Hi Jim -

I love my Land Shark and thought it would make an apropos addition to your current classics gallery. Thanks a lot for the fantastic web site!

Bennett Fischer
Brooklyn, NY



This fillet-brazed steel frame was made for me by John Slawta of Land Shark Bicycles in Medford, Oregon, in late 2005. The frame (mixing a couple of ideas from Grant Peterson's Rambouillet and Saluki designs) fits 700c wheels, takes standard reach sidepulls and has lots of threaded braze-ons for mini-racks and fenders. John perfectly matched the paint colors from samples I sent him, and the clearcoat has a low-lustre, satin finish.

I use this bike for most of my daily commutes in Brooklyn, NY, for overnight rides, or whenever I need to carry a bunch of stuff. I feel very happy riding this bike home at the end of a long day. It's a wonderful ride... comfortable, beautiful, and practical.

Bike kit pictured in these photos:
Handlebars Nitto Moustache (52cm) Stem Nitto Technomic (8cm) Headset Shimano Ultegra 1" threaded
Shifters Shimano Dura Ace 9 sp Bar End Brakes Shimano R600 Standard Reach Dual Pivot Brake Levers Cane Creek SCR-5 (gum hoods)
Crankset Sugino XD-2/600 170mm 48/36/26 B. Bracket Shimano Sealed, 113mm spindle
F. Derailleur Shimano XTR M952 (top swing, bottom pull) R. Derailleur Shimano XTR M960 Low Normal (Rapid-rise)
Pedals Shimano PD-959
Seatpost Thompson Elite (silver) Saddle Brooks b.17 Champion Special (honey with copper rails)
Cassette Shimano Ultegra HG 9spd 12-27
Rear Rim Velocity Synergy Rim 700c 36H (asymmetrical, silver)
Front Rim Velocity Synergy Rim 700c 36H (silver)
Rear Hub Shimano XTR M900 36H (NOS 1993)
Front Hub Shimano XTR M900 36H (NOS 1993)
Spokes DT butted, brass nipples Tires Panaracer Ruffy Tuffy, by Rivendell (28x700c)
Fenders SKS P45 (black)
Bar Wrap Brooks Leather Bar Tape (honey)
Bottle Cages King Isis
Racks Nitto Mark's Mini-Rack, by Rivendell
Front Bag Berthoud GB 192
Rear Bag Carradice Nelson Longflap


Land Shark Custom - drive side view


Land Shark Custom - drivetrain detail


Land Shark Custom - headtube view
Land Shark Custom - front quarter view
Land Shark Custom - front rack detail



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