Sram's Apex crank in 50-34 paired with an 11-32 rear cassette can tackle almost any terrain. We've had very good success with this set up on Vaya's and similar bikes. A 11-36t rear cassette can easily be swapped if a lower gear is needed for full up touring.
Schwalbe's Mondial tires in 40c were used on this build. The successor to the wildly popular Marathon XR, these tires look amazing in this bike. Lots of clearance around what really is a large tire as well.
The look of this bike is just superb. It'll ride even better than it looks.
I love the simple looks of Ritchey's stems. Their 4 bolt face plates are particularly good looking I think. The Ritchey drop bars have one of my favorite anatomic bends as well. The bends on these are fairly flat and shallow, unlike many really curve anatomic drops. Both Curtis and I found these particular bars to be quite comfortable.
Mike should be very happy on this bike. It's built with no nonsense, no compromise components, and the ride quality of these titanium frames are superb. It's always hard to see these bikes leave, but it's a joy to build them up and have them around for a bit.
Happy Friday everyone. Here's to a great weekend! We will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Please take a moment this weekend to think about all of those people who have served all of us in service to our country.