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New brakes, rotors, and more from Magura


MAGURA has expanded and revised its product portfolio for model year 2019, presenting ergonomic improvements, new and revised products and a limited number of anniversary brakes. Here’s a rundown.

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Magura makes custom brake levers for World DH champ


As brake sponsor for some of the world’s best riders, Magura has gained a unique understanding of what they want — and made it available to end users, too.

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New Shimano XTR brakes: What you need to know


Shimano has launched two new XTR-level brakes, one 2-piston model geared to the weight conscious XC racer crowd, and a four pot version for the enduro sect who prioritize power and smooth braking feel.

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  • slownsteady says:

    great stuff…I actually have a slight preference to the xt over my current xtr because they’re so light they don’t have the feedback the xt’s have. XT’s also don’t have brake fade like my current xtr’s.

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Formula Cura 4 gravity brakes launched


Formula has launched a new gravity-oriented brake, the Cura 4. Highlight features include four 18mm diameter pistons aimed to provide the rider with immense stopping power.

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Magura MT1893 brakes, updated Vyron, and more


Magura has updated multiple product offerings for 2018. Arguably the most noteworthy is their 1893, a collector’s edition MT7 brake that features the HC3 levers and a sparkling chrome finish.

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Danny MacAskill talks beer and Magura brakes


For many, the Sea Otter Classic is about watching Danny MacAskill perform – and hopefully getting the chance to meet the YouTube star. Mtbr was lucky enough to do both.

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Magura 125th anniversary brakes launched


Commemorative MT1893 feature polished chrome 4-piston calipers, and masters engraved with the founding year of 1893.

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How To Clean Your Disc Brakes


Squeaky disc brakes are hated far and wide in every corner of the mountain bike community. Here’s what you can do to stop the madness.

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  • Mark says:

    I’ve heard that some automotive / motorcycle brake cleaners shouldn’t be used on mountain bikes. Reason being – they leave a residue on the pads / rotors that will burn off on a car / motorcycle, but because bike brakes don’t get as hot, it never burns off properly.

    Not sure the validity of this, but sticking with isopropyl alcohol is probably easiest.

  • aa says:

    I’ve had good results with automotive brake cleaner on the rotors but I never use it on the pads. for metal pads I bake them in the toaster over at 400 for 15-20 mins.

  • GuyOnMTB says:

    Everyone has their method for cleaning rotors and pads. My methods for most everything is using as little steps as possible to achieve a desired effect…

    When it comes to sanding pads; only sand the pads if you see oil(rainbow stripes) or glassing of the pad material. DO NOT sand resin pads! REPLACE THEM…

    Sanding the rotors is only required if you notice those glassing as well. As a general rule, only sand when you see glassing.

    Removing contaminates from the rotor and pads are super 1-step easy.

    … Go buy acetone! Leaves no residue at all…

    … Leaves no skin if not careful.

    It’s the only thing I clean brake assemblies with.

  • paxel cas says:

    I roast my brake pads over a stove fire for five minutes and then wash them in water. SIMPLE TECHNIQUE HAS WORKED FOR ME FOR OVER FIVE YEARS.

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TRP G-Spec Quadiem brakes review


Smooth lever throw, gentle initial bite, superb overall control and modulation, and ample end power make the TRP G-Spec Quadiem a solid aftermarket option for anyone seeking top-line, four-piston braking performance.

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TRP unveils new product focused website


Well-regarded component maker TRP has launched a new website, which now includes video content, more detailed product descriptions, and enhanced images.

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Magura MT Trail brake review


Magura’s MT Trail borrows heavily from the motorcycle world to deliver a lighter, more powerful, yet well modulated brake.

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How to switch your hydraulic brake levers


There’s two ways to set up brake levers, normal style or moto style with rear brake actuation on the right side. With care, you can swap your levers easily.

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  • p brig says:

    This is a euro thing, and that’s exactly where such a silly setup belongs.

    • Erik says:

      Agree with Chase. Humans are right hand dominant. 90% of braking is done with the front. I think the reason that there are so many bad ruts in the trails is from poor braking and riders grabbing way too much brake on their dominant hand. It also helps amateurs from going over the bars. I ran moto for years and just recently switched back to standard last year to see which is better. I’m going back to moto. The worst however is when you loan our bike to someone and they wreck grabbing all front brake!

  • Chase says:

    After many years of racing moto. I feel I can confidently inform you ,that you are incorrect.
    Moto is front on right, rear on left. In moto we cll it LHRB when running auto clutch mechanisms .
    I have never understood or tolerated the opposite way which is how bicycles are setup in the US.

