Magura Julie disc brake review£59.90

No-nonsense stopping performance at a better price than ever

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Magura’s Julie brake has been around for years, and now it offers no-nonsense performance at a better price than ever.

The big resin body and chunky blade aren’t subtle, and the feel from the thick lever is a bit wooden. Once bedded in, overall modulation is good too, and while it’s not super stoppy in standard spec, it comes in a 210mm/190mm rotor option for extra power. Despite its bulk, overall weight is good.

Like all Magura brakes you get a five-year no-leak guarantee if you register online; and comprehensive race support.

The low pressure hoses are less flexible than most though and you’ll soon find its boiling point if you start cooking it in proper mountains. A proven UK-useful brake for the money.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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