I weight about 215 lbs. I'm not huge, but definitely heavier than a lot of guys that mountain bikes are made for.
I have a Rocky Mountain Trailhead and it has some stock Shimano disc brakes. I'm not sure which model they are. The rotors say m495 but those are mechanical brakes and these ones are definitely hydraulic.
Anyway, I don't always feel like these brakes are able to stop me during steep descents, and the other day I actually had a pad go missing off the front, which made the rest of the descent a little scary as I only had my rear brake. Is this a result of pushing the brakes too far?
Have any other clydes out there had any luck with other types of discs? I'm considering upgrading to something like the Hayes Carbon. Is this necessary?