Magura Marta Raceline disc brake review£245.99

Limited edition anchors

BikeRadar score3/5

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.

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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