DOWN THE TRAIL
Twenty years ago, disc brakes were a new and exciting innovation but had not fully caught on yet. Most bikes still came with cable-actuated V-brakes or—gasp—cantilever
brakes. The Magura Gustav was built to change that by replacing the rinky-dink, cable-driven brakes of the past with powerful
hydraulic stoppers painted neon yellow.
The Gustav was a refined version of the dual-piston, self-adjusting brake system most motocross bikes used at the time.
The brake featured a translucent plastic fluid reservoir that
replenished the system with fluid as it was used. The caliper
required the use of a specific Magura hub that could work with a
19-millimeter thru-axle that was only available on the RockShox
DHO fork. The most interesting feature was the way the caliper
was allowed to float on a rail system to automatically center the
pads over the rotor. In the test, we noted that downhillers should
take note of this brake and that the Gustav had the potential to
“keep the mountain bike scene decked out in neon yellow for
years to come.”
Fondly Remembering MBA’s History