Bruce Gordon Cycles 1999 Gordon BLT (Basic Loaded Touring) Older Touring Bike

1999 Gordon BLT (Basic Loaded Touring)

1999 Bruce Gordon BLT (Basic Loaded Touring), touring, Shimano Deore LX components, Tange fork

User Reviews (5)

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Clem Parkin   Recreational Rider [Jan 26, 2001]
Strength:

a strong, functional, touring bike that handles well fully loaded. Inline brake adjusters are a good safety features on down grades when you need a little more bite -- on the run.

Weakness:

No real problems after 6K miles. The front fork barely fits my 700x47 tires (larger than what Bruce recommends) but most other bike won't even do that.

This bike is built for touring. It has a comfortable ride even on 100 plus mile days. Racks and panniers are simple, functional and excellent quality. I picked up my bike at Bruce Gorden's shop and like his no nonsense approach to his products and to cycling. I have talked to him twice at his shop and a couple of times on the phone. He has a reputation for not caring for stupid questions and chit-chat but I found him to be very informative and easy to talk to. Dave finesses the operation and is extremely helpful. And, yes, I am very happy with my BLT!

Similar Products Used: I was about to buy a Trek 520 when I discovered Bruce Gordon
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5
Geoff Darst   Racer [Jul 04, 1999]
Strength:

The frame is well constructed with over-thick tubing (very important for loaded touring) and a conservative geometry that provides a stable and predictable ride. The bike has enough eyelets and braze-ons for both racks and fenders (front and rear) as well as braze-ons for three cage mounts. Bruce's racks are rock solid and very stable. LX componentry is reliable and will certainly get you down the road a ways before you'll need to think about upgrades. The bike is set up with good gearing--around a 21 low gear and a 96 high gear. I've never had any problems running out of gear climbing big mountain passes with this bike. Bruce also does the right thing for a touring bike by shipping the BLT with barcon shifters (which can be easily converted to a friction setup) and cantilever brakes. Both of these technologies are more reliable and easier to service on the road than the latest alternatives.

Weakness:

The ride quality is consistent with a frame in this price range; while stable and predictable, it lacks the lively feel of a higher quality frame.The Specialized Nimbus tires that shipped with my bike destructed after only 1200 miles or so (wore through the side wall). Not sure what he is shipping these days, but tires are an easy and inexpensive upgrade.

This bike is a for-real touring bike that is ready to go for a long tour right out of the box. This is simply the best option for a loaded tourer in its price range.

Similar Products Used: When I was shopping touring bikes, I looked at the Trek 520 and a few Cannondale models. Fortunately, a friend pointed me to Bruce Gordon. Check his website (www.bgcycles.com) for a comparison between the BLT and these other bikes. As you'll see there is no comparison.
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badpotato   Cross-Country Rider [Jul 08, 1999]
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

Just wanted to point out that the '99 BLT is $1445.00 (with racks), $1250.00 without racks, plus assembly and shipping. I spoke to someone at Bruce Gordon bikes, who said that assembly runs about $150.00. This brings the total to $1595.00 (with racks), and $1400.00 without them (but who wants a loaded tourer without racks??) The $1060.00 quoted in the review is an old figure; the bike's closer to $1600. than $1100. nowadays....

Similar Products Used: None
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5
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Jeff   Cross-Country Rider [Sep 07, 1999]
Strength:

Cheap

Weakness:

Low quality compared to some other touring bikes that are in the same price range.

Save your money and buy a Waterford or Robert Beckman touring bike. Bruce Gordon is also known to be very hard to talk to.

Similar Products Used: Waterford (excellent)
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2
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Mike   Recreational Rider [Apr 04, 2000]
Strength:

Good quality design and construction. Doesn't cheap out like other manufacturers by substituting cheap bottom brackets or headsets.

Weakness:

One of the bottle cage mounts can't fit a large bottle, no pump peg, no substitutions for stem length.

Excellent bike and quality for the money. Ignore the guy that gave the lame 2 star review without offering any specifics, comparing a Waterford to the BLT. Give me a break. A Waterford frame alone cost more than this whole bike!

Similar Products Used: None.
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5
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