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Magura USA
MT Trail SL Brake Set

2.3333333333333335 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
Current price: $593.10 Original price: $659.00
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Why We Like The MT Trail SL Brake Set

Whether you're putting together your dream bike, or upgrading your trusty steed, looking for featherweight, reliable components are a good place to start, and we think that Magura's MT Trail SL Brake Set also make a pretty good place to stop. These feathery brakes find the balance we want between incredible calibration, intense braking power, precise modulation, and minimal weight. It all starts in the levers, which are ergonomically optimized for 1-finger braking, with HC carbon fiber construction that drops grams, while keeping rigidity a priority. The lever can be adjusted for reach, keeping your cockpit as comfortable as it is sleek. When it comes to stopping power Magura strategically builds the brake set with a beefy 4-piston front brake caliper, and 2-piston rear caliper, giving you the control you need to stop on a dime when unforeseen circumstances (see: moose mid trail) mean you need to lock your wheels, spin around, and book it in the opposite direction.


Magura has been in the game for a while, since 1893 to be exact, so it knows the importance of details. For instance, the banjo fitting on the MT Trail SL caliper is one great example in its ability to pivot. This means that you'll be able to route the hose cleanly along frame no matter what the housing guide and mount configuration are. The forged aluminum caliper allows for a 1-piece design. This adds stiffness to an otherwise superlight caliper body. The pistons are made of thermoplastic, which helps to insulate the fluid from the heat generated in the brake pads. This improves the brake performance on steep, enduring descents. Changing pads has been made easier than ever since the calipers use a top loading design. This way, you're able to change pads without removing the wheel.


The CarboTecture master cylinder is stiffer, lighter, and stronger than comparable parts made of aluminum or magnesium. In a truly inspired move, Magura created both sides the same. You're now able to run your levers on either side of the bike, and it won't matter because there's a bleed screw on top and bottom. Magura's Easy Bleed Technology (EBT) means that maintenance is simple and mess-free, no more opening the reservoir and sloshing oil all over your bike and the floor. It should be noted that Magura relies on a system that uses Royal Blood (mineral oil) rather than DOT-approved brake fluid. The simple reason is that it is non-corrosive and non-toxic. The MT Trail SL brakes come with a five-year leakproof warranty, and they're Matchmaker compatible, so you're able to mount your SRAM trigger shifters on the same clamps as your brakes.


Details

  • Magura's light and strong trail brakes for stopping on a dime
  • 4-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers for precise braking power
  • CarboTecture SL lever body is 50% lighter, and just as strong as alloy
  • Radial master cylinder increases leverage for better power & modulation
  • Optimized lever pivots & ergonomic 1-finger lever give you more control
  • One-piece forged aluminum calipers add stiffness and durability
  • Easy Bleed Technology for fast and easy bleeding
  • Lever reach adjustment dials in the position
  • Item #MGRG005
Lever
carbon
Lever Adjustability
yes, 3mm Hex
Actuation
hydraulic
Caliper
chrome-plated aluminum
Mount Type
post-mount
Fluid
Magura Royal Blood
Rotor
not included
Rotor Attachment
post mount, IS
Claimed Weight
[front] 8.5oz (240g), [rear] 7.8oz (220g)
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years

Overall Rating

2.5 based on 3 ratings

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1 out of 5 stars

January 4, 2023

forget bleeding & bad customer service

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Takes about 20 tries to bleed if your lucky. System super sensitive to air bubbles so expect brakes to feel spongy. As a result of spongy feeling, you end up squeezing the harder to stop. Just get Codes or XTs - it will save your life. LITERALLY. Lever is now cracked at the hinge. Forget their warranty department. They won't even cover faulty brakes. They want to charge $150 bucks for a flexi lever.

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andrew k
1 out of 5 stars

August 8, 2022

You will hate life bleeding these brakes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These brakes and power and modulation better than Codes and XTRs only if you can bleed the. Purchased the MT Trail SL. 4 pistons front, 2 piston rear. It usually take 5 tries for the 4 piston but good luck with the 2 pistons. What a disaster to bleed!

andrew k
Backcountry.com

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 24, 2022

Nothing Better For Trail Riding

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Magura MT Trail SL setup is my absolute favorite set of brakes for my last 3 mountain bikes! The 4 piston front and 2 piston rear setup paired with 203's rotors provides more than enough stopping power and just the right amount of modulation. What i like best about the Magura brakes is the smooth modulation & activation of the brake itself. Easily customizable to suit your needs and preferences, how's that you ask...... Magura offers different types of levers with various types of adjustments, they also offer different colored inserts so if you don't want blue you can pick up red, pink, purple etc... another interesting feature is that Magura uses magnets to hold the brake pads against the pistons thus you'll never hear the brake pads rattling like some other brands. Magura brakes are also one of the easiest and cleanest (not spilling fluid everywhere) brakes to bleed and because they are mineral oil (Magura Blood) you won't have to worry about your paint falling off due to the aggressive nature of brake fluid. I am a full Magura convert and even converted my wife to Magura brakes as well.

Robert J
Backcountry.com

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com