What’s the lowest (easiest) gearing you have on your mountain bike?
I have a 32 tooth chain ring, with eagle cassette - so 50 tooth cog, 29er wheels, which I found has worked pretty well for me (I live in the mountains and ride a lot up long climbs).
On one of the recent podcasts, the crew were discussing gearing, and Nate mentioned he could have run 30-50 for Leadville, and that some people should maybe even use a 28.
While I could probably use easier gearing for smooth climbs, with no rocks/ledges to get over or send me off balance, I think if I went any easier on my MTB, the gearing would be too easy to effectively use a “pedal surge” to regain my balance, or get me over rocks/roots/ledges.
Even with 32-50, I find myself dropping into a harder gear when I need to navigate tricky uphill sections I.e. to get more momentum.
Anyone ride with anything easier than 32-50? If so, how do you find it?