About Handsling Bikes
Handsling Bikes are a manufacturer of high quality carbon bicycle frames and wheels. The frames are all custom painted and then built up into full bikes with customised specifications for every rider. No two bikes are the same.
Handsling Bikes started life in 2014 when the race team, Handsling Racing, needed new frames. Rather than seek a new sponsor, Simon Whiten set out to use his contacts in the Far East to manufacture bespoke frames. The feedback from the team was really positive and then word started to get around; other riders started to ask if they could buy Handsling frames. So in 2015 it became a business.
Handsling quickly racked up over 20 national championship wins with the likes of Fred Wright, Oscar Nilsson-Julien, Graham Crow, Allan Davis, Catherine Coley, and Charlotte Cole-Hossain putting the bikes on the top step of the podium. Thomas Burnett also claimed the South-east regional cyclocross championships.
The RR1 was Handsling’s most successful road model, winning many races and even being ridden in Belgian Classics.
The stiff, aero road frames, dubbed the A1R0 and A1R2, notched up multiple criterium victories.
On the track the TR1, TR2 and TR3 frames achieved win after win.
Meanwhile in cyclocross the CXC, CXD and CEX models took victories in the mud.
Handsling also invested in the development of a fat bike frame, eventually manufacturing it for another brand.
This helped the business grow quickly and in 2017 Handsling relocated from London to Hampshire, allowing further expansion, with a larger workshop and more staff, while also generating extra investment. This in turn meant that Handsling had the resources to design new, unique frames and acquire moulds for manufacture, rather than using so called ‘open mould’ designs.
The CEXevo was the first unique Handsling frame, a relatively straightforward adaptation of an existing model, to produce a truly high end cyclocross frame.
This was followed by a brand new road frame, the A1R0evo; an aerodynamic disc braked frame that combined the best features of the successful RR1 and A1R0 road models.
Handsling then bought into a share of the TR2evo track frame, before working to design the exclusive TR3evo off-shoot.
Handsling continues to develop new models with another two new unique frames at the design stage.
What is a 'Handsling'?
The Handsling is a feature of some of track cycling's most spectacular events - the Madison and the Six Day races - where riders help their teammates back into the race by grabbing their hand and literally slinging them into the fray. A handsling provides a 'helping hand up to speed' for your team-mate in these events. With Handsling Bikes the aim is to offer a customer a helping hand to get the best quality carbon frame for, thanks to a direct to consumer sales model, the best possible price.
Handsling was founded by Simon Whiten in 2015. Simon rode MTBs in the early 90s before switching to road and track racing. He won a few races as a 1st cat, finished 4th in the local divisional championships, and went onto ride some bigger races with the Twickenham CC first team, like the Lincoln GP and other Premier Calendar races. He also rode in Italy, Belgium, Spain and France. Due to a mistake in categorisation, he somehow ended up racing in the pro/elite class against the likes of Boardman and Voigt in France, and he was even once in a 2-up break with an FDJ kitted, Bradley Wiggins, though not for very long. Simon liked sprinting more than anything and considered road races a long way to travel for a quick sprint, so he also rode track at Herne Hill including the Good Friday meeting.
With a background in the media industry, Simon launched his media consultancy, Handsling Media Ltd, in 2010, followed by Handsling Digital Publishing Ltd in 2012, producing the websites CycleTechReview.com and BritishCycleSport.com, and Handsling Bikes Ltd in 2015. He amalgamated all the businesses into Handsling Ltd in 2018.
The Handsling Bikes Team:
Simon Whiten, Owner and Founder
Hanni Ali, Co-owner
Simon Tuck, Workshop Manager
Jake Tuppen, Bike Builder
Paul Hopkins, Sales and Marketing
Ian Lynch, Wheelbuilder