Magura Julie Hydraulic Disc Older Disc Brakes

3.6/5 (63 Reviews)
MSRP : $119.00


Product Description

The new Julie: the upstart!! Of course no worry, no compromise 100% MAGURA Brakemeister technology. Twin piston fixed caliper featuring automatic pad adjustment. Cool matt black finish with matt silver forged alloy lever blade. Fits to all forks and frames with IS mounts. Frontbrake also available for Manitou Postmount. The price????.....will shock the scene and care for a massacre.....


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Inverleith02 a Weekend Warrior from Angus

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2012

Strengths:    None that i have seen but could be down to the clowns that made up the bike!

Weaknesses:    Plastic, flimsy, noisy and dreadful performance that frankly puts your life at risk!

Bottom Line:   
It is difficult to say whether these brakes are so poor or whether they came from the spare parts we thought we'd never use bin! They are simply shocking and have already been fixed twice. Confidence in this particular product and the bike shop are shot, time to cut my losses and get a new set.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Cycleworld arbroath

Similar Products Used:   Hayes & shimano

Bike Setup:   Cove handjob, magura forks and brakes, shimano drive train and hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MrHyde a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2011

Strengths:    Rock solid dependable, NEVER had to touch these things, ever! I love the levers, and the feel on these cheapo's is top notch. They come set up with 7"/6" rotors - perfect for trail bikes.

Weaknesses:    Mine had plastic perch/reservoir, which is lightweight, indestructable, but has a little bit of flex to it. No biggie, it still feels firmer than most. My levers are aluminum, not plastic as others complained about. The calipers are monsterous and heavy compared to most high pressure designs.

Bottom Line:   
I got these brakes a long time ago and have yet to touch them. I believe mine are the 04 or 05 model. They have better feel and stopping power than anything I have tried from anyone else. The only downside to these things is that they are heavy, and the lines are what seems to be flimsy plastic tube, although I have never had an issue wit that either. The feel at the lever is rock solid, and makes a properly bled hayes feel downright mushy. The closest anything has come to that rock solid feel is an old set of hope mono mini's with stainless lines. Consitering what I paid for them, and how long they have lasted I think I can say there is no better low budget brake, period. If you look at the other reviews you'll see other people with the same experience, then the oddball one saying they suck..... and they don't. I would chock up the low reviews to dud brakesets/installation/setup. Mine have been flawless, with an awesome blend of power and modulation, while staying silent year round in Canada. My next brake purchase is going to be from Magura again, but it's going to be significantly lighter this time.

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Favorite Trail:   Rundle

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Hayes El camino, sole, HFX-9, HMX-2, Stroker Trail. Hope mono mini.

Bike Setup:   5" full squish built light (other than these brakes)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ruary a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2010

Strengths:    Excellent stopping power, simple to service, inexpensive, fantastic customer service

Weaknesses:    Not the lightest brake.

Bottom Line:   
These really are excellent brakes. I have had these brakes on a couple bikes because you could not beat the price and performance combo. I have ridden a ton of miles on them, and had my share of crashes, and have never had a problem with the plastic levers. I really like the shape of the levers and the brake feel. The are incredibly easy to service and I especially like the fact that Maguras use mineral oil instead of DOT fluid that will ruin the finish of your frame. I have a friend who had Julies and had a sticky piston. Magura sent a new caliper out at no charge. Who does that now? Awesome customer service. I see recently that you can pick up Julies for like $10 each on ebay. Unbelievable deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Phoenix Mtn Preserve

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   magura

Similar Products Used:   Magura Louise, Hayes

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Isis, Sram XO

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by shufel a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2010

Strengths:    very good brakes with great braking power . actually these brakes giving me on\off feeling

Weaknesses:    i don't like its levers . in wet conditions you may get weird sound from the caliper area but it does not affect breaking power.

Bottom Line:   
great brakes to get as stock component much much much better then shimanos 520 brakes. don't think that i'd buy this model again . will stick with Magura but with more advanced models.

