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I need a good reason to justify some new brakes, but don't want to dumb down just to save weight. I've been running the same set of Magura Gustavs since 2000 on six different trail bikes in a 190mm/160mm configuration. In 05, I swapped the levers to 03's. They've never been bled since, and have never leaked. There is always plenty of one finger braking power without any fade, ever, and I love the modulation. They are silent and have never squeeled. Since technology has obviously advanced in the last ten years, can anyone offer anything with similar qualities that doesn't rub, doesn't use DOT fluid, and has a lighter overall weight? Thanks.
 

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If something works well, just leave it alone. My Magura Marta SL brakes are so reliable- I hardly ever think about them either. Magura hydraulics are like the Porsche of cycling disc brakes, with quality on par with the legendary cars.
 

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Aren't Gustavs designed to always have pad contact with the rotor ie. always drag? Seems like a strange brake to use for trail riding. Otherwise any brake that works without a bleed for 5+ years would be something I might stick with.

There are plenty of alternatives, why no DOT fluid? Shimano brakes use mineral oil. SLX and XT are great options and are gonna be lighter. Saint is mega overkill for trail riding IMO but is still gonna be lighter than your Gustavs.
 

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Clutchman83 said:
Aren't Gustavs designed to always have pad contact with the rotor ie. always drag? Seems like a strange brake to use for trail riding. Otherwise any brake that works without a bleed for 5+ years would be something I might stick with.

There are plenty of alternatives, why no DOT fluid? Shimano brakes use mineral oil. SLX and XT are great options and are gonna be lighter. Saint is mega overkill for trail riding IMO but is still gonna be lighter than your Gustavs.
Gustavs also use mineral oil BTW...
 

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Gustavs also use mineral oil BTW...
I think I'm going to just stick with these and refresh them with new oil, hoses, pads and upgrade to the current wavy rotors. Speaking of rotors, the only time these brakes ever had drag was with the original two piece rotors.
 

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That's funny, I don't recall ever seeing such a thing on my paypal or using it to pay anyone.
 

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Clutchman83 said:
Aren't Gustavs designed to always have pad contact with the rotor ie. always drag? Seems like a strange brake to use for trail riding. Otherwise any brake that works without a bleed for 5+ years would be something I might stick with.
The Gustavs are free floating, similar to a car. Properly set up there is no drag. They do have a really nice feel and are more powerful than anything I have tried.
 
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