Magura Marta Raceline disc brake review

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£245.99

Magura Marta Raceline

BikeRadar verdict

3 out of 5 stars

"Expensive but sharp feeling, very reliable race/trail brake and 180mm version is comparatively light"

Friday, March 25, 2011 4.00pm By

The 600 sets of these limited edition brakes are effectively a £259 Marta SL, with the reservoir plate picked out in Magura’s signature yellow and a white hose. The magnesium master cylinder and carbon fibre lever save 43g over the standard Marta brake.

The skeletal Storm rotor is light for its size too, making this 180mm version comparatively lighter than the 160mm item at 333g. Lever feel is sharp and firm, but modulation and control are consistent. Peak power is enough for most trail use.

The closed clamp on the single-sided master cylinder means you need to be careful when sliding it onto carbon bars. Bedding in the pads carefully is also essential for good wear life. Reliability is excellent and we’ve never had to call on the five-year leak proof guarantee. It’s still pricey, even though it's cheaper than the standard version.

Also consider: Magura Marta Mag SL, £315. The lightest Magura brake gets titanium and magnesium upgrades for a sharp stopping feel at an even lower weight, but it's the most expensive brake you can buy. There’s an all-new Magura cross-country brake due soon.

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Specification

Name:
Marta Raceline disc brake(11)
Brand:
Magura
Price:
£245.99

Features:
Venti disc rotor option,
Weight (g):
381
Brake Rotor Diameters:
160mm 180mm 203mm

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