Magura Louise BAT disc brake review
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.
Dry brake test graph
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Wet brake test graph for all brakes tested
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