We spent quality time installing the new Magura MT8's onto a Juliana Joplin. Out of the box, these brakes are light. Really light. Luxuriously light. Installation went simple and smooth, just as a nice set of brakes should.
We paired tonight's session with a small Belgian style beer out of Michigan from Brewery Vivant. They're a new operation - only about 5 years old. We stumbled on a few cans (yes, cans) of this while shopping for other beers. We figured that since there were only a few cans of this left on the shelf, that that was a good sign.
Research tells us that this is a January seasonal release – a winter session beer, if you will. At 6.1%, it's on the lighter side which does allow for going back for another. Or another.
Although it's not a sweet as we expected, it's quite nice. It has all those Belgiany spices that one would expect and pours a nice dark gold color. But if we had to say, it reminds us more of a summer ale with all its citrus flavors. Regardless, if you happen upon a can, we suggest you make the purchase.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THE MT8's
- Everything. We can't stress enough that these brakes just feel good.
- They use mineral oil, rather than DOT fluid (thank you).
- The gap between the pads is big and easy to align the rotor without the dreaded drag.
- We scored some clamps from Magura to mount the SRAM shifter and brake lever to one clamp. Sick.
- The rotors are strong and stiff.
WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE
- Nothing. We're now Magura converts.