Magura Marta SL Magnesium Review

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Bottom Line
The Mags are a highly engineered German marvel, they have excellent modulation, good power, are lightweight and are gorgeous looking. If bleeding is required the new EBT system is much easier to use.

They can be slightly susceptible to some fade on extremely long, and steep downhills, but larger rotors help alleviate much of that issue. I liked the feel of the brake, but some may find it to firm, and the reach adjustment is difficult. I do wish they had released a full magnesium set!

The newly upgraded Marta is a huge step forward, and the Mag version tweak is another sweet brake from Magura!

Strengths
-Lightweight
-Excellent modulation
-Good power
-Gorgeous

Weaknesses
-Slightly susceptible to fade
-Firm feel
-Reach adjustment difficult
-Not fully magnesium
-No split clamp system

MSRP: $368

Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Marta SL Magnesium url: http://www.magura.com/en/products/disc-brakes-2009/prod/marta-sl-magnesium-1.html

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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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