Magura Louise Carbon review£179.95

Magura's new Louise is a striking brake with love/hate responses from our testers. The deep U-section carbon lever blade and big body give a very solid feel with easy bite point adjustment via a dial.

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Magura's new Louise is a striking brake with love/hate responses from our testers. The deep U-section carbon lever blade and big body give a very solid feel with easy bite point adjustment via a dial. Varying performance for the first month settled into a predictable and reasonably powerful pull.

The big red Ventidisc spider is designed to work as a fan to aid cooling, but the deep collar wouldn't fit our dyno. The brake still got most of the way through the testing with a standard Magura rotor before it boiled though. 160 and 200mm rotor versions are the same price too, as is the Shimano Center Lock version. The Ventidisc adds 210g to this otherwise lightweight brake and the alu version looks better value at £129.95.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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