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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (159 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 159 reviews)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Handles well  (113)
    • Good geometry  (106)
    • Durable  (104)
    • Comfortable  (79)
    • Lightweight  (75)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (38)
    • Heavy  (20)
    • Poor Components  (16)
    • Poor Tires  (15)
    • Fork  (5)

    Best Uses

    • Trail riding  (102)
    • Climbing  (67)
    • Urban riding  (67)
    • Single track  (65)
    • Descending  (53)

    Reviewed by 159 customers

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    5.0

    X-Caliber 6

    By mettabhavana

    from Des Moines, IA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Extreme Sports
      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      Initial quality was very good. and a decent price for the features. I ride average 12 miles per day. It is light for a 29er (32 pounds) and a great trainer for when I ride my road bike. Pros: It does well on and off of the pavement. I have had comments about the tires sounding like a monster mudder truck tires when I am on the paved trails, but they grip so well off pavement I really don't mind the noise. The gear ratios are great for a 29er. It can real climb (almost straight up) in the highest gear The seat took a few rides to break in but is comfortable now. There is a good balance between the seat and the handle bars making it decent for longer rides without the normal hand or back side complaints. It is a really nice looking bike and had many compliments and curiosities. The Hydraulic disc brakes are a real nice feature. I think all bikes should have them. The shocks are good for off road, I leave them locked on the paved trails. Cons: The grips are awful and cheep quality. They start to twist when they warm up from your hands, so you have to constantly readjust your hand. The pedals are also cheep quality and blew apart within the first 3 weeks. I have replaced both. The comfort grips with the palm rest work nicely. Had to have the SRAMx4 crank side derailleur trigger replaced, stopped shifting. LBS said it was a manufacturing defect and was covered under warranty.

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      5.0

      I THOUGHT IT COULDN'T BE DONE!

      By Can't get Right

      from Alabama

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Versatile
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      Perfection describes my experience. I am 6ft 4in. I am rocking 60 yrs. old. I have been cut in half via car accident and told I would never ride motorcycles of mountain bike again. I went to a place in Alabama called Cold Water Mountain. Not being familiar with trail marks, my plan was to do the beginner trail. I took a wrong turn and hit the highest degree of difficulty. I never went down once. I don't credit myself but I credit the bike by letting it do what it was made for.

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      4.0

      Great Ride!

      By Rick

      from San Antonio. Tx

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I ride trails mostly (intermediate) I don't do drops and jumps so I can't really speak to how it handles those, but turning and comfort, it great and the hydraulic breaks are a pleasure to use.

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        5.0

        I am buying it again!

        By MotoGuy12

        from Roseville,CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Low Rolling Resistance
        • Lightweight
        • Good value
        • Stable
        • Name Brand
        • Good sizefit
        • Smooth shifting
        • Warrenty
        • Ready To Ride
        • Durable
        • Versatile
        • Nice ride
        • Fast and Smooth Ride
        • Stylish
        • Scratch Resistant
        • Reactive Brakes
        • Looks good

        Cons

        • Peddles Are Cheap
        • Uncomfortable saddle
        • Can't Fit 2 Lg Bottles

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Climbing
        • Off-road
        • Everyday rides
        • Single track
        • Trail riding
        • Travel
        • Cross country

        Comments:

        Bought this bike as a re-entry bike. My daughter and I ride about five times per week on trails and single track. As our skill's are coming back we are tackling more difficult trails. Works very good climbing hill's that are dirt, gravel, loose on hard pack. I like being able to adjust my forks for given terrane, or locking them out during a hard climb. I love the hydraulic brakes, and shifting is dead on. Bike feels nimble in the air over jumps yet stable over rough whooped out trail. My daughter has outgrown her bike and for her birthday I'm going to go buy her the same model. I feel like I paid a fair price for a good bike. I did change the Saddle, also wish there was more room where the bottle cages are. Center cage mounts a little high so cross bar get's in the was for a tall H2O bottle. I've read complaint's about the tire's but no problem so far with 384 mile's. I'd buy again, well, I am actually.

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        4.0

        X-Cal 6 review

        By MH

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Nothing yet

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        Have not used it long enough to give a thorough report. So far it has worked well for me both mountain biking, trail riding and on the road.

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        4.0

        Just getting started

        By Zig Zag

        from Tucson, Arizona

        About Me

        Pros

        • Known Industry Name
        • Quality parts
        • Durable
        • Warranty
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Seat

        Best Uses

        • Reduce Carbon Foot Print
        • Exercise
        • Commuting/City
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I think for the dollar, equipment, brand name, and warranty I could have not gotten any better of a deal. I like the fact that I'm supporting a USA brand and I really like the warranty.

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        5.0

        Great Value!

        By Rustydog

        from Placerville California

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I ride over 2000 miles a year, 60 percent on the road, I found that for a cross country bike this bike fits it all unless you want to spend a lot more money, I do interval training on this bike but have also ridden some very steep terrain around Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Rim Trail, and the Tahoe Flume Trail to name a few, the 29 inch wheels if you ride it right will roll over anything you want to tackle, almost feels like full suspension, the front fork is a Suntour, works fine, but when I bought this bike I planned on upgrading the fork to a Fox or Rockshox in the future, I bought the 6 because it was affordable and upgradable, the frames on the 6, 7, 8 are identical, with every bike you find things that you will want to upgrade later to fit your cycling needs, everyone rides different, so they have different needs and wants, it's nice to buy at a price point that's affordable and then buy the stuff you want to add to it.

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        5.0

        All I could ever ask for & more

        By Hammer 29er

        from Ventura, CA

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Great looking
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Commuting/City
        • Roughuneven Pavement

        Comments:

        I was looking for a better than department store bike to commute to work on. While the FX 7.4 was a great fit, part of my ride is uneven pavement and the occasional trip into the grass to avoid something and it just did not cut it there. I actually enjoy the G2 geometry of the X-Cal 6. The longer seat to stem and wider grip give me a comfortable ride. The 29's and front fork help absorb so much of the rough stuff on half my ride and I can lock out the forks for the smooth part. I yearn for a smaller & smoother tire on the street until I hit the rough stuff. The hydraulic discs are the bomb for those quick stops when a car doesn't see me. Overall the X-Caliber 6 is the BEST of both worlds without compromising. Looking forward to taking it out on some trails.

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        4.0

        Good Value

        By andylaiphoto

        from Dallas TX

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Overall Package
        • Price
        • Geometry
        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Fork
        • Tires

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I love in Dallas TX. Trails around here range from flat hardpack to hilly rocky. A lot of stuff in between. This bike has rolled through most everything with ease minus the extreme rock gardens. My only gripes, which are to be expected at this proce point, are the forks and the tires. The forks feel weak and not wel dampened. The tores are worthless unless it's dry harpack. If there's loose terrain, any kind of moisture, or steep climbs the go all over the place. Horrible tires. I keep telling myself to ride them through but if they are this bad brand new they will only get worse as they wear. Otherwise I have been pleasantly surprised bu this budget hardtail.

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        4.0

        Trak X-Caliber 6 Review

        By Cozeep

        from Northern California

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I use the bike on medium-difficult trails and it's performed flawlessly so far, a few flats but that's not the bikes fault. Good purchase!

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