I have never been really impressed with the initial "bite" on my XC brakes. Certainly not as good as some of my other bikes, incluging my last RoadGlide, which had dual Brembos. Not suggesting the XC brakes are inferior, or don't work, just the initial bite always seemed a little soft.
I was originially surprised at how much better my buddy's Vision was, untill 1) I realized the Vision's brakes are linked, and 2) they are way bigger, maybe 50-70%
Not sure why, the Vision is a little heavier, but they are both heavy.
Anyway, I tried the EBC pads (front only) and broke them in on the freeway yesterday. Really surprised (and pleased) at the difference. Almost feels like new brakes
The cost was maybe $80, I got mine from NOEMZ (sp?) on this forum.