I count among those who started to pedal on a bicycle equipped with Cantilever brakes, then gradually switched to V-Brake, the best of rim brakes was the Magura HS-33, some of the best hydraulic brakes I had. Since then, however, it has been 18 years and disc brakes have become an unquestionable standard, making it almost unimaginable not having them on your bike. The offer has also become enormous, and from my point of view, Shimano is the leader in this market. However, Magura have an ace up their sleeves, which is called MT-7 and is ready to devour the Saints & Co., anytime. Not that the Saints are bad, but from my point of view, and of course, reported to my weight of 68 kg (150 lbs), MT-7 come from another universe.
As we tested them for the first time, about four years ago, the brakes proved to be very powerful, but modulation was not good. For the new model this has changed, and in fact this is the biggest and most important novelty of the new MT-7: an improved performance lever which delivers power better. This translates into better modulation, giving you a better choice of braking power. Be careful though, this brakes are not to toy with, accidents can happen because braking power is so enormous. All this considered, they are a better choice for beginners than the first version.
Installation is easy, you just need a Torx key and the basic bleed kit (although now I would get the advanced one). The brake hose must be shortened during installation, both on the front and rear, and the bleeding is done through the caliper, then on the lever.
Along with my 68 kg (150 lbs), I had a 26 kg (57 lbs) e-bike, the only heavy bike I had around the house. Compared to stock brakes, these can truly stop you and certainly can do just as well with a 110 kg (242 lbs) rider. The 203mm disc is huge and fits perfectly with these brakes, and the two separate pads in the four-piston caliper (which, by the way, is huge) can be installed very quickly by removing two screws. In addition, they also benefit from MagnetiXchange brake pistons for easy brake pad replacement, but I would not rely solely on it like the case with MT5, where I do not use extra screws.
Now that we have learned that modulation and power are excellent, we still have to consider weight. The Carbotecture material from which the levers are made feels a lot like cheap plastic, although it has proven to be very strong. One of our riders on an e-bike, suffered an accident and it was not the blade lever that broke, however the aluminium lever holding it (very easy to change, by the way). Adjusting the lever reach from the handlebar is done toolless with the help of a dial. And if we take into account it’s weight of 244 gr (8.6oz) / brake without disk rotor, I can say they are not that heavy for what they offer.
Ideal for e-bikes, heavy riders and gravity riders that want consistent braking with good modulation that do not lose power on long descent, these are among the top 4 pistons brakes on the market. You will have to pay for this premium around 234 euro / piece, being cheaper than similar Sram brakes (Code SRC – 274 euro) and a bit more expensive than Shimano (Saint – 215 euro).