It might be 2016, but many bike shops and retailers still have plenty of 2015 road bikes to sell. To see if there any deals to be had, the road.cc Tech Team went shopping.
It turns out there are some stunning end of season bargains to be had. We found entry-level road bikes, all-singing, all-dancing carbon fibre racing bikes, disc-equipped road bikes, women's bikes, gravel bikes, commuting bikes, a real assortment. So if you're after a bike bargain and you've kept your powder dry until now - well done. However you don't want to wait much longer all those unsold bikes aren't going to stay unsold forever.
Most of the bikes here are 2015 models, but that shouldn't put you off in the slightest. Why? Well, these days most bike models are produced on a two- to three-year product cycle - so, bar a paint job or slight change to the component spec a 2015 bike is often nearly identical to the 2016 version. The Cannondale Synapse Carbon we found is a good example. The frame hasn't changed since it was first launched a few years ago, and it hasn't changed for 2016. So barring the paint job, it's the same frame you would get if you bought a brand new 2016 version - just a lot less money.
We've divided the bikes by brand rather than price range or type - there's so much to choose from and it has taken forever to do it, plus it means we can point you at all of a particular retailer's Specialized or Cannondale ranges. We should also stress that what we've got here is just the tip of the iceberg - the bikes and bargains that particularly stood out for us from a day's trawling through the sales.
What else can we tell you? Well, if you're after a road bike or a hybrid you can fill your boots - however, some bike types are in more plentiful supply than others in the bargain basement. Rim-braked models outnumber disc braked ones - although things even up at the very top-end. Also, as ever, it's different for girls - with far fewer deals out there on women's road bikes - that's not to say there aren't some great women's bikes around more that they tend to be concentrated with specific retailers. Basically, if you're looking for a women's road bike bargain your first stop should probably be Evans
In general the big players, and we're talking Chain Reaction Cycles, Evans and Halfords, each have the biggest reductions and greatest depth of stock - so they might have more sizes of a particular model. The exception is Wiggle, they seem to have sold through nearly all their stop of sale road bikes already. The big boys don't have it all their way, it's definitely worth looking at the sales of the next tier of online retailers - Hargroves, Ribble, Tredz and the like, and if you know what you want Google is your friend.
Right! Let's look at some bikes…
If a Cannondale is what you're after then it's well worth checking out what Evans have to offer you can find their complete range of Sale Cannondale road bikes here other shops worth checking out are Hargroves, Tredz, and Cyclestore.co.uk - especially if you're after more affordable versions of the Synapase, while the latter three have a fair few model they don't have that many sizes - though they might have yours.
Possibly our two favourite Cannondale bargains are actually framesets both from Evans and both whopping bargains.
Cannondale CAAD10 disc £369.99
Okay, so the CAAD10 Disc has just been replaced by a lighter and stiffer CAAD12, but you may struggle to fine a CAAD12 for a while and if you want t bargain and don't mind not having the newest bike, this is a good buy. It's also a classic of its kind and was as rare as hen's teeth not that long ago and Evans seem to have plenty of sizes too.
Next up is a proper top-of-the-range Synapse made from the best carbon fibre, normally retails for £2,600, so at £999, it's a snip. They've even got regular sizes in stock and a choice of two colours.
Same frame as above, but with a SRAM Red hydro disc groupset and nice wheels and finishing kit.groupset and nice wheels and finishing kit.
The Ultegra version of Synapse Carbon Disc (with a non-Hi Mod frame) was our 2015 Bike of the Year - so this is one classy machine.
Evans Cycles have loads of Cannondales discounted, you can see them all on this page.
Canyon's bikes already represent great value for money at the list prices, but you can get some 2015 bikes through its factory outlet at the moment, saving you a bit more money. The sizes are limited so, and they mostly have larger sizes, 2XL and 3XL available, ideal if you're tall and searching for a new bike.
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Team CT 2015 £5,839, saving £1,460 - Size L
This is essentially the same bike the Movistar team raced in 2014, and the same as was raced last year, from the paint job and the matching bar tape and saddle, to the Campagnolo EPS groupset. The newer Ultimate might have been released last year but it’s still a very good bike.
Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Di2 - Size M - £2,419, saving £180
This is the only size medium 2015 model year Ultimate the company has available. It’s a Shimano Ultegra model with Mavic wheels and a 940g carbon frame.
