Magura had a few new things to show us at Eurobike this past week, foremost among them the new Boltron upside down fork. They couldn’t confirm anything regarding retail other than that it’s only going to be an OEM option for now.
As well as the Boltron on that Haibike, we also spotted it had these levers, which are a total departure from the ones Magura normally ship with their brakes.
It was rumoured last year Magura brakes would start shipping with single finger levers for 2017, but it turns out that’s not quite the case. These are Magura’s new HC lever blades, and they’re an after market upgrade for MY16 brakes onward. Magura created these with Danny MacAskill doing testing and feedback. Leaning in to have a squeeze on the stand (of the levers! Not Danny), they felt great. Here’s a comparison of the two lever shapes:
If you have big hands, you can set up standard Magura levers for single finger braking, but if you’re sensitive to the flex the extra length can give them when used like that, the new 12mm shorter HC levers are probably for you. Retail is around €75, and there’s more information on their site here.
Though still shipping with two finger lever blades, most of their existing brake lineup has had a facelift, with various polished and carbon finishes, tricked out colour detailing, plus an updated range of brake pads and after market upgrades.
As well as all that, Magura were showing new e-bike brakes, which have some clever lever design: