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Magura MT6 Disc Brake System

3.83/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $269.00


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Product Description

Sharing the same CarboTecture technology (German for carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic) as the flagship cross-country MT8 brake, the Magura MT6 Disc Brake matches the MT8's stopping power for a hair more weight and a lower price. While the MT6 outweighs the race-level MT8, they get the...


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nick a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2016

Strengths:    Modulation

Weaknesses:    Power, far lever pull, constant bleeding

Bottom Line:   
I have been using these for 6 months on a Stumpjumper. I have had to bleed the front 3 times, and the rear once. When I bled the rear recently, I discovered a leak from the back of the lever, and couldn't get any stopping power thereafter. I brought it to my LBS and they had the same problem, and are contacting Magura to see if they will warranty the brake. These brakes are unreliable and a constant project. The caliper design makes the pads easy to contaminate, which is a never-ending battle. The reservoir screw on the lever is a plastic torque screw, and you will inevitably strip it. They are $8 to replace. The stopping power is sufficient, but not what you'd expect from such an expensive brake. You have to grab a handful of lever, hard, to get said power. Now for the good: Modulation. They modulate exceptionally well. The pistons are magnetic, alleviating the need for a retainer clip to hold your pads in, which is quite genius. I will be replacing these with Shimano XT's because i'm tired of the constant maintenance. Conclusion: Avoid yourself the headaches and buy Shimano brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia

Bike Setup:   2014 Stumpjumper Comp HT

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bill Hilow a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2016

Strengths:    Light
Interchangeability of pads between series
Very sophisticated specification


Weaknesses:    Maintenance
Price
Long lever pull
Delicate


Bottom Line:   
What good is all the stopping power in the world if you can't access it?
They weigh less than comparable Shimano but they never work as reliably. I've been bleeding brakes since the first M585 series came out. These by far pale in comparison. I echo the others reviews about needing constant bleeds and long lever pull. I question the sanity of using easily stripped plastic screws for the bleed port and dedicated syringe fittings which don't work half as well as a zirc and require special tools. Everything about these brakes including bleeding instructions are incongruous. The fact that after finally getting them set up and realizing that the stopping power is marginal is anticlimactic.
The secret to bleeding is to discard the bleeder block and use a stack of shims from the hardware store. After you have the air all evacuated remove 2mm of shims and inject till the caliper pistons enclose the shims. Then button it up.
I honestly don't know wth hell they are thinking using a screw in syringe it's error prone and invites air bubbles. These brakes suck and as soon as they die if they don't kill me first I am getting some XTs installed.

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho, Hitler

Duration Product Used:   6months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, SRAM

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Trigger Carbon Team 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by trmn8er a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2014

Strengths:    Modulation
Weight
Value


Weaknesses:    Power

Bottom Line:   
I had the MT8 on my Stumpjumper 26 which I sold. Thankfully, my new 2013 Epic came with MT6, which I think I like even more than the MT8. As others have mentioned, the brake feels stronger on the MT6 due to the lever. When MT series brakes are bled correctly, they totally rock. These brakes are good for all Mtn stuff, not just XC due in large part to their excellent modulation and control.

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Favorite Trail:   Cannell Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   MT8
XT


Bike Setup:   2013 Epic Marathon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mseymour a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2013

Strengths:    Modulation, no need for bleeding (so far), light weight, reasonable price

Weaknesses:    bed in

Bottom Line:   
Bed in took a while, but after they are bedded in, they work great. I've been riding in 2-10 degree celsius temps and have not had to bleed them. They work great when it's wet and are quiet. Modulation is logical and progressive. Power is good, even with a 140mm rotor on the rear. Easy installation and setup, with videos provided by Magura if you need help.

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Favorite Trail:   Egypt Valley, Grand Rapids, MI

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Magura Marta SL, Sram BB7

Bike Setup:   Cross country Cannondale Rush Team with some parts changed out.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by manensky

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2012

Strengths:    Very logical modulation feel.
Easy to bleed.
Outlook


Weaknesses:    EBT screws are plastic, which makes them very easy to destroy
Needs xtra bleedings when temperature is less than -15C


Bottom Line:   
Overall I am very satisfied with my MT6 brakes. Especially brake power modulation fits for me perfectly. Only downside on my MT6s is constant need to bleed them on colder winter days. System leaks a little when temperature goes under -15C and brakes needs bleeding after 20hr of riding (luckily bleeding is brain dead simple). When temperature rises leakage stops. Beside of small leaking, these brakes have no other issues with coldness.

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Similar Products Used:   Formula R1, Hayes HFX-, Shimano XT


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mtbmitch2 a Cross Country Rider from Boise, Idaho, USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012

Strengths:    These German engineered and German made brakes have great power and modulation. The rotors are a bit thicker than
most of the rotors out there so they stay true. I have not had any significant fading problems with the mt-6 brakes. These brakes hardly squeal when they get wet. Nice full size levers. The unique caliper piston seals keep the brake pads centered
very well.


Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
great brakes and extremely light

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Favorite Trail:   Dry Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   various Formulas, Hopes, older style Maguras

Bike Setup:   Turner Sultan

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