Black Friday groupset bargains — UK deals

Refresh your bike with these cut-price groupset deals

Black Friday is nigh and sales, offers and deals are ramping up rapidly. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, refresh or update, a new groupset can breathe new life into your bike, we've collated the best deals we can find for mountain and road bike groupsets on the web.

For road cyclists, there's an exotic Campagnolo Record 12-speed disc groupset,  wireless shifting courtesy of SRAM eTap, and a definite Shimano bias with the pro-level Dura Acehigh-performance Ultegra and value-packed 105, or, for a little more flair, consider the Campagnolo Potenza groupset.

For mountain bikers, take your pick from 12-speed X01 or more value conscious GX Eagle, or look at Shimano’s mountain bike offerings in the form of electronic XT Di2, the proven XT or more value-minded SLX groupsets.

Campagnolo Record 12-speed disc groupset —  £1,999 £1,499

Get some bling for your bike with the 12-speed Campagnolo Record disc groupset
Get some bling for your bike with the 12-speed Campagnolo Record disc groupset

The recently released Campagnolo Record groupset is absolutely drool-worthy. A 12-speed cassette, disc brakes and the ultimate in Italian flair and design combine to create blingtastic jewellery for your bike. 

It doesn't just look good though — our first ride impressions were very positive with form matching function and the groupset providing a very reliable ride. If you want an exotic upgrade for your bike, look no further.

SRAM Red eTap groupset —  £1,278 £899

Get wireless shifting at a cheaper price than you might expect
Get wireless shifting at a cheaper price than you might expect

We’ve been impressed by how simple SRAM's electronic shifting system is to use and install, as well as the flexibility it affords in how you decide to set things up.

Usually, electronic shifting sits in the realm of the highest-end builds, but with this discount, you might be able to create your own dream machine.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 groupset — £1,875 £999

Shimano's Dura Ace R9100 groupset
Shimano's Dura Ace R9100 groupset

While SRAM dominates in the mountain bike sector, we’d argue that Shimano still has the upper hand when it comes to road builds.

For the ultimate in bling, performance and quality why not treat yourself to the very tasty pro-level Shimano Dura Ace groupset. It's currently available at a stupendous discount and you'll be the envy of all your riding buddies.

Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset — £1,100 £550

The new Ultegra R8000 is a true five-star effort
The new Ultegra R8000 is a true five-star effort

Another option is Shimano Ultegra, with the most recent groupset one of the best the company has ever made (we gave it a rare 5 stars).

If you've been in the game long enough, it'll come as no surprise that Shimano's latest and greatest road groupset is available with a healthy discount.

We've also found deals for the electronic Di2 and hydraulic disc brake versions.

Shimano 105 R7000 groupset — £596 £394.99

Shimano 105 R7000 looks great and is sure to perform well too
Shimano 105 R7000 looks great and is sure to perform well too

Ahh, good ol' 105, the blue collar hero of groupsets. The recently announced R7000 is now available for you to buy. Taking many of its styling cues from the higher-end Ultegra, it promises improved performance across the board, all while remaining at a competitive price point.

Despite being the freshest faced of Shimano's groupsets, it's already available with some decent discounts.

Campagnolo Potenza groupset — £800 £499

We rather like Campagnolo's third-tier groupset
We rather like Campagnolo's third-tier groupset

The Campagnolo Potenza groupset is best thought of as Chorus cast in alloy and is becoming increasingly common spec on a number of bikes. It sits at the same level as Ultegra, so if you want some Italian flair, looks and ergonomics then this might just be a great choice.

Shimano XT M8050 1x11 Di2 groupset — £1,599.99 £869.99

You can benefit from the impeccable shifting of a Di2 groupset as well
You can benefit from the impeccable shifting of a Di2 groupset as well

The Shimano mountain bike groupset is unashamedly high-end, but for that you get flawless electronic shifting performance. SRAM has yet to add electronic mountain bike shifting to its roster, so for the moment you're 'stuck' with the excellent performing Shimano option.

Oodles of adjustability will let you set things up just how you like them, allowing you to have complete confidence in quick and accurate gear changes.

In the past, the only sticking point for us has been the steep price, but with the discount here that might not be such an issue anymore.

SRAM X01 Eagle groupset — £1,075 £806.25

X01 is a slightly tougher and more durable version of XX1
X01 is a slightly tougher and more durable version of XX1

SRAM X01 is a top-tier groupset which is pitched as a hardier and more durable version of the racier XX1. That makes it perfect for the rigours of everything from trail riding to enduro.

It's usually an expensive proposition, but this discount might help sweeten the deal.

SRAM GX Eagle groupset — £432 from £300

SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain has 12 speeds and a lot of performance for the money
SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain has 12 speeds and a lot of performance for the money

SRAM's Eagle technology has now trickled down to the more value conscious groupsets too. Join the 1x12 club and get top-end performance at a bargain price.

Shimano XT M8000 1x11 groupset — £460 £342.99

11-speed may feel old hat, but Shimano groupsets are notoriously reliable
11-speed may feel old hat, but Shimano groupsets are notoriously reliable

Build up your drivetrain around Shimano’s groupsets and you won’t have a potentially costly upgrade to a SRAM XD Freehub body. You still get a decent range but only 11 gears. However, you get proven Shimano reliability and a great performing drivetrain at an even more reasonable price.

Shimano SLX M7000 groupset — £350 £240

Shimano SLX M7000 transmission
Shimano SLX M7000 transmission

Shimano SLX features 11 speeds and the groupset takes its cues from many of the higher-end tiers at a more reasonable price. This is perfect as a day-in day-out drivetrain that is cheap to run and will just keep on going.

Article last updated 20th November 2018

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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