For those interested, I recently installed a RaceFace NW 32T chainring and went 1 X 10. Got a chance to ride it today and all I can say is WOW. Dropped a pound from the weight of my bike, and although my legs are feeling it, I felt much more efficient on the trail (Did 18 miles on Backbone with 2400 feet of climbing). I kept my existing XT crank arm, 11/36 cassette and XTR shadow RD. This is a worthwhile upgrade and will definitely make me stronger.
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