Low-end 2007 Schwinn Le Tour with Tektro brakes. The lever effort required to haul this bike down from speed is incredible! I replaced the front pads with Kool-Stop Eagle 2's and noticed an improvement, but it's still not enough. The bike probably has 500 miles on it at this point. I've hit the rims with solvents and got 'em squeaky-clean -- No help there.
Can I ever get road bike brakes to match the XT V-brakes on my hardtail? If so, which brakes? I'm seriously considering installing a cyclocross frork with canti bosses, or even (god forbid) a disc mount!