While we find most mass-produced brakes to be serviceable, when DH or enduro courses border on the literally life-threatening, we take comfort in knowing that the hydraulic experts at Magura USA haven't limited their tinkering to the XC world. The MT7 Next Disc Brake Set takes the dual-piston design of the MT6 and ups the ante with an additional pair per caliper, doubling the stopping power. For us, that means we can double-down on speed, confident in the knowledge that our brakes will be there to bail us out if disaster looms around the next bend.
The MT7 Set's materials, rotors, and options are all largely the same as the MT6. What's changed is that extra pair of pistons added to the calipers, and that changes everything. The design borrows heavily from Magura’s legendary motocross brakes, and the result is plenty of power to satisfy a downhill racer, at a weight that the rest of us will be happy with. Each of the four pistons gets its own brake pad, and they’re top-loading, which makes for super-fast pad swaps when the time comes.
The Carbotecture SL brake lever body — common across the Next line — doesn't skip the MT7. Carbotecture SL construction results in lightweight stiffness that nets more efficiency and responsiveness while squeezing the lever to bring the MT7 system's grand total of eight calipers to bear. Given that DH and enduro applications require the most stopping power of any off-road style, Carbotecture is more welcome on the MT7 than any other model in the Next family. The weight loss is, of course, a nice touch, but confident modulation is infinitely more important in disciplines that don't waste much time climbing.
The master cylinder's perpendicular orientation to the bar affords the best modulation and sensitivity while braking, and the simplified pivot hardware reduces weight while situating the alloy lever 20mm closer to the bar. In the event that not even Magura's century-plus of engineering expertise can keep the rubber-side down, the reinforced bleed plug helps to ensure that the brakes will be more difficult to damage.
Magura's Organic 9.1 Performance pads, Royal Blood Mineral Oil, and Storm SL Rotors round off the brake set by emphasizing heat management and weight reduction. Please note that different options are available depending on what type of frame mounting hardware and rotor size you're after.