Magura MT8 Brake Levers

Magura MT8 brake lever and master cylinder

Two sets of levers, clamps and master cylinders weigh 112g. Levers, master cylinder body and lever clamp are made from carbon fiber / carbotecture.

These levers feature a different lever clamp and reservoir top to the pictures I've seen of earlier MT8 levers.

The lever clamp is still made from carbotecture, but now appears significantly beefier than the original:

MT8 clamp

The inside of the master cylinder (part in red) now has a stack of holes (vent holes?) whereas the 2012 versions only had one small hole:

MT8 reservoir inside

These levers are Magura part number 2700235 and come as a set with olives and nipples, described as MT8 exchange kit in bag.

One the bike

These work well with the MTS calipers. Power seems at least as good as using the MTS levers. Indeed, it feels like power is improved over the MTS levers. Supposedly, the MT8 carbon levers offer about 10% less power than the lesser models, but it certainly does not feel that way. Perhaps the factory bleed on my MTS brakeset was not as good as the bleed I did when substituting the MT8 levers. Whatever the reason, I'm pretty happy with the setup.

MT8 brake levers on Syntace carbon bars on Giant Anthem X

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After some use the master cylinder piston can get sticky. A clean and re-grease Will have it performing like new again.

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These are MY2012 versions and so feature the newer graphics as well as lever code numbers of FD532XX and caliper code numbers of FD520XX (last two digits denotes colour of master cylinder, caliper and/or annodized bore cap).

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A proper brake bleed is all about ending up with no air in the system.  As a result, it's essential that whatever brake fluid you use is "degassed" before bleeding with it.  Here's the process:

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What comes with the set?

TruckerCo Brake Pads

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Magura MTS