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 LTD £5,209, saving £690 - Size 2XL and only one available
Canyon just has one of these bikes in a size 2XL. It’s the latest Aeroad with Zipp 404 wheels and a Dura-Ace mechanical groupset and Canyon’s natty integrated handlebar and stem.
The big bike companies can usually be relied upon to have some pretty good deals, and Trek has some decent discounts at some retailers. We've even found a Project One bike that is half price!
Trek Emonda S 4 £907.18, save 24%
Here’s a full carbon fibre Emonda from Trek, with a Shimano Tiagra groupset for just a whisker over £900. That’s a bargain if you ask us. The shop even looks to have a good range of sizes in stock, from 54 to 58cm, which is most unusual.
Trek Domane 5.9 Ultegra Di2, £2,200, save 33%
If you want to ride the same bike Fabian Cancellara races, and you want Shimano’s electronic Di2 groupset, this is a good buy. The frame is a made from OCLV carbon fibre and it features a nifty contraption in the top tube that smooths out rough roads.
Trek Project One Madone 6.9 - £3,490, save 50% - STAR BUY
This might just be the best deal we’ve stumbled across. London’s Sigma Sport has this Trek Madone (the previous model, not the fancy new one) at half price. It’s only in size 54cm however. It comes with Bontrager carbon wheels and a SRAM Red 10-speed groupset.groupset.
Raleigh has been resurgent over the last few years with a slew of well-received models, including the Revenio endurance road bike range and the Militis performance bikes. If you're after a Raleigh bargain then Chain Reaction Cycles have plenty with a good spread of models and sizes on offer. Here are a few that caught our eye, but you can find the full selection of Militis performance bikes. If you're after a Raleigh bargain then Chain Reaction Cycles have plenty with a good spread of models and sizes on offer. Here are a few that caught our eye, but you can find the full selection of Raleigh road bikes in the CRC sale here.
Raleigh Revenio 3 - £499, save 44%
The Revenio is a bike we rate highly and here's your chance to get Raleigh's sportive and endurance bike, in a 56cm, at near half the £899.99 (let's call it £900) RRP. For £499 (okay, let's call it £500) you get a 6061 double butted aluminium frame with a carbon fork and a big dollop of Shimano 105 11-spd (shifters plus front and rear mechs and cassette).
Raleigh Militis Elite £549.99, save 45%
Down from £999.99, this is an ideal starter race bike, with a stiff 6061 aluminium frame and Raleigh C4 carbon fork and you get pretty much a full SRAM Apex groupset thrown in. The Militis Elite has the same geometry as the carbon Militis bikes. Good choice of sizes as well and there's even a choice of colour too - we'd go for the red, but that's us.
Raleigh Militis Comp - STAR BUY. £749, save 44%
If you've got a bit more budget, we can recommend this Militis Comp, discounted from £1,349 to £749 and it's even available in three sizes as well. Frame and fork are the same as the Militis Elite, but you get upgraded wheels and a big wodge of SRAM Rival componentry.
Raleigh Militis Pro Road £1,199, save 40%
But if you can afford to go a bit higher and you fit either a 53 or a 55cm frame go for this one. A full carbon fibre (880g) frame – the same frame as the Militis Team – and SRAM Rival 22 drivetrain, and 40% off the original £1,999.99 retail price. And it's REALLY pretty too.
The Raleigh bargains we spotted aren't confined to road bike either, check out these two.
The cyclocross season might be over, but they're still good bikes for riding year-round… and there's always next season to plan for. This one is a full on cross race bike of the Euro variety and is £999, down from £1,849, and uses conventional cantilever brakes. Oh, and it's got a high modulus carbon frame. There's plenty of sizes to choose from
Raleigh Maverick £449, save 40%
In a more practical vein down from £749, the Maverick looks like a good touring bike - which would also make a great all-weather commuter, with a Reynolds 520 steel frame and chromoly fork plus big tyres, mudguards and rack mounts.
Specialized Venge Elite £1,800, save 25%
The bike as raced by Mark Cavendish the last couple of seasons, and it's still being produced, despite the launch of the new Venge last year. This is one of the best aero bike deals we could find, ideal for the budding racer
Not such big discounts on Specialized road bikes, but 20% isn't to be sniffed at. Evans has this one in two colours and two sizes as well.
