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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (102 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 102 reviews)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Handles well  (74)
    • Good geometry  (69)
    • Durable  (66)
    • Comfortable  (46)
    • Lightweight  (45)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (26)
    • Heavy  (16)
    • 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 102 customers

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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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    4.0

    Great product for the money

    By Jred

    from SE USA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • 29er

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      Bought this bike primarily to ride on single track trails and xc style cycling. So far it has been everything I was looking for. I am pretty new to the sport but have put close to 100 miles in the 2 weeks I have owned it, and am more than happy. I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for an good 29er to start out with for under $1000.

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      5.0

      NICE RIDE

      By AJ

      from s.e. Iowa

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • All around
      • Commuting/City
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      awesome ride,nice components for the money, Trek quality you expect

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      5.0

      Great bike at great price

      By Recreational Rider

      from Bethesda, MD

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Trek reputation
      • Price
      • Features

      Cons

      • Cheap pedals

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      Least expensive bike I could find with hydraulic disc brakes (makes a big difference), 29" wheels and locking front suspension. Surprisingly lightweight. Internal derailleur routing also a nice feature. Positioning of rider on the frame results in good handling and comfortable ride.

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      5.0

      Love this product

      By Masterguy6

      from Rockford,Mi

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments:

            I love this product for mountain biking and road biking.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            iMPROVEMENTS!

            By pelhampatroit

            from Pelham Al

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments:

            I am 65 and have not been on a mountain bike in 18 years. The last bike I had was a top of the line Raliegh Peak. I am so impressed with the positive shifting, and great ease of braking. The only negative experience is the shifters are where I will have to become accustomed to them so I don't inadvertently hit them on very rough ground.

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            5.0

            punishment

            By garf

            from San Antonio hill country

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Takes Punishment

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments:

              I went through another $500.00 hardtail within a month. I should of bought this bike instead, first. It hasn't even shown signs of wear. Sprockets, gears, pedals, wheels all hold up to the smashing abuse my 170 lb body gives it.

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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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