Magura Louise FR Disc Brake System

DESCRIPTION

  • Pre-bled and ready to mount
  • Automatic pad wear
  • Lever reach adjustment
  • Freeride-specific disc brake
  • Fully-hydraulic twin piston caliper

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 24, 2010]
bigdamo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

good modulation.stops well

Weakness:

hard to bleed.throw on lever.

They work well but when you bleed them it is difficult and could take you a few attempts before you get it right.I bleed them once a year.

Similar Products Used:

Hayes HFX9

[Jan 09, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Front brake is excellent, very predictable one finger braking

Weakness:

Rear brake has air bubble since new (2 weeks) that the dealer is having difficulty fixing. The best is only half rear braking in spite of rebleeding multiple times over 1 1/2 weeks. I rode for 2 days and bike lost all rear brake and was too dangerous to ride.

Hope the problem is solved soon, 1745.00 Euro bike ($2565 U.S.) and this is the only flaw found so far.

Similar Products Used:

First set of Hydraulic brakes, in the past XT V brakes

[Oct 19, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

set it and forget it!
should read set it correctly the first time and forget it.

Weakness:

none, really. they might benefit from some more stopping power but i suspect this is from a bad rotor (rear) or dirty pads.

the only issue i had with these is that i didn't have another set for a commuter i'm building, so i just bought some more. The rear is a bit squeaky and lacks power but i mentioned this above(tectro rotor). Front is 8" with an Avid rotor - tonnes of power, good modulation, i haven't had to change anything. bought them used and have metallic pads in them (by magura). Get lots of spacers for proper setup.
Buy it if you like stopping.
note: don't ride a 30lb singlespeed.

Similar Products Used:

BB5's, older Louise, HS 33, lots of V's.

[Sep 27, 2008]
lebikerboy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Modulation/Power

Weakness:

Haven't found any so far...

I used to think Shimano brakes were the best, most reliable I'd ever used until I got the Magura Louise brakes. Now I think Shimano are the second best. Interesting that the two systems I like the best use mineral oil not DOT fluid that every other hydraulic brake uses. And oh by the way, aircraft use mineral oil for their hydraulic systems which has got to tell you something.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano/Grimeca/Hayes/Hope/Formula/Avid etc.

[Dec 31, 2007]
Stib

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good modulation. Durable and robust. Relatively trouble-free.

Weakness:

Sticky piston. Difficult to find replacement pads at LBS.

I've been riding with these brakes for a little over two years now mainly in dry, dusty southern California conditions. I'm running a 210mm rotor up front and a 190mm rotor on the rear brake. My bike weighs between 34-38 lbs, depending on the setup. I weigh between 180-195 lbs, plus gear and I guess I would describe my riding style as aggressive "all-mountain."

I've found that the brakes are very easy to modulate and have decent power, but there are times when I wish I had just a little bit more raw stopping power. I do prefer one-finger braking, so YMMV. I have never been one to baby my bike or equipment, and I've been pleased with the durability of the brake levers. They're pretty much as good as new despite several crashes (although I can't say the same thing about my SRAM X-9 trigger shifters).

Although I have had a relatively good experience with the Louise FRs, I did run into a problem with sticky pistons on both front and rear brakes. I E-mailed Magura's tech support, which did send a prompt reply, but their remedy of pumping the pistons did not work perfectly. I tried and re-tried their method several times, and while there was improvement, I find that they will still stick from time to time. The other frustrating bit is that none of our LBS's carry replacement pads for the Louise FRs or for any of Magura's brakes. I ended up finding some on-line, but I would have preferred to buy from one of our LBS's.

One final criticism is the finish of the levers. I find that the smooth finish of the levers make it feel slippery and less positive than I would like. I would love to see some machining or etching of the levers to increase friction where our fingers touch the levers.

Overall I have had a positive experience with my Louise FR's. I think they're a great set of brakes for people that want decent braking power, good modulation, and reliability in a no-frills package.

[Jun 26, 2007]
Earthpig
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Good modulation, decent pad wear, quiet

Weakness:

ugly levers, rubbing rear rotor, lack sheer stopping power

Good but not great brakes. This is my first set of hydraulic brakes, after many years and many bikes with the Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes. When I first built my X-5, I went with BB7s, but found that even switching out to the 185mm rotor in front, I didn't have enough sheer stopping power. After riding a friend's bike with Avid Juicy 7's, I thought switching to hydros on my Ventana would up the braking power. However, I'd heard bad things about the Juicys, so I went with the Louise FR instead (wanted the Hope M4, but didn't want to spend that much $$$.) Set up with 180mm rotors front and rear. Bottom line is that these brakes have great feel and modulation, but those positives are balanced out by the lack of sheer stopping power, which unfortunately is about on par with the Avid BB7 with 185mm rotors. Never had to bleed them yet, which is good, and am going on to my 3rd set of pads in 1.5 years. Levers are ugly, but the lever reach adjustment works fine. The biggest problem I've had is what another reviewer said - the "automatic centering" on my rear brake isn't working. The piston on one side refuses to retract all the way, leaving me with some serious rotor rub. Wondering if new pads and a good bleeding will fix this? Otherwise, these are OK brakes. Good, but not great.

Similar Products Used:

Avid BB7, BB5, Juicy 7 (demo only)

[Mar 10, 2006]
Peter
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Power, modulation, easy set up, looks good

Weakness:

Pistons stick in and rub a little when riding in really dirty conditions

These brakes are the best brakes money can buy. The master cylinder is oriented perpendicular to the brake lever (most are parrallel) allowing the brake system to achieve super good modulation as well as power. These brakes are the best. Any body who like to go fast downhill should buy these brakes.

Similar Products Used:

hayes hfx, avid juicy 7

[Dec 29, 2007]
Pedro
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

extremely powerful, adjustabilty, feel, modulation, etc, etc...

Weakness:

pad contact adjuster exposed to damage...

perfect, period. .....FR, DH, AM, EVerything....this brake is just perfect

Similar Products Used:

nothing like it

[Apr 27, 2007]
Mike Martin
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Stops on a Dime

Weakness:

I ride in typicaly dry dusty conditions. The pistons often do not return evenly and cause the pad to scrape on the disc. I have tried everything to fix this with no success.

Great when they work well, but high maintaince and a pain when they don't.

Similar Products Used:

non

[Apr 25, 2007]
mark
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Feels like a quality automotive piece, amazing power yet great modulation, quiet, quiet, quiet, nice looking, everything feels just right

Weakness:

none

These brakes kick arse. Smooth, reliable, good looks, amazing power but with great modulation, easy to maintain, mineral oil versus dot fluid is so much nicer to work with. One note: I had better lever feel after topping off with fluid than how they felt right out of the box. They were fine originally, I'm just bored and a perfectionest, so I played around with topping off the fluid (partial bleed) and now they are just perfect. I ride in cold and wet conditions and they are superior to the competition and relatively inexpensive. Maintenance is easy if you just follow directions exactly. I will no longer consider another brand of hydraulic brake.

Similar Products Used:

Hayes and Avid mechanical and hydraulics

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