Thanks for the detailed replies. I'm really curious to give these brakes a go. Its sounding like they should be worlds better than my suddenly disappearing 2010 Avid Codes! With the modulation they are supposed to have I won't have any excuses left for not learning proper nose wheelies ;-)
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The calipers look great on both brakes, but the MT5 levers have really a utilitarian look to them. They seem to be the AK47 of brake levers. They look super shonky and cheap, but they work.
The MT7 lever is a piece of engineering/manufacturing art though. Feels smoother and sturdier, looks much sexier.
The BAT isn´t really a bitepoint adjust though, it rather influences where the lever throw starts. Not a big difference.
If I'm honest part of the reason I'm still thinking about/trying to justify the MT7s to myself is that they would look blingier on the Nomad that I'm building up, I'm just not sure that its enough to get over the price difference for me. What do mean by the BAT changes where the lever throw starts? That sounds the same as a reach adjust to me…
I'll most likely get the MT5s. The link to the KingBarcelona site that was posted a few pages back is pretty over the top. The $115 price includes a 180mm rotor and I believe an adaptor as well… Kinda hard to argue with that price! Just gotta get in touch and figure out the shipping. Even if it $40 they'd still be a pretty smoking deal.
I'm looking a purchasing a spine lightweight spine protector for the upcoming race season so I'll most likely put the price difference between the MT5s and the MT7s towards that. I'm still curious though, does the BAT adjustment on the MT7s make a significant difference in the contact point of the brakes?
DrewM, or anyone else who has ridden the MT7, how well does the contact point (BAT) adjustment work? I remember seeing a Vital MTB review that suggested that it doesn't really do much. I'm definitely going to spec a set of the new four piston Maguras on a Nomad that I'm building up and I'm feeling kinda torn between the MT5 and the MT7.
I have big hands, wear an XL glove, and don't run my levers too close to the bars so I don't think the reach adjustment will be an issue with which ever model i choose. Overall it seems like the only real bonus that the MT7 offers over the MT5 is the BAT adjustment. If it's a functional adjustment I might be able to convince myself to spend the extra coin, but it definitely seems like the MT5s are a better value. How is the lever feel on the MT5s without any contact point adjustment? The old version of the MT brakes apparently had a lot of lever throw before they would bite… Finally I was thinking of running the Storm SL rotors with a 203 up front, but by the sounds of it maybe this would be too much power…?
Thanks for the informative thread. I've been pretty curious about these brakes and it's nice to have some real world reports.
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