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Looking for a carbon sportive road bike for under a grand?

​Ribble has been busy lately updating many of its road bike models, and the latest to go under the scalpel is the Evo Pro, a bike billed as an entry-level carbon sportive road bike. 

The price is certainly entry level for carbon. Prices start from just £799 with a Shimano Sora 9-speed groupset, which is very impressive. There just aren't that many carbon road bikes for under a £1,000, as this article shows.

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 - The best 2017 sportive bikes

You use the company’s easy-to-use bike builder to specify a bike to suit your budget, all the way up to Ultegra Di2 or Dura-Ace if you fancy. For each model Ribble offers a “recommended” specification and for this bike, it’s a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset with Shimano RS010 wheels and Deda finishing kit. It costs £953

The frameset has been updated for 2017 so you’re getting a better bike than before. The frame has been put on a diet and key tube shapes have been revised to provide increased comfort, including curved fork blades. 

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There are thoroughly modern details that you used to only see on top-end carbon frames, including full internal cable routing (Di2 and EPS compatible) and an oversized press-fit bottom bracket.

One key change that will be beneficial to cyclists seeking a comfortable riding position is the refined geometry, with the new longer head tube promoting a more upright position, great for people that don’t want the slammed fit. 

Finally, Ribble has wrapped the new frame and its changes up in a new paint finish. 

“Our Evo Pro has a big responsibility as often being the first taste of road cycling for many of our customers,” explains Ribble’s James Dove. “It has launched countless people into the wonderful world of cycling with its versatility and good value.”

“We’ve kept the elements that have made it one of our most popular value bikes, but worked hard on making it lighter, more comfortable and updating the geometry to meet the changing needs of cyclists. We feel very proud when we say that the Evo Pro has become a British classic which is more than capable of putting more expensive bikes from other brands in the shade.”

Check out the new bike here www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-evo-pro 

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.