Thank you for the information! I will look into all of that.Gear ratios are kind of a bad representation of how things work for general purpose cycling. Gear inches is a better way to do it. Sheldon Brown gear inches calculator. Tells you the inches you will travel per 1 full rotation of the crank. Easier to visualize in your head.
If your mainly in your 22 right now, 30T is going to kick your a$$ because you loose a big chunk of your low range. Your likely better off getting a 24 or 26t NW ring to bolt in place of your 22 to start with. When I went 1x before there was crap for options I was wishing I had something smaller than 30T, I ended up buying a DD style crank because 30t was just torture on a fatty.
Best way to figure this out:
Go ride your normal trails, do as best you can to see what segment of the cassette you spend your time in. Especially how much your in the biggest cog in the back (granny gear). Then use the gear inches calculator to give you numbers to represent what gears you use most. Then you can change chainring tooth counts easily to have a second column to see what you can get buy with on a 1x chainring (or 3rd column of you put both your chainrings in)
You can also look at different cassette like 11-42 to give yourself more range in 1x system.
1x IS NOT AN UPGRADE, it's a simplification or preference. Understand that before deciding.
Sheldon browns calculators let you do all kinds of "geeking out" but also let you fine tune things like your rings and cassette to fit exactly what you need.
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