LAND SHARK LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
TALENT, OR (October 3, 2011) – Land Shark today announced the launch of it’s new website, www.LandsharkBicycles.com in response to customer demand for information about the ever-popular line of hand-crafted bicycles. In addition, Land Shark has partnered with San Diego bicycle lubrication company, Gnar Lube, on a creative endeavor to produce a limited edition number of “Gnar Shark” full-carbon, hand-built rigid 29’ frames that are guaranteed to be lightweight and “Gnar”.
The story of Land Shark bicycles is inseparable from that of its founder, John Slawta, who turned a hobby —building bicycle frames in his parents’ backyard tool shed – into a successful artisan shop with a cult following.
Building bikes became serious business in 1986 for Slawta when he was asked to build several Land Shark bicycle frames for a group of professional riders, including, Roy Knickman, Steve Hegg, and Andy Hampsten, who went on to win the 1988 Giro d’Italia riding his Land Shark.
Land Shark’s clientele spreads beyond professional cyclists and fanatical amateurs to weekend warriors, celebrities, and the rest of the cycling world: actors Harrison Ford, Woody Harrelson, Michael Nouri, Olympic volleyball great Karch Kiraly, ex-Laker Billy Thompson, former San Francisco 49’er Dwight Clark, and the list goes on.
Many are surprised to find that Land Shark is an army of one. “They ask me if I’ll tell the painter how to paint it, ” chuckles John, “and I tell them that I’m the painter, too.” Riders appreciate being able to talk directly to the man who’s building their dream machine. “You tell him what you’re looking for,” says Land Shark rider Glen Gann, “and he knows what to do.”
A one man, artisan-made bicycle frame workshop justifiably famous for workmanship, performance and unique paint work, Land Shark has been building custom bicycles for over three decades and has produced more than 5,000 custom steel and carbon frames, each masterfully built by hand and painted with unmatched artistry by founder John Slawta.