Magura HS33 Brake System

4.55/5 (107 Reviews)
Weight : 790 g MSRP : $185.99


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Product Description

No compromise fully hydraulic rim brake system with a 14mm diameter master piston and two 14mm diameter slave pistons. This makes the HS 33 series approximately 25% more powerful than the other rim brake models. Aluminium brake lever with forged 2-finger lever blade and integrated on the go turbo pad wear adjuster.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fasterjason

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2014

Strengths:    Excellent modulation, good stopping power, longevity, best rim brake ever

Weaknesses:    Unable to use on newer frames w/o canti-studs. Not the easiest set-up the first time you do it.

Bottom Line:   
I bought my first set in 95 and still use one on my 26" fixie, second set in 2000 and still use on my 26" SS with good success racing. Bought a third set last year for use on an older GT trials bike. I do run disc brakes on my 29" SS and full suspension.

Modulation is great for riding wheelies, trials and not skidding on descents. Pads are available, affordable and last a good while. Wide pad spacing allows for lower tolerance in the rim being true.

With little change over 20 years, I would say it is rim brake perfection.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2013

Strengths:    Provides "almost" disc brake power when discs can't be used.

Weaknesses:    Don't work quite as well as discs especially in the wet.

Bottom Line:   
This rear HS33 2013 version replaced a set of first generation HS33 Quicksilvers.
The new version has a radial master cylinder which provides a ton of power. I use
the grey ceramic pads with Mavic X517 ceramic rims and the results are outstanding!
Bottom line, if your frame isn't capable of rear discs as my '93 Blizzard wasn't these are
a great alternative.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than a month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycle


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frodo1 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2012

Strengths:    The best cantilever brakes ever. Feeling almost like a good disc brake. Strength like a weaker but good disc brake. Very user friendly.

Weaknesses:    NON, considering that it can of cause not compete with a really good disc brake

Bottom Line:   
The best cantilever brakes ever. These brakes wrote history. Today I would go for good disc brakes (I am happy with my Louise BAT). If you want to upgrade your cantilevers / V-brakes go for the HS-33! Stronger than any mechanical disc brake I know. I had these brakes on my first bike for 5 years ... in the last century ;)

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Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR V-brake

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F3000 SX. Lefty. Magura Louise BAT

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by brettsportler a Cross Country Rider from Germany

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2011

Strengths:    there are only a few products one could say that they changed a sport-this is probably one of them.

Weaknesses:    time moves on...

Bottom Line:   
I´ve been a huge fan of this brake (or the preceding RaceLine-Brake, respectively) for many years, starting somewhere in the years following John Tomac first riding these...However, I feel that in 2011 there are better choices: for those of you looking for a rim brake for whatever reason, you will find cheaper and more reliable "normal" rim brakes (such as SD7 with good pads). And for the big rest of you, get something like Avids BB7 which will cost you the same and offer A LOT (sic!) more power. Don´t believe what enthusiasts will tell you on this brake, even when using it in optimal conditions (that is clean, good rims, good pads, no rain), you´ll be far from a well set up disc brake...

All in all, too expensive, too weak for 2011...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Avid SD7 Rim brakes, Avid BB7 disc brakes (both mechanical)

Bike Setup:   Surly 1x1, Rohloff Hub, (now) BB7 disc brakes...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ligfiets a Racer from Delft, The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2009

Strengths:    When new, more stopping power than regular rim brake. Easy replacement of brake pads

Weaknesses:    Reliability, durability.

Bottom Line:   
Combines the weak points of a rim brake with weak points of a disk brake. You have the more complex hydraulics and rim damage but not the stopping power. After some two years most of the stopping power was gone; they are hard to service and can fail just as unexpected as a mechanical brake. Maybe they last longer if you do a lot of maintenance, but it's nothing for a 365 day/yr bicycle.

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Favorite Trail:   Any coastline

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   Challenge Hurricane, USS, random shimano parts, HS33 on back wheel.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by feeal a Cross Country Rider from colchester, uk

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2009

Strengths:    awsome stopping power, cooler than Steve McQueen, no maintenance so far, , , easy to change pads, confidence boosting performance rain or shine!

