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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (166 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 166 reviews)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Handles well  (113)
    • Durable  (110)
    • Good geometry  (106)
    • Comfortable  (80)
    • Lightweight  (78)

    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 166 customers

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2014 Trek Excaliber 6

    By Highlander17

    from Virginia

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lockout
    • Comfortable
    • Fork
    • Durable
    • 29" Tires
    • Derailleur
    • Shifters
    • Brakes

    Cons

    • Pedals

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    Reviews on bikes should not be submitted until the rider has owned the bike for at least a year and rode at least 100+ miles on it. I've had my Trek X-caliber 6 since August of 2013 and it's by far the best mountain bike I've owned. This is my third, non-department store mountain bike. My first mountain bike was a '98 Specialized Rockhopper (26er), second was a '08 Trek 3700 (26er). I'm a recreational/weekend warrior rider who rides on rail trails and multi-use trails for cardio exercise. I see a lot of reviews bashing the Suntour fork. I can understand the negativity against the Suntour fork for those who ride single-track... but for rail trails, fire roads, gravel roads and MUTs... the fork is more than adequate. In my opinion, the superior X-caliber models (7,8 & 9) are a waste of money, unless the rider is into single track and needs the rockshox fork. The only upgrade I made to my 6 was the pedals. I replaced the standard plastic pedals with Nashbar Verge platform pedals made of an alloy. I also added a Cateye wireless bike computer to keep up with stats. The 29" tires roll over just about anything reasonable and they are surprisingly fast on pavement, especially when the lockout is engaged on the fork. The frame is very sturdy and the X-cal 6 bike is lighter than my old Trek 3700 26er. The derailleurs are smooth as silk and are very quiet when gears are changing. The only annoying thing about this bike is loading it onto my bike rack. It's hard to fit with other bikes. I bought an adapter bar to make it easier... but it still gives me issues on occasion. The hydraulic disc brakes are a major upgrade over the mechanical brakes I had on my previous bikes. The brakes have never shrieked on me or made any irritating noises. The seat and hand grips are comfortable, even on long rides. For the money, the overall quality of this bike is phenomenal. Trek makes oustanding, entry to intermediate level bikes. I also own a 2013 Trek 1.1 road bike and the aforementioned 3700. I highly recommend the X-caliber 6 to anyone who wants a good quality, durable, versatile bike that will last for years.

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    5.0

    awesome mountain bike

    By surfdogal

    from Ventura, CA.

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Love The Graphics
    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No complaints

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Extreme Sports
    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    this new model is an upgrade from the one I was going to buy, this is top of line upgraded bike with all the extras

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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

    • Versatile
    • Durable

    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

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

    Cons

    • No complaints

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I use the bike for exercize and enjoyment

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice bike

    By John R.

    from Tyler, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Hard Saddle

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Mountain Biking

    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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    (5 of 13 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

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

    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

    • Good sizefit
    • Durable
    • Versatile
    • Great stopping power

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City

      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      X-Caliber 6

      By mettabhavana

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Commuting/City
        • Extreme Sports

        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
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • Durable

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Road 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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