Magura MT trail, yes or no
Want some now brakes than the saints on my current bike, saints were there for Alp duty but I can’t see that bike going again so I’m down grading the frame and bits to a more UK suitable level.
While Shimano Xt would be the most obvious, I can’t help being pulled to the Magura MT trail brakes.
Had Magura before, always been good to be fair.
Any reason why not?Posted 7 months agobinnersSubscriber
They’re stupendously powerful. I reckon I could switch them off my bike onto my car and they’d stop it without a shrug.
In comparison the XT’s I’ve got on the hardtail feel like a set of V brakes.
And all Magura stuff is bomb-proof. They eat pads though! But Superstar do job lots of Kevlars. What’s not to like?Posted 7 months agoandyb39Member
Not sure about the Shimano/Magura mix as the Magura oil is known to degrade the Shimano seals. No idea whether Shimano oil will affect Magura seals though.
The ‘Trail’ brake set doesn’t really make sense to me since the MT5s can be found for the same price if not cheaper and means you don’t have to worry about having 2 different types of pads to keep as spares.Posted 7 months ago
The ‘Trail’ brake set doesn’t really make sense to me
Apparently most of the Magura staff/riders were mixing 4 and 2-pot set ups for better control on the rear – for which the idea caught on and went to market.
I was all set for 4 pot up front and back, but the Trails have had such good write ups that im now awaiting a pair to arrive so I can find out for myself.Posted 7 months agoeviljoeSubscriber
I put the MT5’s on a bike recently and didn’t realise that Magura discs are thicker than other makes. Bled the brakes a million times and they still felt a bit soft untill I bought and fitted the Magura discs.
I’ve got mt4s in the hardtail which are excellent with lots of bite, and mt7s on the full susser which aren’t as good. Both on non Magura rotors.
Does having the slightly thinker Magura rotors really make a huge difference? Don’t the pistons just compensate?Posted 7 months ago
Found out. They’re great.
Complete opposite to grabby Shimano, bucket loads of gradual modulation, which suits me just fine.
The front 4 pot is silly powerful and the levers are indeed the proper 1-2 finger jobbies and feel really good. The 2 pot / 4 pot combo does seem to actually compliment the brake bias well.
Seems like a no brainier to me. Deffo well worth a look if you fancy something non-Shimano flavoured.Posted 6 months ago
Don’t get me wrong, I think Shimano make excellent brakes and I’ve loved my XTs – but I feel like I’ve instantly gained more control with the MT trails.simons_nicolai-ukMember
Was never happy with my MT8’s. Found them lacking in power rather than modulation – soft feel but didn’t feel like the power really increased enough as you pulled them harder. When they get overheated they lose power dramatically (mine didn’t cope with a Basque MTB trip. Lever very flexy so when you pull hard you’re flexing the lever. Maybe the latest revisions are better but I was glad to see the back of them.
I like brakes with modulation but SRAM Guide, or Hope for easier bleeding/repairabilitiy, much better IME.Posted 6 months ago
I’ve read one too many reviews on Hope lacking in ultimate power for me to take them seriously unfortunately.
I haven’t really tested my 4-pot MT to its limit yet and I’ll be disappointed if it fades on a hard descent, but so far so good.
I admit that at first I found them less responsive than I’m used to (most brakes feel like this to me after riding Shimano), but when I applied more lever to the front brake I had a genuine near OTB incident.
Haven’t noticed the any lever flex myself, but the ‘carbo-tech’ (plastic) bodies don’t really look as sharp as other offerings. Despite that, I think they look quite good fitted. The Trail levers look and feel ace though.Posted 6 months ago
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