Like all the brakes in the MT line the MT2 uses a full hydraulic system with a dual piston, floating caliper. In fact, all the brakes are mechanically the same. More $$ get you less weight with higher-tech materials but, according to Magura, the MT2 delivers the same braking power and optimum lever geometry as the models toward the top end of the range. The tested MT2s retail for a very thrifty $104.00 per axle
The brake lever/master is a symmetrical design so it works for both front or rear. I’m not exactly sure what CARBOTECTURE® is but the brake lever and master are made from it and it is fancy enough for Magura to have registered the name as a trademark so it must be good stuff! There is a Torx fitting for the Easy Bleed Technology (EBT) set up on the reservoir. The dual bolt clamp should make it easy to mount without even taking off the shifter or grips although I use ODI lock-ons so this is more of a time saver than a must-have but they are built it in, so there you go.
Both brake sets I got came with a long enough cable to use for as a rear brake at 1800mm and are intended to be shortened by the shop or customer installer and this is the standard across the line. Magura will supply an even longer brake line if needed.
Instead of DOT fluid used by most other hydro makers, Magura brakes use Mineral Oil called Royal Blood. Mineral oil does not absorb water resulting in less need for bleeding and it is not toxic unlike DOT fluid. Plus, it is paint friendly if you happen to get a bit on your bikes finish in the rare event that you need the system bled.
The entire brake system including a 160mm rotor tipped out scales at 350g.
I get why mechanical disc brakes like the Avid BB7 became the standard bearer for fat-bikes when the majority of fat-bikes were ridden in very remote areas and trailside serviceability was a concern. Heck, I’ve used them myself and like BB7s but the advantages of hydros are too many to dismiss them for fat-bike use. A problem we aim to shed some light on here.
We are setting these brakes up on a prototype Schlick Cycles Tatanka and will follow up this Product Preview with a full test in a few weeks.
This product was given to us at no charge for reviewing. We were not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts throughout.