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.
If you want to see what paul has been up to you can read about his adventures. Paul has just finished the Velopace Spring Classic and the Wiggle Surrey Hills Gravelcross CX Sportive and spurred on by that entered the Wiggle CX Century cyclocross sportive taking in the length of the South Downs Way.
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