Handsling manufacture quality products that are designed to be high performing - demonstrated by winning a couple of world titles, over 20 national championships and numerous regional championships - yet tough enough for amateur racing and riding, where a new frame from a team car is not an option and a broken frame is a real issue.
Handsling also support customising, both in terms of paint and build, making every Handsling frame unique and therefore very special to the rider.
We own our frame moulds
Handsling are in the fortunate position of being able to control all aspects of production and actually own the moulds which we use to make our bikes. Here are a few shots of the A1R0evo moulds. You can clearly see the 'A1R0' stamp on each mould.
Seatstay mould of the Handsling A1R0evo
Main frame mould for Handsling A1R0evo
Seatpost mould for the Handsling A1R0evo
Chainstay mould for Handsling A1R0evo
EPS Internal Moulds
We use the latest production techniques such as EPS internal moulds to ensure we have the highest levels of carbon compaction in our frames, making lighter, stronger and stiffer frames. The inside of the frames are therefore very well finished making internal cabling very easy.
We design our own frames
Our frames are designed in-house, working in conjunction with our very talented and experienced engineer who turns our rough designs and crazy ideas into practical 2D and then CAD 3D, and then into prototype frames.
Some of our frames are joint ventures - like the TR3evo - and others we own 100% - like the A1R0evo - but in all scenarios we lead the design process and exercise control over the production process.
Handsling frames are all about robust quality. We decided upon this strategy after experiencing so many issues with high end frames being damaged in minor collisions, the constant striving for lightweight leading to the use ridiculously thin, brittle carbon.
We wanted to make tough, durable frames that can win bike races but also last more than half a season and survive a minor knock or even crash, making them ideal for the amateur cyclist on a limited budget. Most buyers want to buy just the one bike, not one plus a spare, so the frames have to be tough.
We work closely with our factory
Although we have some stock here in the UK, most of our frames are stored in our factory in the Far East - we have about 200 ready to go. While by no means their biggest client, the factory have a vested interest in Handsling's future success.
We can custom paint any frame
Storing at source allows us to make use of our factory's incredible paint shop. The painters relish the custom work they do for Handsling as it is something different from the norm of identical batches they paint for other brands.
We are always working on new product development
This close relationship with our factory allows us to develop new products relatively quickly.
New stiffer endurance track frame? Let's do it!
New separate bar and stem that retains internal, hidden cable routing for the A1R0evo? Let's do it!
However, not everything that we design and work on makes it to completion. Here is a CAD 3D of RR1evo concept from late 2017
Our frames are rigorously tested. This is a two stage process involving intense and often destructive testing in the factory, followed by real world testing here in the UK.
All our frames and wheel rims have to conform to ISO 4210 but are expected to surpass it, given the extreme nature of cycle sport.
Head tube stiffness - 102.3 N/deg
BB stiffness - 201.5 N/mm
Rear triangle stiffness - 39.6 N/mm
The A1R0evo frame was subject to nearly 500,000 cycles in fatigue tests and withstood 350kgf in strength tests.
We offer a limited lifetime warranty against any manufacturing defect on all of our frames. But more than that we are reasonable people and we are cyclists selling our products to other cyclists whom we have a natural affinity towards and are keen to look after, thereby hopefully retaining them as customers.
Obviously, all cyclists crash and frames get damaged. The good thing about carbon is that you can repair it to be as good as new, without any detrimental effect to the structural integrity of the frame. We will always help riders to get back on the road as fast as possible.
Bespoke Build for Every Customer
Handsling frames are built up into full bikes here in our workshop in Hamspshire. As a result we can tweak each build to suit every individual rider. No two bikes are ever exactly the same. We offer advice about components and can find a build solution to match most budgets.
Our workshop is managed by Simon Tuck. He is totally detail oriented, and is responsible for maintaining build quality on all full builds. We are a small team and all the bikes are all built on site by either Simon, the other Simon, Jake, Ian or another skilled, experienced mechanic, and all are subject to a 30 point checklist before leaving the workshop.