Magura Marta SL hydraulic disc brake review£198.99

Alpine suitable stoppers

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Magura’s Marta has been around for a long time, but now it’s evolved into a proper trail brake, not just a lightweight race stopper. 

The one-piece calliper design is much stiffer, which gives impressive power on a par with the heavier Magura Louise brake. 

A 25 percent larger reservoir improves performance in high-heat Alpine conditions too, while new lever mechanics pull the pads further from the rotor for more mud clearance and less noise.

Easy Bleed Technology (EBT) makes bleeding a breeze (lucky as the supplied hoses are particularly long), reliability is excellent and the long levers cope with any shifter arrangement.

Lever feel is abrupt and wooden though, there’s no bite adjust and pads need careful bedding in to stop them vanishing quickly. Lighter than average weight doesn’t compensate for the high cost either.

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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