Ribble Sportive Racing Black

“A truly stunning value ride” BikeRadar

Cycling Plus Magazine ‘Bike of the Year’ Award winner.

With a full carbon T700/T800 frameset, the Ribble Sportive Racing is a highly versatile road bike which is equally at home on challenging sportives and even some road racing. The Sportive Racing has already showed its class leading ability and value-for-money to win the Cycling Plus Magazine ‘Bike of the Year’ Award in the ‘Best Value’ category. 

The Sportive Racing perfectly combines comfort and tenacity - it has balanced design elements for sportive or endurance riding and racing with a taller head tube for longer rides and a race-orientated rear triangle. Riders are thrilled with how the Sportive Racing bike handles – it offers a responsive, fast, well positioned and comfortable ride.

It features tubing profiles to increase stiffness where it is required - using Toray’s top T700/T800 carbon fibre to work in unison with the tapered head tube and carbon fork steerer. The bottom bracket is a press fit design which increases the power transfer from pedals to rear wheel.

Naturally, the frame is electronic groupset ready and has internal cable routing. At the back of the frame the larger wishbone seat stay increases the responsiveness and stiffness of the frame making the bike accelerate as soon as you get out of the saddle. 

The Sportive Racing frame can accommodate 25mm width tyres which are perfect for adding a bit more comfort or tackling slightly rougher terrain like cobbles or broken up B-Roads

Also available in Green and Yellow with disc brakes, the Sportive Racing is one of the flagship frames in a new generation of Ribble bikes – this is the bike that you’ve been waiting for.


1. Unique ‘blended’ geometry
A tall head tube at the front giving a more up right comfortable position blended with a race rear triangle for speed
2. Tapered fork steerer
Increases front end rigidity and improves steering
3. 25mm tyre clearance
For increased confidence and fast road riding on rough tarmac
4. Oversize PF30 Bottom Bracket
Helps reduce frame flex and improves power transfer
5. Full internal cable routing & Di2 compatibility
Can be fitted with all mechanical and electronic groupsets
6. High end Toray T700/T800 carbon frameset
Producing a perfect mix of comfort and stiffness

Two colour options -Matt Black with glossy Black graphics and new Matt Black with Green graphics

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Ribble Sportive Racing Black

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Sizing & Geometry

Ribble Sportive Racing Black
Size A B C D E F G H I
XS 470 518 370 130 535 72 972 410 74.5
S 500 539 378 152 560 72.5 984 410 74.5
M 530 558 385 176 585 73 993 410 73.5
L 560 580 393 202 610 73 1009 410 73
XL 590 600 400 229 635 73 1024 410 72.5

Our available frame sizes

XS 5' 0" - 5' 5"

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S 5' 6" - 5' 9"

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M 5' 10" - 6' 0"

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L 6' 1" - 6' 3"

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XL 6' 4" - 6' 5"

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of bike is the Sportive Racing?
A: The Sportive Racing is a versatile, carbon fibre endurance road bike which is racy but has a higher head tube for greater comfort over longer distances.
Q: What kind of geometry does this bike have?
A: The geometry prioritises rider comfort and stability by blending a comfort-orientated front section and speed-orientated rear end.
Q: What type of riding is it best suited for?
A: Fast endurance road riding and sportives including big mountain challenges.
Q: What is the frame made of and what does it weigh?
A: The frame weighs 1060 grams (size small) and is high modulus carbon (Toray T700/T800).
Q: What if I prefer to have a bike with disc brakes?
A: Take a look at the Sportive Racing Disc model which is designed and fitted with the latest disc brakes.
Q: What is the widest tyre that can be fitted?
A: 25mm.
Q: Is there a maximum rider weight for this bike?
A: We base this on the weight limit for most wheels of 95 kg.
Q: Does the bike come with pedals?
A: No, pedals are a personal choice. We offer a wide range here.
Q: What is the warranty of the frame and what does it cover?
A: The frame has a six year warranty against manufacturing defects. All other parts have the manufacturer’s standard warranty.

