Are you and mboy some kind of chuckle brother tag wrestling team? Has anybody ever seen you in the same room together?
He passed me on a climb at SITS last year, I think a marshall or perhaps one or two other riders witnessed it. We do both exist independently!
All right, currently got 24/34/44 on the front and 11-34 on the rear. Going to change to a double, what do I go for?
38-26T or 40-28T?
and 11-36T, 11-34T or 11-32T?
What's most important to you, top end or climbing?
On my full sus bike I went for 24/36/Bash and don't regret it, there's nowhere I've thought "what if I had a 38 or 40T chainring instead", and even though I rarely use my lowest 2 gears whilst on the 24T (most climbing done in no lower than 24/28), the lower gears are there if I need them. That said, my other bike has a 32T single ring with 11-36 on and I manage fine pretty much everywhere on that too, I just have to force the issue a little more on the climbs.
Whichever way you go though, get an 11-36 cassette. No point in going 10spd otherwise, as you're not gaining any extra gear range over a 9spd setup, and that's the main advantage of 10spd on an MTB.