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 Post subject: Land Shark rescue 1988
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:02 pm 
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I picked up this Land Shark last week. She comes with Dura Ace HS and BB, old Shimano 600 brakes/levers/cranks and Sante mechs and shifters. Serial #is 88 568, so figure it's 1988.

This bike resembles the one ridden by Andy Hampsten in '88 Giro d'Italia http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/his ... ro-ditalia

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:08 pm 
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Anyone recognize this stem?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Gorgeous. Quality builder; great tubing, great era. Nice find.

The Hampsten article has a good reminder of the 'save seconds on the climb and lose minutes on descents' Merckx quote. Let us know how this one rides.

Incidentally, the Sante group doesn't seem well loved, but check out the Disraeli gears site, whose owner gives it a very favourable write up.


Don't recognise the stem though(N for Nitto maybe?) Are there any markings at the quill end?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:05 pm 
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klasse wrote:
This bike resembles the one ridden by Andy Hampsten in '88 Giro d'Italia



Resembles yes but those bikes were made by Serrota.

Good find I would like to have one someday...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:51 am 
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lewisfoto wrote:
klasse wrote:
This bike resembles the one ridden by Andy Hampsten in '88 Giro d'Italia



Resembles yes but those bikes were made by Serrota.

Good find I would like to have one someday...


Hampsten's bike was made by John Slawta of Land Shark, according to the article:

"...Hampsten's bike was actually a custom made rig crafted to his specifications by famed US builder John Slawta of Land Shark after a team-issued frame broke beneath him earlier that spring at Fleche-Wallone....I felt bad about not using a Serotta [the company that actually built the team 'Huffys'] and sticking with the team supplier," Hampsten told us. "It wasn't Serotta's fault. But I was in a period of my life when I didn't like crashing due to mystery bike failures, so I went with the sure ride I knew Land Shark would build for me." http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/his ... ro-ditalia


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:58 am 
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doctor-bond wrote:
Gorgeous. Quality builder; great tubing, great era. Nice find.

The Hampsten article has a good reminder of the 'save seconds on the climb and lose minutes on descents' Merckx quote. Let us know how this one rides.

Incidentally, the Sante group doesn't seem well loved, but check out the Disraeli gears site, whose owner gives it a very favourable write up.


Don't recognise the stem though(N for Nitto maybe?) Are there any markings at the quill end?


thanks Doc, I will read Disraeli. I liked the action on the Sante shifters. Someone on the Bridgestone group pointed out that the "N" looks like the Nishiki logo. Will swap it for a Cinelli in my bin.

The Dura Ace 7400 bb is asymmetrical which doesn't really suit the Shim 600 cranks. may swap those up for some 7400 cranks (which I happen to have on hand)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:03 am 
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klasse wrote:

Hampsten's bike was made by John Slawta of Land Shark, according to the article:



Nice bit of info there


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:29 am 
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Hampsten wrote:
But I was in a period of my life when I didn't like crashing due to mystery bike failures ...



Nicely understated. I think I'm in that period too:have been for some time.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:39 pm 
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Land Shark paint is sooo cool!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:47 pm 
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SWijland wrote:
Land Shark paint is sooo cool!



And that is quite subtle compared to the MTBs.


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