Magura Julie Disc Brake System

3.29/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $100.00


Product Description

  • Fully-hydraulic disc brake
  • Pre-bled and ready to mount
  • 2-finger reach adjustable lever
  • Automatic adjusting twin piston caliper


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Masnumata a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2012

Strengths:    The brake lever assembly is made of plastic with metal lever, and is simple and quite stiff.
Uses mineral oil.


Weaknesses:    The brakes have a dead/dull wooden feel at the levers when braking (On-off braking). The brake doesn't give enough braking power when going downhill even after I switched to 7 inch rotors. I weigh 95kg with riding gear. The brakes cannot slow down my bike like my Avid BB7 Mechanical Discs. The lack of braking power actually gets in the way of my riding. It's a pity coz the reviews I read before I bought the brakes were pretty good.

Bottom Line:   
Not advisable to get these if you're a heavy rider like me. They don't provide enough stopping/slowing power downhill even with 7 inch rotors.
They're alright for normal riding around the park I guess.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm riding on~

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   ChainReactionCycles

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB7 Mechanical Discs, Hayes Stroker Trail discs, Shimano XT (Servo Wave) Discs, Avid Elixir R.

Bike Setup:   Mountain Cycle Fury
Chumba XCL

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sedmi a Cross Country Rider from Sofia, Bulgaria

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2011

Strengths:    that's my first hydro brake. it has fair enough stopping power even on high speed trails. I'm 105 kg and all my worries about stopping fade away after I tested this brake. 5 years leak proof warranty and good price. sound fantastic BUT..

Weaknesses:    using this brake in cold weather is not a good idea. in temperatures near zero or lower, air goes into the hydro system trough the seal and the brake wouldn't stop anymore. fortunately that is slow process(it took about 3-4 hours) and I managed to get to the workshop in time. the problem persist and I had to change the brake.

Bottom Line:   
nice looking offer but if you are winter rider, buy high end model. you can't rely on this brake.
in any other weather conditions this brake works fine

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Bike Setup:   custom build around scot scale + Magura Durin Race.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by franjo tudjman a Weekend Warrior from croatia zagreb

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009

Strengths:    solid stopping power,durable,tough,dont need much mantainance,cheap

Weaknesses:    plastic parts,other than that not many

Bottom Line:   
these are my first hydro brakes,and they are great.as i said very solid,i ride some harder xc and they never let me down.im 94kg and didnt have any issues with stopping power.i have 180 disc front and 160 back and belive this to be the best combo for julies.
of course if you compare them to some high price(or level) brakes they would lose...but thats like compareing golf gti to lamborghini gallardo or smth
and these are truly the golf gti`s of disc brakes-theyre not phenomenal, but good enough for almost anything

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Favorite Trail:   sljeme

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   deore mech. brakes

Bike Setup:   kona nunu 2003
julies 180front 160rear

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jimbob900 a Cross Country Rider from muxton

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008

Strengths:    it hasnt snapped

Weaknesses:    its crap and it caused my mom to nearly die she is now paralsed because she went in to a car because the brake didnt stop her

Bottom Line:   
the bike is crap and the con man who sold it to me should be shot my name is nathan hughes and you no who you are you filthy animal the brake has only stopped once and that was when i went into a tree the only good thing about it is its not as old as the bike and so i think i can sell it for a profit I WANT MY MONEY BACK YOU IMAGRINT

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Favorite Trail:   cannock chase

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   chain reactions

Similar Products Used:   no brakes

Bike Setup:   kona stab deluxe 1999 frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ivan Pecigos a Weekend Warrior from Zagreb Croatia

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2008

Strengths:    solid,cheap,5 years guarantie, best entry level disk brake

Weaknesses:    strenth and stamina for my 95kg.If you ride dh need few pit stops

Bottom Line:   
can not miss with them

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Favorite Trail:   Sljeme

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   hayes ,formula

Bike Setup:   ktm-manitou-magura-deore lx-xt

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Albertinho a Cross Country Rider from Zagreb, Croatia

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2007

Strengths:    Solid, tough, simple, need little maintenance, do not fade. I fell once and the master piston lever hit the ground, but it only suffered minor scratches. They can take the abuse.

Weaknesses:    Not enough stopping power on steep trails and high speeds. Lever blades a bit too narrow, can bury in your finger and hurt a bit after a long descent.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes were a bit too weak to stop my 90kg + bike on some steep descents. Other guys (btw weighing 20+ kilos less than me) swore these brakes were good enough. I must agree with them, the brakes sure feel "right", but only if you're a smaller guy (or girl :). They start to lack the bite when you're heavier and go fast. I upgraded to the Oro K18 and those give me all the power I need, but also cost more...

