Here’s a quick go through on installing or trimming your MTB brake lines.
As always the disclaimer! If you have ANY doubts about your mechanical abilities, or about the results before you ride the bike contact a professional… This is really easy when it’s easy – but – you don’t want to be a hero with brakes when your, and frankly other trail users, safety is on the line.
Quick highlights of the video:
If you’re re-routing an internal brake line use a bent cable inserted in the brake hose. Insert the cable in the hose and PULL the hose out slowly through the bike. Insert the new brake hose on the bent cable and slowly PUSH the brake hose through the bike using the cable as a guide.
Use sharp cutters.
Make sure you have all the bits you’ll need including a new olive and barb. Ensure you have all of the parts on the line, in order, before you compress the fittings! (I’ve forgotten the cap, or put the cap on backwards once or twice over the years and if you compress the fittings, well, you’ll need more fittings)
Carefully tighten the assembly without over-tightening and damaging the brake lever. Bleed the brake as appropriate (bleed videos are available at BikeCo.com in our Tips & Tricks or Home Mechanic content sections)
Magura MT7 HCW Brake
The Magura 4 piston brakes are the most popular setup for Enduro riding. Magura MT7 and MT5 brakes provide riders 4 piston power with unbeatable modulation. Power when you want it, subtly when you need it. The Magura MT7 HCW features the HC-W lever originally designed by Loic Bruni for riders looking for a one finger lever with a wide reach.
The HC-W lever features tooled reach adjustment to fine tune your feel.
Magura Royal Blood Mineral Oil is long lasting. Typically needing only an original bleed and occasional lever bubble bleeds the fluid doesn’t tend to require full flushes in most use.
The MT7 Lever can run the HC-W, HC3, or original MT7 short or long levers depending on rider preference.
The Carbotecture SL master assembly is lightweight and extremely resistant
The radial master design reduces friction, and also enables small/large transmission ratios which reduces transmission losses and makes the brake more sensitive and easier to modulate
The one-piece 4-piston caliper is made of forged aluminium for an extraordinary degree of rigidity
Tooled reach adjust
Magura MT7 HCW Technical Details
Weight 255 g
Material Master Carbotecture SL
Material Lever Blade Aluminium
Material Caliper Aluminium
Brake medium Royal Blood
Banjo Fitting Yes
Shift Mix Yes
Remote Mix Yes
Recommended Rotor Storm HC
Lever Blade 1-Finger HC-W lever
Tubing 2200mm MAGURA disc tube
eBike Switch No
Colors Black-Silver Accents
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