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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (164 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 164 reviews)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Handles well  (113)
    • Durable  (108)
    • Good geometry  (106)
    • Comfortable  (79)
    • Lightweight  (77)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (38)
    • Heavy  (21)
    • Poor Components  (16)
    • Poor Tires  (15)
    • Brakes  (5)

    Best Uses

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

    Reviewed by 164 customers

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    5.0

    True caliber. it got a bang on the trail

    By Jun

    from Winnipeg Canada

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments:

    It got a smooth and fast acceleration whether on pave or rough trail. Very nice handling. Wish it had better performance forks. Would love to try juMPS.

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    5.0

    The X-Caliber 6 Is Great Bike

    By Nam Nomad

    from Vallejo, Ca

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • I Just Like The Bike
    • Real Comfortable Bike
    • Well Made Bike
    • Its fun to ride
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No complaints

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    I use the bike for exercize and enjoyment

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    5.0

    Very nice bike

    By John R.

    from Tyler, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Hard Saddle

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I mostly ride the trails here on campus. When I have time, I'll get out around to the state parks and some local trails. 29s are great on the trails especially when on one that isn't as well-groomed as others. Smaller logs, stumps, and rocks don't phase it. I've had this bike for a month and the only thing that bugged me was the saddle which I have upgraded already. The stock saddle is a little hard and makes the behind a little sore after longer rides.

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    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Cheap bike with horrible group set

    By Cory

    from Highland Village, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Cheap
    • none

    Cons

    • Poor Construction
    • Group Set Is Garbage
    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Taking Up Space On Floor

    Comments:

    I'm a beginner when it comes to mountain biking so I thought the X-Cal 6 would be a good bike to start on....boy was I wrong. In the first 90 days I had multiple failures with the rear wheel and a broken crank. Trek warrantied the items but I continued to have issues after they were replaced. Additionally, the hub on the new wheel was a different color than the original. If I could give negative stars for this review I would. I never once took the bike off the pavement, never took it on any dirt trails, which in retrospect was probably a good thing considering all the issues I had riding on the roads and paved bike trails near my house. This bike was a total lemon. Furthermore, the dealer was less than helpful and when I approached about possibly doing some type of trade-in on this bike (at a 30% loss) and purchasing a new, significantly upgraded Trek with better components and group set, they wouldn't really do anything or stand behind their product. I contacted Trek about the issues and they never got back to me. I had to follow up with them, and they wouldn't do anything, just warranty and replace broken parts.

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    5.0

    Great bike

    By Superman_jjs

    from Coronado, CA / Seattle, WA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Great stopping power
    • Good sizefit
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      I needed a bike that was the best of both worlds that will be a trail bike in the end. I currently wanted a bike that would be something that I could get back into riding with. The riding that I am currently doing is mainly on the road or bike paths but when I go home I want to hit some trails. I changed the tires and crankset (for the time being) to more road friendly for my current riding style.

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      5.0

      X-Caliber 6

      By mettabhavana

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I THOUGHT IT COULDN'T BE DONE!

        By Can't get Right

        from Alabama

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Smooth
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        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

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

          Cons

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

          Best Uses

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

          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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