Specialized Partners with Magura for 2018 Race Teams

Mar 7, 2018
by D. Voss  
MAGURA - Proud sponsor of the Specialized Teams
Magura - Proud sponsor of the Specialized Teams

PRESS RELEASE: Magura

The Specialized enduro, gravity and XC racing teams will be on Magura brakes for the upcoming 2018 season. This partnership is a logical follow up to the great combined work with the cross country team with Annika Langvad and Jaroslav Kulhavy which showed great successes. Results are already being seen in the pre-season.

Annika Langvad - crowned as the 2017 marathon world champ on MAGURA.
by M. Cerveny
On MAGURA since 2017 Specialized Enduro by s. Schieck
by s. Schieck

The partnership between Specialized and Magura creates an even stronger bond between the two companies after teaming up and testing with the teams. Additionally, the Specialized Gravity Team featuring Loic Bruni, will also compete with brakes from Magura. The renowned German brake producer has been very pleased with the R&D results so far and valuable input from these world cup athletes.

The first tests with the Specialized Teams began right after the worldcup season 2017. The partnership is more than a sponsorship.
Testsession Nizza

“The test rides with the Magura products were absolutely positive”, said Team Manager Benno Willeit, “We are very happy to have such a strong brake partner on our side.”

Magura will provide the teams with Magura MT7 Raceline and MT8 Raceline brakes. For Magura, this is more than just a sponsorship deal. Jochen Coconcelli, head of Magura development, is looking forward to the personalized cooperation with the pro riders and appreciates the great knowledge and experience they can offer.

The first results of the specialized partnership are already in the making. The team will get tailor-made lever shapes for better control.
Magura lever prototypes
The first samples were made from Loic s individual drawings and wishes.
Loic Brunis lever shape

Götz Braun, head of Magura marketing said: “The partnership with the Specialized Racing Teams and its athletes is a great plus for us. All the riders are world elite stars and role models, be it in enduro, downhill or cross country. Having the team work with our technicians means that we can continue to improve our products and benefit from the positive effects.”

Easy to change - For the first tests Loic Bruni received thirteen prototypes with different characteristics and shapes.
Test samples

The first benefits of the partnership were realized before the new World Cup season began. Following the 2017 season, Magura began development of new ergonomic designs and improving products for the Specialized team riders. Magura brake levers are made to improve performance and braking control. To help attain these features, Magura created fully working prototype levers for the team, made from aluminium combined with plastic lever outers, and gathered their feedback.

3D printed lever shapes
3D printed lever shapes
For the first tests MAGURA created fully working prototype levers made from aluminium combined with plastic lever outers. The shapes can be changed in seconds. Perfect to find the desired shape of later serial levers.
Magura Levers prototypes - aluminium basis with plastic shape

If only split seconds lay between winning and second place there is no room for compromises.

Magura is looking forward to working with Specialized athletes in 2018.

Magura - Exclusive Mountain Bike Disc Brake Supplier of the Specialized Teams.

3D printed lever shapes

3D printed lever shapes



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61 Comments

  • + 127
 There will be no stopping them now...
  • + 65
 Oh gimme a brake.
  • - 59
flag RedBurn (Mar 8, 2018 at 1:33) (Below Threshold)
 are you saying magura brakes suck ?
  • + 23
 Hope they don't bleed Magura dry...
  • - 9
flag omegalung (Mar 8, 2018 at 1:33) (Below Threshold)
 STOP- It's Magura Time.
  • + 16
 These puns are far from sinter-lating.
  • + 28
 @BenPea: I thought they were pretty Organic
  • + 4
 They´re gonna fade away...
  • + 16
 Don’t hate, modulate
  • + 26
 These puns leave me MT.
  • + 11
 @MeisterLampe: Lever alone - they're fine.
  • + 2
 They're either going to make it or brake it this year...
  • + 43
 Why do I suddenly want french fries?
  • - 5
flag gyztms (Mar 8, 2018 at 1:14) (Below Threshold)
 because of the german fries?
  • + 4
 No kidding, I see what you did there, hahaha.
  • + 6
 You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup?
  • + 7
 @dubod22: A metric tonne of mayonnaise.
  • + 3
 @OriginalDonk:

