Magura Louise Hydraulic Disc Older Disc Brakes

3.45/5 (31 Reviews)
Weight : 460 g per brake MSRP : $189.00


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. Fully aluminium brake lever assembly (master cylinder) with expansion chamber and new grippy 2-finger cold forged aluminium lever blade with reach adjust. 5 years leakproof warranty on both brake lever and brake caliper!


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chomxxo a Cross Country Rider from St. Francisville, LA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2009

Strengths:    Great XC stopping power, but no worries at 35mph+ downhill either. Great modulation, have never failed me, a 205lbs rider.

Weaknesses:    Have had to adjust horizontal spacing between pads using slim adjustment washers provided from time to time to avoid rub. Brakes are light but rotors belong on Eric Estrada's bike.

Bottom Line:   
Virtually maintenance free! I have swapped out everyting on my bike in an upgrade frenzy, but I just can't justify replacing these, especially after hearing horror stories about crashes, bleeding probs, etc. I have never bled the brakes on my Louises. I just bought some new pads in prep for some new light rotors, but the old ones look fine. Although this is an '02 I admit it sat around for a few years but there's at least 2000 miles on the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   The Beast!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   eBay

Bike Setup:   2002 Cannondale Scalpel

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Richardson a Downhiller from Enhgland

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2007

Strengths:    Good stopping power, light weight, easy to replace pads (and there cheap) good n old skool

Weaknesses:    dont look very funky

Bottom Line:   
Damn good and light. realy reccomend them, there good for dirt jumping and singletrack.

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Favorite Trail:   Lordswood

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $139.00

Purchased At:   e bay

Similar Products Used:   Avid Juicy, Hayes.

Bike Setup:   Azonic steelhead / big hit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harald van den Braak a Cross Country Rider from Tilburg, netherlands

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2006

Strengths:    good braking power(for one cylinder!)

Weaknesses:    manual adjustment brake pads, but you just do not have to adjust them each time you went biking

Bottom Line:   
All rubbish reviews the bad ones, okay brakes never had problems with them even after years!!! They come very cheap now, they are better as rim brakes spent the money.... I assure you they are okay.

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Favorite Trail:   drunense duinen

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   was on bike!

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   merida magnesium elite, fully xt and xtr build up. Manitou mars (top model fork).
I now have mounted them myself on my cube ams bike, full xt and xtr build up. They still work well, couple times serviced brake pads have many milage and still not worn.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tom(timmy) pepler a Downhiller from bath

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

Strengths:    good length of levers, strong sharp braking,easy maintenace,looks good.

Weaknesses:    only that people say there sh*t before they try them which i think suks!

Bottom Line:   
these brakes are nice there well worth the money and come fully setup which is handy.these brakes are aimed at freeride and trials,strong braking ,long levers its all good ,only problem is that people diss em before theyve even tried em....which pisses me off

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Favorite Trail:   white bridge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   ricciltd

Similar Products Used:   deore Vs,tektro

Bike Setup:   gt chucker,mozo pros3.5,azonic,tioga,d521cd deore disc,magura louise 2000 discs,fsa vdrive cranks,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by low blow a Downhiller from liverpool

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

Strengths:    umm well everything!!!good sharp brakes for low money and looks good just like any disc brake does....

Weaknesses:    ummm none

Bottom Line:   
these brakes and worth the money and if you get to buy them go for it ,ask the shop to bleed them is easier trust me and if u like downhilling go for it go on!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   umm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   some shop

Similar Products Used:   hayes and hope

Bike Setup:   giant boulder full sus,rockshox rear shox,rst triple clamps,azonic bars + stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dog eat cog a Weekend Warrior from austalia

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2002

Strengths:    when i first pulled the brake lever going along its as if the wheel just stopped no problems no worrys.this brake offers amazing power and a great feel.the caliper is nicely tucked up out the way and the levers are just long enough.

Weaknesses:    hard to set up and to get in the right place.thats all but when they are set up right bloody hell these brakes stop u.

Bottom Line:   
these brakes are excellent and are worth the money if u have the chance buy them they rock, mainly if u ride a bike buy them thats all bye (.)(.)

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Favorite Trail:   u like yess!!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   umm my mum bought um

Similar Products Used:   first disc brake

Bike Setup:   spooky bandwagon,dirt jumper 3,these brakes,azonic,hope bulb hubs on d521 cds,xt,24/7 cranks,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan spencer a Downhiller from london sumwere

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

Strengths:    this brake is nice and is strong in every erea.the caliper is a good solid shape and can take abuse so its beatable.haha unlike shimano deore mechanicals.good modulation sharp and snappy.

Weaknesses:    well ive only just noticed surface rust on my caliper but it rubbed of so no worrys,no weeknesses really then.

Bottom Line:   
if u like messing about on ur bike on the trials get em if ur in to trials get em if u .....icould go on for ages really if u have a bike and u want cheep good efficient brakes get them theyre the doggys wat nots...oh ive only just found this site and it rocks and cheers magura!!

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Favorite Trail:   going gone!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ummm i cant remember

Similar Products Used:   shimano deore mechanical, normal vs

Bike Setup:   orange,qr20 junior ts,f219s on xt disc,xt evrythin.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andy heat a Weekend Warrior from bristol

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2002

Strengths:    this brake offers quality braking,its nicely designed to tuck away by your frame.....>its hoses are easy to take care of and fit into the normal v holders nothing rong so far.

Weaknesses:    rattly levers (doesnt happen if u tighten em so mine are fine now)sweet!£$%

Bottom Line:   
get m the amazing and cheep to so thee in my books and by the way if u like jumps the perfect probably good for trials as i did it once.oh if u diss magura try em before u diss em cuz trufully there amazing.

