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Hammering DH trails without brakes is super fun, if you're a "Better to burn out than fade away" type of person, but if you'd rather ride hard and live to see tomorrow, there's the Magura USA MT8 Mountain Bike Brake. Yeah, it's expensive—pushing $400 for a single lever and caliper—but for the coin you'll get tons (well, grams) of superlight carbon, unparalleled modulation, A+ stopping power, near-perfect ergonomics, and bombproof durability that'll let you push it harder on the way down without worrying about stopping before you take a header into that tree.The MT8's stopping power is perfect for gravity applications, but the insane weight makes it perfect for XC racing. A single lever and caliper weighs just 299g, because Magura used its proprietary Carbolay carbon-fiber for the levers, clamps, and more, and built the master cylinder from CarboTecture SL, which is even lighter and stronger. Ask around, and you'll even hear stories of crashes that snapped handlebars but left MT8s totally unscathed—the durability's real. As a bonus, the levers are positioned 20mm closer to the bars, providing increased leverage and efficiency.
Most of the MT8 is carbon, but the calipers themselves are made of forged aluminum for reliability and durability. The bleed plug is reinforced, the brake pads are easy to swap out, and the system comes pre-bled, so all you have to do is mount it up and hit the trail. Also note that left and right systems are sold separately, so you'll need to buy two if you're looking for a full setup.
- Carbolay carbon-fiber levers and clamps
- CarboTecture SL master cylinder
- Forged aluminum calipers
- Post mount
- Adjustable levers
- Item #MGR001G
- Q & A
Incredible Modulation and Feel
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been hooked on Shimano brakes for quite a few years for their reliability and power, and still love their products, but I have to say that I can corner and descend faster with the MT8's due to the modulation.
Upon first impression, I was a little concerned with the lack of power upon initial engagement, as no other brake out there has this feel; but this wound up being my favorite attribute of the MT8. The incredible range of power allows for even just a slight slow down; compared to what some describe as the "digital" feel of other manufacturers, where they're either on or off. This allows for later braking, and finer adjustments in speed, which makes for a lot more confidence in braking.
It's been a long time since I last rode Magura brakes for an extended period, but I am very impressed, and am looking forward to some long-term testing on these!
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Never been so excited about slowing down
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've never been so excited about slowing down! These are the best brakes I have ever ridden--hands down. The first time I tried MT8's a couple years ago, I was amazed by the modulation, but a bit disappointed by the stopping power. Now revamped, the MT8's still have that unrivaled modulation and fine-control, but will also stop you on a dime... or allow you to do impressively long skids if you're into that. They also almost weigh negative grams. I honestly cannot find anything wrong with these bad-boys, and can't wait to shred on them all year.