Magura Marta Disc Brake System

DESCRIPTION

Magura Marta Post Mount Front Brake: No compromise fully hydraulic disc brake. Open system with reservoir, dual piston, 2-finger carbon brake blade. International Standard mounts. Includes rotor, fixing bolts, caliper, lever and line. Pre-bled and ready to install...

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 02, 2011]
aanderle
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stopping power, reliability, looks, ease of maintenance

Weakness:

None so far

The first disc brakes that work well and need the least amount of maintenance for smooth, quiet, powerful and reliable operation. No leakage, no screaming, no rotor twisting. I've got 203/185mm rotors, weight 80 kilos and feel the same good response throughout long, steep and fast descends.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano XT, Avid Juicy 7, Hope

[Nov 12, 2010]
mtnbiker4life
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

They are very easy to set up and service whic was one of the main reason I purchased them

Weakness:

Magura has some quality issues with the SL rotors because after setting up my system according to Maguras data I got this shuddering sounds when braking. They sent me new rotors and pads no questions asked

These brakes are easy to set up and I like the idea of a non-toxic brake fluid. I've using Avid BB7s for the last ten years and decided to take a chance on the Magura Martas. I like them so much that I bought two more pairs along with some new Storm SL rotors.

Similar Products Used:

Avid BB7s

[Oct 01, 2010]
yetibetty
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very well made, comfortable lever blade and quiet

Weakness:

A bit grabby so could do with a bit more built in contol

This review is for the 2011 Marta with Storm rotors.

These brakes are very well made and are light weight with tons of power. The lever blade is a great shape and is very comfortable. They are also quiet even in the wet.

They do not overheat or fade, this could be due to the great new storm rotors.

I weigh around 165 lb and went for 180 front 160 rear and found them far to grabby with the standard performance pads but this has been solved by fitting the endurance pads and they now have more control.

I bought these to replace my Avid Juicy 5's and I'm glad that I did as my bike is now a lot lighter and no more noise.

Similar Products Used:

Magura julie, Avid Juicy 5, Shimano can't remember what.

[Oct 25, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy installation, great stopping power, good modulation, looks very clean on my IS mounts running 160 mm rotor with no adapters.

Weakness:

Came pre bled but had to re bleed myself. Bleeding was pretty straight forward if you follow the directions properly

These brakes are a 2004 model. Other than I was expecting the pre bled line to actually arrive in workling order like my Louise version everything is great. Had to break in the brakes for about a day before I had full braking power. Looks very clean on my bike. Makes my buddy jealous with his Hayes callipers. I only weigh 135 pounds so these brakes stop me like I am riding a motorcycle. I am running 160 mm rotors and have had no brake fade issues. I do some big down hills with these and they feel so solid and confident all the time. Very happy with these.

Similar Products Used:

Tektro Aquila, Magura Louise FR

[Apr 13, 2009]
KM_Behrens
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

weight, ease of system bleed, stopping power

Weakness:

levers, know that quality is going to cost some cabbage

used these badboys on the Seven summits trail and for the first time I don`t recall having super sore arms after a long ride. the end of the trail had a seven kilometer downhill stretch that I one-finger braked most of the way! I do find the brake lever a bit flimsy though and if you crash alot you might be worried about the position of the resevoir(it sticks straight out from the handlebars). other than that these brakes are brilliant and I would consider buying Magura products again.

Similar Products Used:

hope C2`s, hayes nine

[Mar 18, 2009]
t
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Worked incredibly well for about 10,000 miles

Weakness:

Worked poorly after 10,000 miles. I've tried new rotors & pads, multiple bleeds, but still these brakes will not "bite", they just squeal under heavy breaking. Eventually got no help from Magura (wouldn't return emails, and it wasn't like I was constantly bugging them).

The brakes had very impressive performance for a few years, but they definitely appear to have a limited life of less than 5 years. After that, it appears as though they just can't deliver the amount of pressure needed to lock up the wheel under riding weight. This accurs even when fully pressurized with clean rotors and pads. It's too bad, because initially the performance is excellent, and it's a real let down once they go south. These brakes are also overpriced for the limited life/performance they have.

Similar Products Used:

None- I shouldn't have too having paid 250 a piece.

[Aug 30, 2008]
Speedy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very nice modulation and lever feel. Good stopping power.

Weakness:

Leakage problem, requires frequent bleeding

This brake does an excellent job when it is working. The modulation and lever feel is better than any others I have tried. Requires quite a bit of maintenance because they need to be bled frequently and now it looks like I need a master cylinder. I would give them a 5 when they are working right, and I would give them a 2 for amount of maintenance required.

Similar Products Used:

Hope Mono Minis

[Jul 13, 2008]
mmmm
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Weakness:

takes some time to install properly

Great brakes. Took a little bit of work to install but now they work great. Also Magura tech support is very helpfull.

[Jul 08, 2007]
BobL

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, well made, uses mineral oil, good feel and braking power

Weakness:

Can be finicky if not properly bled OR if calipers are not properly mounted. Aluminum levers seem less sturdy than carbon, but is it worth the price to upgrade??

Wanting to build a 5+" travel bike that weighed under 30 pounds, these were my first choice. Also the use of mineral oil instead of DOT brake fluid for safety/convenience.

Brakes have great stopping power and modulation for such light,small packages. But a couple of things I've learned:

Bleeding is key if the system is compromised. Get the bleed kit, read the instructions before starting and follow explicitly. If properly bled, no pumping is required. Be careful with the master cylinder cap screws; tiny and easy to strip but you should never have to remove in field if set up properly at home. And don't try to overfill master cylinder.

Proper mounting of calipers is crucial to good operation. Use the Magura facing tool (dealer should have one) on all ISO tabs, then center caliper to disc without the pads installed. I made a note on a Magura label of how many spacers I used and where, then taped it to my tool box for future reference.

I had some initial issues, but after following the above, brakes have been spot on with nothing but an occasional pad change. I keep the calipers clean inside with a cheap paintbrush and compressed air (no squeals; pads last longer).
These are not for the knuckle scraping ham fisted crowd. Care and finesse is neccessary on set up to deliver optimum performance. If you don't have the patience (I didn't at first), have a competent shop dude install or stick to Avid mechanicals.
And don't expect these to work for C-dales or DH. Heavy duty requires heavy stuff.

Considering the price and reliability compared to Hope or Formula, value is great. Overall considers the effort required to set-up.


Similar Products Used:

Avid Juicy, BB7

[Jun 28, 2007]
Bill
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Wow!! Stopping power. Feels great and has good modualtion. NO NOISE.

Weakness:

The stopping power. You need to be carefull how much front brake you use on technical downhills.

These are great brakes and would highly recommend them to anyone.

Similar Products Used:

Hayes, Avid Juicy 7's

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