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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)
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  • Color: True Blue

Trek

Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)
2013

$499.99
$689.99
True Blue
23-inch
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Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (93 Reviews)
 

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.

Features and Information

 
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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