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That's only a 3% easier gear. (28/27=1.03) The jump from one gear to the next on your cassette will range from 6% (from 16 to 17) to 12% (from 24 to 27). So it's only 1/4 of the jump to your 27 gear. It won't help you enough to notice.

With an 11-28 cassette, you lose the 16 cog. I like having close gears in the 15-20 range, so I can get the exact gear I want when cruising along. You'll only need the 11 on steep downhills, pedaling over 30 mph. (My top gear is a 13, and I can spin it up to 33-34 mph)

I get up really steep hills by standing up, and slowing my cadence way down so I don't get maxed out. I'm balancing the bike and only going about 3 mph on the steepest sections. I'm standing right over the pedals so there's minimal force on my hands, either pulling up or pushing down.
 
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