Magura Raceline D Brake System

4.56/5 (70 Reviews)
MSRP : $259.00


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Magura Raceline D


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Schmidt a Cross Country Rider from Cedarburg, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005

Strengths:    Powerful, good modulation, can adjust lever position on the fly, low maintenance - no cables to lose their feel due to need to be lubed, no squeal, pads last a long time, initial setup easy though a tad time consuming. Closed system design means bike can be turned upside down without having to worry about getting air in the lines. Environmentally friendly veggy oil.

Weaknesses:    Typical rim brake mud handling disadvantage compared to a disc system. Pump-up a bit under heavy use when warm due to its closed system design, but lever adjusters are easy to tweak on the fly to compensate. Wheel removal can be hindered with larger tires.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent brake system. Once setup, never had to adjust or bleed. My one set of Raceline D's are going into their 8th riding season, 2nd bike, and have been all over country through a variety of trail conditions.

One undesirable side-effect of the Magura hydraulic disc brakes power is that I found it necessary to add brake braces to prevent brake post spreading. Brake braces added a solid feel, but added more weight on an already somewhat heavy system.

I think V-brakes offer similar power and have pretty good modulation, but I can't stand lubing cables and balancing calipers. Motorcycles did away with cables decades ago and I was soooo happy when hydraulic clutches came into being - smooth consistant lever feel.

I don't think these Maguras will ever see racing again due to the light/powerful disc systems now available, and V-brakes will be the lightweight choice for X-country racing. But I believe these still have a place in world of non-race x-country trail and adventure riding, road tour biking, tandems, recumbents, and perhaps cyclocross (does Magura still make hydraulic road levers?).




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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim Trail, Moab

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $170.00

Similar Products Used:   XT V-brakes; CODA center pulls

Bike Setup:   Proflex 857; Fox F80RLT; Risse Astro-5; RaceFace pieces including a 9 year old Turbine LP crankset and BB, headset, and XY seatpost; SRAM XO drive train; 10 yr old Mavic Crosslands and still great; Continental 2.3 Verticals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott a Racer from Ypsilanti

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2002

Strengths:    Stops like nothing else
Absolutely no adjusting after they are set
Brake pads have lasted 6 years!!!


Weaknesses:    Hard to get used to the amount of power
Heavy


Bottom Line:   
Get them if you would like to stop!! Get them if you don't mind a little extra weight added to the bike. I love them and don't know if I will ever change over to V brakes or whatever. These things do not let go, and have a good progression to a locked stop.

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Favorite Trail:   Poto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Trade Show

Similar Products Used:   nice older shimano stuff but haven't changed in 6 years

Bike Setup:   Nuke Proof Titanium Frame, Fir back rim with titanium spokes, Magura front with ti spokes also, Tons of ti on bike...blah blah blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Luke a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2000

Strengths:    * Excellent braking power - don't squeeze too hard!
* Simple to adjust
* Have never needed bleeding (knock on wood)
* A snap to replace pads
* No wet-weather fade


Weaknesses:    * Eats rims for dinner
* Modulation is an acquired skill
* Does not sit quite right with my Shimano trigger-shifters.
* Heavier than V-Brakes.


Bottom Line:   
An excellent brake. Aside from the fact that it eats rims perhaps faster than other rims, it's really worth it. Brakes are important in these wet-weather biking conditions here in the Vancouver area. These are a good choice, even if they are a bit expensive.

If you live in a drier environment, V-Brakes would be cheaper and lighter.

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Favorite Trail:   Delta Kompressor

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   * Old STX cable breaks
* Casual use of other Magura hydraulics


Bike Setup:   Marin Indian Fire Butt 7000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Bakker a Cross Country Rider from Alphen - The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2000

Strengths:    Great breakes, easy maintain, easy install, easy adjustable

Weaknesses:    When you install the steel-o-flex cables. You'll never get them as great as they used to be !!!

Bottom Line:   
Good break system, but do not install steel-o-flex your selve !!!

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Favorite Trail:   Everywhere

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   XT V-brakes
XTR V-brakes
Magura Clara (nice, but hard to install)
Magura JhonnyTomac (The same !!!)


Bike Setup:   =Azonic DS-1 (check there)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Bike a Racer from Danvers,Ma U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2000

Strengths:    These brakes stop on a dime. Very little
maintence and setting them up was very
simple and quick. Being a X C racer having
brakes that require no cables to replace
every few weeks do to stretching or fraying
is goodto have.


Weaknesses:    After every race season I have to bleed
them to get all the dirt and fiberglass
particles out of the brake lines for
maximum power for the following training
season.


Bottom Line:   
If your the type of rider that wants t have
confidence in his of her brakes no matter
what the weather or terrain is like. Make a
wise investment and buy magura hydrolic
brake they are money well spent.

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Favorite Trail:   BRASS BALLS in Beverly, Ma

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   hope disc brakes on my daul slolum bike


Bike Setup:   merlin frame with XT derailleurs and crank
White Bros. UL 72 front fork, race face
stem seatpost and headset. easton monkey
lite riserbars. T.H.E. front fender. REAL
hubs on Mavic 221 rims with butted spox.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Marcel a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento, CA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 1999

Strengths:    
durability
reliability
stopping power
no brake squeal


Weaknesses:    
bulky
weight
bleed oil - haven't had to do it yet


Bottom Line:   
Excellent brakes. Got them when they first came out and haven't had a problem with them yet. But I may go to v-brakes and sell these since I think the v-brakes are lighter and just as powerful.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Bike Setup:   
1994 GT hardtail
Manitou 3 shock
LX components

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Perspective a Racer from Amsterdam

Date Reviewed: November 12, 1999

Strengths:    
feather touch breaking and excellent to dose...
superior brake pad wear, adjustment and exchange


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
Being using them with great pleasure for 2,5 years Zero defects!!!! When you want to break they really should work don't they???

