First Look: New Magura HC1 Radial Master Cylinder

German Brake-Maker Magura Releases an Affordable Brake Upgrade

Motorcycle brake upgrade with Magura HC1 master cylinder
The HC1 is manufactured to Magura’s exacting standards. Magura is the OE supplier to brands like BMW and KTM, and the HC1 comes as standard equipment on KTM’s 990 Duke.©Motorcyclist

Introduced at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, late last year, Magura's HC1 radial master cylinder is now available in the US. Priced at just $289, the new HC1 is the more affordable alternative to Magura's $700 HC3 racing master cylinder with its variable leverage ratio and folding lever.

The HC1 is intended as an easy upgrade for street riders of all disciplines and is said to offer sensitive and powerful brake action in a compact package. Both the master cylinder and lever are forged from aluminum, and the lever’s reach adjustment insures comfortable use for riders with large and small hands alike.

Cut-away view of Magura HC1
The HC1’s actuator seal (1) is designed to prevent air, water, and debris from entering the master cylinder. The piston (2) uses a stationary main seal set into the master cylinder body.©Motorcyclist

As with the premium HC3 master cylinder, the HC1 uses Magura’s “hard core” technology, which includes a unique stationary main seal design that is said to provide a better seal under extreme use and also reduce internal friction. The HC1 is designed to work with modern ABS systems and is available in 12mm, 15mm, and 18mm piston diameters to suit a variety of brake systems.

The HC1 is also available in left-hand configuration for use as a clutch master cylinder. Sizes for clutch applications are 12mm, 13mm, and 16mm.

For more information, visit www.magura.com .