Magura MT8 Disc Brake System

3.6/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $382.99


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Product Description

The MT8 Disc Brake is ethereal in its lightness. In fact, it is Magura's lightest brake ever. However, this doesn't mean that it's light on stopping power and performance. The architecture of the brake lever is based on their proven Marta radial master cylinder design. Only here, it's made of a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic rather than die cast aluminum.Magura ensures the quality of this process, called CarboTecture, because they do the manufacturing in their own facilities. They developed this new technology to create a brake that excels in all four categories of their design focus -- weight, heat stability, braking performance, and ergonomics. The lightness is evidenced by the numbers, but how does the brake feel? We've ridden them, and they compare favorably with the Marta SL (one of our best-selling brakes of all time) in terms of total power and modulation control. While the general layout is the same as the Marta, changes abound to make this an entirely better brake. From a bike build standpoint, the banjo fitting on the MT8 caliper is one of the best aspects. This means that you'll be able to route the hose cleanly along frame members no matter the mount configuration. It's an aesthetics issue, but also the only gripe we ever had with Marta brakes. The two piston, forged aluminum caliper features a double arch design, similar to Magura's fork crown. This adds stiffness to an otherwise superlight caliper body. The pistons are made of thermoplastic that helps insulate the fluid from the heat generated in the brake pads. This improves the brake performance on steep, enduring descents. Changing pads has been made easier than ever since the calipers use a top loading design. This way, you can change pads without removing the wheel.The CarboTecture master cylinder is stiffer, lighter, and stronger than comparable parts made of aluminum or magnesium. In a truly inspired move, Magura created both sides the same. You can run your levers on either side of the bike, and it won't matter because there's a bleed screw on top and bottom. Magura's Easy Bleed Technology (EBT) means that maintenance is simple and mess-free -- no more opening the reservoir and sloshing oil all over your bike and the floor. It should be noted that Magura relies on a system that uses mineral oil rather than DOT approved brake fluid. The simple reason is that it is non-corrosive and non- toxic. The MT8 Brakes come with a 5-year leakproof warranty, and they're Matchmaker compatible so you can mount your SRAM trigger shifters on the same clamps as your brakes.Part of the supreme lightness of the MT8 Disc Brakes is due to the encompassing effort to reduce weight wherever they could. In addition to the CarboTecture lever body, Magura uses a carbon fiber lever and handlebar clamp along with alloy hardware throughout. The Magura MT8 Disc Brake is composed of a pre-bled lever/hose/caliper assembly. The price is per set. Buy two sets for one bike. The calipers are des

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Carpetcommando a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2014

Strengths:    Very light, look great

Weaknesses:    Far to much lever travel, lever moves an inch before biting. Bleeding process is a nightmare. Bleed screws are plastic and have had to be replaced due to stripping threads.

Bottom Line:   
I'd avoid at all costs and go for xtr

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Favorite Trail:   Cwmcarn s,Wales uk

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Similar Products Used:   Shimano xtr, xt

Bike Setup:   Cannondale scalpel ultimate

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by pedaldown a Racer

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2013

Strengths:    EXCELLENT ROTOR, DID NOT WARP AFTER A SEASON

Weaknesses:    1. TO MUCH LEVER TRAVEL 2. TO MUCH LEVER FLEX 3. WEAK CLAMP SHROUD BOLTS 4. WEAK BLEED SCREW, PLASTIC 5. WEAK CALIPER PIN THAT HOLDS PADS ALUMINUM 6. HARD TO BLEED

Bottom Line:   
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TO A FRIEND, TO MANY PROBLEMS ~ BLEED , TO MUCH TO FUSS WITH, WEAKNESS IN PARTS...CAN SAY THIS ~ IF YOUR A MAGURA FAN...STAY WITH THE MAGURA MARTA SL MAGNESIUM, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND 2012 & 2013 MAGURA MT 8 at all

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Similar Products Used:   MAGURA MARTA SL, MAGURA MARTA SL MAGNESIUM

Bike Setup:   2011 SPECIALIZED S WORKS EPIC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fredjjjj a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2013

Strengths:    Power, modulation and weight.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
XC brakes with great power. Definitely binary action, like the Martas, but a bit more modulation.
Very easy on the fingers. Noticeably better performance than the similar weight 2012 SRAM XX,
(when SRAM fixed the 1st generation).

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Favorite Trail:   The Original North Shore

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Private

Similar Products Used:   SRAM XX (2011 and 2012). Marta SL and Mag, SRAM X0.

Bike Setup:   Specialized S-Works EPIC 26 rear, 27.5 front. 180 mm rotors, but will change to 160s
with these brakes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mtnryder56 a Weekend Warrior from Woodside, CA

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2012

Strengths:    Amazing lack of weight, cool tech, fully carbon, good breaking power. Did I mention that they are light!

Weaknesses:    Initial braking power is less than the Juicy's, I should have went with a 210 up front and 180 in the back. Right now I have 180 and 160, and they can fade with really long downhills, like Downieville

Bottom Line:   
Overall these are crazy light brakes that have cool technology that goes into them, that work well. I put them on my XC/all mountain bike and have been very happy with them. The carbon lever feels like it flexs alittle more than a metal one does, but it does not impact the braking performance.

Very highly rated brake

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Favorite Trail:   Ladies Only

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   MTBR video Contest

Similar Products Used:   Juicy's but they were the older ones

Bike Setup:   Trance X, pike, XT drivetrain, and crossline wheels

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

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2011

Strengths:    Shockingly light weight, excellent stopping power and modulation.

Weaknesses:    $$$$$, Could use a little more initial bite with stock pads. (I am used to running all metal pads)

Bottom Line:   
So far I am very impressed with the power and modulation. When after market all metal pads become available I'll give them a try.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Avid Elixirs, Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   S-Works 29er hardtail

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Magura MT8 - Stopping Power

I've been using MT8 for the last 3 months and I'm unsatisfied with it's rear brake stopping power. It's very weak compared to the XTR I used before... sometimes on steep descents I even have the feeling I have no rear brakes at all. Is there something I can do about it? Any dial or set up? (apa ... Read More »

Magura MT6/MT8 Recall...Have you gotten your brakes back?

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Magura recalls MT6 and MT8 disc brakes

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