Weaknesses:    like any rim brake, heavy mud can be a little awkward, just scrapes from the mud build up, they still stop you fine.

Bottom Line:   
the whole bike cost me £157 and i couldn't by the brake levers for that. I'm well chuffed. The hs33's are the most awsome part of a beautiful bike, they stop you, and nothing stops them doing that. gotta love the bar mounted adjustment.

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Favorite Trail:   a new and challenging one :)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   ebay (fitted to comp

Similar Products Used:   a variety of v-brakes and a few rides on disc equipped mtbs

Bike Setup:   koxx drilled rear rim on a chris king hub, 12-28t dur-ace cassete and mech, middleburn rs8's with 34t uno chainring, raceface bottom bracket and headset, easton monkeylight bars, carbon fibre levers by rb design (by all accounts these are a great improvement on the maggie lever) zoo forks to a hope hub in mavic rim and michellin hot S tyres all lovingly bolted to a light as you like rockhopper frame

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SIMKE a Weekend Warrior from CROATIA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2008

Strengths:    Good,soft feeling on levers, very strong in braking,look.

Weaknesses:    Tricky to set up,to heavy for XC, if not set properly lack of streng.

Bottom Line:   
Used them every where, on dry, rain, mud. Mud blocked me only once, on Bansko Brdo. When you set them up properly, they are great. But as the pads start to wear out i hed to set them to often, sometimes after 2 or 3 rides. And it is pain in the ass to set them up corectly. They where also to heavy for my tipe of riding, so i changed them and bought me self a pair of new
XT Vbrakes. Strenght of braking is about the same, but bike is much lighter now, and im vory free of constantly seting the brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   N.Velebit

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   locak shop

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes, HFX9

Bike Setup:   All XT, Marzocchi MX Comp 120mm, kellys Sabotage HT frame.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BicycleGod.com a Downhiller from Dublin, Ireland

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2008

Strengths:    Incredible stopping power. I ride these brakes on the rear of my urban/skateprk rig. Also on the front and rear of my Trials bike. Cannot recommend them highly enough

Weaknesses:    Inexperienced riders may find them difficult to setup initally. I did not have this problem!

Bottom Line:   
If you want rim brakes instead of discs. There is NO better brake on the market. FACT

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Favorite Trail:   Boneshaker/DreamTrack - Ticknock

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay Woohoo

Similar Products Used:   Avid, Shimano, Hayes.

Bike Setup:   Norco Trials 853 Ryan Leech Signature edition frame. easton Carbon set post, specialized Saddle. Onza wide boy Bars, Specialized DH lockon grips. Magura HS33 Eisbar edition rear brake, Hayes Nine Carbon Front disc, Shimano octalink cranks, DMR V12 Mag pedals, FSA 32t ring and bash gaurd, Surly 12t rear single speed conversion, Alex rims RL hubs specialized detonator tyres.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by harley foord a Weekend Warrior from chch nz

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2008

Strengths:    good one finger brakeing grips really good than the alps cable brakes easy to set up gooes good withn the magura brake boosters too.

Weaknesses:    dont grip to good in the wet but then again why would you ride trials in the wet

Bottom Line:   
good brake to use and great for trials

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Favorite Trail:   bottle lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   trademe.nz

Similar Products Used:   monty 219 alp cable brakes

Bike Setup:   monty 219 alp with maguras

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David King a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2006

Strengths:    Fully sealed system which gives you dependable braking with good modulation. Set up correctly, they are silent and pretty much maintenance-free. Mine have been going NINE years without adjustment, other than changing pads and the fluid a couple of times.

Weaknesses:    Braking suffers in wet conditions, like all rim brakes. Tricky to set up, but not if you get a mechanic to do it. New Evo2 mounts look like a major improvement.

Bottom Line:   
If you can't use disks, the combined dependability and power of HS33's beats any rim brake. Get them fitted and forget about them.

