Magura 2002 Julie Disc Brake System

3.83/5 (76 Reviews)


Product Description

New 2002: 2-finger lever blade with integrated reach adjust. The black anodized caliper features an enhanced shock durability with a long lasting finish.

Tech features: No compromise fully hydraulic disc brake with a dual piston fixed caliper featuring automatic pad wear adjustment. Slotted steel rotor with 180 mm diameter front and 160 mm rear. Composite brake lever (master) with silver anodized alloy lever blade.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brentwoodrider a Cross Country Rider from Livermore, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2008

Strengths:    Good stoping power

Weaknesses:    NOISE NOISE NOISE & no bleeder screws

Bottom Line:   
They work great until they heat up and the air in the system(that I cant get out due to NO BLEEDING SCREWS!!!!)expands and they squeek like heck and drag. They are tough to adjust as well. Thay also squeel under moderate pressure. Otherwise ok for stock brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   2001 Cannondale F700

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jap a Cross Country Rider from Nijmegen, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2006

Strengths:    Very reliable, stopping power. Never leak, super reliable (ad yes, I know I said that already.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Super stuff. Never had any problems with them. They brake good, don't overheat and don't make noise. Pad tend to wear a bit fast though, or is that my riding?

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Private buyer

Similar Products Used:   Deore, deore mechanicals, mph

Bike Setup:   nrs3

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Trevor a Racer from Santa Cruz

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2006

Weaknesses:    everything

Bottom Line:   
they suck a whole lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   can't tell you

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Cycleworks

Bike Setup:   07 hekler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Rintoule a Weekend Warrior from Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2006

Strengths:    Generally reliable. 5 year warranty with great after sales service.

Weaknesses:    Lever travel becomes a little excessive as pads near the end of their life.

Bottom Line:   
The front Julie was an upgrade on my prevoius Fisher Sugar. The rear Julie was bought for my Trek Liquid frame. Plenty of power - I generally only use my index fingers for braking. On long steep Blue Mountain downhill sections two fingers are needed but brake fade is minimal even when the pads are HOT. Lever travel gets a little long as pads near the end of their service life. Despite the water and sand around Sydney I get good pad life. The front Julie's master cylinder started leaking after 2 years service. Full points to Manly Cycles and Magura for quickly providing a new replacement master cylinder unit including lever. Overall they have been excellent brakes with excellent after sales service.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Manly Cycles

Similar Products Used:   V brakes. Avid cable disc.

Bike Setup:   2005 Trek

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Warp2003 a Weekend Warrior from Mexico City, Mexico

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2005

Strengths:    Great modulation, excelent price.
Loaded with features (self-adjusting pads, lever reach adjustment, twin pistons, etc)


Weaknesses:    Tricky to set-up (but no more than your average disc, ecxluding Avids)
A bit short on power
IS only as standard (corrected in '03)


Bottom Line:   
Excelent brakes for those under 160 pounds. I bought the bike used and the brakes were trashed but held a lot of punishment from previous owner. They're still going strong.

I'm 145-150 (depending on gear) and I have enough with these brakes. Nice power, but not impressive as you'll find yourself using two fingers on the lever. The redemption of these brakes is the awesome modulation they have. The wheels just roll over muddy stuff. My rear suspension is supposed to stiffen and squat under hard braking but the Julies don't amplify this tendency but rather mask it a little bit.

The brakes start to bite as you press the lever but to get full power you need to get really medieval with the lever. Full power is more than sufficient though (ie... OTB if you depress the lever too violently).

Bleeding and servicing is easy and Magura and Magura Cult have extensive and detailed literature.

Service from Magura is top-notch. Jimi is the man. Spares are available thru magura from caliper to washers.

Only for organic pads (or semi-metallic with VERY LITTLE metallic compound - again, organic only is better) and several brands make pads for these. Still the same pads since '01 thru '05 which is a good thing.

