Cycling is subjectivity, it is a real personal interpretation and Carrera Phibra Evo is a very singular bike. It is a concept with non common shapes and design which makes Phibra Evo unique.
The carbon structure is made by 3 different types of carbon fibers: HM50T, HS40, HS60T. Each type of carbon fiber has his own feature and for this reason they are used in those areas where that particular feature is required.
In spite of the rear triangle stiffness because of the integrated rear drop out, I do think Phibra Evo is a very comfortable frame. You need to ride Phibra Evo for long long distance if you want to make the best out of this bike since short criterium can’t tell you much about this marvellous frame.
In climb, there’s a unique balance between front and rear. The reaction is not too immediate but this is a benefit in terms of comfort. I’d say the bike is good for those riders who like to accelerate gradually. In other words, not a bike for pure sprinters but for those who are really able to distribute the sprint in climb over 20-30mt and not concentrated in a few meters.
In descend Phibra Evo is a “toy”. Easy to drive and accurate during the hard braking before the curves. It was impressive in the changes of trajectory, for example at high speed in a double “S” curves. The bike follows your orders and keep the direction you want. Front and rear triangle work together and the wheels were always stuck on the ground. Especially the rear triangle seems to be one thing with the ground by absorbing the imperfection of the surface this fact make the ride in descend so smooth and relaxing.
If I should give my suggestion, I’d say this is a frame for Granfondo. Long distance and pure pleasure to enjoy your beautiful bike but this doesn’t mean this is a bike for aged people in retirement! Phibra Evo is a high-tech product that can give you nice performance even in short races. I’d say it was born for a comfortable ride but just by changing the equipment (=wheelset), you can make a super fast machine out of this bike. We can call it, why not, a versatile bicycle.