Magura MT8 disc brake review£299.99

Great performance, weeny weight

BikeRadar score3/5

The MT8 is the flagship of Magura’s all-new four-brake range, tempting racers to spend £300 per end with a super-light composite front end and an impressively consistent performance.

Bike brakes are only a tiny part of the Magura product line and given that they specialise in high precision injection moulded parts for people like BMW, it’s not surprising that they’ve switched to a composite ‘Carbotecture SL’ material for the master cylinder and lever on the MT series. 

The MT8 gets the top grade material too, combined with a single piece calliper and titanium bolts to drop weight to a very impressive 339g. There’s a bit of flex when you’re hauling on the lever which means a softer feel than previous stark Magura brakes but modulation is good enough for staying upright on the slipperiest descents. 

The Storm SL rotor provided consistent torque delivery on the dyno and while power isn’t dramatic it’s enough for most trail situations. There’s a five-year anti-leak guarantee and bleeding with mineral oil is straightforward, though it's intolerant of any air you get in when tweaking. The MT8 certainly isn't cheap either.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • 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 than 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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