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 Tandems East is very proud to announce we now represent

Landshark Tandems available from Tandems East
Hand Crafted, American Made
Meet and Greet John Slawta at
Tandem Expo 2017

April 1st & 2nd 
NEW for 2017 Pro Carbon Tandem
as shown $12,950
 
Land Shark Pro Carbon Tandem
The goal was straightforward; design and build a carbon frame that would rival the world’s best in terms of weight, strength, and silky smooth ride. The result is the new top-of-the-line Land Shark: the Pro Carbon Tandem.
To build the Pro Carbon, John Slawta mastered the art of tube-to-tube carbon construction, which is widely considered to be the best (also one of the most labor-intensive) methods of building a super-light, durable carbon frame. The process requires hand-mitering a custom, aerospace grade composite tube set and bonding them together. Each tube intersection is then painstakingly hand-wrapped with carbon. From there, a carefully crafted process is applied to achieve the optimal carbon-to-resin ratio. The result is liquid-smooth tube joints that are incredibly strong.
The final product is an all-carbon frame with excellent durability, and custom tube and geometry options galore. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Land Shark if it didn’t also have the highest level of finishing detail and custom paint.

John’s Story

The story of Land Shark bicycles is inseparable from that of its founder, John Slawta. Slawta’s early ambition was to become a professional artist. He received a scholarship from the Pasadena School of Art and Design, but got sidetracked by his hobby – building bicycle fames in his parents’ backyard tool shed. His frames attracted a cult following among cyclists who admired his precisely brazed frame joints and exotic paint jobs. He named the bicycle frames after the protagonist in an old “Saturday Night Live” skit that played off the “Jaws” movie.
Building bicycles became serious business for Slawta and Land Shark in 1986 when he was asked to build bicycles for the cycling team, Levi Raleigh, which consisted of seven top professional riders including Andy Hampsten, Roy Knickman, and Steve Hegg. Slawta responded by building what became some of the most sought-after bicycle 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,” wrote Hampsten, who went on to win the Giro d’Italia riding his Land Shark.
Land Sharks are now ridden by professionals, serious amateurs, recreational riders, and celebrities like Harrison Ford; Woody Harrelson; Michael Nouri; Olympic volleyball great, Karch Kiraly; Laker, Billy Thompson; and San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark.
 
My wife Jenny and I have won five gold medals on the tandem at masters nationals. What brought us together 35 years ago was a competitive tandem bicycle ride together, a fluke encounter instigated by a mutual friend. Since then, our relationship has revolved around training together and racing. Cycling is our hobby, but we take it seriously and we’ve formed a strong union around cycling.
 
 
See and test ride a Land Shark Tandem
at Tandem Expo 2017 on April 1st & 2nd
 
Click here for more info about Tandem Expo 2017 

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