Its time for me to upgrade to a new bike. My riding is xc, and i prefer more technical rocks with plenty of rock gardens and such.
I'd like to run rim brakes, but those days are all but over now. I'd be OK with disc except that every set i've used (bb5, bb7, juicy 5, juicy 7 and some hayes hydraulic, i'm not sure what model) have been faaaar too sensitive. They remind me of Nissan brakes, way too much braking for way too little pedal effort, which is aweful because good modulation is difficult. Nothing worse than touchy brakes on technical downhills.
One of my problems is weight. I'm but 125 lbs, and my rim brakes, even when wet & mudded up, have offered good modulation and more than sufficient power. I'm looking for something similar in discs and would like recommendations.
Maybe BB7s with larger rotors (larger pad area will in theory allow for better modulation if designed right) with a set of really hard pads? Anyone use a combination that required a really hefty grab of the lever to obtain serious braking? I don't want this 1 finger locks them crap, i want a hefty grab to lock them.
Thanks for any suggestions!