Magura MT6 disc brake$339.98

Consistent control

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The second-tier brake in Magura’s new MT family has a distinctive broad lever that applies plentiful, mountain-proof control. The composite Carbotecture SL master cylinder body is the same as the £299 MT8, but with an alloy lever and bar clamp. 

The calliper has heat-shedding fins and steel, rather than alloy, fixtures, but is still light. Take the time to bed it in properly and there’s plenty of easily-squeezed power through the big broad lever. The skinny Storm SL rotor gives very consistent, pulse-free control too.

Strangely, you don’t get the bite point adjust of the cheaper MT4. The brake kit costs the same whether you go for 140mm, 160mm, 180mm or 203mm rotors. Mineral oil bleeding is easy, which is lucky as all MT brakes come with a rear length hose.

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

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
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  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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