I really like the 44t so far. I can't feel the loss of acceleration, though I'd think their must be some, and it's much more relaxed at higher speeds. I took a quick highway blast and cruising @ 75 was relaxed, and of course now it's much closer to actually going 75. But most of my riding is back roads, and even that drop in rpm just felt right. I also really like the gold color. I'm generally a pretty low-key guy in my bike add-on colors, I pretty much go with black whenever possible, but I had seen gold chains and thought it was nice and subtle. Just a nice little 'bling' LOL. I'll post up a pic later.