WHAT DO THE BIKES OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE? FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST BRAKE FULLY INTEGRATED INTO A HANDLEBAR, MAGURA NOW PRESENTS AN OPTI- MIZED CONCEPT BIKE – WITH NO EXTERNAL CABLES AND TUBINGS.
The spring of 2019 saw MAGURA introduce the world’s first hydraulic brake fully integrated into a flat bar. With no external tubings, the MAGURA Cockpit Integration (MCi) gives riders a tidy design, better aerodyna- mics and greater protection for the hydraulic components. The second step is now a concept bike, which is almost ready for serial production – and it almost completely dispenses with external tubings and cables.
The MAGURA MCi concept bike
MAGURA is showing you this example of optimal integration today, as a preview of the design language of future bikes equipped with MCi. Besides the MCi, another special feature of the Cross-Country Hardtail is its optimized stem unit and innovative headset, which together enable the invisible line routing.
You can find all details about the bike in the build video athttps://www.youtube.com/user/MAGURAPassionPeople
Starting from the MCi cylinder inside the handlebars, the completely invisible tubings run through the handlebars and stem unit. The front tubing then goes through a prepared hole in the stem unit directly to the line routing at the suspension fork and to the brake calliper. The rear wheel tubing is led through the headset system into the frame. The diameter of the upper headset bearing is oversized to enable the guiding of the tubing between the tapered steerer tube and the bearing. A reducing sleeve provides a guide hole for the tubing – an invisible entry into the frame. This type of routing is already available in serial production from some headset and bicycle manufacturers.
The bike offers a particularly clean design thanks to the MCi, a wireless shifting system and
the VYRON eLECT wireless seatpost. The Cross-Country Bike can be ridden without restrictions and is especially weight-optimized with less than 9 kg / 20 lbs. The prototype handlebar was constructed in cooperation with Bike Ahead Composites, a German carbon specialist. The frame is made by Müsing-Bikes. The bike already uses the MAGURA Easy Link Tube coupling to enhance the level of user-friendly service and maintenance.
All details of the MAGURA MCi
The heart of the MCi is a cylinder that is invisibly located in the handlebar grip area. The dimensions of the expansion reservoir and piston diameter correspond to the dimensions used in the MAGURA MT series. This gives the MCi the same stability and braking power as the conventional MAGURA MT brakes. The brake lines are also laid inside the handlebar – they are led through the stem unit and steering tube through special holes in the handlebars. All parts of the cockpit are specially designed for use with the MAGURA MCi.
Only the lever blades are externally visible. The result is a tidy appearance and enhanced functionality, offering effective protection against crashes and mechanical damage.
The system is equally suitable for mountain bike or urban use depending on the installed handlebar and stem unit. Thanks to the lever bearing point being close to the handlebar, the MCi gives riders a more direct braking feeling than all the previous MAGURA brakes. The ratio between lever travel and braking force is also designed to be more progressive, refining the modulation of the brake.
The lever angle of the MCi is individually adjusted to each bicycle model and optimized for the best possible seating position. Special handlebar grips with a fixed core also allow a projection of up to 2 cm at the handlebar end. The handle width is infinitely variable on the lever blade.
Easy maintenance and user-friendly – the MAGURA Easy Link tube
The development of the Easy Link tube was focused on userfriendly service and maintenance, plus of course a tidy cockpit integration. The MCi is the first MAGURA product to use the new Easy Link tube coupling.
The new Easy Link tube coupling is a special plug-in connector that links the cockpit unit and the tubing. During a service, the cockpit unit can be easily separated from the tubing within the frame. Brake bleeding is carried out by means of the proven MAGURA Easy Bleed Technology and a bleed screw at the handlebar end.
First series launch
Initially, the MCi will only be reserved for OE partners. MAGURA will act as the MCi system supplier during the development and will specify the components such as handlebars, stem unit and cable/line routing together with the respective bicycle manufacturer. An aftermarket version is not planned for the near future.
Website:https://www.magura.com/Source: Magura Press Office
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