Land Shark Road Bike

Land Shark Road Bike

Land Shark Bicycles was founded by John Slawta. He received a scholarship from the Pasadena School of Art and Design, but got sidetracked by his hobby, building bicycle frames in his parents’ backyard tool shed.

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.

As Land Shark grew, John moved his shop from Los Angeles, CA to Medford, OR in 1991, and still continues building every Land Shark frame himself.

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