Ribble Sportive Racing Black Customer Reviews

I drove over to the Preston showroom because I wanted to see the bikes in the flesh before ordering one, I was interested in the Sportive Racing Black because I have a creaky neck and thought the more upright sportive geometry would be good for this. The sales assistant who helped me was very helpful and very knowledgeable. I placed an order and it was built and ready to pick up about a week later. I'm very pleased with the bike, its a great ride goes up the hills well (its very hilly where I live) and its great for my creaky neck!
Really impressed with the Sportive Racing and genuinely surprised by both the comfort of the bike and the quality of the build with a full 105 groupset. The frame looks beautiful too but its the ability to transfer power through the bike that really impresses. For the price its an amazing piece of kit for riders looking to put in some good times on club rides and sportives. Excellent customer service from Ribble too.

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Ribble Sportive Racing Black Press Reviews

Lancashire-based Ribble has earned its reputation for incredible value bikes. In the past that’s meant huge specs for the money, the downside usually being its great kit hung on an average frame.


That’s because historically Ribble has chosen frame designs from its factory suppliers (commonly called ‘open-mould’) and had very little to do with the frames' design and development. Well it seems that Ribble has stepped up its ambitions, beginning to design and develop its own creations – and the first to come to fruition is this, the all-new Sportive Racing – which scooped the Best Value gong in our sister mag Cycling Plus's recent Bike of the Year awards.

The in-house design and development has led to this classy looking angular frame design and geometry – a very northern English road man's take on a sportive/gran fondo frame. The head tube angle of 72 is slacker than a race bike, yet the seat tube's 73 is classic road stuff.

The 1017.9mm wheelbase adds stability, and paired with a 391mm reach and 596mm stack its just a little taller and a little shorter than what you’d expect of a classic road race bike, though its closer to a race bike than an out-and-out endurance machine. The frame weight of 1100g and fork at 390g isn’t especially light by cutting edge standards, but its not exactly carrying extra timber either.

When you add into the mix a full complement of mechanical Dura-Ace, Ksyrium Elite wheels and one of the lightest cockpits you can find courtesy of Deda’s brilliant Superleggera setup, you get a complete bike that tips the scales at just a little of the 7kg mark.

Out on the road you notice the classiness of the equipment, with the Dura-Ace drivetrain and brilliant 9000 series brakes giving slick, smooth, light shifts and dependable braking full of feedback. The lightweight Ksyrium wheels make speedy progress easy: get into the climbs and the low weight, great gear ratios and the chassis' nimble feel add up to a steed that positively revels in long, tough ascents.

The handling is quick and the frame is impressively stiff, making this Ribble a very capable descender too. The inherent rigidity is countered a little by the 25c stock rubber, plus a decent saddle in the form of a Fizik Arione VS (though it's worth mentioning that the saddle's channel seems superfluous – the standard Arione feels more comfortable, because on occasions you feel the edges of the channel rather then the pressure relief its designed to give).

The front end feels light – no real surprise with the sub-200g bar and sub-100g stem. We can’t ever recall a cockpit of this quality on any bike at this price (or on substantially more expensive ones either). Even with this class setup and 25c tyres though, the front end with its deep bladed fork legs, which shape into a box section at the dropouts, is very firm. This does mean a fair bit of buzz makes it to your hands when riding on rougher surfaces. We can live with it, but it means the Sportive’s chassis doesn’t feel quite as accomplished as the likes of Trek’s Domane, or Cannondale’s Synapse.

We can forgive some of the frames shortcomings when the spec list reads as well as this does though. When you add up the cockpit, wheels, saddle, seatpost and groupset, it's like Ribble isn't just giving you the frame but a four-figure golden hello as well. The downside is that this bike is part of Ribble’s special edition range, so the numbers will be fairly limited and it won’t be around forever. Rest assured they will all sell; it’s just too much of a bargain to ignore.

The other drawback is that the frame doesn’t quite live up to the sum of the bikes parts – though it’s still far more accomplished, and far better overall, than the previous incarnation. When you consider Ribble's rivals have full-time design teams and development budgets that run into thousands and thousands of dollars, we think the Lancashire upstarts should be commended for making such a decent machine.

It certainly bodes well for Ribble's next generation range – if the firm's team keep up this level of progress, they'll certainly be giving the heads at some of the world's biggest bike brands some sleepless nights.


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