How To Customize
Magura MT7 Brakes
A bike repair stand like the Feedback Pro Elite makes any job easier. Normally, we would clamp the bike in the stand with the drivetrain facing out. When working on the braking system, though, we always put the bike in backwards to make the calipers and lines easier to access.
Magura is a German company that engineers performance parts for both motorcycles and bicycles. Its hydraulic systems are trusted by some of the fastest racers in our sport, and they are also offered as original equipment on some of the most precisely tuned motorbikes—from KTM, Ducati, BMW and Triumph among others. With a client list like that, we know the Magura stuff is up to the challenge.
Magura’s flagship MT7 brakes are a benchmark for power and performance when they are set up properly. On the trail, they deliver plenty of power that comes on smooth, with a snappy lever feel and modulation that allow the rider to control the bike more effectively. However, it requires slightly more setup knowhow to extract every bit of that German performance and turn it into more confidence on the trails. We’ll show you how we set our bike up to make it faster by slowing it down so well.
1-We already upgraded these MT7 brakes with Magura’s HC3 levers, which are highly adjustable and allow riders to finetune their brakes to their preferred feel. The HC3 is also slightly shorter than the stock lever and, in our experience, better for one-finger braking control.
2 -The 3mm hex on the lever blade allows adjustment of the lever for your hand size, finger length or personal preferences. It comes with a nifty adjustment-gauge pad printed right on the lever, which makes matching left- and right-lever angles easier to see.
3-The lever works best slid slightly inboard from the grips and rest of the controls, so that the lever blade hook meets the tip of your index finger when in the riding position.
4-This T-25 Torx bolt adjusts the leverage that the lever blade has on the master-cylinder piston. It allows the rider to turn the power of the brake up or down without messing with any fluids, changing pad compounds or swapping rotor sizes. It puts the power choice at your fingertips, literally.
5-Magura’s Carbotecture lever construction is remarkably lightweight but requires precise torque to avoid damaging the lever body. The 2-bolt lever clamp is designed to be torqued fully on the side of the clamp with the “up arrows.”
6-You can adjust the downward angle of the lever blade with one side tight. When you find the position you like, then finish by torquing the other bolt to 4 N/m.
7-The MT7 brakes use a 4-piston caliper with four separate brake pads and a large braking surface for power. That increased braking surface means the brakes tend to rub more easily, making the caliper adjustment even more critical to prevent rubbing.
8-Many riders prefer to squeeze the brake lever and then simply tighten the caliper bolts down. While this will center your caliper roughly, we still like to fine-tune before we call it good. To make the final adjustment, use the windows on the top of the caliper to look inside. When the brake is adjusted, you should be able to see a tiny amount of daylight on either side of the rotor.
9-Our test bike routes the brake line along the chainstay. This will vary from bike to bike, so Magura builds an adjustment by using a banjo bolt fitting that allows the hose to come off at any angle. To adjust, simply loosen the T-25 banjo bolt and rotate the brake hose to the preferred angle and snug it back down. Be careful not to loosen this bolt enough to allow air in the line, as doing so will require a full brake bleed afterward.
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