Magura Marta SL hydraulic disc brake review

Alpine suitable stoppers

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£198.99 RRP
Magura Marta SL Brake

Our review

More power and Alpine consistency than before, but it's pricey and feels wooden
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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. 

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Marta SL Brakes (09)
Brand Magura

Manufacturer's Description The lightest full hydraulic disc brake on the market – period.
Features Available in several version with rotor diameters of 160 180 or 203mm.
Weight (g) 392
Brake Fluid Mineral
Brake Body Material Aluminium Carbon
Mount Compatibility IS Mount Post Mount