Because I don’t particularly enjoy the gear ratio websites out there my dumb question is this: On a Shimano XT 1×11 drivetrain which is an easier granny gear combination to spin – 1) A 30 tooth chainring in the front on the largest cog on a 11-42 cassette in the rear OR 2) A 32 tooth chainring in the front on the largest cog on a 11-46 cassette in the rear?
Very good point Aaron. I currently have a 30-tooth chainring with a 11-42 cassette and it is good for riding relatively steep Montana terrain most of the time. I occasionally don’t have as easy of granny gear as I’d like when climbing and on the other hand I also occasionally top out on speed on flatter terrain. For me personally I like to be able to climb steep sections of trail if at all possible so I am leaning towards keeping my 30 tooth chainring and getting an 11-46 cassette. Obviously I will sacrifice on the top end but I don’t really care about maximum speed on flat trail anyway. I’m considering the 11-46 cassette from Box components or possibly even Sunrace. I think I will avoid the Shimano 11-46 cassette because the final gear jump to granny is not supposed to be good.