Magura Clara Hydraulic Disc Disc Brake System

2.17/5 (48 Reviews)
Weight : 440 g per brake MSRP : $149.00


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Product Description

Tech features: No compromise, fully hydraulic disc brake system with a single piston, fixed brake caliper featuring direct manual pad wear adjustment. Slotted stainless steel 160mm diameter rotors for both front and rear. Composite brake lever assembly (master cylinder) with expansion chamber and grippy 2-finger cold forged aluminium lever blade. 5 years leakproof warranty on both brake lever and brake caliper


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cyclops a Cross Country Rider from Silver Sands West Australia

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap and light, nicely made and look good

Weaknesses:    Lot of lever travel

Bottom Line:   
Its not a downhill brake you morons! Works fine as commuter brake, bit too much travel before bite but OK. Bought one at closeout from an online store on ebay, thrashed it for 2 months, no problems so I bought two more for spares/my xc Voodoo wanga. Power of the brake is not huge but its for XC or commute not all mountain or DH. I only paid about $19US each so Happy!

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Favorite Trail:   Dwellingup

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   E-bay

Similar Products Used:   Hayes Nine, BB5's, Tektro IO, Shimano Deore

Bike Setup:   Merida Kalahari 2008 Commuter hack, slicks, Magura front rest is standard.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by greg9499 a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

Strengths:    Work fine when they work

Weaknesses:    Unreliable! I spent HEAPS of time returning them to manufacturer again and again each time the seized up. They would repeatedly squeak and jam. The manual adjustment design also means that they can need new breaking in after being tightened up.
Piles of steaming crud. In the end even the Magura rep couldn't make them work and upgraded me to Julies for free.


Bottom Line:   
avoid!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Magura Julie. Quite good.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F700

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bennyjekyll700 a Downhiller from Elk WA

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2008

Strengths:    they look good

Weaknesses:    terrible stoping power, no strength, very soft feel

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT BUY THESE. ive had my jekyll for about 3 months and ive had constant problems with my breakes. They are hard to bleed,very finnicky when it's time for ajustment. just unreliable. Dont bother with them get hayes or shimano

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Favorite Trail:   my property

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   with the bike

Similar Products Used:   tektro v brakes

Bike Setup:   2002 cannondale jekyll xt components clara breakes(soon going to be changed) lefty ELO fox float R rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andy mc gill a Cross Country Rider from essex

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2007

Strengths:    great system for braking clings to the disc well and light

Weaknesses:    none great product

Bottom Line:   
a great brake for cross country 10/10 no thaughts of changing for 2 years had them on my old bike and they still carry on A GREAT PRODUCT!!!!!!!WELL WORTH THE MONEY

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   300

Similar Products Used:   hayes hfx 9

Bike Setup:   scott genius stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pike a Cross Country Rider from Eindhoven

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2006

Strengths:    They look good but what discbrake doesnt

Weaknesses:    everything (sticky levers, 2 much travel, squeeling, nasty adjustment)

Bottom Line:   
Dont buy these. I went to the Alpes with these and that is just scarry! I ended up adjusting them for uphill and downhill during the rides. My XT V-brakes on my old bike work much better.
Maybe its the one piston system or just Magura's incompetence, I dont know but DONT BUY THESE!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Howard Fugent a Cross Country Rider from Stuttgart

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2006

Strengths:    Light Strong braking system

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
if its to hot in the kitchen get out! these brakes work great but you have to know what your doing. They have to be set up corectly in order for them to work properly.
1. make sure all fittings are tight
2. make sure they are bled properly
3. make sure that they are instaled properly
4. make sure thay are calabrated correctly "IE" shims are instaled properly in order to make the brake pads come in contact with the rotors properly.
And lastly if you don't know what you are doing get some one who knows what there doing to install the brakes for you
"IE" a bike shop. I'm not sorry for the sound this review I use my CLARAS two or three times a week for the last three years. bottom line I think these brakes are great.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   farrad kaiser

Similar Products Used:   Magura Gustaf, HS33, Marta SL

Bike Setup:   Cannondale FG1 single speed

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Alexis gagnon a Weekend Warrior from chicoutimi

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2005

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    shi$$$$$ product plastic s$#k the two lever broke after only a little fall not to by for the price

Bottom Line:   
don't by plastic

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Favorite Trail:   chicoutimi city

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none first hydro

Bike Setup:   kingpin 2002 , supra d rims, psylo sl un turn

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by johnny checkerhero a Downhiller from C.A

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2004

Weaknesses:    everything. $h!tty levers, $h!tty pads, $h!tty dics, Dont work after bleeding, Brake lines leak like no other

Bottom Line:   
biggest peice of $h!t i have ever seen in brakes. They Fvckin work for maybe 2 weeks after intial purchase, after that they are done. Expensive pads/bleed. Im going to switch over to mechanicals because they are more reliable. Whoever made the claras should be hunted down and killed. If i could id give it negative Chile Peppers but unfortunately u cant do it. Definately do not get claras. If ur gonna get hydrualics go with hayes or hope but not magura

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Favorite Trail:   single track

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Hayes hfx 9 DH

Bike Setup:   dont fel like describing all parts, its a K2 brass monkey with nice $h!t after getting rid of claras

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Adrian a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2004

Strengths:    They look good on the bike

Weaknesses:    Everything except their looks.

