Apple's AirPods Pro Gen 2 hits lowest ever price for Black Friday - are these now the best value earbuds for cycling?

The competition is fierce but could a $80 / £30 saving tip the balance...?

Male cyclist holding the Apple AirPod Pro 2s which are on a Black Friday 2023 deal
(Image credit: Future)

The record-setting Black Friday price drop on Apple's AirPods Pro 2 is causing reverberations around the internet. But whilst the saving is certainly significant in itself, the question we're left asking is whether this discount also bequeaths Apple the title of best value headphones for cycling...?

First, you have to set your parameters: there's something of an ideological divide between earbuds (to block out sound) and bone conduction (to do the opposite). If you're training indoors, shutting out the drone of your fan is a sweet relief. But if you're riding outdoors, you should stay alert to your surroundings and traffic - we would always advise using only one earbud or bone conducting headphones. So, with the ground set, what is best value right now?

Apple AirPods Pro 2

Apple AirPods Pro 2

US: was $249, now $169 at Walmart

UK: was £229, now £199 at Amazon

The AirPods Pro Gen 2 has two bits of tech that really impressed us for cycling use: 'Adaptive Transparency’ allows ambient noise such as from traffic in, and 'Active Noise Cancellation' which lets less outside noise in when you really need to focus on hitting your target in an indoor interval workout. 

Image shows Andy Turner.
Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg