Ionic Hydra Stiffy Brake Booster

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $25.00

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Ionic Hydra Stiffy

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bomber a Cross Country Rider from Sweden

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2000

Strengths:    Stiff, superlight, they look cool- all drilled out and stuff, made by Ionoc, decrease flex really well.

Weaknesses:    Theyre expensive(?) compared to magura steels, but they weith less than half the steel's weight. It came with my HS33 Frogs, so i didnt have to worry.....

Bottom Line:   
Really good booster. Dont get maggies without them + they look to trick!!!

bomber mcm#179

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Favorite Trail:   Mandai Secret

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Carbon Booster

Bike Setup:   Wheeler Easton 6061, Raceface/Bontrager/Xt/Lx/Deore/Mavic 517cd and maggie Hs33 Frog l.edition, and a 00 SID Xc....

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Joshua Pelland a Weekend Warrior from Williamsburg MA

Date Reviewed: June 17, 1999

looks cool

don't work as well as steel ones

Bottom Line:   
they look nice, and after reading good recommendations from this site, I purchased a set for my friend's new bike. However these things are WEAK! They flex way too much to be called a booster. My steel boosters bring flex down to zero. With these things you still get a bit of flex.This is not to say they don't help, they do. But why buy them when they don't work as good as the cheap steel ones? To save 15 grams? Well, maybe if that's what's more important to you...

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Favorite Trail:   
Power Lines

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Magura steel boosters

Bike Setup:   
HS-22's with Steel boosters
HS-22's with Ionic Alu

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a cross-country rider from State College PA

Date Reviewed: January 12, 1999

Bottom Line:   

I bought one of these because of Magura's recommendation to keep my AMP fork healthy. Before the brace, I noticed a decent amount of flex, which is worrisome on AL components. After installing this, the flex almost disappeared-it's down to 1 mm from 5-6. It looks nice, too. I've since ditched the fork for one of the Manitou SX-R's everyone is closing out now. I tried my maggies without the booster, and decided to install it because of the flex. Nice, lighter than the steel versions, and pretty stylish too. Now i'm trying to decide whether to get one for the rear of my cr-mo hardtail, since it winds up a bit too.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by celly a cross-country rider from Calgary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 19, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I bought these boosters at the same time as my Magura HS-33's after a strong recommendation from MTBR Magura Gurus Big Dave and Mike T recommended them. They told me they're light and strong, look trick and are cheaper than stock Magura boosters. Who was I to argue with them? I never realized how much more trick they were until I received a free set of Magura boosters at a swagfest and compared the two. Ionics are superior, no question. Thanks BD and MT. You were soooo right.I've never run my Maggies without boosters, but I assume they're doing their thing because those brakes ROCK! ;-)

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by KUJO a downhiller from Sun Valley, Idaho

Date Reviewed: October 10, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I had the exacy same problems that Sherman had!! I had to file the hell out of the hole side. I ended up taking off half of the inner hole. I am running IRC Kujo DH 3.35 tires right now, so I had to file the hell out of it. I also fiddled with the setup so much, that I had to replace the washer. It got jammed into the threads, so I had to cut it off with some wire cutters. Other than those two problems, I have no complaints whatsoever. One suggestion, though, is to get the salmon-colored brake pads. If you do all this, you will have your brakes working lik disk brakes!!

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Sherman a weekend warrior from British Columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 20, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I got 2 of these and I like em so far. They are very light and not too expensive. I got only a couple of complaints. I set up my brakes and then tried to put these on and ended up having the 2 hole side of the booster be too far in and rub the tire. I was not going to adjust my whole brake setup just to acomodate the booster so therefore I was stuck. I decided to cut off half of the inner hole for more clearance. It worked fine. Some other people have had problems with this so I know it is not just me. The mounting washer that is included in the pack does not stand up to repeated wrenching on it. I used it while I was adjusting my brakes so I loosened and tightened it a lot and wore down the washer. I ended up replacing it with a more durable washer. You can definately feel the reduced flex when you have em on. They are lighter than the Magura boosters too.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike T. a cross-country rider from Ontario Canada.

Date Reviewed: August 16, 1998

Bottom Line:   

Very nice boosters !! Ionics were recommended to me by Kalo mtb mailorder so I ordered a pair and was very pleased with their hi-tech milled and drilled appearance. Of course, looks mean nothing if the performance is not there but these great boosters do what they promise to do - they stiifen up my Magura brakes and reduce stay and fork flex and they quick release easily. Oh, yes, and they're light too!!

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