Magura Tomac DH Brake System

4.83/5 (47 Reviews)
MSRP : $259.00


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Magura Tomac DH


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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Blackmore a Weekend Warrior from NY, NY

Date Reviewed: October 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Zero maintenance, always dependable.


Weaknesses:    
Fiddly setup, very tight clearance w. wheels, especially if you have slight misalignment of wheels. Also, you have to take one side of brake off to get wheels off (no biggie w. quick release, but you can easily loose the little washer that comes w. brakes).


Bottom Line:   
Actually got these when I was doing a lot of city riding in Copenhagen, later Boston and NY, and wanted to be able to stop before I turned into a hood ornament in wet weather. Also had had a lot of trouble with wear of brake pads, constant re-adjustment etc. of ordinary side-pulls. My C500 is now going into retirement - everything on it is shot to hell after four tough all-year seasons. The only thing that I will be transferring are the Mag's - with the original pads. Except for the paintwork I think these things are indestructable. And always dependable in any terrain any day.

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Favorite Trail:   
Fahnestock, NJ

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Vs, XTs, LXs


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale 500, zero shock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan a Downhiller from Portsmouth, UK

Date Reviewed: September 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Frigging powerful kick ass for trials and sending my freinds over the handlebars when they are used to V Brakes!


Weaknesses:    
Brake Boosters are good but are easily bent!


Bottom Line:   
Brilliant Brakes! Buy them if you have the money!
Beats the hell out of V-Brakes

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Favorite Trail:   
Goodwood Hill

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Top quality V-brakes


Bike Setup:   
Black Chute, Z3's, Tomacs, D521's Trials setup!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Knox a Weekend Warrior from Banbury

Date Reviewed: May 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Very Powerful, loads of modulation, great in the wet, look really nice, 1 finger stopping power


Weaknesses:    
Tricky to set up at first, not much clearance with tyre


Bottom Line:   
Awesome brakes, gives me loads of confidence scrubbing speed off with one one finger when negotiating fast trails, great for wheelies and rolling endos, all round wonder brakes, i suggest you go get em!!

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
M600 V Brakes


Bike Setup:   
GT Panterra

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Cross-Country Rider from Montreal

Date Reviewed: May 19, 1999

Strengths:    
POWER!! Sexy looks!! Not to expensive!! Great Customer service..


Weaknesses:    
Weight is shit.. i went from a set of Dia-Compe U-brakes to these babys!Unless you got your sponsor buying everything for you, don't complain! it is nothing!


Bottom Line:   
I ride BMX a lot ... and these are AMAZING! i can stay on top of a pipe and not worry about these giving out... front fakey - NO probs .. wheel grabs are easy ... everything is made SO much easier with these babys! They get a fat 5 flaming Turd action!!

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Favorite Trail:   
Mt. Ste. Anne/X-Games

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Avids 2.0 / XTR / LX Vees ... Diacompe U brakes


Bike Setup:   
BMX - Gt Trials w/MaguraVoodoo Bantu, Z2 Atom Bomb, Maguras, Crossmax, Plasma rear der.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tony Montana a Cross-Country Rider from Notts UK

Date Reviewed: April 13, 1999

Strengths:    
incredible feel
impossible to lock wheels
piss on the V's


Weaknesses:    
Fiddly setup
frame flex
boosters don't fit with
wide tyres tioga 2.3's


Bottom Line:   
These brakes are great, modulation is superb
feel is plush, totally sealed system
low maintainence, they look great
Tioga DH 2.3's don't fit with the boosters

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Favorite Trail:   
Woods DH

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
LX V's
XTR V's
Cable Disc systems


Bike Setup:   
Proflex 857 CF swingarm
Z1 BAMS
XT gears

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jeffery Gabbard a Cross-Country Rider from Grayslake Il

Date Reviewed: March 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Strong...Simple....Durable...Sexy..! Once set up, you forget about em! Super easy on the fly adjustments!


Weaknesses:    
they'll make even the even the strongest frame flex! You should have them set up properly by a qualified Magura machanic. They can have, and make problems if you don't.


Bottom Line:   
Bar none, the best brakes money can buy!

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Favorite Trail:   
Daley Ranch, San Diego CA

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
XT's....Lx's....Avid's...


Bike Setup:   
Set up on a Litespeed Obed, and another set on a Custom elite3 tubeset.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Cross-Country Rider from State College PA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 1999

Strengths:    
great modulation
easy maintenance
simple adjustments
no toe-in
dependable


Weaknesses:    
slightly heavier than v's
hydraulic lag in levers


Bottom Line:   
These are awesome brakes for all but weight-weenies, and even some of them run magies for the braking. I use the red pads in everything, and have never been happier. The lag I mentioned is only noticeable in the parking lot test, once you're riding it disappears. Nothing but smooth, controlled braking, and an oil change once in a blue moon. Even the pas last forever. I do wish the paint was as permanent, but next winter i might polish and clear-coat them anyway- I have the neon Johnny T's, and they do burn the retinas in the sun. Get a set on sale, and never go back.

