Handsling manufactures quality products that are designed to be high performing - demonstrated by winning two world titles, more than 20 national championships and numerous regional championships. Yet they must be 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 supports customising, both in terms of paint and build, making every Handsling bike 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 images 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
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 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 ideas into practical 2D and then CAD 3D, and then into prototype frames. 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 numerous issues with high-end frames being damaged in minor collisions, the constant striving for lightweight leading to the use of 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.
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. 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 Hampshire. 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.
We run a professional workshop with full-time, detail oriented bike builders responsible for maintaining quality on all full builds. We are a small team and all the bikes are all built on site by skilled, experienced mechanics, and all are subject to a checklist before leaving the workshop.