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Favorite Trail:   Chiluca

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Avid Mechanical 160mm, Shimano Deore 515-LA 160mm

Bike Setup:   Giant Warp DS2 '04 upgraded to discs. The rest is stock or budget stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dylan a Weekend Warrior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2005

Strengths:    THIS IS FOR THE '05 MODEL
CHEAP!!! Larger front rotor, wavy rotors look awesome, works awesome.


Weaknesses:    Just recently started "buzzing" under hard braking, like I could feel every wave in the rotor. It started doing this after a few really hard stops (bent a manitou black in the progress) It does not act like the buzzing makes it grabby or anything, but it vibrates through the bars. It'll probably go away with time.

Bottom Line:   
I love em! Dirt cheap! I think they are the cheapest hydraulic out there and they still have tons of power and modulation. Coming from the hayes mechanicals which were on/off and unpredictable these were a huge upgrade. I think they are about on par for price with the better mechanicals out there. Like I said above these things are strong enough to bend a manitou black without even locking up. I probably should not have turned so hard while braking down a steep with good traction - my bad. The only drawback is their weight if you count grams. I think they are about 100-150g heavier a set than the hayes 6" or 6" avid juicy's. I'm about 225lb down the trail, and these brakes have plenty enough power for me. I'll be building a full suspension this winter, and these are going on it. Also, once I got them broken in and set up properly, they don't drag at all. Highly recomended cheap stuff. Mountain Bike Action magazine did a 2000 dollar trailbike shootout in the september '05 issue and the GT I-drive had these brakes, and everybody liked them there too - they liked them better than the more expensive hayes 9's by the sounds of it. I would have went for the juicy 7's if I had more cash at the time, more bells and whistles, and they can be found quite cheap online now. The julies work really good so I'll keep em for a while.

Bottom line: perfect for your budget trail bike build, not for weight weenies, probably not the best choice for lift acess riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Johnson Lake loop, Banff AB.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Hayes MX2's, tried the 9's and old Avid BB5's

Bike Setup:   hardtail, Black elite (soon to be replaced) deore/alexTD17 wheels, Julies, RF evolve, lx......

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dennis a Racer from batangas, philippines

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2005

Bottom Line:   
the best part of my bike great performance best stop great handling no trouble to repair

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bûcheron a Weekend Warrior from Geneva, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2005

Strengths:    Reliable
They brake very well once broken in
Cheap
180mm front and 160mm rear rotor to distribute brake power


Weaknesses:    a wee bit heavy

Bottom Line:   
These are no-nonsense brakes that do what they are supposed to do, and do it very efficiently at that, considering they are some of the cheapest hydros available.
About the 5 year warranty, it's written all over the manual that comes with them, or all over the Magura website, that the warranty only works for registered users and for users that have only used Magura - made brake pads. No 3rd party pads.
That is the reason for somebody's anger down below... He just didn't stick to the warranty terms.

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Favorite Trail:   Salève

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Magura Louise FR, Hayes 9, Hayes Mag, Deore mechanicals

Bike Setup:   BMC Golddigger

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Gainesville,Florida

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2005

Strengths:    low priced,the rotors can be used on the new 2005 Julies,great for Florida weather and good in wet weather.THEY NEVER LEAK unlike Hope disc brakes.Very strong rotors.

Weaknesses:    Ugly,brake pads wear out fast

Bottom Line:   
I got over 3 years use before they just started to fall apart but I am very happy with them. 3 years is a long time for brakes that were only $200 for the set! I love Mgura products. I now use Louise 190 front and 180 rear. I plan on buying the new 2005 Julies for my new Klien!

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Favorite Trail:   Santos in Ocala,Florida

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat.com

Similar Products Used:   Hope Mini,Hope Mono Mini,Magura Louise.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F800 with lefty fork,Mavic 819 UST rims,Magura XC rear hub,Maxxis Larsen TT Ust Tires,Race Face Dues X-ype Crank,With XT drive train and SRam PC-99 Chain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PhillyGTA a Weekend Warrior from GTA Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2005

Strengths:    The most important ..very Realiable ..good power , but I am only 150lbs. Rode them thur dust to snow and anything in between , no issue to speak off and stop me ever times.

