VO post has extra setback for Brooks friendliness. Sure you could go cheaper with the stem but polished silver looks nice and more matchy match. Black parts will get scratched up if they’re packed a lot.
I think Dimension makes a stem that’s identical to the VO stem. In any case, you’ll need a 26.0 stem which a Thomson X2 isn’t. Definitely a VO stem would be prettier. You’ll also want a VO seatpost as mentioned for the Brooks.
As Amy stated, Rival definitely comes with a shim.
Also, do they need/want brifters*? Bar-ends would work for this kind of build.
i don’t think i’d wanna ride 35c randonneurs, my understanding is that there is a world of better tires out there. but i’m completely talking out of my ass on that.
also, factor in the price of a travel case ($$$$).
and i’ve seen recommendations where they say it’s easier to take the cranks off, which is why i went square taper cranks with self-extracting bolts on my own bike.
take a long look at the front rack for packing reasons too.
[quote=halbritt]I think Dimension makes a stem that’s identical to the VO stem.
that’s what i’m saying. vo stem ain’t a bad stem, but it’s not worth what they charge for it when there’s a nearly identical one on the market. iirc, they’re not exactly the same, but not that many dollars worth of difference.