Magura HS66 Brake System

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)

Product Description

Fully hydraulic rim brake system with a 16mm diameter master piston and two 14mm diameter slave pistons. Aluminium brake lever with colourless anodised aluminium lever blade.

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Wilby a Cross Country Rider from Marsden,W.Yorks, UK

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2004

Strengths:    Modulation, no fade on braking
Maintenance free

Weaknesses:    Heavier than other systems. Can be difficult to fit front lamp. The brake boosters are subject to rusting.
Don't use the dry brakes in the wet. If your weather system is predominently wet, use the wet weather pads.

Bottom Line:   

No problems.

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Favorite Trail:   Holmfirth

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Raleigh

Similar Products Used:   Cantilever cable brakes

Bike Setup:   Road Touring

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Mitchell from Karalee Australia

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2002

Strengths:    Powerfull braking system.
Easy pad adjustment, very simple method of pad replacement.
Long service interviles if any {18000 before I bled the system.
Great control and feel under heavy braking conditions
Very long pad life.
Exelent support online via Magura Website.

Weaknesses:    No real problems to date.

Bottom Line:   
If you are serious about your touring, commuting and want to spend more time enjoying the open road, then these little gems are for you. Pay attention to setup and simple maintanace and they will give you years of quality service.Spare parts are easily had and all the advice and tips you will ever need are at the Magura website. Upgrades are possible also.
Once the setup is complete you only have to worry about changing your brake pads. This is a simple process made easier with the choice of four compounds to choose from, for all applications.
There are no cables to rust,stretch,fray at the ends,bushings to wear, just smooth and confident stopping power.
When it comes to simplicity/reliability and fantastic long term value for money, Magura is the only name that comes to mind.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with Cannondale T1000 touring bike

Similar Products Used:   XT canti

Bike Setup:   Custom built Chas Roberts Roughstuff touring frame and all that a good tourist will ever need.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lucas a Racer from Vejle, Denmark, Europe

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2002

Strengths:    Soooooo smoth, you wont believe it.
Very high quality

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Best rim brakes out there. Unfortunately it takes a little time to adjust the pads correctly (I have special braze-ons for my Maguras). The braking power is enormous - you actually have to be careful not to pull those levers to hard, because you'll bend your fork or frame. 110% maintenance free. The pads are actually clicked in place on a special ball-and-socket joint which means that the pads are in full contact with the rim walls all the time - also when the pads start to wear down. I've done some touring in USA (15000 km) and calculated that one set of brakepads will serve you at least 50000 km (only if you are touring).

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Favorite Trail:   Northern Tier

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Mittendorf, Germany

Similar Products Used:   Weinmann and other bad rim brakes.

Bike Setup:   Mittendorf handbuilt touring bike (Reynolds 531 ST), Edco B/B, Campagnolo crank, Sachs Quarz hubs etc etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Carl a Cross Country Rider from the Netherlands

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2002

Strengths:    Awsome stopping power!
Little maintainance

Weaknesses:    expencive, but what the hell, it's your life you can save,
..or your bike.

Bottom Line:   
Very good stopping power, I'm happy to use these brakes.
Specialy since I like riding with drop-bars. There is no alternative, yet, but I will keep using this Magura's.
I have plans switching to a Rohloff speedhub, so I will have some difficulties in building the shifter on the bar.
Heared that Norwid (also Germany) have a nice solution.

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Favorite Trail:   European backroads

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   Bito Bladel, thank's Bas!

Similar Products Used:   HS22

Bike Setup:   Titanium MTB modified for touring, XT, Hugi, 517.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sasquatch from Vancouver, WA

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2001

Strengths:    Easy set-up, modulation...

Weaknesses: Tomac red

Bottom Line:   
I put these on my cross bike. The modulation is sweet just like the venerable HS-33s. I don't know why these aren't used more on cross bikes. Set-up is a snap, power is available any time. They do weigh about 200g more for calipers/line/levers/pads

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Klaus zu Klampen from Dülmen, Germany

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2001

Strengths:    great modulation, lots of power, well-defined point at which you begin to grip

Weaknesses:    I've got two left hands, so I would leave maintenance to the shop (so far they look them over and needn't do a thing)

Bottom Line:   
When I had this bike built, I weighed 200 pounds plus, and planned on travelling with luggage. My old bike had tektro brakes, and downhill it took me about 200 m to stop.
With the HS 66 that is no problem, I can stop almost on a penny and brake precicely as strong as I want. Even in the rain it takes just half a wheel's turn and the pads grip.
For me the biggest advantage is that the brake levers are in the form for roadracing, ideal for a bike which is ridden on the road and on dirt roads and paths.
I have two different wheelset for the bike, narrow (7/8inch) and broad, and the brake fits both with just the turn of a screw. Even I can do that.
The brake levers cannot be combined with the modern ways of brakegrip shifters, neither Shimano mtb nor the road (Ergopower). I solved this difficulty by installing cross shifters (Campa) on cut-down spinacci.

For a trecking bike they are ideal. I wouldn't change them for the world.

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Favorite Trail:   the "paedkens" in the Muensterland

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Bruegelmann, frankfurt, Germany

Similar Products Used:   Tektro V-brake

Bike Setup:   Trecking bike (622 mm rims) with handmade Columbus Max frame and Campa Racing Triple / Chorus throughout, 1 1/8 inch tires

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