Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Power brakes: TOO sensitive?
After my little ride Sunday on the GT, I have been thinking a lot about the sensitivity of the brakes. My engineering mind tells me they are calibrated WAAAAY too sensitive! One should be able to easily modulate them for the needed stopping force with enough granularity in the required force curve to allow it to be a smooth transition between light, to medium, to heavy.
I found the brakes on the GT to be far too sensitive, requiring only light two finger pressure to get WAY too much front brake.
It makes no sense to have full braking at a fraction of the force the weakest handed rider can put on the lever! Brick wall stopping power should not be there until a few pounds are on the lever, not ounces! That means you have to be able to feel the difference between something like 6 ounces and 6.2 ounces, which few can do. If the range was spread out over say 0- 5 pounds force then the change in braking that an ounce or two makes on the power brakes would require several ounces change, much easier for people to modulate.
If I end up with a new bike when the time comes, I will wait for the newer POWERLESS braking system coming out on some of the '07 bikes. I had all the braking power I needed on the '01 LT, could activate the ABS front or rear with out straining hard. The more I think about the overly sensitive brakes on that GT (are all like that?) the less I like it. I have absolutely NO need to be able to brake extremely hard with two fingers, nor do I want to.
There was a time or two on the LT where I was riding pretty quickly in twisties and came up on something that required a little braking, sure would not want that STOP NOW surprise to happen then and cause the front to wash out for no good reason.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.