Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: pittsburgh, pa
Bikes: peugeot p8 sturmey archer aw-3, schwinn world 10sp
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Hi, I recently started working with Bruce. I really like the BLT. The geometry is very close to that of the US made Rock and Road, and I would agree with ronkieboy in that it is a more sporting geometry than other options for touring bikes. That is not to say the BLT is a sport-touring bike. It is very much so a bike designed for loaded touring and would be great for commuting. In my opinion, the design is better than most of what is out there. And considering you get the US made racks with the frame, fork, headset and stem, the package is a great value too.
Before working with Bruce, I worked at a shop that sells the Rocky Mountain Sherpa. For the price point it seems to be a decent off the shelf option. I don't much care for the geometry - its similar to the LHT with longer than needed chainstays but does have the advantage of a sloped top tube. Overall, I always felt too stretched out on the Sherpa and that is not a feeling I would want on a tour. The build kit that comes on the Sherpa is not my favorite, but I understand that components are often a personal preference.
Based on your interest in the Sherpa, I am assuming you are considering a 700c and not 26" wheeled BLT. Is that correct?
I hope this helps in making your decision. If you have any further questions, please ask! And feel free to email me as well at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronkieboy, thank you for your input. And please post more information about your BLT (with pictures!) as you get more miles in.