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Europe´s most popular brake 2018: MAGURA MT7

More than 13.000 readers voted on their favorite products and for the fourth time our MAGURA MT7 took the win!

Europe's largest MTB community was convinced by "aggressive power, fine modulation and individual ergonomic options!".

Three of the five best brakes are coming from the german brake brand.

Thanks for your vote and trust!

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Northwave: Extreme RR 2 GTX

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• Carbon Light outsole in carbon fiber and glass fiber with 10.0 rigidity index 
• Duratherm water and windproof Gore-Tex® membrane ensures uncompromised sweat extraction and keeps the foot warm and perfectly insulated even in the coldest conditions 
• Upper with construction patented XFrame®, made with latest generation materials, transfers every watt of power by tightening the foot to the maximum and uniformly without any pressure point 
• Additional coating with specific materials for maximum heat insulation on the forefoot 
• Reinforced anti-abrasion rubber toecap 
• SLW2 rotor: the only one with step-by-step and complete release in a single button
• The Climaflex collar combines the extreme elasticity of the Gore-Tex Rattler® membrane with the high thermicity of the Neoprene, ensuring unprecedented mobility and protection 
• The integrated heel provides effective heel retention 
• The Arctic GTX insole with 4-layer construction with aluminum and batteries ensures excellent thermal insulation in synergy with the membrane 
• 360 ° reflective inserts

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What will urban mobility look like in the future – and how can we make it safer? This is a question that MAGURA engineers are already answering with new product optimisations and technologies. For the first time, the Eurobike 2018 will see MAGURA presenting a ready-to-ride cockpit unit with fully-integrated brake and internally-installed cable.

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MAGURA cockpit study with integrated brake

E-bikes have long since established themselves in city traffic and are often almost indistinguishable from ordinary bicycles. Fully-integrated batteries and motors ensure clear design lines and resistance to weather influences.

At this year’s Eurobike trade fair, MAGURA will present a first – a trend-setting design study for fully-integrated cockpit systems. A handlebar stem unit with hydraulic brake, display and front light lies at the heart of the design study, which illustrates how consistent system integration can improve the design and functionality of E-bikes and S-Pedelecs. 

The handlebar unit, manufactured in cooperation with “bike ahead composites”, includes the hydraulic sensor unit for the brakes, a dimmable front light from the manufacturer Supernova, and a display for E-Bike and S-Pedelec operation. Only the two brake levers can be seen from the outside. Thanks to the modern carbon production, the design language of the frame can be absorbed and flows seamlessly into the cockpit – without external cables or protruding displays. 

With this new design study, MAGURA has consolidated its position in the bicycle market as an innovative technology leader in the mobility solutions segment. 

“E-competence is our challenge for the future – and we dedicate ourselves to this challenge with passion, technological know-how and future-oriented cooperations,” says Olaf Müller, MAGURA Managing Director.

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What distinguishes an outstanding brake? We at MAGURA believe in individualization. Only when a brake is perfectly adapted to your needs can it deliver its full performance – and we offer you a wide range of options to get the most out of your MAGURA brake by adapting its ergonomics and its color to your wishes.

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Braking force and modulation – two things that are essential for a good brake. At MAGURA, however, we go one step further – to get the maximum performance from your brake, it must be adapted to your individual needs.

This is why we offer you five different ways of changing the ergonomics of your brake:


The HC3 lever was developed together with Danny MacAskill. It allows the rider to perfectly adapt the lever ergonomics to his or her own preferences. In addition to the lever width, the transmission ratio and consequently the braking force can also be adjusted – a true innovation in the mountain bike sector.

The settings options of the HC3 lever at a glance:

  • Lever width adjustment: Close to the handlebars or further away? The lever width adjustment lets you adjust the lever exactly how you want it to be.

  • Ratio Adjust: By changing the mechanical ratio, you can set the right braking force for any surface:

    • On high-grip surfaces a large transmission ratio = high braking power

    • On slippery surfaces, e.g. wet or muddy, a small transmission ratio = better modulation


The ergonomics of the shorter HC aluminium lever are designed for riders who like to have their levers close to the handlebars and have only one finger on the brake. The weight is almost identical to the 2-finger lever. The 1-finger HC aluminium lever is the perfect choice for drivers who like "short and crisp" braking.

