Magura MT8 Brake Review

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Bottom Line
The Magura MT8 brakes are supremely functional, feature laden and highly engineered, and everything single piece of the brake is pure bling. The lightness is a component of an entire slew of innovative technologies, from the carbon lever, reservoir, and clamp, 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 MT8′s offer great modulation, excellent power and heat resistance, and the rotors 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. One of the best parts of the brakes is that the MT8’s design and technology have trickled down to the lower levels. Outside of some heavier parts and carbon changes, all the brakes are basically the same, making for an excellent price-point range ($369 – $104).

Like anything with an expensive carbon lever that sticks out, I might be worried about breakage, but after multiple crashes (some slow and some fast) I haven’t had any issue, and the alloy clamp barrel does need to be tightened with caution. They aren’t the most powerful brake on the market, but they more than make up for any deficit, with other remarkable and useful traits.

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. They are the epitome of German perfection!


  • Uber Light
  • Powerful
  • Deadly quiet
  • Excellent tactile feel
  • Great modulation
  • Top loading pads
  • Anti-Features: squeal, heat, drag


  • Expensive – MSRP: $369
  • Questionable crash worthiness of lever
  • Clamp barrel nut fragility
  • Slight gabbiness under hard pulls

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

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MT8 Specs:

  • Visit the Magura MT8 website at
  • Full carbon master cylinder
  • Carbotecture SL body
  • Carbolay lever blade
  • Carbolay clamp
  • Alloy fittings
  • Anti-Feature: squeal, heat, drag
  • Feel Safety-Ergonomics
  • EBT (Easy Bleed Technology)
  • EPR (easy pad replacement)
  • Weight From 279 g/0.61 lbs. onwards incl. 160 mm Storm SL-Rotor
  • Colors: Brake lever and caliper in a cool black body with red special
  • Guarantee: 5-year leakproof warranty after online registration on

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, 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 articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Vince says:

    First off, the brake lever feel on my MT8′s were horrible. They were about 2cm from the handle bars when fully pressed. Search online and you’ll find numerous people with the same problem.
    Secondly, they had a recall on them so I sent them back for fixing. When they came back, the brake lever distance went straight to the handlebars. Bled them using the Magura service kit and noticed nothing but oil leaking out of the master cylinders on both front and rear (a lot of people reported leaking master cylinders too).
    Contacted Magura and long story short, they’re not covering it because “it seems like DOT fluid has been used which would cause the leaking” and only offered a replacement master cylinder at a discounted price. Sorry Magura, not going to spend more money on top of the $700+ I already spent on the brakes.
    Love the look and weight of these brakes but the quality lacks. Magura does have good customer service but not good enough when it comes to a faulty item.
    Got myself some Shimano XTR’s and never looked back.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      I have tested multiple sets of MT8′s and MT6′s and only had one pull close to the bar, and it was easily fixed by a bleed and making sure the pistons were set out. I never had any leaking issues? Was the leak at the hose connector or the diaphragm on the handlebar clamp (where the open system has a breather)? Magura accused you of using DOT in the brakes, that seems a bit odd?

  • Robert McDonald says:

    Great, detailed review. First hydraulic disc-brake, for me was a Louise, that saved me, when a car turned left across the front of me, without indicating, at lights in Chorlton, Manchester. But looking at this dream, now!

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