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Magura Pulls Out the Stops, Releases New Gustav Pro and Easy Tube Technology

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes hero(Photos/Magura)
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Gustav is back. Named after the founder of Magura, the Gustav Pro rekindles the name first used by the company’s first hydraulic disc brake from the 90s, the Magura Gustav M.

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes first Gustav
OG Gustav M (Photos/Magura)

Magura claims that “the name Gustav has been reserved for products that achieve the pinnacle of innovation and performance”.

The new Gustav Pro is a hydraulic brake system meant for eMTB use, as well as gravity or other bikes that benefit from greater stopping power. Saying that “anyone can produce brakes that stop light bikes”, the Gustav Pros are ready to stop the heaviest of bikes — developed for more control, later-occurring braking points, with less hand and arm pump.

What’s the Deal?

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes hero

The Gustav Pros have 2.5mm thick rotors and 40% more pad volume. Because of this mass, the rotors and pads heat up less and “stay in the sweet spot longer”, providing the rider with the brake’s best performance and possible friction values. Magura even claims that these brakes will not fade.

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes caliper and four brake pads

With larger pistons (12mm in the master cylinder, and 19mm at the caliper), the Gustav Pros reduce the overall pressure level. This gives the brakes a well-defined bite point felt at the lever, with “outstanding modulation”.

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes caliper and rotor

Magura has doubled the time interval needed for servicing the Gustav Pros. Extra thick brake pads, with 40% more material and thick 2.5mm rotors with a 2.1mm wear limit, keep brake service at bay for “twice as long as usual”.

Brake wear plays an important role when it comes to eBikes. Their weight, power, and speed placed new demands on brake systems. The Gustav Pro claims to have done away with short maintenance intervals. Speaking of eBikes, the Gustav Pros are fully compatible with Bosche eBike ABS.

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes easy link internal

The Magura has integrated its Easy Link technology for the first time into the Gustav Pro brake master cylinders. This simply means that you can now connect and disconnect your brake hose to and from the master without any special tools.

The Gustav Pro will be available on complete bikes and aftermarket in late 2024

This brings us to Magura’s Easy Tube Technology (ETT). Read on.

Easy Tube Technology

For a while now, bicycle hydraulic brake hoses have been created equal, more or less. Equally a pain in the ass for shops, manufacturers, and the end user. Say goodbye to olives and barbs with Magura’s Easy Tube Technology (ETT). All you need is your desired length of hose (sold by the meter), and the corresponding ETT connection sets. This technology makes it really easy to create Magura Easy Link connections for Gustav Pro and MT disc brakes with Easy Link adaptors.

Magura Gutav Pro Brakes easy link

The Easy Tube Technology product line is not only more flexible but also less wasteful. For example, Magura used to sell 2.5m long after-market brake hoses, but only .8m was needed for the front brake. With the new ETT connections, shops can now cut their desired length hose to the millimeter from a roll of hose. The ETT connections will help end users and home mechanics share in brake hose length flexibility as well.

ETT Hose Connections

To connect a brake hose to the brake’s master cylinder, Magura offers a modern alternative to the classic barb and olive connection – Easy Link. Easy Link is used on the Gustav Pro, the Bosch eBike ABS control unit, and the Magura Cockpit Integration (MCI). Easy Link adapters are also available for existing Magura brakes. Note that the same hose can still be used with a classic clamp-ring connection.

Easy Link simplifies, and speeds up the installation of brakes, while also enabling the re-opening and re-closing of the system. Magura offers crimped and screwed ETT versions to create the Easy Link brake hose ends. The screwed version offers particularly easy handling without special tools, at both ends of the brake hose.

The set consists of an adaptor to press the hose, a slotted clamping ring, and a union nut. Magura offers an electronic and mechanical crimping tool for the crimped version. From the looks of it, the crimped version is small enough that it should fit through internal routing holes without having to remove any parts or cutting the hose. That could be a game changer for modern bikes with complicated internal routing.

ETT Connections for Calipers

The screwed version of the ETT connectors can be used to connect brake calipers. Magura offers ETT connection sets for calipers with banjo connections and for calipers with straight connections.

ETT Connection Sets Overview

  • ETT EASY LINK adapter set
  • ETT EASY LINK crimp sleeve & ETT EASY LINK crimp adapters
  • ETT banjo caliper connection set
  • ETT M6 caliper connection set
  • EASY LINK 1 valve (adapter for brake masters with coarse threads)
  • EASY LINK 2 valve (adapter for components with fine threads)

The East Tube Technology will be available in late 2024

Magura.com

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Pepe
Pepe
24 days ago

What about the levers? That’s the weak spot of magura brakes…

nooner
nooner
23 days ago
Reply to  Pepe

Shigura: Shimano levers paired with Magura calipers work well.

Sean
Sean
23 days ago

Would be nice to see the easy link tech get licensed to manufacturers of road levers someday.

Greg
Greg
23 days ago
Reply to  Sean

They show an Easy Link adapter for their conventional levers. I suspect the main issue is the adapters have a sharp, coarse thread for Magura’s plastic lever bodies, not the more typical thread pitch of everyone else’s.

Ed_j
Ed_j
22 days ago
Reply to  Sean

It looks like a licensed version of Q connectors by zenobike which can be used with drop handlebars

Sevo
Sevo
23 days ago

The best brakes just got better. Can’t wait to get a set for my ebike. Have used maguras brakes for 10+ years zero issues. Can’t say that about the Shimano and sram brakes that have come on a couple bikes I have.

Rob
Rob
23 days ago

Shimamo rotors have 0.3mm of wear life, these have 0.4, that’s 30% more wear life than normal systems, not double.

Jimbo Rolls
Jimbo Rolls
22 days ago

When will we see radial mount calipers? I am a big fan of Magura’s radial cylinders but am still looking for forks & frames that fit radials as well as radial calipers.

Robert
Robert
22 days ago

These are a reply to SRAM MAVEN’S in a way .

David
David
20 days ago

Shimano have sold brake hose by the meter for donkey’s years.

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