Magura MT6 Brake Review

Brakes

Bottom Line
The Magura MT6 brakes are supremely functional, feature laden and highly engineered, and everything single piece of the brake works in synergy. The lightness is a component of an entire slew of innovative technologies, from the carbon reservoir to the sculptured caliper, and the special alloy bolts. The brakes have a superb tactile feel, which gives rise to an incredible touch, control and communication, and your hands become ‘One’ with the ground/bike interface. The MT6′s offer great modulation, excellent power and heat resistance, and the rotor’s spin drag free through the calipers. The caliper’s design makes them the quietest brake I have ridden, and even getting them extremely hot on long steep downhills never changed their silent characteristic.

They aren’t the most powerful brake on the market, but they more than make up for any deficit, with other remarkable and useful characteristics. They weigh a bit more than the MT8 (only 22 grams), but their alloy lever offers a noticeably firmer feel for a slight increase in control and power. They don’t offer the MT8′s lightweight, bling and looks, but they make up for it with a better price point and lever feel, which are two very beneficial items.

In a nutshell, they are strong, light, quiet, fade free and powerful, modulate well, and have a superb tactile feel from the ergonomic brake lever down into the ground.

Strengths

  • Light
  • Alloy lever is less flexy than MT8′s carbon version
  • Powerful
  • Deadly quiet
  • Excellent tactile feel
  • Great modulation
  • Top loading pads
  • Anti-Features: squeal, heat, drag

Weaknesses

  • Expensive – $269 (though cheaper than the MT8)
  • Clamp barrel nut fragility
  • Slight gabbiness under hard pulls

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

MSRP: $269

MT6 Specs:

  • Visit the Magura MT8 website at http://www.magura.com/en/products/disc-brakes-2012/prod/mt6-1.html
  • Full carbon master cylinder
  • Carbotecture SL body
  • Alloy lever blade
  • Alloy clamp
  • Alloy fittings
  • Anti-Feature: squeal, heat, drag
  • Feel Safety-Ergonomics
  • EBT (Easy Bleed Technology)
  • EPR (easy pad replacement)
  • Weight From 310 g onwards incl. 160 mm Storm SL-Rotor
  • Colors: Brake lever and caliper in a cool black body with silver special
  • Guarantee: 5-year leakproof warranty after online registration on magura.com
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Justin D says:

    Had the same spongy experience with the mt4′s. All those innovative construction techniques become aggravating when trying to bleed away the SPONGE . Maguras are nice on motorcycles i’d say , but stay away from this whole range , they suck! Shimano xtr’s are on my bike now , wish I had tried them first. Maguras’ carbotechture is a fancy term for plastic, imagine how well that holds up in crashes. Storm sl rotors are nice though. BOOOO MAGURA , BOOOO, back to the drawing board. Use metal next time. Still pissed off with my experience. Run them at your own risk.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Justin – I never experienced any sponginess, and only had one squishiness session when I got the brake boiling hot? Otherwise, they didn’t give me any issues, and I found the lever feel firm, though it does take them a long throw through the stroke to connect up. It does take a certain technique to bleed them properly, and I only had to do it when the stroke got a bit close to the bars. I have crashed extremely hard with the brakes and they have been tough as nails? Sorry to hear you had issues with them, but I think they are fantastic brakes.

  • dagoat says:

    I have the MT6′s on my 29er RacerX and absolutely love them. Swapped out a sett of early Marta’s for them and I’ll never look back. Strong, light and controllable!

  • Taylor says:

    Can you upgrade to carbon levers on the MT-6? Also the clamp?

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Yes you can. You’ll need a tool to remove the lever blade.

      Per my main man, Jude at Magura responded:
      “Yes you can. I in fact swapped carbon levers to the MT4. No problem.”
      Special tools needed?
      “Not really but the ‘axle’ will need to be pressed out and we have a tool for that. In reality, if you have a drift or deep well socket (about 5 mm) works well.”

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