I think the idea is that you are supposed to be able to (front) squat up more weight with your legs than you can pull (powerclean) to your shoulders. This makes squat cleaning superior to power cleaning with respect to lifting more weight. This sounds good in theory to me.
A lot of people at my gym seem to be able to power clean more than they can squat clean, though (myself included). Is this because it takes a lot of work for ones front squat to be stronger than ones powerclean (my problem) or just the technical aspect of putting the moves together (perhaps other peoples problem)?
I guess I'm trying to establish whether I really do suck at front squatting (can powerclean more than I front squat) or whether this is just a typical part of the learning process (that most people experience - but it will come right eventually).