Ok, was considering this dropper as upgrade on my bikepacking/trail hardtail but a dropper mechanic in my LBS says that design of this dropper isn't good. From his words, the dropper fixation is similar to one of Crackbrothers old dropper, which initially had a good reviews but after short time was discontinued because of the issues. Every time dropper fixes in some position, it slightly deforms the fixing surface and after some time, under load, it will start to slip through at spots where dropper was fixed the most. Also, he says that in this dropper the fixation area is even smaller than on Crackbrothers dropper so it will fail even faster.
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It's not a top line product, like DHX2, that's what I mean by saying it's inferior. And it's not a unique Marzocchi product either, just rebadged and a little bit revamped old one from Fox. Marzocchi used to be a company that was designing their own suspension stuff, it's disappointing to see they now offer just rebadged Fox products for less demanding auditory. I really had hoped the would come up with something new.
Fox Van RC was good, affordable and reliable. But it's a disappointment to see that Marzocchi is becoming a second-tier brand for Fox inferior product lines.
Hey Andrew, very nice wishlist. I want Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet had a better clasps/mounts. I read a lot reviews that they are flimsy and can be braked easily if you aren't very careful.
My question is - have you tried Bontrager 29x3 XR4 Team Issue? If yes, how they compare to SE4 in your eyes?
Seems to be great dropper for winter fatbiking - many hydraulic droppers start to fail when it is freezing outside. e13 TRS+ has weak lifting power and has issues popping up with bikepacking dropper-friendly saddlebags, unless you pack them very lightly. I wonder how powerful WCS Kite is.
Thanks for your all awesome reviews. For the long days in a saddle, when you do trail riding with lots of pedaling over dirt/loam in-between, what you would recommend - 610 or 611? Basically, I am looking for a saddle that is both comfortable for long pedaling backcountry sessions and trail riding too. I read that some people find 611 to be more comfortable despite 610 is advertised as more comfortable one.
eMTB will inevitably get more and more popular. Being a Luddite won't really help stopping it from happening.
Thanks, Andrew. Have you tried non-Magura pads, by the way? Trickstuff, SwissStop, Nukeproof and other manufactures offer different Magura MT pads. I wonder if they are as good as Magura pads or maybe have a longer lifecycle.
I have a question about pads - as far as I understand on 4-piston front can have either fused dual-pad that is installed magnetically (9.P/9.C/9.E in Magura specs) or a pair of conventional pads installed with pins (8.P)?
Thanks, Andrew. Pads are clamping the rotors and it doesn't feel brakes need re-bleeding - modulation is great and smooth. But you're right - there's simply not enough friction. I did a series of "bedding" braking stops when I was out on test ride, it improved braking power slightly. Magura recommends at least 30-50 full braking stops on speed around 20mph to fully bed the pads. Will do it tomorrow and also will try slightly sanding rotors/pads if I fail to bed them "naturally".
I have installed new MT Trail Sport brakes today and I am disappointed with a braking power. Not sure what's wrong with them but braking feels weaker then on my previous SRAM Level TL brakes that I have replaced with Maguras. It was almost impossible to skid, especially on higher speeds and with full grab on both brakes I am still able to pedal through. Modulation is great though. I have 203/180 brand new Trickstuff rotors installed. I still have to bed the pads properly - maybe it will improve braking? Also, I will try to clean rotors, maybe they have some sort of oil/grease on them. Not sure how to improve braking, I was expecting them to be much more powerful. Should I try to re-bleed them? Any advice is much welcome! Thanks.
Thanks, that's very helpful. I agree, MT Trail Sport value for money is hard to beat here in Europe. Also, they are supplied with one-finger HC levers which I really like. Almost for same price I can get MT5 but with regular 2-finger levers (which I don't like). Of course HC levers can be bought separately but they add $50 to the price.
Mostly, I am a little bit scared off by Magura's brakes bleeding procedure. I like simplicity of the Cura.
I am also interested in recently announced four-piston Cura 4 but it's not available yet and price is unknown.
Thanks for the article. Cura seems got a lot of praise from the media recently.
Currently, I am torn between Formula Cura and Magura MT Trail Sport. How do they compare? Power, modulation... I anticipate Cura is a little bit better but MT Trail Sport is quite cheap here in EU, around $160 per set. Thank you.
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