I currently have Hayes Stroker Trails on my hardtail. The brakes are ok, but swapping pads seems incredibly awkward. The front brake seems to be damaged and rather than try to get it repaired, I thought I'd take this opportunity to change to XT brakes, which I have on my other bike and are awesome. However, one of the features I like about my Hayes is that I can easily swap the levers from left to right if my brother in law comes over from Switzerland and wants to ride.
I can't say that I hate the Hayes, but I hate changing pads, and I love my XT's. I love the reach adjusters on each, so I don't want to move to a cheaper braker with no reach adjuster.
What to do?