Originally Posted by JAJ
Before you can pick a caliper that works for your actual needs, you need to understand the differences and decide what your specific goals are. If you don't know how the real world works, you'll decide that you want a light-weight endurance caliper, and sure enough, some skilled marketer will realize how gullible you are and sell it to you at a staggering price.
That's where you guys come in. I know I want to minimize weight, have easy pad changes, long pad & rotor life, good feedback & modulation, and low entry cost, but performance and reliability are both paramount and non-negotiable. So, I come to boards like this to read about others' experiences and try to get a feel for what tradeoffs can be made and how they weigh against my priorities.
I have a technical background, but I'm not a materials scientist and certainly not a brakes specialist. So, while I can follow technical discussions and arguments, I'm not & will never be at a level where I can make good decisions about braking systems & products in a vacuum.
Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion that most of what's known about brakes, and indeed many areas of automotive engineering, has been learned through trial and error. That's one reason I'm biased towards more experienced firms, especially in areas where it really counts. Likewise, I value actual firsthand experiences of real-world users far above spec sheets.