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Favorite Trail:   Port Hills

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano V, cantis

Bike Setup:   97 Santa Cruz Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pedro a Cross Country Rider from Porto Portugal

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2006

Strengths:    A very very strong brake!!! I think that it is to strong for XC! but know that I BOUGHT IT I think that I would never chang it for anyone of other brakes!! simply love It

Weaknesses:    A bit difficult to set it but once it is set its simply the best brake ever! THE ONLY weakness that I think it as is when ist muddy terrain it has the weakness off v-brake.. a lot of mud in the tyre.. its the only thing that its worst than any disc brake...

Bottom Line:   
its just like set it and forgett it..! just love it and never gonna change it! a lot but a lot of strong power!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Bike Setup:   Giant MCM team 2003 with marzocchi marathon XC

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Strengths:    Evo2 slightly easier to set up than previous model. A1 braking, good looks. Cheaper than discs and imo as good as discs.

Weaknesses:    The new 2005 levers are horrible, the hose runs out at 45 degrees making running them to the front calipers difficult. The levers also dont match my XT shifters.

Bottom Line:   
EVO2 system is easier to setup than the older model, I HATE the new levers and will be contacting MAGURA to see if they will exchange them for an older set. HS33'S are bombproof and will last forever. For value 5 chillis but for the overall rating just 2 because of the dodgy levers.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Older Hs33's with decent levers.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Strengths:    Evo2 slightly easier to set up than previous model. A1 braking, good looks. Cheaper than discs and imo as good as discs.

Weaknesses:    The new 2005 levers are horrible, the hose runs out at 45 degrees making running them to the front calipers difficult. The levers also dont match my XT shifters.

Bottom Line:   
EVO2 system is easier to setup than the older model, I HATE the new levers and will be contacting MAGURA to see if they will exchange them for an older set. HS33'S are bombproof and will last forever. For value 5 chillis but for the overall rating just 2 because of the dodgy levers.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Older Hs33's with decent levers.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Strengths:    Evo2 slightly easier to set up than previous model. A1 braking, good looks. Cheaper than discs and imo as good as discs.

Weaknesses:    The new 2005 levers are horrible, the hose runs out at 45 degrees making running them to the front calipers difficult. The levers also dont match my XT shifters.

Bottom Line:   
EVO2 system is easier to setup than the older model, I HATE the new levers and will be contacting MAGURA to see if they will exchange them for an older set. HS33'S are bombproof and will last forever. For value 5 chillis but for the overall rating just 2 because of the dodgy levers.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Older Hs33's with decent levers.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jose Thibault a Cross Country Rider from North of Toronto

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2005

Strengths:    - Fix-it and forget it
- TPA easy to use
- locks the wheels up nice and hard
- several kinds of pads available for different kinds of rims
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Weaknesses:    - Evolution adaptors for V-mounts are pain in the arse to set up
- brake is too strong for some frames, requires brake booster (included in XC kit)
- (if) booster (is) provided for V-mounts and not Maggie mounts (WTH?)
- cross over's brake easily, repairing requires rebleeding brakes
- Blue Blood is not included and often expensive itself ($20 compared to $10 for other hydraulic oils)
- 4-bolt adaptors often need to be purchased separately (only Trials-dedicated shops have them)

- NOT A GOOD XC BRAKE - WAY TOO STRONG - USE ONLY IF YOU DO TRIALS!!


Bottom Line:   
A great brake, but a bit on the expensive side. Set up takes a while and tweaking isn't too difficult, once the user understands how to place the brake.

In terms of value, i'm going to give this one 4, as it can be a bit of an expensive brakeset to maintain. Not to mention the need for extra parts when setting it up for 4bolt magura mounts... it's rather silly that a brake that has frames with mounts dedicated to it, doesn't come BNIB with the adaptors for the 4bolt dedicated frames.

I give it a 4 for overall as well, seeing as how it tends to come with the parts to set up an XC bike, rather than Trials bike. XC-riders seriously don't need a brake this strong, so there's no real point in the brakeset coming BNIB with the evo adaptors and 2pt booster.

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Favorite Trail:   Trail?

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   off Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Avid 2.0, arch-rival, Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Planet X Tibo with Norco Evolve Fork, HS33, Sun Mammoths. Single speed set up via Norailleur

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