I think the mechanism was better before the tiers came. I was a high level and needed to start all over again.
They ended the experience resets. Personally, I prefer the gear Tiered system. I mean, having a typical "get to a high level!" game is just so, overdone. FF brings a change to the table. I also probably enjoy it more thanks to my bike and perm exp boosts too though, that founders title is convenient.