Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous Poor durability
I am a Magura fan and have a pair of their forks that I love (Odur) however I would not buy magura brakes again. Number 1 problem is that to bleed them properly you need their incredibly overpriced bleed kit; contrast this to Shimano where all you need for bleeding is a small length of polythene hose & job done. The bleeding fitment should be included with the brake NOT an expensive after market extra. Number 2 problem is that the caliper started leaking rendering it useless; rather than flog a dead horse I threw them away and replaced it with oh so reliable Shimano. Sorry Magura really it should be better than this..............
23 October 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Great value
I have these front and rear on my XC hardtail. So far they've been excellent. Powerful, very easy to setup and so far they have a very high build quality (3 months use). Downside is they could do with more modulation... A bit like the brakes on a lot of German cars to be honest... They're supplied with very long hoses which you gotta cut, but it's very easy and the brakes don't need bleeding afterwards. Not unless you're very clumsy anyway. Not pretty, but they look good in a "functional" kinda way :) They might not be as good as Avid 7's but then they are half the price! 5 stars cos they're so good for the price.
16 April 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Great stopping power but price low due to poor quality build
First reviewer so I had better be fair and accurate. I will start by saying I have only recently purchased an Avid Juicy 7 to replace my Julie HP front and this has given me a far better understanding of quality compared to "good value" for want of a better description. The Julie HP has got great stopping power I give it 5 stars for that considering the price bracket it's in. Unfortunately I had it less than a year and have had to keep it as a spare for my rear brake now. Why...because with the extremely cold winter we have just had I started getting weeping of the mineral oil from the brake lever attachment to the cable. I tried tightening it up and managed far too easily to strip the thread from the brake lever. The brake lever housing is made of resin and instead of putting a metal insert in at the junction with the metal cable sleeve they choose NOT to and this causes a weak spot on tightening up the cable. They give you so much front cable on purchase that you have no choice but to cut the cable and use one of the spare olives and inserts. I bought a second hand Juicy 7 and the build quality is sooooo much better in all alloy. The flip-flop brake lever is a much better idea and the lever can be removed without removing grips and bar ends etc. Much better idea. Another reason I have only given the Julie 3 stars is because I am finding I have on occasions the need to pump the brake to get the pressure. I have bled the brake a number of times but it still happens. Not built for harsh British weather.
09 April 2010