Well, I just got my Shimano XT discs today, so I decided that I would install them myself (without any previous hydraulic disc knowledge). Once I was finished bleeding using Shimano's technique, I attached the brake onto my fork. After getting everything shimmed up, I took my bike for a test ride. When riding at a brisk jogging pace, and then applying as much force without the feeling of braking something, it took my bike about 5 feet to completely stop (about a bike length plus one foot).
Now, the question that I want to ask is: Is the stopping distance normal for a pair of brakes that have yet to be bedded in? Also, when pulling the brake lever back, about how far does it travel (how many inches, or centimeters is the tip of the lever from the grip)?
I know this may sound like a dumb question, but I'm nothing more than a disc brake noobie right now...
P.S. I've heard somewhere that using the Shimano Technique for bleeding the brakes is not the best. I have to agree with that statement. A lot of mineral oil is lost when recapping the resovoir. Relating to someone else's post, I would agree that bleeding from the bottom up would be the best technique. This way, the oil is actively forcing all the bubles up; instead of tapping the hose to dislodge bubbles.