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Favorite Trail:   
Ardennes

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
XTR & XT V-brakes


Bike Setup:   
Hard tail alu with Judy XC with Allu rims

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Hull a Cross-Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: October 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Powerful
Good looking brake levers.
Low maintenence.


Weaknesses:    
Heavy
Now unavailable carbon break booster.
Ugly brake mounts.


Bottom Line:   
I've had the Maguras for over a year and before that I had LX V brakes. I'm not sure if they are that much more powerful than the v's as I always seem to use 2 fingers to brake with them rather than one. What they do offer is superb feel with good modulation (don't listen to the magazine's reviews of them). I would reccomend that brake boosters be used with them front and back because the amount of flex from the brake bosses looks scary without them. Set up is difficult but I managed to get them working and get the shop to fine tune them. Since then no problems. I have another bike which has 99 XT's fitted but I much prefer the Maguras now just for the feel.
One thing, I crashed during a race last year and found that my shocks had split across the crown. I'm pretty sure this had something to with the brakes and how much flex they induce on the brake bosses.

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Favorite Trail:   
Red Bull Run

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
LX and 99XT V brakes


Bike Setup:   
GT Zasker LE and Rock Shocks Judys.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Matt Thorne a Downhiller from Cornwall [england]

Date Reviewed: September 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Loads of power, work very well in the mud which is good for cornwall.


Weaknesses:    
Expensive pads, dificult to bleed but haven't needed to do that yet.


Bottom Line:   
Good power second only to disc but a damn sight cheaper and best of all a scary bright yellow colour!

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Favorite Trail:   
Costal Path

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Avid 2d V brakes, Lx V brakes.


Bike Setup:   
Little trials bike total rigid.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by SB a Cross-Country Rider from NY

Date Reviewed: August 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Modulation, power, looks, lack of maintenance.


Weaknesses:    
Paint chips off brake boosters. Shrink wrap in tube fitting kit will not shrink with a hairdryer.


Bottom Line:   
Great brakes. they take a long time to install, but it's not that hard. The cheap paint on the brake booster pisses me off a little bit though. On my first ride they impressed me with their overall feel. They felt so high quality, no grit, positive return, really really smooth. I don't think anyone would notice the weight at all really. Durability and performance mean more then grams.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ontario County State Park

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Tektro V's, Alivio Cantis.


Bike Setup:   
F400, Maguras! headshok P bone M

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Joe Fekete Aka narfhead a Racer from Cincinnati Oh

Date Reviewed: June 22, 1999

Strengths:    
powerful


Weaknesses:    
lack of feel that V brakes give you


Bottom Line:   
I tried these brakes for a few weeks and I was not really pleased with the lack of feedback you get when you break. to tell you the truth I think shimano V's are powerful enough and have a lot better feel.

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Favorite Trail:   
Tsali

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
XTR V brakes


Bike Setup:   
litespeed obed

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Makohon a Cross-Country Rider from Rohnert Park C.A

Date Reviewed: June 21, 1999

Strengths:    
When it is relly muddy out or wet the brakes work extremely better then those crapy V Brakes also they are very easy to adjust when riding.


Weaknesses:    
They are heavy but are really worth the extra stopping power also frame flex because they are really powerful & the brake pads were out faster than Vbrakes.


Bottom Line:   
Iv tried Disc Brakes and they are pretty powerful but if you just cant afford them Get MAGURA.

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Iv tried Disc brakes but they are a lot harder to maintain than Magura. Magura brakes are just thebest thing other than Disc.


Bike Setup:   
Schwinn S Carbon Marzocchi Z-2 Bam.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Scott a Cross-Country Rider from St. Louis, MO

Date Reviewed: April 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Great modulation
No squeal
Smooth lever, beats V's hands down


Weaknesses:    
Powdercoating chips and logos wear off


Bottom Line:   
Great customer service, no problems with setup since preassembled. A little concerned about durability, since after only a few rides, finish chips way too easily. Should have been made out of anodized alloy or material similar to Shim's XTR

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Favorite Trail:   
Berryman

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
XTR, LX


Bike Setup:   
Klein, Marzocchi Z1

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Fraser Valley, B.C.

Date Reviewed: March 25, 1999

Strengths:    
Powerfull with great modulation.


Weaknesses:    
Heavy


Bottom Line:   
Very easy to maintain, Like them more than my XTR brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ledge View, Abottsford

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
XTR V-brakes


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Super V Active & Cad 3 hard tail

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by GP a cross-country rider from Hard Rock East Coast

Date Reviewed: February 10, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I just had my second ride on my Maguras, what I found amazing is that the trail today was totally composed of ice, mud, snow, and water, not a dry spot anywhere. Mud deep enough to even throw me once.
With Maguras I had to take no special precautions,no matter how much mud was coating everything, I never had to touch a rim, they stopped as if it was a dry day! I would often ride thru the water to wash off the mud and these brakes could stop on a dime when totally soaked.
With cantilivers and V's I would always pump the Brakes every time they got wet to see how much stopping power was lost, with these,ride thru anything and don't worry about the brakes. The test is if they stay as good as they are now.

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1999 Raceline D and 2000 Hope Pro brakes

So I am going through some boxes in my garage this weekend when I see my old Magura Raceline D's (front and rear) with the unopened/never used Magura bleed kit and a never opened Magura Tubing Fitting kit. I also have a Moonlighter Ti booster/brace that was made by Dave Gallacher and one of the ori ... Read More »

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