What is the purpose of the front brakes on a mtb? I feel like an idiot asking this question but I've never had a use for them and I've asked other people and they have no idea what the purpose is either.
What brought up this question is I was looking at bikes at the Sports Authority and I saw a Honda ~Gasp~ bike with front disc brakes and regular rear brakes. I was thinking to myself "Why did they put the disc brake on the front?" and then wondered what the point of front brakes were in the first place. I know that the front brakes on cars are mostly responsible for stopping the vehicle but on a bike trying to stop quickly with the front brakes = FLIP! heh