I have Hayes GX2 mechanical disk brakes on my high-end "comfort bike" (hate that terminology, but that's what they call it). The brakes work really well overall, but I'm curious why the rear brake seems so much more effective than the front brake: it can really pull the bike to a quick stop.
I might mention that I'm just getting back into bicycling after 35+ years riding and working on motorcycles, where it's standard practive to have 80%+ of your braking force in the front brakes. Of course, a bicycle is a lot different in weight and weight distribution. I think if the front brake on my bicycle grabbed as well as the rear brake, I would be in real danger of going endo (which is really difficult to do on a motorcycle!).
Is this intentional to have the front brake feel a lot less powerful than the rear, or is it probably just something about my particular set of disks, pads, etc.?