The DealCatcher's been busy this week. The latest offers and specials we've rounded up for you include a killer deal on super-lightweight Mavic shoes, a one-off custom Alberto Contador Specialized Tarmac SL4, 40 percent off Tifosi sunglasses and more. We kick off with a real collector's item from Campagnolo.
To celebrate 80 years since the company's 1933 founding by Tullio Campagnolo, in 2013 the iconic Italian component maker released this special edition of its top-flight mechanical groupset, Super Record. The finishing touch to a dream superbike, or an investment to salt away and sell to a collector in 20 years.
Garmin's ultimate on-bike GPS unit incorporates segment alerts so you can virtually race your Strava and Garmin Connect rivals. Tell it how far you want to ride and it'll work out three different loops for you to choose from. It works with Shimano Di2 shifting and is compatible with the Garmin Edge Remote.
This bundle with heart rate strap, and speed/cadence sensor is usually £500.
Need to do some bike fettling? Hargroves has this good quality starter tool kit for just 40 quid, reduced from 60.
The set comprises: ISIS/Shimano BB Tool; 8 Groove Spoke wrench; Cassette Tool; Crank Puller; Chain Tool; 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 & 6mm Hex Key Set; 6 adjustable wrench; 8mm Hex key; 8 & 10mm open ended spanner; 2 x Flat head screw drivers; 2 x Cross head screw drivers; 1/2 Drive adapter; Hollowtech 2/MegaExo BB Tool; Chain Whip; Pedal & Box Wrench; Nylon Tyre Lever Set.
ProBikeKit will take an extra 15 percent off their already-discounted prices on Casco helmets like the Daimor here if you use code: CASCO15.
ProBikeKit also has a big clothing sale underway with up to 60 percent off some lines. The sale includes Castelli and 25% off spring/summer 2015 clothing too.
These classic, lightweight and thoroughly well-ventilated shoes from Mavic would normally set you back £300, but Rutland Cycling has them for 37% off. They're claimed to be the lightest road shoes on the market so if you're planning an ascent of their namesake Alpe, they'll help you shave off a few seconds.
Tifosi eyewear is known for value for money, and it's even more of a deal with this offer from CycleSurgery. With 40 percent off, the Duros here are just £30 and come with three lenses, red, clear and smoke. If sportier styles are more to your taste, there's a big range available.
Fuel your rides with seven gels in assorted flavours for just a fiver. SIS GO Isotonic Energy Gel deliver carbohydrate energy without the need for extra water. Our David Else liked them.
Evans also has a great half-price deal on this women's winter jacket. One to grab now and put in the wardrobe for winter.
For just £35, here's tool kit in a handy portable case that includes everything you need to work on a Shimano-equipped bike.
The set comprises: Puncture repair kit; Interchangeable phillips/flat screwdriver; Freewheel remover for Shimano cassette for use with 1/2 driver and 24mm spanner; Small screwdriver for derailleur adjustment; Chain Whip; Bottom bracket wrench; Bottom bracket wrench for Shimano Hollowtech II BB; Chainring nut wrench; Spoke wrench (0.127/0.130/0.136); Cartridge bottom bracket tool (Shimano type and ISIS driver); Shimano splined, oversized bottom bracket, from ISIS driver; 2 steel hub-cone wrenches (13/14, 15/16mm); 15mm pedal wrench and 14x15mm box wrenches; Chain remover (suits Shimano HG/UG/VG); Tyre lever set; L type T-25 wrench; 2/2.5/3/4/5/6mm hex key wrench set; 8mm hex wrench for crank arm removal & 1/2 adaptor for socket tools
Built around the Alberto Contador special edition S-Works Tarmac SL4 frame pictured, this one-off special has a Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed groupset and lightweight Mavic R-Sys SLR wheels with an S-Works finishing kit.
Specialized's Kingston Concept Store has just one available, in size 56cm for £4,200 (RRP just over £5600)
Here's what Specialized did with this frame for the man himself:
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.