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Old 04-09-05, 07:38 AM   #1
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Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes

"The gold standard for European trekking and touring bikes, Magura rim brakes are light, brutally efficient, and virtually maintenance free. Instead of using a cable to activate the brakes, these Magura's use zero maintenance hydraulic brake fluid for super smooth braking and modulation."

Are these hydraulic rim brakes really virtually maintenance free?
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Pretty much. Once youset them up all you need to do is change the pads when they wear out. I would also flush the system every now and then, not really a big deal as the Maguras use mineral oil and it does not draw moisture.
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I've got a set on my mountain bike and I think they're great. The bike (Porsche FS) came with them set up perfectly and I haven't felt the need to touch them since. The only reason that I didn't install a set on my last tandem was that I had to choose between Maguras and STI. In the end, I decided that the only thing that brakes do is slow you down so I went for the more convenient shifting.
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Pretty much. Once youset them up all you need to do is change the pads when they wear out. I would also flush the system every now and then, not really a big deal as the Maguras use mineral oil and it does not draw moisture.
Thanks. What are the drawbacks over other hydraulic systems?
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I think Magura is the only one making hydraulic rim brakes right now. I had a set of IBC hydraulic rim brakes, but they did not have the power I needed for a trials bike. So I stored them for a bunch of years and finally sold them on Ebay. The company is still around but I think they quit doing the brakes.

The other option is for hydraulic is disc brakes, if you have a frame that has the mounts. Of those I prefer the makes that use mineral oil, like Shimano, Avid and Magura, over those that use DOT brake fluid. The fluid is hard on paint and also atracts moisture.

My favorite is the Avid mechanical for its adjustability and feel.
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Yep set em up and forget about it. I have been running them now for 3 years, no complaints stop anytime. However light they are not.
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Yeah, deffinately heavier than Vs (and other rim brakes). I'm not sure about discs though? Yeah, they are virtually maintenance free, but tricky to get right initially. You'll have to adjust them for pad wear (possibly just with the TPA adjuster on the levers), and if your wheel buckles.
They also fit to V mounts, but won't work on BMX style U brake bosses without an adaptor plate. I'd check before you buy them.
Deffinately recommended though, they are great brakes when set up right.
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