As the 'cross season came to its end, I finally managed to get a proper 'cross frame I could call my own - the Handsling CXC - shame I only got to race it once before season's end.
But that's not a problem because the Handsling CXC is much more than 'just' a cyclo-cross frame. I've been riding it all through the spring and I have been bowled over by just how versatile it is. Whether on club runs, the local chain-gang or early season sportives, the CXC has tackled them all with ease.
The frame is constructed from Toray T700 carbon fibre and builds up into a light and stiff frame - bunny hopping over obstacles is a breeze! The huge BB shell does not allow any flex and the CXC climbs like a mountain goat. The beefy straight forks come with a 1 1/8th to 1 1/2th inch taper which means no flex when braking or steering; great for last minute changes of direction.
I was worried about the matt UD finish, but it has stood up amazingly well; the chainstays remain un-marked despite some heavy abuse from the chain.
If I could only have one bike, the Handsling CXC would probably be it.