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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (93 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2013 Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Fishing for a great trail ride is easy with Trek's Marlin. Its super-light Gold Series aluminum frame features ride-enhancing G2 29er geometry for superior cornering, climbing and descending. Adding to those attributes is a set of steamrolling 29-inch wheels and a 100mm-travel fork that smooths the trail and steers you through the roughest terrain. Plus, component highlights include a slick-shifting Shimano/SRAM 24-speed drivetrain, a host of reliable Bontrager parts and Tektro mechanical disc brakes that give you awesome stopping power in all conditions.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek Alpha Gold butted-aluminum, G2 Geometry
    Fork SR Suntour XCM, 100mm-travel w/lockout
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager AT-650
    Hubs Formula
    Tires Bontrager 29-2, 29 x 2.2
    Crankset Shimano Altus
    Chainrings 42/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X4
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 8-speed: 11-34
    Shifters SRAM X4
    Handlebars Bontrager low riser
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Race
    Stem Bontrager SSR
    Brake Levers Tektro
    Brakes Tektro Novela mechanical disc, 6-inch rotors
    Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    4.5 stars

    (based on 93 reviews)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Handles well  (74)
    • Good geometry  (69)
    • Durable  (60)
    • Comfortable  (46)
    • Lightweight  (42)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (26)
    • Heavy  (14)
    • Poor Tires  (10)
    • Poor Components  (8)
    • Brakes  (5)

    Best Uses

    • Trail riding  (65)
    • Urban riding  (46)
    • Climbing  (42)
    • Single track  (38)
    • Descending  (35)

    Reviewed by 93 customers

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    5.0

    Best bang for the buck available

    By HoyaTerp

    from Bethesda, MD

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Features
    • Versatile
    • Durable
    • Value

    Cons

    • Saddle

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I did some research before buying this bike. For under $1,000.00, I concluded that the X-Caliber 6 was the best bike available. You could buy a better bike for more money (e.g., X-Caliber 7), but as a recreational cyclist, I do not think the cost difference was worth it. I would consider buying a more comfortable saddle when riding on pavement.

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    5.0

    Wonderful bike

    By Jeff

    from Florida

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Durable
    • Price
    • Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      I purchased this bicycle to replace a 15 year old multi purpose bike. So far I have nothing negative to say about this bicycle. I have not experienced any of the negative comments that a few folks have hit on. The brakes are quiet, and very responsive. The bike shifts gears quickly, and very smooth. Yes the bike comes with plastic pedal, but they are easily replaced, and very inexpensive to do so. I have not found the pedals to be a problem. All bikes come in at different price points, this bike is obviously not a $2k ride, so don't expect it to be one. This bicycle is a great ride for the price point.

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      5.0

      X-Caliber 6 is the best

      By Wayne Wayne Wayne

      from Umhlanga, South Africa

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Good Geometry
      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trail Riding
        • Single Track
        • Urban Riding
        • Climbing

        Comments:

        Off road, single track or urban roads this bike has got to be one of the best value for money bike on the market. Thank you Trek,

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        5.0

        Best "Bang for the Buck"

        By Mike

        from Waco, Tx

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Good Geometry
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Trail Riding
        • Single Track
        • Descending

        Comments:

        Being my first Mountain Bike, I spent over two months hunting down the "Right" Bike, and I'm glad I did. It came down to my final three. A "Specialized" Rockhopper, and Trek's X-caliber 6 and 7. After test riding the three bikes, I found that Trek's bikes were definitely more nimble, and very comfortable (Geometry-wise). Now, 3 weeks later, I have torn up some rough downhill trails... Some I'm not even certain were supposed to be trails, and my Trek has endured it all. I've had to squeeze through the narrowest trails and the sharpest corners... and my Trek was up to the challenge. Shifts quickly and smoothly, the geometry is brilliant, and the brakes definitely do their job. Could NOT be happier. I love my Trek. I would, and HAVE recommended this product to friends.

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        4.0

        fun 29er

        By Q

        from Arlington TX

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good On Dirt And Pavement
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Brakes Are Below Average
        • Seat Is Average

        Best Uses

        • Trail

        Comments:

        Its well worth the money. I ride local trails and mostly short commutes around the neighborhood and its good for both. I got a wtb speed v seat on it now and like it much better than the seat it came with. Found that on amazon for less than 30 dollars. Next upgrade will be bb7 brakes. The brakes are squeeling on the front and already needing adjustment again. They lack the stopping power that even my v brakes on my Trek 3500 have but one of the mechanics recommended changing the brake cables to a different type that are very similar to shifter cables. I will do that also when I get my bb7 brakes installed. This is why I cant rate it 5 stars but at the same time I cant say that it doesn't meet my expectations for the price. It is a really good value and Trek quality.

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        4.0

        What My Ride Needed...

        By BloodRedTrek

        from WV

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry
        • Durable
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Pedals
        • Suspension Fork Rec Rated

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Single Track
        • Descending
        • Trail Riding

        Comments:

        Been looking to purchase a 29er and ended up buying this bike. Really awesome bike for under four digits. When my 90's style hard tail broke, this thing came out. I am not much on the pedals as I ride clipless yet they are basic and restricted to flat style. The fork is decent for the price range yet I am dubious as to how well it will hold up riding on my usual singletrack. Overall, this bike is really what my off-roading needed. I really dig the SRAM rear deraileur.

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        4.0

        Best 29er on the market for the money

        By TJB85

        from Atlanta Ga

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Fast

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat
        • Poor Components

        Best Uses

        • Trail Riding
        • Single Track

        Comments:

        My wife got me this bike as a wedding gift. I was shopping around for a bike for two months and could not find anything I was happy with or it didn't fit into my budget. Ive only had the bike for a week but ive rode it everyday and it performs very well. Hands down the best 29er I feel on the market for the cost. Only thing I dislike about the bike is the shifters

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        5.0

        so far i like it..great bike

        By El Nick

        from East Los Angeles

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Good Geometry
        • Lightweight
        • Handles Well
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Single Track
        • Urban Riding
        • Trail Riding

        Comments:

        the front forks do make a lil noise and the seat does hurt you after 10 min riding...besides that its a great bike i tryed riding from east los angeles to long beach but i made it to compton because i got tired haha but i was half ways there...this bike can get me to long beach but i need to try harder...

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        4.0

        decent bike for the money

        By bike1

        from rockford il

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

          • Front Shocks Noisey

          Best Uses

          • Trail Riding

          Comments:

          Good bike for the money. Front shocks have excessive noise.

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          4.0

          Not bad...

          By Sugarberry

          from Shepparton,Victoria.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Comfortable
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Poor Components

          Best Uses

          • Climbing
          • Single Track
          • Trail Riding

          Comments:

          Brought the bike wanting to ride some trails n some downhill tracks. Brakes let me down abit. They slow me down but not enough as needed. Will be upgrading them and the rims as they have buckled on me already... Everything else is pretty good.

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