Magura MT2 disc brake £99

A lot of anchor for under a ton

BikeRadar score 4/5

Magura’s budget brakes have always been a strong alternative option and the MT2 mirrors the braking performance of its MT8 brother with an impressively low weight and a third of the cost.

The handlebar end still uses a composite ‘Carbotecture’ material for master cylinder and blade but it’s a heavier grade than the MT8 and MT6. It uses a two-piece bolted rather than one-piece calliper which also has a fixed, rather than adjustable, hose exit angle. 

It’s still impressively light among its price peers, with only Quad’s Nano Lite coming in lighter for under £100. Yet there’s no skimping on the braking performance. It takes a while to bed in, but rewards patience with a well modulated and communicative feel through the broad composite levers. 

In fact, it actually pulled slightly higher power readings off the dyno than the MT8 and it feels fractionally firmer at the lever. Mineral oil is good for the environment and your paintwork, and bleeding is straightforward if you’re thorough. We’ve had no problems so far though and it’s covered by a five-year leak warranty. Sintered ‘Enduro’ pads are also available to improve lifespan.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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