Magura MT2 disc brake review$99.00

A lot of anchor for under a ton

BikeRadar score4/5

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.

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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