Now that you can get Shimano 10-speed at a reasonable price point, I have a dream:
– 36t chainring
– 11-36t cassette
– Chain guide
Pump track, dirt jump, trail, road, whatever — it’s on! JHK won the 2009 national XC championship with the same gearing.
JensonUSA is selling Shimano XT and SLX 10-speed goodness.