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Favorite Trail:   NE

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   ricciltd

Similar Products Used:   hayes,avid mechanical(nice get these cheap and good)

Bike Setup:   cortina,z5s,truvitiv,azonic and stuff including the sweet d321s oh yeah.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john master a Downhiller from derby

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2002

Strengths:    sharp,good looking,lite,there just basically good!

Weaknesses:    levers rattle .

Bottom Line:   
these brakes are aimed at people who want breaking when they need it ,theyr sharp and come with a cutting edge look.one problem levers rattle thats the only week spot but other than that there good and sharp.good for jumping /trials /downhilling especailly (oh yeah!)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   hope mini discs

Bike Setup:   kona stinky,shivers,truvitiv,azonic.mavic d521s onto hope big uns

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by harry winchfield a Weekend Warrior from london

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2002

Strengths:    this disc brake offers power and strength,the levers are easy to look after so are the discs. perfect for jumping and trailing.

Weaknesses:    the only weekness is that the levers rattle when u go on cobbles and its dam annoying.

Bottom Line:   
these brakes offer good potential and easy to look after .strong ,trusty and good looking gives a good brake go get em!these brakes are for trailers or jumpers they can take a fair deal of abuse and still be as sharp as u like.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   first disc brake

Bike Setup:   on one gimp,mxc air ,race face ,azonic,tioga.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tommy a Racer from Tenterden, Kent, England

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2002

Strengths:    lightness and looks because it is slim due to the fact it only has one slave piston.

Weaknesses:    not a lot of power unless set up for ages

Bottom Line:   
im surprised that no-one has noticed the awesome performance if you spray the disc with water; it acts as if it is a 2 piston brake. however, this can piss me off always making it wet. overall, it is a crap brake and unless you do very soft cross country, NEVER buy this brake. ps. does anyone know how to do a 360 pivot on the rear wheel?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   magura Hs33, shimano xt v's

Bike Setup:   ddg shooter, base trials forks, Hs33 rear, louise front.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by handlebars a Weekend Warrior from NW indiana

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2002

Strengths:    not much. i beleive my v-brakes probably worked better. definately more reliable. customer service (jimi) is incredible!!! five flames for jimi!!!!

Weaknesses:    both calipers have developed leaks and had to be warrantied. although c/s replaced them promptly. serious brake fade even with royal blood. will lock up if overheated too much. royal blood was supposed to address this but it still happens.

Bottom Line:   
bought these at pricepoint for 179.00pr. after a couple months of working ok, the frt caliper started leaking. replaced with warranty caliper and it worked ok again. never had much power. i always had to use two fingers to make the bike stop with any authority. the rear caliper started leaking shortly after and was replaced as well under warranty.(can't say enough about magura warranty) on the other hand, i had to use them(warranty people) way too often. i didn't really realize what braking power was until i replaced the fronts with a hayes disc. holy crap!!! now that's stopping power!!! once i found out what a difference the hayes made, i replaced the rears asap. also, the constant pad adjustments on the maguras was absurd. they never seemed to stay in adjustment for more than 10-15 miles. hayes=pull the lever once--pads are adjusted!!!! value is nothat great on a product that doesn't work as well as others it's competing with. if so, we'd all be on wal-mart schwinn's right? 0 flaming chili's overall if it wasn't for the outstanding warranty people!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   challenge park extreme

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   hayes comp

Bike Setup:   '02 enduro expert. raceface cranks, psylo sl fork, sun singlewides, abbah hubs, hayes discs 8"f 6"r, xt drivetrain, float rl and romic coil shocks, maxxis tires

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Cross Country Rider from Huddersfield W.York UK

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2002

Strengths:    well. erm... they was good for the first two months, but then, well THEY WERE CRAP

Weaknesses:    JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, well slight exaduration there but they are spongey and need pumping for ages to get contact, need adjusting all the time and the service kit is well too expensive, just for bleeding it n e way and halfords charge 20 quid to sort em out 2.

Bottom Line:   
there ok if you were to use your bike every weekend but for daily use they are naf. stick british and go with hope. av given em 2 becos they are better than v brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   the local's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with me bike.

Similar Products Used:   none, but they are a hell of a lot better than v brakes, but the crappest discs around

Bike Setup:   Full suspension, XTR Kit, carrera Hellcat (from halfords, great bike 2000 model is n e way)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Matthew Juros a Racer from Boxford, MA USA

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2002

Strengths:    Front brake is grabby as hell.

Weaknesses:    Rear brake is mushy as hell. Must be rocket scientist to bleed these brakes.

Bottom Line:   
Magura has a problem with these brakes.
The LBS that sold me these has never been able to get them set up properly. I'm embarassed for them. These brakes their nightmare (and mine, too). I broke my old Maguras (busted lever-front and messed up seal-rear) in a race crash and wanted to replace them - big mistake. It's more than 3 weeks since they've been on my bike-they've been bled 10-12 times, master cylinder replaced, pads replaced and no improvement. I've had to do 2 races with these stinkers and I consider myself luck to have my teeth and vertibra intact.

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Favorite Trail:   Bald Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Magura Louises that came on my Cannondale 3 years ago-which were great once they were set up right.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F900 - XTR drive train, CrossMax wheels - sub-25lbs - it rocks.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ray a Weekend Warrior from Port Orchard , Wa. USA

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2002

Strengths:    None that I can think of. Cannondale failed to do their research

Weaknesses:    Front brakes have squealed loudly off and on and rear ones rub/drag and no adjustment seems to work for more than a few miles.

Bottom Line:   
They have squealed their little piggy tunes for the last time...I plan on sending them back to the Magura company....

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Silverdale Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   None...First time disc brake user.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F700

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