Weaknesses:    Small dealer network. Hard to find good pads.

Bottom Line:   
Overall very good brakes , I believer the German have enough pride in them to make any thing real crabby..

These brakes are fuss free and realiable , I think people ditch them because Magura did not spend enough money on marketing in bike rags or shows.

If your bike comes with them , I say give it a go.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   oem

Similar Products Used:   Avid cable BBDB7 , also very good brakes.

Bike Setup:   Full Susp.Cannondale , use it from XC to stunts , very strong platform and I think money well spent.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by samid a Weekend Warrior from croatia

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2005

Strengths:    reliability,smooth lever feel,solid stopping power

Weaknesses:    a bit heavy (480g),plastic lever body(not the lever though),but for the money paid you`ll soon be forgeting that

Bottom Line:   
JULIE 05 review:
My first hydro,it was either julie or hayes nine...but went for julie couse of magura´s so praised quality,and hayes9´s unreliability...
Great break for me couse i mostly ride XC,nice feel and enough power for allhillriding except serious DH...
So far no squelling,loss of power or any problems at all...what can i say--get one!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Similar Products Used:   v-brake,shimano deore mechs

Bike Setup:   kona nunu 03,lx,mz bomber,dt,mavic...and...ah yeah-julie

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Freitag_Firestarter a Weekend Warrior from Kaiserslautern, Germany

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2005

Strengths:    Amazing Stopping power, very dependable.

Weaknesses:    Occaisonal squeal from rear brake.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent stopping power for the price, very sensitive and easy to control. Occaisonally a loud squeal comes from the rear brake, but I think this is more of a problem with the brake pads because it only happens after I clean the brakes. I weigh 195lbs and stopping on a dime from 30mph is no problem. I have rode on this setup about 150 miles or so, and I'm very impressed and happy with my purchase.

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Favorite Trail:   Rodalben, Germany

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   RockShox Judy TT, hardtail frame, Magura Julie disc brakes, complete Shimano XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Feri Tivadar a Cross Country Rider from Slovenia

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2005

Strengths:    cheap, good, reliable

Weaknesses:    on the first there was some squezing

Bottom Line:   
It is my first hydraulic disc brake and I enjoy it a lot. I tried my friends mechanic disc's Haxes and they sucks. Julie is reliable, I bought it a year ago, and have No Problemo's..Only the first two weeks there were some squezing noises, but they dissapered after. I put a lot of biking-stress-pressure on this disc's but they survived it. I only cann say- buy it, try it, and enjoy..

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Favorite Trail:   the Mura Forrest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Elan bikes

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes, mechanic disc's

Bike Setup:   bike Focus Black Forrest 2004 with setup: XT/LX, Magura Julie, Ritchey parts, Suntour Axon fork

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Roberto a Weekend Warrior from Mexico, D.F., México

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2004

Strengths:    hmm.... disks?

Weaknesses:    They squeal if not clean. I wasn't impressed with theyre braking power.

Bottom Line:   
Got them on a used bike, so I don't really know how it was driven, but they kept making noise until I took them to my LBS and they changed Pads and bleed the stuff.

Now that I changed them, they work, but I'm not very much impressed by them. Let's see how they work out.

I think as they work, the difference over my other bike with v-brakes is on the all-weather brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   v-brakes

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jeckyl 800, pretty much standard.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason sperling a Cross Country Rider from vt

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004

Strengths:    stopping

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
If you know how to do the little manual adjustments (pulling the rotor toward the side thats rubbing and squeezing the lever a few times slowly to reset the pad actuation) these things just keep going without any issues. These are my first disc brakes but I seriously could not imagine upgrading. They work as well as brakes can work.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   v brakes

Bike Setup:   tomac revolver

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