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Favorite Trail:   Gvaram\Beeri singles

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   hayes 3, tectro mechanical disk brakes , shimano 520 hydraulic brakes


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bigtwin a Cross Country Rider from Surrey UK

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2009

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Stopping ability!

Bottom Line:   
These came on my F700 XC ride. What they are doing on a bike like that is anyone's guess; they have terrible.

In the warm and dry - fine. Otherwise - forget it. They don't adjust to pad wear, they seize and drag at the first sniff of wet and mud, and even when (rarely) they actually work properly, the stopping power is unimpressive - my Hopes knock them into a cocked hat in all respects. They have been nothing by a P-in-the-A the whole time. I've adjusted them everywhich way, changed the oil, changed the pads, stripped, cleaned, lubed, you name it.

The bottom line? They are rubbish.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Hopes.

Bike Setup:   F700 Disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Wildermoth a Weekend Warrior from Auckland

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2007

Strengths:    indestructable

Weaknesses:    none, so far...

Bottom Line:   
I honestly can't beleive that the plastic levers haven't snapped yet! I've had my bike for aboout 3 years, and although i've managed to break, snap, buckle, bend and pop almost everything else on the old girl, the brakes just won't give up!!! The braking is definately not as sharp as it was when they were new, but I'm pretty sure thats due to a harder compound pad that replaced the old ones. Anyway I'm gonne keep hammering these till they die, which could be a very long time....

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Favorite Trail:   big mama

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   A little bike shop in england

Similar Products Used:   cheap, painful V - brake setup

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ralph KOCH a Cross Country Rider from Cottlesbridge VIC AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2007

Strengths:    Have done over 2000kms on these brakes,Bled the fronts once and replaced rear pads-got the pads from Singapore on e-bay for $9.00. Crashed a million times and only pinched the tube once

Weaknesses:    Cant think of any

Bottom Line:   
Cannot fault them.Work perfectly for me

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Favorite Trail:   All Over

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Bicycle shop came with bike

Similar Products Used:   V-BRAKES, Shimano Deore Discs

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher MARLIN

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by andy from spokane

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2006

Strengths:    strong power especially in the front.

Weaknesses:    brake levers are complete garbage.who would make a brake lever out of plastic, and then put them on a freeride bike? barely fell on rock and snapped the plastic lever clean off. had to tie it back on to finish the ride.

Bottom Line:   
great stopping power, just super cheaply made brake levers. buy something else or immedeatly replace levers with something that is non plastic.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   avid bb7 on different bike

Bike Setup:   diamondback xts freeride with marzochi bomber jr t

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nicko a Cross Country Rider from melbourne aus

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2005

Strengths:    Brutal braking power wet or dry

Weaknesses:    Can be a bit noisy when wet - Still brake excellent

Bottom Line:   
Excellent stopping power cheap. Loosen the screws holding the lever so they rotate if you crash rather than snapping off!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Dodgy V brakes


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nic a Racer from london england

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2005

Strengths:    very powerful, original styling, overall good brake

Weaknesses:    the lever is plastic and on mine you cannot tighten the brake to the handlebar tight enough, probably just a one off.otherwise nice brakes

Bottom Line:   
good brake, good price

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   evans

Similar Products Used:   shimano deore

Bike Setup:   trek bruiser 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jonathan a Downhiller from aberdeen

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2005

Strengths:    Very powerful brake for the price

Weaknesses:    None so far and ive had them a year

Bottom Line:   
excellent value and a very good hydraulic brake for all types of riding

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Favorite Trail:   scolty freeride track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Bikedock

Similar Products Used:   magure louise

Bike Setup:   canondale gemini 1000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by antony aiken a Racer from grimsby england

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2003

Strengths:    super power, affordability, sales, adjustability....etc

Weaknesses:    looks, performance when new, flimsy plastic lever.

Bottom Line:   
these brakes are awesome, i had to put softer pads in my hope mini to come even close to the stopping power of the magura. the mini is ok for dependability and looks but thats it, it wont stop 14 stones of rider at 35mph in the wet like the magura will, (dont give me crap about how much more powerfull hopes are, that they maybe but they dont work as well!!)


great brake now on the back of my bike thanks to some goodridge hoses!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   halfords

Similar Products Used:   hope mini, hayes hydraulic.

