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Trek Marlin Single Speed (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin Single Speed (Gary Fisher Collection)

2012

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (17 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2012 Trek Marlin Single Speed (Gary Fisher Collection)

The Marlin Single Speed is great for the trails and street with its super-light and nimble aluminum frame that features Fisher's G2 Geometry for superior cornering, climbing and descending. Adding to those attributes is a 100mm-travel suspension fork and a 29-inch wheelset for smoothing the trails and getting you over the roughest terrain with complete control. You'll also love the singlespeed drivetrain with no shifting required. And, there are even sliding dropouts for easy chain tensioning. Plus, you get Tektro mechanical-disc brakes for awesome stopping power in all conditions, and a host of quality Bontrager parts, too.

Features and Information

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek Alpha Gold Series aluminum w/Gary Fisher G2 Geometry
    Fork SR SunTour XCM, 100mm-travel w/lockout
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager AT-850
    Hubs Front: Formula DC20; Rear: KT SS
    Tires Bontrager 29-2, 29 x 2.1
    Crankset TruVativ E400
    Chainrings 32T
    Rear Cogs 20T
    Handlebars Bontrager low riser
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite
    Stem Bontrager SSR
    Brake Levers Tektro
    Brakes Tektro Novela mechanical-disc w/6-inch rotors
    Pedals Wellgo ATB
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    4.5 stars

    (based on 17 reviews)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Handles Well  (13)
    • Durable  (11)
    • Good Geometry  (10)
    • Comfortable  (6)
    • Lightweight  (4)

    Cons

    • Poor Components  (3)
    • Cheap components 
    • Not made in US 
    • Fork could be better 
    • None 

    Best Uses

    • Single Track  (11)
    • Trail Riding  (11)
    • Urban Riding  (8)
    • Descending  (5)
    • Climbing  (5)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    2.0

    you get what you pay for.

    By ReDlInErIDeR

    from hartland WI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Looks Great

    Cons

    • Cheap components

    Best Uses

      Comments:

      The bike is very comfortable and looks beautiful. But honestly the breaks are garbage, the forks are clunky and the preload is pointless. On the first ride ( about 30 min) the chain started rubbing on the sproket guard and was grinding. Before my 30 day return policy was up i returned it before anymore damage was done in fear i might get stuck with it and bought a redline d620, it was twice the price. But you get what you pay for.

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      5.0

      A hidden gem

      By Old duffer

      from Rolla Mo.

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Versatile
      • Durable
      • Great Handling

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I am a 60 year old cyclist that just bought a '12 Marlin single speed. I haven;t owned a bike in three years and this bike Fills a part of my life long neglected. I use the bike 6 days a week to lose weight and gain cardiac health. The bike handles well and is quite comfortable. It's suspension takes almost all the shock to my arms and hands go away. Overall the bike functions well and is a great value.

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        5.0

        don

        By Old duffer

        from Rolla Mo.

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Handling
        • Lightweight
        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          I purchased the Marlin SS and found it to be a wonderful bike to return to cycling. I am a 60 year old Mtn biker that has owned a myriad of various Mtn bike over the past 25 years.this bike is a wonderful way to get back into the saddle and get fit once again.This also marks my first Trek. It climbs well and it's handling is superb. Not overly nimble yet crisp when needede

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          5.0

          great value and great frame

          By singlespeeds

          from usa

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Urban Riding

              Comments:

              great price on a 29er and great price on a singlespeed. has a great frame with LIFETIME warranty. some of the components are a step or 2 up from entry level. however you can still upgrade if you want to but you do not have to. i think it was money well spent and would buy again.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              No better value for a Single Speed !

              By Thermalsurfer

              from Mid-Atlantic, USA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fork could be better
              • Not made in US

              Best Uses

              • Trail Riding
              • Urban Riding

              Comments:

              I was looking for a simple, lightweight, and durable bike to ride with my kids, and hit the trails. Welding on the frame is excellent. The bike handles well and the single speed adds to the simplicity and durability. Love the ride on the 29 inch wheels, I'll never go back to 26. I do agree with some owners that the fork could be better, but I have no plans to change it. Wish it were made in the U.S., too.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Auburn Adam

              By taco jones

              from Auburn, Alabama

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Geometry
              • Handles Well

              Cons

              • Poor Components

              Best Uses

              • Climbing
              • Single Track
              • Trail Riding

              Comments:

              I have the 2011 model. I replaced the stock 20t cog with an 18t and eventually a 16t as I got stronger. This bike will make you strong. No cheating with lower gears.The stock fork sucks [*]...a Fox would make it awesome. Hydro brakes would be great too, but then you might as well buy the Trek Rig if you're going to put that money into it.It's a great 29er and you can't beat it for the money.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              urban attack vehicle

              By Old as dirt

              from West Coast of Wisconsin

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Handles Well
              • Comfortable
              • Good Geometry
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Single Track
                • Descending
                • Trail Riding
                • Urban Riding

                Comments:

                I purchased the Marlin about 3 months ago. The bike is used mainly for urban commuting and some single track. Unlike the Specialized Hardrock I had, it does not fall apart when you ride it hard. I am 6'2 and 280 pounds and 60 years old, it has held up to everything I can do with the bike. I changed the 20 tooth for an 18 tooth sprocket to get more ground speed on the streets.( so far 22.9 mph flat out) No need to change the chain to do this so I can go back to the 20 when I ride the trails. The bike has worked well for me, I would recommend it to others looking for a simple, strong street bike to pound the curbs with. I was going to add a 9 speed to the back to save a little on my knees, but I want to leave this bike alone and get a 3x9 or a 2x9 and a FOX front fork on the dirt bike. In closing, I got more than what I paid for, the derailleur hanger for this bike is only 13.00. Get one and build your own 1x9 if you want. The problem is, more parts to worry about. Nice going Mr. Fisher, prefect bike for a old ground pounder like me.

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                5.0

                Great Bike

                By Tom F

                from Demotte, In

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Handles Well
                • Good price value

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Single Track

                Comments:

                This was my first 29er, as well as first single speed. Since I have gotten it my Fisher Tassajara just sits. This bike is so much fun. Smoothover obstacles, climbs decent. I've found that I can ride it faster than my Tass. Great value, everything works!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love This Tank!

                By Deeth82

                from Lexington, SC

                About Me Commuter

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Comfortable
                • Handles Well

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Single Track
                • Climbing
                • Trail Riding
                • Descending
                • Urban Riding

                Comments:

                I'm not accustomed to owning nice bikes (been riding since I could stand), but I knew what I wanted in a bike that I was willing to spend a few hundred on: Decent speed, Simplicity, and die-hard Durability above all. I found all these things in my Marlin SS. I have owned this bike since March, and I have ridden it many times both on single track and even on the road. The 29" wheels give you great momentum, and the disk brakes give you solid stopping power that is unequaled in my [limited] biking experience. She rides great on slick tires just as well as she does on the stock Bontrager MTB's. Overall, this bike can be many things: A Commuter, a MTB, or even a utility bike. One thing it cannot be, and this would be my favorite thing about it, is complex.

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                4.0

                Great Bike

                By Thomas F514

                from Demotte, Indiana

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Good Geometry
                • Durable
                • Comfortable
                • Handles Well

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Single Track
                  • Climbing
                  • Descending

                  Comments:

                  This is my first Single Speed Mountain bike. I love it! Handles great, great on hills and over roots and rocks. Good components for the price. Everything works. At a local Race I did faster lap times on the SS Marlin than I did on my Tassajara last year. No wondering what gear to use, just pedal. Love this bike!

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