One finger braking takes shape with new Magura MT Series brake lever

Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger-3

Now that Magura is rolling out their new MT Trail brake set, the brand looks ready to tackle one of the more popular segments of the mountain bike market. But even as good as the new MT Trail brakes are, there is still one thing that some people take issue with – the lever.

Personally, I’ve been riding the Magura brakes set up for one finger braking for some time, they just need to be pushed inwards on the bar. However, the new lever does more than just shorten the blade. Riders with shorter fingers or those going huge all have something to cheer about with the new shape…

Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger-2 Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger-7

Compared to the standard lever, the new blade is a good bit shorter with a more aggressive bend at each radius. Not only does this allow for one or two finger braking, but it also allows the lever to be adjusted much closer to the bar which is good news for those with small hands.

Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger-8

If you checked out our interview with Danny MacAskill, you’ll know that he has been running bits of rubber on the back of his brake levers to keep the levers from hitting his other fingers during big drops. Magura has taken that input in mind with the new levers and designed a much more blunt tip to the lever so it would be more comfortable in that situation. With the shorter lever though, it may no longer be an issue.

Out on the trail, the new levers felt great and should be a hit with most riders who use only one or two fingers to brake. Thanks to the rounded profiles the levers are comfy under your fingers and provide gobs of power when matched to the new MT Trail brakes. Combined with their new HC Storm rotors, the MT Trails are my favorite Magura brakes in a long time.

Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger

When they are first available, the One Finger lever blades will only be available as an aftermarket product. The MT Trail Carbons will be sold with a carbon brake lever and clamp, and the OEM only MT Trail will ship with a standard aluminum brake lever and clamp. Magura expects the shorter lever to be available by Eurobike and they will be available for $89 per set.

The levers will fit all MT series including the MT6, MT7, MT Trail, and MT8, and come in at the same weight as their other aluminum levers.

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CowtownCyclist
CowtownCyclist
6 years ago

Maybe its just me, but the grabby part of that lever looks an awful lot like my XT M775 levers. Nothing wrong with that, they are some of the greatest brakes ever.

Roman Indus
Roman Indus
6 years ago

Really ? Is ther still anyone who brakes with two or more finger on this planet? C’mon guys it’s 2016,..

Markus
Markus
6 years ago

the 2 finger lever is actually one of the main reasons why I ride Magura. But I use my bike actually in the mountains. Real mountains. And with certain bikes you can’t run bigger rotors.

Fred Vitale
Fred Vitale
6 years ago
Reply to  Markus

I only ride in some pretty small mountains, the Rockies, so I can get away with using most brakes out there.

Keep it up Sherpa, don’t forget that oxygen tank!

JB
JB
6 years ago
Reply to  Markus

You should tell Aaron Gain about that two finger braking advantage. He’s only using one. Then again, I guess he doesn’t ride on “real mountains”. Or any other DH, enduro, or DC pro rider for that matter (Nino Schurter rides faster DH than you do with a hardtail and ultralight 160mm brakes, and he uses 1 finger).

Also, no problem locking up my rear with 180mm rotors and one finger, and any front fork you’d want to run in “real mountains” can take a 200mm rotor. If you really haven’t given it a chance, try shoving your levers inboard and go one finger. The massive gains in bike control are worth going out of your comfort zone.

JB
JB
6 years ago
Reply to  JB

Gwin, xc. Ducking autocorrect.

mac
mac
6 years ago

I ride icebergs. Real icebergs. So I use motorcycle levers and pull them with all four fingers.

Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden
6 years ago
Reply to  mac

Come now. Must we turn this into a lever-measuring contest? I ride on the moon. Actually on the real moon. So I require the brake pedal from a MAC truck.

Roman Indus
Roman Indus
6 years ago

Yeah in WC DH guys ride on artificial hills that’s why they can get away with braking one finger…

will
will
6 years ago

There’s no reason to brake with more than one finger on modern brakes. But to each their own.

paquo
paquo
6 years ago

i got long fingers so i will stick with the regular levers that work fine with one or 2 fingers