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    Any feedback on the new Magura's showing up on 2013 builds?

    I just scored a deal on a new take off MTS brake set up from a 2013 Epic. From what I read online its an MT4 lever and an MT6 caliper with Storm SL rotors, should make for a really nice and light brake set-up for the money.

    Just curious how people are liking these new MTS's and if there is the BAT on the lever as with the higher end Magura.
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    The bar clamp Torx bolts are very soft and have a 2.5NM limit or you will strip them out. The replacements for them thru Magura are not cheap at $50 for 10 bolts. I wish I had known this before I went to town on them set at 5NM.

    I am coming from Avid Elixer CR's and BB7's. The brakes seemed like they took a long time to bed in and were very noisy until so and were very soft at first. After about 50 or so hard stops on asphalt they were bed in and are some of the least noisy brakes I have used or been around. I was really worried about them at first.

    The lever ergonomics took a little while to get used to, but I now feel like when I am using them that I am more in control of the lever and it is not in the way.

    The brakes just plain stop and they feel like they have really good modulation. The overall feel of the brakes is much better than my Elixers. The front brake of my Elixers need a new bleed (this will be the second bleed I have done on it in 2 years), but I don't remember them being as good as the Maguras when they were new.

    I have slight rotor rub on the front, but it looks like it will be easy to fix as there appears to be a pretty decent gap in the front. It seems like the avids had to be exact by a gnats a$$ in order to keep the rotor from rubbing. I haven't noticed any rotor rub on the back, but it is very hard to see a gap based on the positioning in the back.

    I can't comment on how easy they are on pad replacement. The Elixers are pretty easy to put in new pads.

    I really can't believe someone would take these brakes off their bike. I guess to each their own and there are probably better brakes out there. It just doesn't seem cost effective or worth while.

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    I really wish that the FSR Comp model had the same brakes as the HT Comp. The Elixir 5s are not impressive compared even to my BB7s and have failed to inspire confidence in braking. For the $$$ spent I really question the wisdom behind Specialized going back to Avid for bikes spec'd in the Comp range of bike. Especially when the HTs come with the MTS.
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    Yea, the Maguras are really nice and I like them a lot better than my Elixer CR's. I have a set of the BB7 with SD7 levers and when set up correctly they are awesome with plenty of power. The only difference between them and the hydraulics are that they don't have as smooth as a lever feel and don't have as good modulation. They have more of an on/off grabby feel.

    I think the Maguras are another reason for the weight loss between the 2012 and 2013 epics. My CR's with 185 rotors are advertised at 1,000 grams for the pair and these are advertised at 660 grams including 160 rotors for the pair. According to Magura they shed a bunch of weight going from the storm rotors to the storm SL rotors.

    Madsedan, how are you liking the brakes?

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    I replaced mine with xo brakes,getting to much brake fade
    On long rides on the way back down,once they get hot I
    Find them no good,couldn't get decent firm lever feel even
    After two different bike shops bleeding them,and they get very noisy
    Once they are hot,the op is right about the screws,the head snaps
    Off easy.I had about 300 mile on mine when I decided that they had to
    Go.they work good if your only doing flat xc,but can't get a decent firm
    Lever which leaves them a bit grabby

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