Magura Marta FR disc brake review£195.00

Usefully powerful

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Marta has had a grunge green FR makeover, and although it’s a usefully powerful brake, you’re mostly paying extra for aesthetics rather than improved performance. It comes with 180 and 203mm options of Storm rotor, plus a new green and military stencil style finish with white hose lines. There are no changes to the reservoir capacity or the single-piece calliper of the standard Marta though.

The closed lever design is awkward to slide onto carbon bars and the calliper hose either exits at 0 or 90 degrees (optional upgrade) rather than being truly angle adjustable. Power and feel are great, but indistinguishable from the only-slightly-heavier-but-much-cheaper Magura Louise and Louise Carbon brakes, which also have bite point adjustment and hinged clamps.

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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