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Custom for $2,000 - Great success story(9 posts)

Custom for $2,000 - Great success storynancy
Apr 27, 2001 10:22 AM
I've posted here a few times during my bike search. I'm just a bit beyond a newbie as I've logged a lot of club miles on my tried and true 15-year-old Raleigh. But after delivering a child, I decided I earned a finer ride! Any woman out there knows exactly what I mean. I'm fairly tall, short waisted, w/a long inseam proportionately. I did a few test rides but wasn't excited at the fit of any of the bikes I rode; and, more importantly, I dreamt of steel. So, I bit the bullet. I got fit using the Serotta system, took his #s to GVH online, and ordered a custom Landshark out of Oregon. While it was intimidating to order something without a test ride, especially for a near newbie, my new bike is incredible. The price: $2,000 through GVH. The ride is comfortable, quick, and responsive. It's made of Dedacciai Zero Uno, has beautiful filet brazing and a paint job that's completely unbelievable. I took the bike to a good friend who has years of bike shop experience and he put his seal of approval on it. He thought the workmanship was amazing. My components are full Ultegra and the wheels Mavic Pro. I've decided a lot of bike shoppers like me hesitate to go custom because it seems like a huge risk, and a huge expense. I thought I'd post a success story for anyone on the fence. I'd recommend a custom bike for anyone who: has proportions out of the mainstream; has a real specific set-up in mind; is willing to pay $2K anyway; or any art lover/cyclist who wants an absolutely, incredible, one-of-a-kind paint job. If you're still on the fence about custom, check out and the GVH site (no sales tax if you're out of Oregon). IMHO, You won't be disappointed.
re: Congrats! twice!Turtleherder
Apr 27, 2001 11:01 AM
Congratulations on the baby and the bike. So, what size frame was the baby? I love the post - oh, I had a baby, but wait 'til you hear about my new bike! Good pick on the bike, I have admired their work for awhile now, excellent construction and paint. What color / colors did you pick?
re: Congrats! twice!nancy
Apr 27, 2001 2:49 PM
Thanks for the support. As for stats, the baby took a bit over nine months, while the bike only took about 2 months. Too bad that couldn've been reversed. Moving on ... the baby weighed quite a bit more than the frame! 8 lbs. 12 oz. NOW you can see why I decided I deserved a sweet, gentler, ride. Complete, the bike weighs about 19 lbs. (my Raleigh's 26 lbs.). You can imagine the huge difference. And since you asked about the colors ---- I'm an artist wanna-be and actually painted a mock-up that included: sparkle blue fork w/clouds (to represent a sweet "airy" ride), 3 bumble bees on the headset (to represent my family -- I know "barf"), a river of spring green and yellow-orange on the triangle, sprinkled w/swirls, squares, dots and shark fins (lots of fun stuff); and yellow-orange blending to red over the back wheel (to represent how fast I hope to ride). The fact Mr. Slawta pulled it off so brilliantly is amazing. He was terrific to work with. For an art lover, once I saw his website I was hooked. Riding a piece of art is going to be so fun. I realize it's not for everyone, but I know I'll be smiling as I ride. Thanks for your interest. It's fun to share! Nancy
no baby pics, but have pic of bike :)Made in Taiwan
Apr 27, 2001 8:57 PM
don't forget to take a pic of the bike, and always show the pic of the bike along with the baby pics. you know, keep it interesting
It only gets betterDean
Apr 27, 2001 11:56 AM
Congratulations on the baby and the bike. I also was hesitant on buying without a test ride, but I took a chance and got a Landashark. I have about 300 miles on it and I love it. I had Gary build mine with Chorus and then I talked my wife into letting me get some Rolf Vector Pro's. The bike is great, you will continue to love it. I even called John Slawta with a couple questions and he was very helpful. I would (and do) recommend Landshark and GVH Bikes. I would not hesitate to deal with either one in the future.
re: What a deal...!!!!Sydnie
Apr 27, 2001 12:33 PM
You could have just as easily paid that much for a mainstream,plain vanila off the rack bike.That's great,a boutique bike at discount store prices. Good job.....enjoy.
re: What a deal...!!!!BQ
Apr 28, 2001 2:21 AM
One thing I've always wondered about purchasing a bike over the net is what to do for service. I'm no expert at all adjustments, so I depend on the LBS to do what I can't handle. Will most LBS's service bikes purchased elsewhere?
Yes, they'll gladly take $ after the fact (nm)nancy
Apr 30, 2001 5:57 PM
My experiencemike mcmahon
Apr 30, 2001 6:09 PM
I live in California and recently bought a new bike from Carl Strong at Strong Frames in Montana. When it arrived, it had a few minor problems that needed to be adjusted. Carl told me to take it to my LBS, have the work done, and send him the bill. I sent thim the invoice and was reimbursed promptly. However, I'm not sure that all merchants are as responsive as Carl.