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
Magura stunning new MT8 brake is incredibly lightweight (278g w/ 160mm rotor), with great modulation, excellent power and resistance to heat, drag and squeal, which all combine to make it stand out in terms of performance. Continue reading →
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
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
Similar Products Used: MAGURA MARTA SL, MAGURA MARTA SL MAGNESIUM
Bike Setup: 2011 SPECIALIZED S WORKS EPIC
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2013
Strengths: Power, modulation and weight.
Weaknesses: None so far
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).
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.
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
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.