The BLT: Basic Loaded Touring

Get the last of the affordable touring frame, the Basic Loaded Touring (BLT) from Bruce Gordon Cycles. I have often read on various news groups that people wanted a tour-ready frame for less money. The first prototype of the BLT was shown at Interbike 2008 with a very positive response. I have met with the people making them in Taiwan and they were very anxious to make a frame that met my standards The BLT’s were built by a small frame shop in Taiwan to my exact specifications. It has the same geometry and tubing specifications as my well known Rock 'n Road Tour frames. They will include 4130 chromoly plate dropouts machined to my design. All touring racks and Bruce Gordon frames are still made in my Petaluma shop.

The BLT’s have a 1" threaded steerer, Quill Stem with a 26.0mm Clamp (length specified by customer), and a VP Aluminum Cartridge Bearing Headset.

BLT’s are available in the following configurations:

  • "Fully Loaded" BLT - for $1725 this includes:
    • BLT in your size
    • Shimano SLX Touring group
    • 36 spoke hand built wheels with Shimano XT hubs and Mavic rims
    • Front and rear chromoly racks built in Bruce’s shop (choice of blue or black powder coat)
    • Purchase direct from our store
  • "Basic" BLT - for $750 this includes:
    • BLT frameset in your size
    • Quill stem (specify length)
    • Front and rear chromoly racks built in Bruce’s shop (choice of blue or black powder coat)
    • Purchase direct from our store
  • "Lite" BLT - for $500 this includes:

The BLT is currently available in the following sizes: 39, 52, 56.

Our sizing is different than the common industry references, so please see the chart below. If you are still unsure of your frame size, please see our Sizing Page to get a better idea of which size would be best for you. If you have further sizing questions, please call the shop at 707-762-5601. Blue or Black racks available, please specify when placing your order.

Dimensions

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
Wheel
Size
Seat Tube
(Ctr-Ctr)
Horizontal
Seat Tube
(Effective)
Head Tube
Length
Head Angle
Seat Angle
Top Tube
Length
(Effective)
Front Center
BB Drop
Chainstay
Wheelbase
Fork
Length
(A-C)
Fork
Offset
26"
390
508
105
71
74
523.2
589.4
50
440
1024.4
395
50
26"
440
544
140
71
73.5
540
602.9
50
440
1038
395
50
700C
480
562
120
72
73.5
560
609.4
70
450
1049.9
410
50
700C
520
583
140
72
73
573.8
618.4
70
450
1058.9
410
50
700C
560
613
170
72
73
585
630
70
460
1070.6
410
50