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Favorite Trail:   
tussey mt.

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Avid tri-align 2's
LX v's (non-parallel-push)


Bike Setup:   
cr-mo hardtail, 1998 SX-R fork

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Barban a racer from New London

Date Reviewed: February 11, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I got the jt maguras for christmas and put them on. They were pretty tricky, and they arent as wasy to work with as vees, but it is made up in thefeel and power.
They are powerful, and they feel great. Pads are easy to change, which is good, but you dont need to do that often in a race. If you flat, it is hard to change tubes quickly.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Chuck-O a racer from Cleveland, Ohio

Date Reviewed: January 18, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I got these brakes about a year ago for my stock trials bike and they've been incredible. Tons of modulation and more power than I seem to be able to use up. They're a little tricky to set up, but after a while you kinda learn the little tricks. The one problem I've noticed is that one of the pads doesn't always return, usually on the side opposite the tube running from the lever. It's not a big deal, but it gets a little annoying sometimes. Aside from that they've been the best brakes I've ever used, blowing away the XT V-brakes that I have on my xc bike. I strongly recommend them, and so does the guy whose name can be found on the lever. Hey, Tomac's the man, right?

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Crayfish a weekend warrior from Cleveland

Date Reviewed: January 8, 1999

Bottom Line:   


What could I say but Excellent!! Better modulation and power that XTR V Brakes. I have the racelines. 5 flaming doggy doos. Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words Blah Blah 30 words.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Albert a cross-country rider from Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 14, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Hi there everyone,
I would like to say that I am extremely pleased with the performance from the Tomac Magura's. I had a Titanium hardtail with some Avid Tri Align II's and Ultimate levers. I couldn't stand going downhill with them. Even pad changes didn't help even though I had ceramic coated Mavics. Well, finally I broke down and bought the Tomacs and while they don't stop like my Formula Disc on my other bike I was extremely pleased with the modulation, which is more controllable than the Formula. I installed them myself and I was pleased that I never had to make any adjustments afterwards, they always worked great. When my bike got ripped off I got a Raven which came with XT v's, which I thought would be alright...Aside from the squealing and the lack of power I would say that the v's are alright, but I am going to make the switch to Tomacs once again this winter. Unfortunately I will have to get new shifters since the V's came with shifter brake lever combo. The only thing I didn't like about the Magura's is the routing, but the Raven uses full housings so the Magura cables will slip right in there!Magura's are the best brakes in my opinion, better than v's, and better modulation than my Formula disc. I think that once you get used to the Formula though, it is a very hard decision to choose the better of the two.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rogue MTBer from Texas

Date Reviewed: November 21, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Look at all the 5 chilies! The buttery smooth action of the Maguras are so much better than the drag-and-slide action of the weaker Vs.If they can find a way to lighten them,Vs will be obsolete!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by G a cross-country rider from Port Townsend, WA.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I receintly installed the Jhonny T. (98 model) Maugra's. One word, AMAZING!
Riding as much as I do in the slop of the Pacific Northwest, braking can be quite the extensive project. As long I have my Magura's I can RIDE FASTER! and wont worry about not stoping.
Many people have complained about the lack of power that Maugra's have, they just don't know how to set them up properly. For Magura's power is substantially
greater the V's (LX, XT, XTR, Avid's, whatever) and are comparable or on par with most disc brakes, not all of them obiously, otherwise disc's wouldn't exist. All & all, these things rock, finger squeeze to braking power is absolutly accurate. (modulation) This gives for a very controlable brake.5 flaming dead horses all the way!!!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Francisco Antillon a cross-country rider from Cuernavaca.mor

Date Reviewed: October 19, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Exxxxxxxxxxcelentes frenos..
Ultimamente los he estado usando para decenso mientras compro una biciespecial para eso; mientras tanto han funcionado de maravilla; no le piden nada ha los frenos de disco (fuera de que dobles el rin, sobre todo si es una de esas mugres Spinergy que se rompen solas).Antes habia usado Vbrakes y la diferencia es bastante notable; ademas de no dar ningun problema.El mantenimiento es muy sencillo, solamente les recomiendo comprar lineas extra por si las llegan a romper en un choque (yo todavia no he roto ninguna pero al parecer son escasas) tambien comprar un juego de ruteadores para linea, ya que son distintos a los de los cables al descubierto normalesDe ahi en mas son lo mejor que hay, una vez que los compren no los van a querer dejar. Y mejor se usan un brake boster para que no flexionen el cuadro por la fuerza que tienen, de esta manera el manejo es mucho mas sensitivo.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a weekend warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: September 29, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I currently owned a pair of maguras Tomac. The first things I like about
it is the striking colour, the next thing is that it is hydraulic brakes
I used for about six months and found it to be the best brakes I have
ever owned! The braking is much more smoother than the v'brakes. The
v'brakes are much more abrupt to use and maybe too sensitive for my
likings. All the way maguras!!!

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