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Lemond vs Landshark(8 posts)

Lemond vs Landsharkcyafshin
Apr 9, 2002 7:13 PM
I am in the market for a road bike. I've been out of the sport for 8 years secondary to a disk in my low back. I'm now ready to get going again mainly doing 25mi fitness rides and occassional 50-100mi ride. I've ridden the Zurich and Buenos aires and felt comfortable w/ a 59".
However recently on this site landsharks were given props as a great value in a steel bike. I live in Bend not far from Medford (home of landshark)and was wondering if anyone thought for a newbie like me it would be worth the trip. I was concerned about not being able to ride the bike before ordering it (as they are custom) and not having a local bike shop to lean on. Would a comparable bike from LS be 1800-2000? thanks for the advice
gvh bikes....grrrrrrishmael
Apr 9, 2002 7:50 PM
gvhbikes.com....i hate to give his name out because (contrary to everyone else here) i dont trust him, and with good reason...but, he does have great deals on landsharks, i owned a track bike once made by landshark and it was very nice..if you do get one get it all fillet brazed, otherwise its your standard lugs, his fillet brazing is the best thing about the bikes...make sure the paint isnt an eye sore also...ps gary hobbs(gvhbikes)sold me a bike that didnt have the chainstay pinched so the chain rubbed in the little cog and the seat post bolt would bottom out before it firmly held the post, he had put a washer in there to compensate (this took off the paint also)
gvh bikes....grrrrrrDrD
Apr 10, 2002 6:11 AM
I've never bought from the guy, but a co-worker did - the frame he bought ended up being inadequate (TT too short), so Gary took it back and actually built up another frame which my friend purchased from somewhere else with the same parts - have no idea if he charged extra, though... In any event, he swears by Gary and would definitely buy from him again.

Did GVH try to make it right when you pointed out the problems? (If not, then shipping a bike out where the chainring rubs on the chainstay, and the seatpost is either too small, or the clamp is defective, is pretty sad!)
chainstays are his forteterry b
Apr 10, 2002 1:21 PM
my crank came un-torqued with good reason - it rubbed like a banshee when it was torqued to spec. I finally fixed it, and yes I should have sent it back but I still wonder to this day how he could have sent it that way. guess you and I are the only two people on the forum with a less than magical experience.
suspiciousishmael
Apr 10, 2002 7:12 PM
he comes off as a nice fellow and ive chatted about all kinds of things but in your instance and mine it seems he knew what he was doing when he sent an imperfect bike....i shouldve sent it back immediately too but i wanted to like it and think everything is fine so badly i wasnt being rational...hes not honest if you ask me but then he does have good deals, just give it a huge going over before you commit.
re: Lemond vs Landsharktarwheel
Apr 10, 2002 4:13 AM
The big advantage of the Landshark over a LeMond is the ability to get a custom fit. That would be worth getting the Landshark, in my opinion, particularly if you live close to where they are made. If you have back troubles, you might be a candidate for a frame with an extended head tube or other changes. LeMond geometry is way off for me -- much too stretched out. Otherwise, I think they are good values for steel bikes. The other plus with Landshark is the custom paint job. Go to the Landshark website and peruse the photo galleries -- there are some incredible paint jobs. If the wild paint isn't too your taste, they can still paint your bike in standard red, blue, etc. Here's a link: http://www.landsharkbicycles.com/
Lemond vs LandsharkNessism
Apr 10, 2002 6:48 AM
Lemond is a production bike made to a low price point. Landshark is a handmade frame built local in the USA by a custom builder. From a function standpoint, if the Lemond fits you, there will be no benifit to going with the Landshark. If you have unusual fit requirements, the custom would be better. Also, the Landshark will be unique unlike the Lemond. Only you can answer what that is worth to you in terms of added cost.

Ed
just get the Landsharkcolker
Apr 10, 2002 8:02 AM
why? it can be made custom and you can be fit. it's beautifully welded and painted. it has lugs (in the bb area at least). it's made near you by an artisan who loves his craft.