Bike Setup:   raleigh fishbed slalom frame, dmr jump seat, truvativ hussefelt cranks, middleburn DH chainring, shimano XTR rear mech, doere shifters, hope mini front, magura julie front ( now rear (no need to waste a good brake now!!) rock shox jusy race forks with adjustable everything, mavic d521 rims, nokian gazzalodi 3.0 tyres, hope bulb hubs, dmr V8 pedals, truvative isis sealed BB, azonic riser dubble wall bars, goodridge braded stainless hose for magura, cat eye stadium lights and finaly truvative chainguide!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by antony aiken a Cross Country Rider from grimsby england

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2003

Strengths:    very very powerfull front disk, i have a raleigh fishbed and as such have magura julie disk at front and caliper at the rear, they are super powerfull, i need them for doing stunts and stuff on my local skate park!

Weaknesses:    too strong, i came off over the handle bars after a clear jump over a half pipe and running into a kid on a skateboard!!

Bottom Line:   
these are the best brakes i have ever had, i have been using them non stop for about 3 weeks now and the only complaint i have is that they are too powerfull for my weight of bike, i work at Halfords and have some British champions working in the cycle departement, they said the bike was too light for trials cos the front would just float away from them, but i can bunny hop it about 4 feet from stand still, and its a hardtail slalom bike!

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Favorite Trail:   slalom

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   baught with bike hence price

Similar Products Used:   only a wavey designed mechanical thingy and they where useless!

Bike Setup:   Raleigh Fishbed Slalom 6065-T6 alu frame (super light 3kg) alu crank, single speed front and 9 speed shimano 3.0 downhill deralier rear. Vuelta USA alu rims, front shock preload adjustable hydraulic setup with magnesium bodies and steertube, magura julie front disc, rear hydraulic calipers with red trials pads, Kevlar trials tires with custom tread pattern, microadjust seat, carbon fibre bars and a shimano headset casette. phew!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Hans Verschoor a Cross Country Rider from Utrecht, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2002

Strengths:    Good braking properties.

Weaknesses:    Screeching at the first drop of rain. Just try to moisturize a dry brake with CLEAR tap water and listen ....

Bottom Line:   
BAD, BAD service or better: no service at all. I tried to reach Magure by e-mail over and over agian, but they(deliberately?) refused to answer. It looks like they skip "nasty" messages. Magura service SUCKS !

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Favorite Trail:   Amerongen

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Rose, Germany

Similar Products Used:   Magura HS33, but no other disc brakes so far, but that will change as soon I've got the money for it.

Bike Setup:   Fishlips frame, RockShox Psylo SL, RockShox saddle post, Selle Italia saddle, Shimano XT, Magura Julie, Mavic CrossRoc's, Schwalbe Jimmy tyres.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joseph Jozwik a Cross Country Rider from Holly, MI

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2002

Strengths:    I geuss its cheap. They do stop with good power when working properly. When setup seems like they do not require maintence for awhile

Weaknesses:    When the brakes go down or have problems support is a pain to find. Magura support looks like a monkey translated it and any english person cannot understand it. Parts are not cheap. They are tricky (VERY TRICKEY) to work on.

Bottom Line:   
If they wouldn't have come on the bike I would have got something else. There a pain to work on and there are lots of little BS thing that sometimes go wrong. However there cheap and when they are working I usually have months that they work well until I have to work on them for awhile.
If anyone out there needs a suggestion or some help I will do my best to help you just email me. If I had the money I would upgrade to Shimano XT Disc. But since I have 4 bolt hubs it cost a ton to get new brakes. But I have learned a lot on working with these Julies.
bottom line. Don't buy them if you already don't have them.

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Favorite Trail:   Pottowattami

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Came with Cannodale KLM Bike and fitness

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT Hyro Disc.

Bike Setup:   2001 Cannondale Jekyll Lefty LX front derailer XT rear. ELO lockout. Julie Magura Brakes. Hutchinson Mousquito Gold (Those Work Great)..

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