  • Bnystrom says:

    There’s one critical error in this video. He removes the front wheel, but doesn’t install a travel shim or better yet, remove the pads and install a bleed block. He squeezed the front brake lever BEFORE reinstalling the wheel, which will force the brake pistons and pads outward and prevent the wheel from being reinserted. If you do not use a travel shim or a bleed block, you MUST reinstall the front wheel FIRST, then you can squeeze the brake lever. A simple way to avoid all of this hassle is to cover the rotor and caliper with a piece of plastic wrap and leave the wheel in place. This is supposed to be a “simple” method, after all.

  • GTB says:

    I live in the US and every bike and motorcycle I’ve ever ridden has the Rear brake on the Right and Front on the Left. Right = Rear

    It would be weird to have it be any other way, to me.

    • john says:

      well i guess you havent ridden a motorcycle with a clutch, because the clutch is on the left and the front brake on the right, on every manual motorcycle.

  • SteveP says:

    There’s no right or wrong – only right and left 🙂 Agree the edit showed him squeezing the brake with the rotor out. So should have been shimmed (or just edited to show the wheel/rotor replaced first)

  • gogogordo@earthlink.net says:

    Tell me who sells bikes in the US with moto style brake setup???

  • mojo says:

    chase is correct, rear on left, front on right as on all motorcycles… GTB is wrong…
    i ride motor and push bikes with the front on the right as intended by nature…

  • dave tunmer says:

    can i tubeless tires on my DIAMOND 29ER , it does not have those small valves , it has
    what the manufacturers call an American valves like a car valve ??

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Magura HC3 adjustable brake lever blade first ride review


New HC3 after-market brake levers allow riders to tune the leverage thus changing braking power delivery.

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New SRAM Code DH brakes released


Brakes have improved dramatically over the years, but the Code DH brake has largely been unchanged. Now, it gets Guide technology and robust construction to deliver powerful and consistent performance on the longest descents.

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Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes


Magura’s brakes have incredible power and modulation but their levers were a little long and dated as riders have moved on to shorter, one-finger levers. At Sea Otter, they showed us their latest lever, the HC3 which is a pretty fascinating piece of German engineering.

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Shimano announces new Deore groupset, wide-range SLX, and XT goes boost


Shimano just overhauled their budget groupset, plus added a number of great new options for value-oriented consumers.

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How to improve your mountain bike braking technique


Braking technique and how to stop faster are vital skills for all mountain bikers. Braking as late as possible and keeping traction will make you a lot faster out on the trails. Body, position, brake position and modulation are important features to help you brake as effectively as possible.

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  • bikeer boi says:

    does anything make mountain bikers look more stupid than goggles with an open face helmet.
    Can’t take braking technique serious form someone looking like a dork

  • Pspack says:

    not only the above comments but his wrist position is horrible…not bothering to watch this

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Rémy Métailler chooses TRP Brakes for 2017


TRP announced this week a new partnership with French freeride and video star Rémy Métailler. Known as the ‘Flying Frenchie’, Métailler brings to the table a level of riding matched by few in the mountain bike world which is sure to prove a valuable asset to TRP.

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How To: Bedding In New Disc Brake Pads


You just bought new brake pads, but your braking performance is worse than before. So what the heck is wrong? Check out this video to find out.

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  • Bret says:

    That was very helpful. Thanks!

  • a guy says:

    That’s almost identical to the instructions Alligator give for bedding in their brake pads. After the 10-20 slow-pedal-to-almost-stop efforts they additionaly recommend another 10 repetitions pedalling faster and coming to a complete stop.

    I did exactly that and the juicy’s on my old bike worked better than ever, even eliminating most of the noise.

  • per eide says:

    thanks,made my day

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What You Really Want to Buy Part III: Brakes


What is the most critical piece of gear on your bike? And by that we mean, which component, if it sucks, will have the biggest negative impact on your ride? Exactly…

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Magura launches signature edition Danny MacAskill Brake


Danny MacAskill’s just launched Magura signature brake introduces a new lever design and ships in a special neon yellow colorway.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Hot MTB components


An awesome frame is a good thing, but it’s the components that dial it in for your riding terrain and style. Here are some of our favorite components from a sea of contenders.

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Magura Interbike 2016


Magura unveils its new Raceline MT8 brakes, the RMT Trail brakes, plus a pair of new high tech offerings that are so new the company can’t say too much just yet.

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Prototype power meter measures braking forces


Have you ever wondered how much speed you’re losing by death gripping the brakes?

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Formula switches to mineral oil for next gen of brakes


While we once lusted after Formula brakes, fierce competition from Shimano and SRAM has made it harder to justify shelling out for the Italian stoppers. Will a new master cylinder design and switch to mineral oil change that tune?

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