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    It is my understanding that John no longer paints or repairs his steel frames.
    He offers discounts on a car on frame instead.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by boots2000 View Post
    "...He offers discounts on a car on frame instead..."
    He is into motorsports, too?! Is there nothing John Slawta cannot do? :-D
     

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    Many thanks for the feedback everyone- exactly what I was looking for.

    I understood that John no longer repaints steel frames as well, so I think I will go to a local painter and do something classic. I will update this thread when I have it all done!
     

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    Heck, give John Slawta a call and briefly chat about the bicycle he built: 1-541-535-4516
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffman View Post
    Hi Folks

    Wanted to get your thoughts on repainting my new (to me) Landshark frame and fork. It was built in 2007/8 and with the fork and lugs, has a great classic look. It will need to be repainted as I am having fender mounts brazed on.

    For reference, I am struggling between staying with a classic look and doing something more eye catching to honor John's reputation. I am planning to build it up with black Hed Belgium + wheels and a dark grey DA 9000 group.

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    So I have finally finished the build on this. First pics of the new paint- yes, I know, it is boring black, but I really like it! Jeremy Sycip did an amazing job with fender and pump peg braze ons.
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    The final build wound up being DA with a mix of 3T and Ritchey cockpit and Spesh Romin saddle. The wheels are Extralite hubs laced to HED Belgium +. Will need think about some of my choices as it weighs in at a portly 18.3 lbs. The frame and fork has tons of room for fenders, but i forgot how limiting the DA calipers are, especially with the HED rims. Suggestions welcome on how I can squeeze something in there- maybe the two section SKS Longboards.
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    Who painted it?
     

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    Oooops forgot. Rick at D and D Cycles in the East Bay. It looks great!
     

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    carbon Landsharks seem a rarity now )well, Ive never seen one in the flesh). I wonder how many John builds per year, or if he's moved on to other types of fabrication? I know he has a stellar reputation, but the ones you see on his website are kinda scary looking custom things with whack headtubes, etc.?
     

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    There are many carbon Landsharks rolling around southern Oregon (because he is local).
    Seems like he has more market share among serious riders here than any big brands.
     

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    I think he makes a lot of them.
    One of my buddies has a carbon Landshark gravel bike. Has internal disc hose and thru axle- As modern as anything. His bike has a pretty normal length headtube with a King Inset 7 headset.
    Bottom line is John knows how to build bikes. Has been doing it for a long time. Carbon became his favorite material.

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    carbon Landsharks seem a rarity now )well, Ive never seen one in the flesh). I wonder how many John builds per year, or if he's moved on to other types of fabrication? I know he has a stellar reputation, but the ones you see on his website are kinda scary looking custom things with whack headtubes, etc.?
     

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    Thought I would give an update on my Landshark.

    Summer mode
    Thanks to a car parked in the bike lane (ugh) new to me Reynolds Ouzo carbon fork, new DA shifters, new 3t carbon bar, EE Brakes and Extralite tubular wheels. Brings it to just over 16 lbs
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    Winter mode
    Steel fork, White Industries Clydesdale wheels with Velocity A23 rims and Planet Bike Fenders. The EE Brakes let me run 25mm tires and fenders without a problem. Weight goes to a portly 19.02 pounds. Using it mostly for commute and winter training rides.
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    I love riding this bike. I am starting to believe Jan's theory of steel bikes planing, though it doesn't happen that often as Nor Cal is not very flat. Any struggles I experience climbing are more likely the engine, and not the bike :)
     

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    A peek. More next week.
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    Update cuz this post needs some love- commute set up- Landshark with new PDW fenders and a Bootlegger rack from Blackburn with a Velo Orange Transporteur bag.
    Have been having problems with getting the brifters to shift properly because they hit the bag. Have moved to downtube friction shifters to accommodate 11 speed.
    Does anyone else have this problem?
     

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    Yes, brifter (and bar-end shifter) cables & housing usually don't play nice with large handlebar bags. A lot of randonneurs use frame shifters like you are experiencing.
     

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    Di2/eTap?
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    flared bars a la Salsa Woodchipper, etc?
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    Thought about Di2/Etap, but as is a commuter bike, i would like to stay on the cheaper side of things.
     

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    Had not thought about woodchippers, thanks!
     

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    Everyone in my cycling crew with Land Shark bicycles absolutely loves 'em.
    There is a pretty good blend of steel, steel with CF forks, and all carbon fiber.
     

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