Some of these things may look familiar, but the devil’s in the details with updates and new versions of brakes and systems from Magura, Galfer, and BluBrake. We even spotted a new floating rotor from Czech brand GOLDfrens and some quick-connect solutions from Zeno…
We spotted Magura’s iC (Integrated Concept) cockpit before, which hides the brake lever’s master cylinder and hoses inside the handlebar. Thus far, they say this integrated cockpit is in use in two bikes from Kalkhoff and Porsche , but that it’ll get onto more mainstream bikes in the coming years.
The holdup, of course, is that it requires a specific handlebar and headset, but with more and more bikes already spec’ing the oversized headset systems from brands like FSA and Token, we suspect they’ll be more open to a fully hidden system like this.
Bigger picture, another challenge for a brand like Magura is global support for their brakes. Where Shimano and SRAM have solid global supply chains for brake pads, brake fluid, and most replacement parts, Magura might not, which makes bike product managers less likely to spec their brand. But we could see plenty of German brands and boutique makers offering this in select markets.
More likely to be spotted on a production bike in the near term are the new CT4 2-piston and CT5 4-piston brakes. They’re built on Magura’s MT4 caliper but with new CT master cylinder and lever that has a larger reservoir for better durability and longevity between service intervals.
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