Magura Louise BAT disc brake review£119.99

Bargain trail stopper

BikeRadar score4/5

The 2010 Louise BAT is unchanged since last year, but it’s still a bargain for the dependable performance and features.

It shares its two-piece calliper with the budget Julie brake, but the hose angle is adjustable and the licensed Galfer wavy rotor helps cleaning.

The L-shaped lever is single-sided but gets a hinged clamp for easy fitting. The long, broad blade gives rock solid feel and there’s a bite point adjust dial.

Thorough bedding in is vital, but initial and medium braking power is impressive and modulation is reasonable. Despite mineral (non-synthetic) oil guts, it’s still better than most at full pull.

Weight is slightly high at 484g and the extra long hose needs pruning, but you do get a five-year guarantee and the price is excellent value.

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Guy Kesteven

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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.
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