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I've got Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes, 7" front and 6" rear. I feel like I have to pull a lot harder on the front brake lever than I'd like to.

I've got a little theory that simply going to a larger front disc might help balance that out. At $50 for a 203mm disc and $11 for a matching caliper bracket, it seems like a pretty straightforward thing to try.

Is a larger front disc likely to get me what I want, or am I going to be disappointed?

Thanks!
 

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the rear brake will always require less force to lockup a tire, because of dynamic weight transfer.

consider it a good thing that the rear brake locks up first, and not the rear.
 

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Yes, I'm quite aware of these things. I know how much lever pull it takes to lock up the front, so I use less force than that. Don't we all?

I just want to get to that point with a bit less pull on the lever. Will a bigger disc get me there?
 

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Have you tried changing pad compound? Going sintered will give more bite, atleast that's what I experienced. I have 180F and 160R with Shimano 485 hydro.
 

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I hadn't even thought of it, but that's a good idea. I'll have to look into that.
 

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I installed a 203mm front rotor and took it for a ride yesterday and the 8" / 6" combo works like I had hoped. Thanks for the confirmation, car_nut.

I decided against mixing and matching pads just for the sake of simplicity. It never occurred to me to bleed them because they both feel perfectly normal - I just wanted to change the front/rear balance.
 
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