Magura Louise Bat Carbon Disc Brake System

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Louise Bat Carbon

Legendary, super reliable and powerful - the best mid range brake according to British Mountain Bike magazine.

User Reviews (12)

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Throttlemire   Cross Country Rider [Jul 22, 2011]
Strength:

Modulation. Looks.

Weakness:

Lack of Power. Bleeding. Lack of dealers supporting product. BAT adjustment screws fall out or will "back out" when riding so loss of power because lever will go all the way to the bar

Avoid these brakes. Power is not there and bleeding is a PITA.

Similar Products Used: Juicy 5
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
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dkelly   Cross Country Rider [Jan 29, 2011]
Strength:

Magura produces quality products! Good modulation, love the ability to dial in the pad contact. Easy set-up. Had to shorten rear line and the on-line video in combo w/the manual made it a snap. Mounting and adjusting the calipers much easier than my earlier Hayes brakes. Carbon lever adds a little bling as well. Get the later model with the easy bleed technology. I had to bleed the rear brake after shortening the line and it was extremely easy to do!

Weakness:

Light brakes compared to many on the market, but not as light as the Marta's.

Great brakes for xc and trail riding. Sweet modulation and adjustability. Would definitely recommend them!

Similar Products Used: Hayes 9's, Strokers, and Avid Juicy's
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
1nixxxo@gmail.com   Weekend Warrior [May 24, 2010]
Strength:

Power, modulation, feel. You can setup it light with Ashima Airotors.
Looks! Magura Louise Limited Edition (2008 model) in white!

Weakness:

Lever is designed for pianist! If you adjust the levers to be closer to the bar - free travel of the lever will increase two times. Not actually designed for big guys in the mountains - can be easily overheated

Outstanding brakes by all means. BUT, if you're a big guy like me (110 kg), try brakes with DOT. I have made them fade two times in the mountains, and it's not what i have expected at all. But my complains are not for light riders.
Maybe problem of overheating can be solved with Ventidiscs of Hope Floating rotors, braided hoses and light caliper adaptors. Will try this automn)

Similar Products Used: Avid Juicy, Hayes 9
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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mattleaver   Racer [Apr 09, 2010]
Strength:

arrived ready to install, i installed and shortened the hose with ease, way easier than vbrakes just make sure you order a new insert for the hose as you're bound to need to shorten it...the reach adjustment is great and the feel is great

Weakness:

none yet

the best brake i've used, haven't had it long so looking forward to the durability assessment

Similar Products Used: hope, avid and hayes 9
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
slapmackie   Weekend Warrior [Sep 03, 2008]
Strength:

everything worked great untill i bled them.

Weakness:

front brake bled fine, rear never took even after half a dozen bleeds...!

when i recieved the brakes they had about 10ft of hose on both front and rear. its pretty easy to cut hose to desired length once without having to bleed, but i had to a second time which was terrible! the front brake bled just fine, the rear never took. i bled them by the book nearly 6 times with the same result every time. major mess! no clean way to really go about it either. these were for my single speed, so i just opted out for some bb7's, keep it simple! this review is for the 07 model.

Similar Products Used: avid juicy 7
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
jSatch   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2008]
Strength:

stopping power
quiet
easy set-up
adjustable

Weakness:

pricey

I have the non-carbon, '07, BAT version with 8" front and 7" rear rotors ('07 package deal).
For Juicy's these rotors would be overkill for trail riding. But these brakes modulate so well that you can finesse the trails and still get stoppage when the ride goes downhill. Look at their website for rotor size recommendations and riding style. Pretty much spot on.
QUIET, even when wet.
Set-up from '07 model on is easy. Like most other modern disc brakes just squeeze the brakes then tighten the calipers. Shortening the hose was a snap too, and did not require bleeding (me or the brakes) afterward.
Like the Juicy 7's, these are adjustable for reach and contact point.
If you can find a good price on the '07's get 'em. Still the solid, single piece caliper housing.
Very pleased with these brakes so far. I opted for these over the Juicys and Hayes Strokers. Glad I did.
4 stars for value as they are expensive unless you opt for last year's model.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Boberinoe   Weekend Warrior [Jun 28, 2008]
Strength:

Excellent power, light weight, great adjustability, and they look awesome

Weakness:

Carbon levers may get scratched

Best brakes I've ever owned. Stopping power is second to none, and the BAT adjustment is amzing. In the future I will upgrade to larger rotors, currently running 160 front and back. No complaints what so ever. Good brakes to finish off your all mountain rig or light enough for a XC racer. Could probably even use them for Downhilling, they're that powerful.

Similar Products Used: Magura martas, Hayes HFX-9, Avid Juicy 7's
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Deen Markey   Weekend Warrior [Jun 15, 2007]
Strength:

Good weight, good power, ease of installation, modulation.

Weakness:

Lever reach is uncomfortable and I have some pad drag.

Good brakes with plenty of power and feel. The installation was straight forward and adjustments have been fine. Some pad drag is annoying but I am still experimenting. As another reviewer said the lever throw is a bit of a distance.

Similar Products Used: Hope M4, Magura Louise, Shimano Saint and XT.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Ryan   [May 13, 2007]
Strength:

Serious stopping power, Great modulation, No noise or pad contact, Decent weight.

Weakness:

None, really. The lever is quite a reach, but after one ride you get acustomed to it.

Decided that I wanted to switch my cockpit from the Shimano XTR m960 dual control to Sram X.0. I need some new brakes and just read the MBA review of the new Magura Louise BAT's. I decide to go with the 180's venti front and rear. I threw them on and went straight to Moab and Durango for a week of thrashing. I tested them on the greats: Porcupine, Colorado Trail, etc..... They absolutely blew my old XTR's away. I aways had pad contact, noise, inconsistent power, and trouble setting up the XTR's. The Louise performed perfect and lived up to the MBA's review. I love the endless power and adjustment. They are a little pricey, but if you take your gear seriously and test the limits of your bike then buy em'!

Similar Products Used: Shimano XTR m960, Magura Julie
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt Trujillo   Cross Country Rider [Nov 25, 2006]
Strength:

Awesome stopping power, easy to setup and install, no noise, excellent modulation and the BAT works extremely well

Weakness:

Some slight pulsing when light pressure is applied.

Although I only have the Louise BAT without the carbon, these brakes are amazing. They have all the stopping power I could ever want and they are so easy to set up and adjust. The modulation is fantastic and they were ready to go right out of the box. I was a bit concerned that 203 front and rear would be too much brake for my XC and freeride style but I have come to love the power on demand that these brakes provide. I highly recommend these brakes to anyone who rides aggressive XC trails or loves to freeride.

Similar Products Used: Hayes nines
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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