SOC16: Magura mixes up new light but powerful MT Trail Carbon Brakes

MAgura MT trail hydraulic disc brakeIMG_4181

Recently, Magura upped the ante in terms of brake power with their super moto inspired MT7 quad piston brakes. They also had the light weight end of the spectrum covered with their dual piston, super light MT8. With the MT7 positioned more towards extreme riding and the MT8 aimed towards XC, trail riders were left somewhere in the middle. Wanting to offer a more trail friendly brake, Magura did some mixing and matching and came up with the new MT Trail Carbon…

Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3965

Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3968

Essentially, the new brake is just a mash up of current parts, but it’s one that looks quite good. At the caliper end you’ll find the standard MT7 quad piston caliper up front and the MT8 dual piston caliper in the rear. Still plenty of power for most trail bikes, but less weight. To give the brakes a bit of differentiation, they are polished to a near mirror finish with blue accents on the sides.

Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3969

Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3970 Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3972

Those calipers are then mated to the MT8 Carbotecture brake lever with a Carbolay carbon lever. Reach adjust is tooled, and the levers can be run on either side of the bar for standard or moto braking.

Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3975 Magura MT Trail brake light weight disc hydraulicIMG_3974

On the scale, the front brake came in at 252g and the rear at 222g with full length housing and fluid, but without rotors or mounting hardware. Not bad for what should be some seriously powerful brakes. Magura claims the complete brake is 15% lighter than the MT7 but only 5% heavier than the MT8. Brakes will be sold for $299 each with Storm HC rotors in 160, 180, or 203mm rotors.

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Caspar
Caspar
6 years ago

S… , everything runs in circles , did that in 93 on my 1st Stinky with a Gustav front and a Louise rear

Caspar
Caspar
6 years ago
Reply to  Caspar

Read that as 2003

ACMI
ACMI
6 years ago
Reply to  Caspar

On two of my bikes I’m running Hope X2’s up front and E4’s at the rear. It seems more logical to me than the other way around. Interesting to see that there are others mixing things up.

Mikey
Mikey
6 years ago

Looks nice! Interesting choice to leave out the tool free reach adjust on these, when they have it on the MT8.

Frank
Frank
6 years ago

What is the point of tool-free reach adjustment anyway? I set-up a bike once, maybe tweak a bit but after that the brake reach stays in the same position for the bikes lifetime.

SB
SB
6 years ago

Been running this set up for about a year now, with MT8 everything save an MT7 front caliper. It’s the bees’ knees of brakes, says me.

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago

I ran this sort of set up with Hope units back as far as 2000. Zero reason for the rear to be equal to the front.