Let us look at the pros and cons of the following sprocket:

11-32 road 11v

The two solutions presented by Shimano and Sram differ slightly, better solution for Sram, more correct with the first pinion closer and others further away.

The solution Shimano is more linear, but less effective on the road. Both allow to have a very short development metric uphill, so as to allow to easily scale the slopes more challenging; or during the long climbs even during "no". The smallest sprockets ensure a development metric perfect plain. A sprocket "universal", not light but perfect for cycling to 360 degrees.