Or Sate sauce
  • + 3
 Sprinkle some sea salt on them levers and you are good to go.
  • + 1
 @dubod22: Been watching too much Pulp Fiction?
  • + 28
 Dear Magura And Specialized PR people, Miranda Miller is the current World Champion.
  • + 29
 Braking News....
  • + 4
 The MT7's with the HC levers are by far the best brakes I have ever ridden. I can see why the gravity team would be excited to run them...Super powerful. No fade. Unfortunately very tight tolerances between pad and rotor, but the performance makes me overlook this. They seem to work best with Magura's Storm HC rotors. Those rotors are much stiffer, stronger, and straighter than other brands so easier to keep straight and free of rubbing. This is the first brake I may actually downsize my rear rotor because there is so much power!
  • + 4
 Had MT5. Super powerful and modulation once you got used to it. Unfortunately they failed constantly leaving me brakeless ride after ride. I advocated Magura at work even though we had a plastic crate full of buggered ones (literally full). I was wrong, power is nothing if they aren't reliable and they are not.
  • + 3
 @clarky78: Plastic bleed screws too!
  • + 3
 yep agreed. Magura is the hidden gem of the bike biz.
  • + 2
 @clarky78: Agreed. Had a bucket full of exploded master cylinders at my shop. The power is undeniable, but the number of ways in which those brakes can die, often spectacularly, makes them hard to love.
  • + 3
 Hope this will help them to produce more ergonomic brake levers than the current stock ones as well as an easier bleeding of the brake caliber. Except for these two things I really like the brakes and their modulation.
  • + 1
 Best brakes in the biz. I have a set of the old road levers from like '91 with cant brakes. Still feel great. Had a set of the rim brakes back in the day for MTB....zero issues. And back when Shimano, sram, formula, etc... couldn't seem to hold up Magura's worked without a hitch for me.

Have MT 5's on one bike and the new MT Trail's on my newest bike. Zeroe issues. Set up, replace pads/rotors when needed, and that's it. Flawless. Great to see Specailzied giving them the respect they deserve.
  • + 1
 Wonder how durable a nylon cover for brake lever would be, using the same concept above it would be easy to offer brake levers of a completely different shape that would be cheap and easy to change.
  • + 2
 It's not a question of if the brakes perform. I'm certain they do. I'm guessing the race team gets new brakes for every race, What I would like to see is long term testing.
  • + 4
 The reason why they changed
youtu.be/IA-547yV5-I?t=361
  • + 3
 The brakes that broke are Sram Codes, they switched to Formula for 2017 and now to Magura for 2018
  • + 3
 Wasn't there another one where Loic also boiled brakes because braking much more then in regular run to get Claudio catch up? Remember Claudio acknowledging it in the ends video.
  • + 4
 Those 3D printed levers look easy to brake.
  • + 3
 As described under one of pictures, there is aluminum base to handle braking forces and 3D printed "cover" to quickly prototype ergonomic of lever shape.
  • + 7
 Wow really
  • + 8
 @elli: Pun thread was a little farther up; you missed your stop.
  • + 4
 Let’s pad this comments section out a bit longer...
  • + 0
 I was keen to buy those last year (mineral oil + linear braking force ftw), but every owner I spoke with did not recommend them. First few months was excellent, but than starts the brake pads rub with the rotor. No one could solved this issue since. They tried even different rotor brands. In the end they were questioning brake pads magnets, as they aren't probably strong enough.

Curious what is the current state of this issue.
  • + 3
 Sorry, but I never heard about this. I have the MT5 since 2016 and not even a single issue. I from what I got from other users, theirs have been super reliable too... Big fan of the new Magura brakes here. Smile
  • + 2
 @cool3: glad to hear something positive.
  • + 3
 Please stop this is not right .
  • + 2
 If Hope is the DMM of mountain-biking, Magura is surely Grivel? And if so who is Black Diamond or Petzl?
  • + 2
 TRP is black diamond, and shimano is petzl
  • + 3
 I've got hoses, from different area codes.
  • + 1
 Still doesn't make you as hoser
  • + 1
 @cornichons: Nop but they want to bleed me.
  • + 2
 me with who?.......................... Psh.
  • + 2
 Will it make them faster or slower?
  • + 2
 Magura? Give me a brake
  • + 1
 yay team
  • + 1
 UnBRAKEable
  • + 1
 plastic brakes NOPE
  • + 3
 Only the prototypes are plastic to narrow down lever feel.
  • + 1
 @Magura: can you link me to a video of bleeding some mt7s? im debating picking some up but Id like to see the process.
  • + 1
 @Nicksand5: I bought myself a pair. it as straight forward as you get as long as you but the Magura mini bleed kit. You bleed from the bottom and push fluid through. I had no issues although it took a couple of try's on rear brake until it became totally air free. Brakes performance are amazing and if you want a great brake purely on performance they are tough to beat.. As some people noted getting the caliper to align with no rubbing on initial install is tough. The tolerance are just too tight using HC rotors.
  • + 2
 @Nicksand5: Look up 'Filling and bleeding MAGURA MTNext' on YouTube.
  • + 1
 @bedell99: No experience with this latest generation of Magura brakes, but you typically need to care for a continuous upwards hose routing. Especially with some full suspension designs this may not be possible with the bike horizontal.

Other than that, yeah bleed from the bottom but also pump oil back down using the lever. You don't want the syringe on the top completely full when you remove it! But only push slowly with the lever. If you increase pressure, air bubbles will shrink allowing them to hide. If you push slow and then let the lever snap back quickly, you're reducing the pressure. This will allow the bubbles to increase in size and rise up more quickly. But indeed a common mistake is to pump quickly. This way the bubbles have to rise against the downward stream of oil, which is not what you want. You want air to go up. Take it easy and you'll realize that this is actually the quickest way to bleed the brakes.
  • + 0
 It makes for a good DISCussion

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