Magura Louise BAT disc brake review

Bargain trail stopper

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £119.99 RRP | USD $208.36

Our review

Slightly heavy but impressive power and lots of user-friendly features
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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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Dry brake test graph for all brakes tested

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Wet brake test graph for all brakes tested


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Product Specifications


Name Louise BAT Brakes (10)
Brand Magura

Weight (g) 484
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm 180mm 203mm