. So if you don’t need a new trainer, you can pick up stuff like shoes, clothes, etc…
In the cart it says it doesn’t work?
Validate that you only have one item in the cart, and that it’s not one of the above listed items. Also, validate that you’re signed in as a CT VIP member.
Do I get VIP points on top of this?
No, since it’s a large sale item. No double-dipping here.
Are there some fancy details I can read somewhere?
Yes, right here (end of page, some text).
When does this end?
November 24th, 2018 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time. However, I’d really stress to get orders in now. You’re a million times better off getting your order in and canceling later if you change your mind, than waiting. This isn’t so much a sales pitch, but just word to the wise (be it inventory, etc…). Clever has done a good job stocking up (containers worth!) based on what demand looked like last year for this sale, but it’s always hard to know.
What happens when it ends?
It’s over. End of the road. Time to eat turkey for Thanksgiving. Don’t do Thanksgiving? Fake it – eat Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream…or just go straight chocolate.
What about Europeans and CT Europe?
In this case, it’s a Clever Training USA-specific sale, though per the next item some things can be shipped internationally. In the case of Clever Training UK/Europe, you get 10% off all year round on everything, whereas the US folks get caught up on the whole MAP thing I mentioned earlier on.
Is shipping free?
Yes, US shipping is free as long as your order is over $79. For items that can be shipped internationally, it’s $29 flat rate. Generally speaking, trainers can’t be shipped internationally.
Should I wait for a better deal?
Frankly speaking, for the items in this post, there won’t be any better deals this year. There’s never been a case in recent memory where people got trainers or power meters for more than 20% off (aside from accidental small retailers bulk loading sales and then having to undo them).
Typically speaking for the US folks we see Black Friday-specific sales (meaning, just those couple days) as more accessory in nature rather than big ticket items like trainers/power meters. In Europe, you tend to get more selection, but that’s because European retailers don’t need approval from the device manufacturers like in the US. Whereas within the US, MAP basically means all these sales are pretty much locked and loaded already.
Is this the end of the FAQ section?
Phew – there ya have it! Go forth and enjoy. And feel free to drop any questions you have down below on recommendations, etc… I’d be happy to try and help ya out. Thanks for the support!