Magura Marta FR Review

Brakes Pro Reviews

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The FR has a snappy and solid feel to them, with a nice tactile touch, and this allowed excellent feathering of the brakes. They worked well in almost any terrain, but excelled in technical sections and in rock gardens, due to their great precise control. On extremely long downhills, they had a slight amount of fade, and belayed a minor lack of brute force power when pushed to its extremes. The lever is nicely sculpted for one to two finger usage, and the reach adjustment is easily done with an Allen wrench (2.5mm) in a small recess in the front of the lever. Sometimes when they were fresh or wet, they would make some noise for a short distance and then quiet down, and remain silent.

Reviews for further reference: Storm and Storm SL rotors and Marta SL Mag

Measured Specs (as tested):

  • Marta Fr Front w/ 31 inch hose – 225.2 grams
  • Marta FR Rear w/58 inch hose – 238.5 grams
  • Storm SL – 160mm – 92 grams
  • Storm SL – 180mm – 114.2 grams
  • Storm – 160mm – 114.1 grams
  • Storm – 180mm – 139.8 grams

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Bottom Line
The Magura Marta FR is a great set of brakes, offering precise control and excellent modulation, with good power and superb feathering characteristics. I liked the new subdued Grunge Green color scheme, and although the white hydraulic lines can seem somewhat garish, they do add some interesting color along the lines of a bike. The aluminum lever felt solid, and had a nice tactile feel, although adjusting the reach isn’t the easiest task. On wickedly steep and long downhills, they have a slight amount of fade, though larger rotors can assist in this minor aberration.

The Marta FR is another highly engineered German product from Magura, and along with the newly released Storm rotors, it completes a well rounded package.

Strengths

  • Excellent modulation
  • Good power
  • EBT system
  • Feathering characteristics

Weaknesses

  • Slightly susceptible to fade when pushed to its extremes
  • Reach adjustment difficult
  • No split clamp system

MSRP: $245

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers


Specs:

Description Marta FR
Weight per brake incl. disc (grams/lbs) From 360g/0.79 lbs.
Colour brake lever
Colour lever blade
Colour caliper
Grunge green
Grey
Grunge green
Technical features Full hydraulic
dual piston fixed caliper
Hydraulic system Open, with expansion chamber
Deceleration (m/s²)
according to DIN 79100
6.8 with 180 mm STORM rotor
7.0 with 203 mm STORM rotor
Piston diameter brake lever/caliper (mm) 11/2×22
Intern. standard mounting (IS) Yes, adaptor
Pad wear adjustment Automatic
Postmount mounting (PM) only front Yes, direct mount
Disc diameter (mm) Front 203, 180
Rear 203, 180
Centerlock compatible Yes, adaptor
Transmission medium MAGURA Royal Blood mineral oil
Brake hose MAGURA disc tube
easily shortened
Hose fitting caliper Standard: 0°, option: 90°
Brake pads Organic
6.1 Performance (series)
6.2 Endurance
Material fitting bolts Aluminium
Brake lever and caliper Forged aluminium/Forged aluminium
Lever blade Aluminium
Reach adjust Yes
OPD (caliper in one-piece design) Yes
BAT (bite point adjuster) No
Dual Docking for trigger shifters Yes

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Mark says:

    Thanks for the write up. I have always liked the feel of the Magura’s. Its funny to me, I just replaced my brake lines with a sterling silver color and on the trail its the first thing people notice and ask where they can get a set. Garish for some liked by others eh?

  • Mark says:

    I also noticed you’re running your brake lines like the British do, front on the right and rear on the left. I rented a bike in Whales once and repeatedly nearly killed myself because I couldn’t get my mind to remember to tell my other hand to front is on the right.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I prefer my brakes set up in moto style, with the front brake on the right side. Many years of motorcycle riding has my brain pretty attuned to using the right hand, and in addition, my right has finer motor skills for precision braking.

  • Denis says:

    Great rewiev, but i think these brakes are to expensive. I’ve had 09 version of Marta with 180mm wavy sl disc rotors and was having two problems. Brake levers were slowly leaking oil thru push rod and feeling spongy and the front brake vibrate like crazy. Marta from 09 use the same big brake pads as the Louise. Thats funny, because Magura dont recommend use of the lightweigt wavy sl rotor with Louise. So, I replace the brake levers with Shimano xt levers, and the sl disc rotors with Avid G3 rotors. The brakes become much more powerfull and the lever feel is more solid and stiff. I’m wondering how good the new MT line its gonna be. Cheers

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Thanks, I will hopefully have a set of the MT8′s sometime in early May?

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