Braking is a topic near and dear to the heart of cycle tourists for obvious reasons. One thing I read frequently is people claiming one type or brand of brake is more powerful than another.
My question is this:
If you have two types/brands of brakes on a bike and both brakes will readily allow a normal rider [so not require excessive force at the brake lever] to lift the back wheel [in the case of the front brake] or skid the back wheel [in the case of the rear brake] is there any point in trying to suggest one brake is more powerful than another? Isn't the practical limit of a brake's power the endo or skid [as applicable]? So aren't all brakes that can make these two things happen on a given bike equally powerful for all practical purposes?
I realize there are other differences in brake systems such as modulation, heat dissipation, maintenance, etc..., but I'm only interested in the concept of one brake being more powerful than another.