Bottom Line:   
Have had nothing but trouble with these brakes since aquiring them with my new Cannondale. Bike spent more time in shop than out at the begining. Magura replaced the entire system over several visits and put the newer calaipers on as well as levers as these were faulty also.

Brakes squeeled badly until new levers went on, no as bad after but still some noise. Require constant adjustment, just had bike serviced by VicMTB and they recommended replacing levers with Shimano Deore or XT's as Magura lever sucks in air therefore requires bleeding all the time. Swapped over to Deore and only riden once but no noise for the first time and they felt great. Shop tells me they have converted the levers on many Magura sytems and they have had no problems.

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Favorite Trail:   Lysterfield

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Cecil Walker

Similar Products Used:   V-Brakes

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F700 2002, with Magura Clara's unfortunately

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Doug a Cross Country Rider from Fernie, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2004

Strengths:    there are none

Weaknesses:    High mintenance, pads are too damn expensive, you name it and it went wrong with these pieces of $hit,

Bottom Line:   
I had a hard time giving these pieces of junk away. I used them 2 seasons and had nothing but problems. They leaked, always needed to be bled, I blew hoses, they always seemed to go out of adjustment,so I was always dicking around with shims. Replacement pads are horribly expensive. The bottom line is I would go back to rim brakes before I ever used these pieces of $hit again.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to list

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   I now have Hayes HFX Mag HD's...used them all season without any problems.

Bike Setup:   2001 Kona Stinky

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve from CT

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2004

Strengths:    They stop over some time.

Weaknesses:    Long list. Plastic levers have no feel and they brake when you hit them like twigs. They need to be adjusted all the time they never work when you want them to they drag like it is there job i can not explain how much i hate these brakes.

Bottom Line:   
These suck if you buy them someone should be given a gun to shot you because you are dumb. If they are on a bike you want to buy have them changed. DONT GET THESE.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   I would rather have the brake when i was a kid and you push back and your bike would stop.

Bike Setup:   F700sx stock. Anyone want to buy it.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Razali Osman a Cross Country Rider from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2004

Strengths:    Still as before

Weaknesses:    Very weak plastic lever part.

Bottom Line:   
This is the follow up the previous review. Yesterday i had a cross country race here in KL, The plastic part on my brake lever broke after a slow speed crash. And the problem is i can't find a replacement part. went to the shop where i bought it and they say i have to buy a new set. And it's still cost the same. Very dissapointed with the quality of material used for such a good looking disc brake system.

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Favorite Trail:   Bukit Kiara Taman Tun

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $127.00

Purchased At:   KSH Bicycle Sdn.BHd.

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore XT

Bike Setup:   GT avalanche 1.0 with all parts upgraded

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Razali Osman a Cross Country Rider from Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2004

Strengths:    Good stopping power, good looking disc.

Weaknesses:    need a lot of adjustment and fine tuning.

Bottom Line:   
This brake works fine for cross country rider like me, been using it for about 3 month never fail, give good stopping power compare to my old shimano v brake. look good on my bike also. Need a lot of fine tuning and pad adjustment to get a great setup. REMEMBER!!! NOT SUITABLE FOR DOWNHILL!!

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Favorite Trail:   Bukit Kiara Taman Tun

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   KSH BICYCLE SDN.BHD

Similar Products Used:   tektro mechanical disc

Bike Setup:   Giant AC frame, foxfork vanilla 125rl, time pedal, sram drive terrain set and some el cheapo crank set.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Oleg Billert a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    Very good modulation

Weaknesses:    Lever leakage and air in the system, noisy.

Bottom Line:   
After a year of using I had to bleed the system after each and every ride.
Amaizing Magura service, they send me the levers twice and even agreed to pay for the custom.
Never buy Clara!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Magura Luise

Bike Setup:   Scott FX-1

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DK a Weekend Warrior from Tucson

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2004

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    They leak air and end up needing bleeding during rides. I also had a sticky lever.

Bottom Line:   
These failed on me in the middle of a long ride on a downhill section only after a few months of use without warning. Nearly killed me. I bled them and they appeared to work fine but then the lever started to stick. It would only retract ~50% of the way. Magura said they would replace it for free, but I was already fed up with their lousy performance and bought Hayes comp. disc. The Hayes are GREAT!! They work wonderfully and are relatively cheap if you get the comps or others on sale for about $200 F&R.
Brakes are the MOST IMPRTANT part of the bike. DO NOT these unless you want to die!

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Favorite Trail:   La Milagrosa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Hayes Comp. Disc. I love them!!

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mt. Slayer

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