Magura Marta SL Magnesium disc brake review

Marta gets the diet treatment

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £260.00 RRP | USD $293.00

Our review

The 180mm version is comparatively light, with a sharp feel and good reliability – not cheap though
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Light but still with plenty of power and reliability, the Mag SL is an impressive – if expensive – all-rounder.

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By switching to magnesium for the master cylinder and adding a carbon fibre lever, Magura save 43g over the standard Marta, and the skeletal 129g 180mm SL rotor makes this version more competitive.

A closed clamp makes fitting to carbon bars a gentle job, though, and the hoses are ridiculously long. Carefully bedding in the pads is essential to get a good lifespan out of them, but otherwise we’ve had trouble-free years with our Magura anchors, and there’s a five-year leak guarantee too.

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The very sharp, firm lever feel that’s characteristic of most Magura brakes won’t suit those who like more of a squeezy feel. Modulation and power are consistent and adequate for most situations though. There’s also an alloy centred Ventidisc rotor option for mountain use, but at 213g it adds a lot of weight to the system.

Magura marta sl dry:
Katie Heron
All dry:
Katie Heron
Marta sl wet:
Katie Heron
All wet:
Katie Heron

Product Specifications

Product

Name Marta SL Magnesium (10)
Brand Magura

Weight (g) 374
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm 180mm 203mm
Mount Compatibility Post Mount
Brakes Additional Features Ventidisc rotor option