Magura stunning new MT8 brake is incredibly lightweight (278g w/ 160mm rotor), with great modulation, excellent power and resistance to heat, drag and squeal, which all combine to make it stand out in terms of performance. The high tech works of art use some amazingly innovative production techniques and materials to create a light and strong brake for any type of riding, from cross-country to downhill, and it transcends being categorized within any riding style.
I have always been a big fan of Magura brakes, but they really stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam with the MT series, and they’re superb, and highly engineered marvels. Magura spent a lot of time, effort and money to create the MT or Mission Team line of brakes, and although they used their extensive know-how and expertise in brake technology, they seemed to have followed the old German proverb “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” (das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten). They performed extensive testing on the major brake components, and although each part can stand on its own merit, together they are a symphony of synchronicity! They came up with something called the Performance Faktor, which is a mathematical formula devised by Magura’s design team over two years ago, where the performance is equal to deceleration and modulation plus thermal stability, divided by mass and multiplied by ergonomics (that’s a mouth full).
The brakes use an open hydraulic system, using their Royal Blood mineral oil for hydraulic fluid, with an integrated all carbon reservoir, carbon levers and clamp, one-piece alloy caliper, and forged aluminum fitting bolts that have a special anti-corrosion coating. They include the trick Storm SL rotors (refer to Storm review), which are available in 140, 160, 180 and 203mm sizes (6 bolt or Centerlock adapter), with a wide assortment of adapters for attachment to any bike and fork.
The reservoir is created by injecting their proprietary Carbotecture material, which is comprised of mid-length carbon fibers in a thermoplastic matrix, into a mold. The fibers are aligned to optimize strength and lightness, in what they call their Carboflow Process, which uses extreme heat and high pressure. The mold work is so precise and exacting, that it requires no post machine processing. The flip-flop designed Carbotecture SL body attaches to the bar with a split handlebar Carbolay clamp, that weighs a mere 2 grams. The body uses their EBT or easy bleed technology, set up in a mirror imaged dual-port manner for the flip-flop system, so they can be set on either side of the bars. The ergonomic carbon lever is made with their Carbolay technology, and uses a trick and light hollow-pivot to attach to the body, and rotates on buttery smooth composite bushings.