Racing well is about confidence; in your fitness, in your ability, in your tactics and in your equipment. If you waver in your trust and belief in any of those things, winning becomes much harder. That’s why equipment choice is so important. There is very little actual difference between the $1,000 mountain bike and the $10,000 mountain bike. When you ride them both you can only detect slight differences here and there. But when you push the bike to its limit, trusting it with your life (literally), does it reward your trust? That’s where the difference lies. I’m very excited to now be a part of the Magura team for the 2015-2016 seasons. I didn’t have much experience with their brakes until this year, so when we finally linked up recently, it was a no brainer. There are tons of brakes on the market that are great. One of the crowd favorites is Shimano as they always seem to work and work well. I’d been riding those for a few years and had no issues with them and liked their ON/OFF feel. You squeeze that lever and know you’re about to slow down fast! So trying out Magura, I was a bit jaded. How could anything be better than Shimano? Its perfect.
Well, I’m now using the Magura MT8 and the very first thing I noticed is that these brakes are NOT like Shimano. “Ok, this is different, but not off-putting…” I thought. Over time as I warily spent more time on them, ever skeptical of them, I grew more and more confident. I started liking the lever shape, much more exaggerated than Shimano and SRAM offerings. The finish was obviously great as you would expect from top level brakes but it was ultimately their “feel” that pushed me into the “fan” realm.
With Shimano, you’re ON or OFF. There is very little if any middle ground. This is awesome because you know exactly what you’re getting every time. But, in reality, you don’t always want to be full ON, or OFF. You may want some modulation, some middle ground. Mountain biking fast revolves heavily around not using your brakes, so having some light braking option for when hard braking is just too much, is great!
That is what makes me confident in the Magura MT8, supreme modulation. It inspires confidence, and that will keep me from thinking about my gear during races, allowing me to focus more purely on my effort. Give them a try, you won't regret it!
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