1-FINGER HC, CARBON (ab Modelljahr 2019)

The 1-Finger HC lever comes in a carbon version from model year 2019. The advantages are obvious: The lever is stiffer and lighter, which is especially interesting for weight-oriented drivers.


This is the big brother of the 1-finger HC aluminium lever. Its extra length and reduced curvature makes it particularly suitable for riders with large hands or those who like to have their levers further away from the handlebars. The extra length also provides greater leverage and helps to put the braking force where you need it – on the trail.



The 2-finger carbon lever has the same geometry as the aluminium version. It's characterized by higher rigidity and an extremely low weight.

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Rotor: How To Clean Your Road Bike Like A “Pro”

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“A clean bike is a fast bike.” It’s something that many of us repeat to ourselves as we summon the motivation to clean our bikes, especially before big rides and races. And it’s true: a clean bike’s drivetrain and brakes simply work better, so you will feel faster. Plus, when you clean your bike, you have the chance to closely inspect it, which means you are more likely to catch small problems before they become ride- or race-ending problems.

Step 1: Pick your venue

First, find a suitable place outside to clean your bike. Depending where you live, you may be able to set up a semi-permanent spot, complete with a bike stand, hose and cleaning supplies, for easy, frequent bike cleanings. But maybe that’s not an option for you, or you’re traveling? Consider using a bay at a local car wash, or borrow a friend’s driveway or lawn and hose.

Step 2: Assemble supplies

No matter where you clean your bike, it’s helpful to create your own portable bike cleaning kit. Key elements should include soap, degreaser, a chain cleaning kit, brushes of various sizes, a sponge, polish, old towels and rags. Store it all in a bucket that you can travel with and use during cleaning.

Step 3: Take care of your drivetrain

Because drivetrains are typically covered in lube, they attract dirt, mud, sand and other grit. Use a chain cleaning kit with degreaser to thoroughly clean your chain. Taking some time to scrape the accumulated gunk out of pulley wheels, off chainrings and from in between gears will make your drivetrain turn more smoothly, which means less effort to pedal. Use degreaser and a brush to get that gunk off; water alone won’t do much.

Step 4: Use soap and scrub

Although it’s tempting after a long hard, dirty ride to simply hose off your bike, which is still better than doing nothing, it will get much cleaner if you use soap and scrub. Despite all the marketing hype, no special soap is needed; dish detergent works great. Simply add some soap to your bucket and fill with water. If it’s a cold day, use hot water – it’ll be easier on the hands.

After initially spraying down your bike with water, use a sponge to soap up your frame, fork, wheels and other parts. Use a scrub brush for extra effectiveness wherever grime is caked on. Remove your wheels to get to hard-to-reach places. Last but not least, don’t forget to soap up your drivetrain so you get all that degreaser off.

Step 5: Rinse

Rinse your bike with water thoroughly after using degreaser and soap. Be careful where and how you spray water; avoid using a strong spray, such as from a power washer, directly into moving parts like bearings and bottom brackets, unless you also plan to re-lube or re-grease them all afterward. One of the great things about ROTOR UNO groupsets is that you don’t have to worry about the water potentially corroding your bike’s steel cables because both the brakes and shifters are actuated hydraulically; there are no metal shift or brake cables.

Step 6: Polish

Getting all the dirt off your bike will make your bike look much better, but if you want to do a super pro job, also dry your bike with an air compressor or old towels and then polish your frame and any shiny components. Be sure to check in advance that your chosen polish is ok to use on your frame. It’s hard to hurt metal, but not all substances are good for all frame materials and paints.

Step 7: Re-assemble and lube

Put the wheels – and any other parts you might have removed during cleaning – back onto your bike. Finally, lube your drivetrain, pedals and any other essential moving parts so they don’t rust or seize up.