Specialized Allez Comp Race £1,789, save 25%
An aluminium bike that has been prepared for racing, with deep-section Roval carbon fibre wheels and a Shimano 105-speed groupset.
Specialized Tarmac Pro Disc Race £3,375, save 25%
Here's a bike we liked when we tested it, a race bike with discs (you can't race it obviously) with Shimano Ultegra parts and hydro discs
Specialized Diverge Expert £2,400, save 20%
The Diverge is the US company's new do-everything gravel bike, with big tyres, disc brakes and lots of mounts for bottles, racks and mudguards. It's not even been out that long either
Bianchi Oltre XR1 £1,900, save 30%
C'mon, you can't say you don't find this bike good looking do you? Evans has a choice of two sizes as well, and it's selling at a 30% discount. It's a bike we really liked when we tested it last year, and we know you'll like it too, especially at this price
Bianchi Intenso Athena £1,500, save 30%
The Intenso is a bike designed for sportives and long distance rides, and this model gets you a carbon frame with sportives and long distance rides, and this model gets you a carbon frame with Campagnolo parts.
Colnago AC-R Disc Ultegra £1,999, save 38%
Here's a really nice looking Colnago, nice paint job, but it's only available in 45 and 48cm sizes. If it fits, it's a good buy.
Colnago CX Zero £1,999, save 31% - 52cm only
Sticking with the Italian theme, there's this CX Zero from Colnago going for £1,999, a 31% discount.
Colnago CX Zero £1,699, save 29%
Same frame, but a cheaper Shimano 105 groupset. More sizes available, though. If it fits, it's a good buy.
Best of the rest
Cube Litening Super HPC Race - 58cm only - £1,579.99, save 25%
Gear up for the race season with this all-carbon race-ready bike from Cube. Limited sizes though.
Cube Peloton 3 triple and Cube Peloton 1 triple - £369.99, save 38%
Cube doesn't make the excellent Peloton aluminium bike anymore, so this is a good chance to get, your hands on one.
Kona Dew Deluxe - £384.45, save 45%
A flat barred commuting bike with a light and tough aluminium frame, but only available in smaller sizes
GT Grade Al X 2015 (one left in a medium) - £1,049.99, save 30%
We like the Grade, a US designed gravel bike ideal for UK riding, and wiggle has one left at this price
Vitus Vitesse EVO - STAR BUY. £1,299, save 35%
A cracking carbon race bike, with a UCI approved fraem, and with a full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and Fulcrum wheels. Looks good too.
De Rosa Super King Di2 Ultegra Road bike £2,612, 33% off
Here's your chance to get your hands on a highly desirable Italian carbon race bike, without paying the £3,899 asking price. It's reduced by 33% down to £2,612
Lapierre Xelious EFI 200 £1,649, save 25%
This French designed Lapierre is going for 25% less the retail price, and it's a good looking bike as well. It's practically the same bike used by the professional racing team FDJ
Lapierre Audacio 200 £474.99, save 30%
You get a nice aluminium frame with this bike and it's available in four sizes
BMC Team Machine SLR03 £900, save 33%
We tested this SLR03 last year and really liked it, a nice riding aluminium frame and good handling. This one is going for a good price
Women's road bike bargains
This bike is available in three sizes (44, 48 and 51cm) and it has a full carbon frame and fork with a Shimano 105 groupset.
James Ventura Comp women road bike £420, 40% off (one size only)
The usual problem with end-of-season sales is limited sizes, and that's the case with the Jamis here. If you fit a 51cm, this is a bit of a steal, at 40% off the RRP.
Vitus Venon VRL Women’s road bike £799, save 43%
A good bike at RRP but even better at this price, with a smart carbon frame and Shimano 105 parts
Fuji Supreme Women’s road bike £945, save 30%
Good to see a choice of sizes, down to 47cm, for this full carbon race bikes with aero shaped tube profiles and Tiagra bits
Fuji Finest 1.1 Disc Women's road bike £595, save 30%
Disc brakes, a double butted aluminium frame and Shimano Tiagra groupset
Trek Madone 5.2 H2 Compact WSD £1,950, save 35%
This is a bit of an oddball, it’s actually a 2013 bike. Trek doesn’t make this Madone anymore, but this still looks like a really good road bike, provided you fit a 54cm and don’t mind the yellow decals.
(N.B. All the bikes were still for sale at the time of going to press)
If you've spotted any bike bargains, do let us know.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.