I've had a lot of bikes and more typical for me is gearing them up. Sometimes way up. I have a KLR650, for example, that I use only for transcontinental riding. It has a 17-tooth front sprocket (versus stock 15) and a 40-tooth rear sprocket (versus the stock 43). It's probably the highest geared KLR on the planet. But it works. I don't shift into 5th until 60 mph, and all day at 80 mph is relaxed, not screaming a big single's head off. So when I bought my `10 GasGas Econo from Steve Higgs it had this odd 10 front and 48 rear sprocket setup. For those of you familiar with the GasGas Pro machines, that's low geared. I thought it weird but went with it. Over lots of competitions I came to really appreciate lower gearing for my trials bike. And oddly, I ended up riding the vast majority of sections in 1st gear, either creeping along or being aggressive, gutsy and deep with the throttle. Though I rode most of the time in first, I had more possible practical gearing choices. Second, third, etc. The lowly Econo became a trusted precision machine. I could creep through the very tight stuff precisely without spasms of clutch slipping or being rushed. I'd watch riders with taller geared bikes doing a lot of clutch slipping when forced to slow way down and think, "Why all the added work?" This experience has changed the way I ride and changed my setup preferences. Here is a link to my gearing notes (a pdf version of a spreadsheet) on Google Drive. Lots to contemplate in there. No dogma, just another perspective. I'm sharing my experience - yes even to my arch competitors who have watched the lowly Econo and me do our thing. You'll see my 'new' Raga gearing preferences in the notes. Got a 43 rear sprocket coming. The 300 seems to like slightly taller gearing than my former 280, and there are few or no rear sprockets in 44 through 47 available, so I went with 43 instead of 48. Whatever the number, the most important thing is simply the final drive ratio or gear-down factor, which the rear sprocket number of teeth divided by the front sprocket number of teeth. That number is the number of rotations of the final transmission shaft relative to one rotation of the rear wheel. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9eLpPW6KxzjblIybjBrVEpkLW8/edit?usp=sharing A caveat: There are lots of variables that go into the concept of preferred final drive gearing, especially the perception variable between the human ears, so there's no dogma here... just my present perspective.