Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes

One of the coolest brake levers we've seen

Brakes Sea Otter Classic

2017 Sea Otter Classic

Magura HC3

The magic of the the new HC3 lever is a reach and leverage adjusters integrated in a very elegant, forged package.

Magura‘s latest 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.

The HC3 lever is a smaller, forged lever so it fits the one-fingered braking style better. But using it, it feels firmer than the existing levers since it has no flex whatsoever. But the real magic is it has a well-integrated leverage adjuster to allow the rider to dial in the power effectively. It is for initial setup as one adjusts it to personal preference. But Jude Monica gave us additional insight as he said it can be used to match the available traction between the soil and the tire in varying conditions. More power can be dialed in when traction is plentiful and less in dusty or wet conditions to avoid skidding all over the place. And if you haven’t used the latest Magura brakes like the MT7’s or MT Trails which have four pistons and four separate brake pads, it’s quite a revelation to see how much stopping power is available.

MT Trail Sport

The MT Trail Sport is less than half the price of the MT Trail Carbon at under under $300.

The other interesting product they cover in the video is the MT Sport Trail brakes. This is a more affordable version of the MT Trail Carbon brakes which uses four pistons on the front brake and two in the rear to better match the stopping power that is available on the bike. The MT Trail Carbon brakes are $650 a set but these new MT Sport Trails will be under $300 for the set (without rotors)!

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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