As some of you know I am having a Surly Cross-check built up (I'll do my own next time, but I'm a little too experienced for this round.) Anyway, I've bought a 11-34 cassette and planned on getting a 26-36-48 for the front. Today I was in a bike shop and found a really good deal on a Shimano XT in 22-32-44.
Will the combination be too low? I am mostly commuting, riding around easy trails/fireroads, and some light touring. I doubt I will ever do loaded touring. I also don't overly care about going 45 downhill.
What should I do? What options might there be? Get a different cassette, return the oh-so-inexpensive XT crankset? Or is this combination fine for a not very agressive commuter and all-around bike?