Boutique Bicycle Manufacturers – The Ultimate List (L)

Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with L). If you want to find a unique bike that fits your personality, review this list.

The list is probably not complete, so if you want to contribute, please leave a comment below.

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Land Shark Bicycles

Land Shark Bicycles is founded by John Slawta. The company is based in Talent, Oregon, United States. Slawta named his frames after the protagonist in an old “Saturday Night Live” skit that played off the “Jaws” movies.

Building bikes became serious business for Slawta and Land Shark in 1986 when he was asked to build several for a group of professional riders, including Andy Hampsten, Roy Knickman, and Steve Hegg. Slawta responded by building what became some of the most sought-after bike frames available. A 1988 letter from Andy Hampsten, then riding in Belgium on one of Slawta’s bicycles, hangs on the wall in John’s Land Shark fabrication shop. “Thanks for the bitchin’ bike,” says Hampsten, who went on to win the Giro d’Italia riding his Land Shark.

Word spread from professionals, fanatical amateurs to weekend warriors, celebrities, and the rest of the cycling world. Clients include actors Harrison Ford, Woody Harrelson, Michael Nouri, Olympic volleyball great Karch Kiraly, ex-Laker Billy Thompson, former SF 49er Dwight Clark, and the list goes on.

Land Shark Road Bike
A Land Shark Road Bike

Web Site: landsharkbicycles.com

Legor Cicli

“Handcrafted with love in Barcelona”

Legor Cicli is founded by the framebuilder Mattia Paganotti. The company is located in Barcelona, Spain. In 2008, as he started riding track bikes, he began to attend to workshops of his town’s (Brescia, Italy) framebuilders, and then he became passionate about framebuilding. He worked with the legendary framebuilders Tiziano Zullo and Dario Pegoretti. Every Legor Cicli frame is made out of a master choice of special Columbus tubing. Fully bespoke and custom made, from geometry to paint job, and working closely with Enve and Chris King.

Legor Cicli Road Bike
A Legor Cicli Road Bike

Web Site: legorcicli.it

Liebo Bicycles

Liebo Bicycles is founded by Dave Lieberman. He builds fully adjustable road/gravel/touring bikes, 25”, 27.5”, 29” mountain bikes, and cyclocross bikes.

Liebo K. I. S.
Liebo K. I. S.

Web Site: liebobicycles.com

Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Located in Brisbane, Australia, Llewellyn Custom Bicycles is founded by Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch in 1989. He was also a racing cyclist, who participated in 15 domestic competitive seasons racing road and track, and two seasons of living and racing in France. As a framebuilder, he worked with the Australia national team in 23 different countries and various races such as “Tour de L’Avenir”, “Le TOUR FEMININE”, World Cup races, as well as two Olympic games and six World Championships.

McCulloch alone create the Llewellyn marque frames, bicycles, and products. I build custom frames and complete bicycles for competition, sports recreation, and touring.

Llewellyn Colossus road bike
Llewellyn Colossus. The inspiration for this Llewellyn frameset came from conversations between Dr. Brian McLean (Cycling biomechanist) and Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch about the possibilities of a new Llewellyn model with traits McLean desired. The new frame is designed to be very stiff by using a careful selection of Columbus tubes starting with the large thin-walled HX shaped 44mm diameter down tube from HSS range which offers the greatest lateral and torsional rigidity. The seat tube selected uses a standard 31.6mm seat post. The backbone of the frame’s main triangle is a fully round 35mm diameter top tube for maximum resistance to torsional stress but giving vertical compensation. A tapered head tube connects the main tubes to the front end along with the Columbus Grammy 1.5″ carbon fork to the front wheel. Special large 18mm diameter seat stays and MAX chainstays connect the rear wheel to the main triangle to complete this rigid package. The frame is constructed by fillet brazing using a specially selected suitable brazing rod with 55% silver content. These fillet joins are meticulously hand finished to give a smooth seamless transition from tube to tube. Joining frame tubes by the fillet brazing method and hand finishing the fillets is labor intensive, however, the outcome for durability and aesthetic is superior to welding. Clean and functional standard details compliment this quality bespoke handmade frame such as a braze-on stainless steel front derailleur boss, fully sealed internal rear brake cable routing in the top tube, double M5 seat post binder bolts, stainless steel dropouts. The top tube can be level or sloping to optimize the aesthetic and engineering. Di2 or EPS electric groupsets make a good companion with the Colossus frameset.

Web Site: llewellynbikes.com

Other manufacturers
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* According to the Wikipedia, “boutique manufacturing is a method used for the custom production of certain products in limited quantities by hand or with a restricted level of automation.”. (Boutique manufacturing on Wikipedia)