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Favorite Trail:   Sljeme, Samoborsko gorje

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Formula Oro K18

Bike Setup:   KTM Ultra Flite 2007
Marzocchi MX Pro fork
Formula Oro K18 brakes
SRAM shifters
Deore/LX components

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Cape Town South Africa

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2007

Strengths:    Great stopping

Weaknesses:    When they go wrong, it gets expensive

Bottom Line:   
In the 4 years I have ridden with the Julies I have had 3 years of hassle free use. Only replaced 1 set of pads in that time and which included the Imana (4 day ride on the beach) and Baviaans. Cannot fault their ability to stop in wet and dry and no fade even on 10km plus downhills. Then they went wrong and it got ugly. First broke a lever and the cost of replacement could have bought a cheap supermarket bike. Then they started leaking at the reservoir and then the seals on the callipers went - all this over say 3 months. Bottom line was a complete new set at huge expense. On the up side, who knows I might get another 3 years out of the replacements??

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Favorite Trail:   Red Hill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jeckyl

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Milan Andrys a Weekend Warrior from Lake Orion, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2007

Strengths:    Stops RIGHT NOW
Reliable for over five years now
I have never needed more stopping power, these brakes will nose wheelie all day long in any terrain.


Weaknesses:    Stock break levers were plastic and I broke one of them when loading my bike in the car. Bike tipped over when leaning against the side of the car. LBS replaced both levers to alloy at no charge so no worries there. Pads occasionally rub on the rotors.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes came on my 2001 Enduro FSR. They are my first hydraulic brakes and I can't imagine wanting any more out of them. In the years I had my bike, I can't think of a time when these brakes let me down other than when I dropped my bike and the stock plastic brake lever broke. My LBS replaced the levers with alloy ones and I have had no problems since. In the six years that I had my bike I went through two brake pads. I had never had to bleed the system. The brakes are powerful enough to lift the rear tire in the air but easy enough to modulate so as not to kill me in such a way. Never had any leaks to speak of.

Overall, I am very happy with these brakes!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything downhill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Fraser Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB5 (weak)

Bike Setup:   2001 Specialized Enduro FSR

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Alec Pym a Cross Country Rider from uk

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Unreliable,no modulation ,poor stopping power

Bottom Line:   
Blown seals back and front in 5 months use warranty replaced ok. but this is not up to larger riders who give it some wellie.
Poor feel little to no power or modulation for me at 174 lbs.gona fit soething else.

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Favorite Trail:   out the back door

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Hayes,Clarks,

Bike Setup:   Cannondale prophet

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sir. Swish a Cross Country Rider from Somerset, UK

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2006

Strengths:    Good solid feel for the price, Very surprised and pleased with them

Weaknesses:    Lever feels low-quality and squeal when wet

Bottom Line:   
These are great for XC or even for those who are taking their first step into the world of Hydraulics! The original pads have great bite once broken in, The brakes were easy to bleed and although the lever feels cheap, they won't disappoint and considering the phenominally low price tag, these are magic!

To run these brakes on anything other than a 203mm rotor is stupid, It really brings out the best in these brakes!

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Favorite Trail:   Strawberry Line/Penhydd

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Somerset Bike Centre

Similar Products Used:   Hope Mini, Hope M4

Bike Setup:   Spesh Hardrock, Hope M4, Mavic D321 on IRC Kujo, SRAM all round

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wilhelm a Cross Country Rider from leipzig

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2006

Strengths:    Incredibly cheap; you can get them new for under 100$/pair!
They do break well and are troublefree. No excessive wear on the pads, after a year I replaced them.


Weaknesses:    They look awful -all plastic and cheap aluminum.
The brakehose is a low-pressure plastic tube which can easily break or tear off!
The stopping power is not sufficient for tall/big/heavy riders, if used on long steep downhills.


Bottom Line:   
Compared to the Avid Juicy these brakes are bad - but if you look for the cheapest really working discbrake around, get these.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   private ad used

Similar Products Used:   Louise FR
Juicy5


Bike Setup:   Singlespeed

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by paul a Weekend Warrior from sintra

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2006

Strengths:    there got good power, feel nice!

Weaknesses:    the lever is crap, when i wanted to cut the tube the threeds came out of the lever, i just put a old hs33 lever on (yes it works fine!)

Bottom Line:   
if you put a hs33 lever on there really good, oh when you cut the tube do it from the caliper!

good luck!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Similar Products Used:   hope, tekro, formular

Bike Setup:   street bike!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Perry a Weekend Warrior from Huntsville, AL

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2006

Strengths:    They stop well and never stop working. I am at 260 lbs and they stop me on some steep hills. Never replaced the pads in 400 miles of technical hilly trail rides.

Weaknesses:    None that I can see they came with my 2003 Fuji Adventure SL

Bottom Line:   
Buy them

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Madison Cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   2003 Fuji Adventure SL

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jules Evans a Cross Country Rider from Hobart, Tas, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2006

Strengths:    Comfortable strong stoppers. They have a good progressive feel and the rotors look cool.

Weaknesses:    Probably a bit heavy(haven't taken them off the bike) Apparently they are hard to bleed.( haven't needed to do that yet)

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level Hydro brakes. I ride a trail that has 15min. of rocky downhill and they get really hot but don't fade. They also stop really well in the wet. They haven't let me down yet.

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Favorite Trail:   Wildside

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Kenselfcycles

Similar Products Used:   LX V-brake, Shimano 105 road brakes

Bike Setup:   Merida Matts Speed D.

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