Gnarlube is proud to have partnered with Land Shark to produce a gnarly limited edition number of "Gnarshark" full-carbon, hand-built rigid 29' frames that are guaranteed to be lightweight and "Gnar".
For those that don't know about Land Shark and it's gnarly founder, John Slawta, continue reading...
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."