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Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (169 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 169 reviews)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Durable  (113)
    • Handles well  (112)
    • Good geometry  (106)
    • Lightweight  (82)
    • Comfortable  (79)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (38)
    • Heavy  (22)
    • Poor Components  (14)
    • Poor Tires  (14)
    • Pedals  (4)

    Best Uses

    • Trail riding  (101)
    • Climbing  (66)
    • Urban riding  (66)
    • Single track  (65)
    • Descending  (53)

    Reviewed by 169 customers

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    5.0

    I'm no expert.

    By TJMTB

    from Bulverde, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • All Components Are Smooth
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      My only concern with the bike is the fork. It works flawlessly now but I've seen slightly cheaper ones become problematic after a very short time. I'm told there aren't many if any options for upgrading the fork for this model. I love the brakes and the shifters are also very smooth and precise.

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      Originally posted on Trek's website

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Last Bicycle

      By Frenchie

      from Salem OR

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Versatile
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        I am 62 years old and wanted to get a durable bicycle that would last me 20 years or so so I bought the X Caliber 6. I have ridden about 50 miles on it and everything works like a dream. The only thing that took a little getting used to was the seat but after about a week that was no longer a problem. I could have spent more money on a different bike but this bike is all I will ever need and a good buy for the money.

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        Originally posted on Trek's website
         
        4.0

        Important to invest in a good cycle

        By Jfuribe

        from Bogotá CO

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        Is my first time with a really good cycle and the experience you get is really nice, you really perceive the difference from other type of cycle that are in the market.

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        Originally posted on Trek's website
         
        5.0

        A very nice and a head turner bike

        By Alex

        from Batangad

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          I use this product for my excersie to stay fit and help to release my stress. All of my friends really like it and want to experience riding on it.

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          • No
          Originally posted on Trek's website

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My last bicycle

          By Frenchie

          from Salem OR

          About Me Bike Messenger

          Pros

          • Versatile
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Commuting/City

            Comments:

            I am 62 years old and wanted to buy a bicycle that would last me 20 years or so. This is my last bicycle! Everything works like a dream on this bike, and the only thing that took some getting used to was the seat, but after a couple of weeks, I have gotten used to the seat so you could say I am totally satisfied with this bike! It seems to be a good buy for the money. I could have spent more but I have all that I need with this bike! Good job Trek! Keep up the good work.

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            Originally posted on Trek's website

            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            2014 Trek Excaliber 6

            By Highlander17

            from Virginia

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • 29" Tires
            • Fork
            • Derailleur
            • Durable
            • Lockout
            • 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
            • Versatile
            • Lightweight
            • Durable

            Cons

            • No complaints

            Best Uses

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

            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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            Originally posted on Trek's website
             
            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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            • No
            Originally posted on Trek's website
             
            5.0

            The X-Caliber 6 Is Great Bike

            By Nam Nomad

            from Vallejo, Ca

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No complaints

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Road Biking
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments:

            I use the bike for exercize and enjoyment

            • Gift:
            • No
            Originally posted on Trek's website

            (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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