Marlin 5 is a trail-worthy daily rider that's perfectly suited for everyday adventures, on and off the trail. A suspension fork, 2x8 drivetrain, and mounts for a rack and kickstand make it an ideal choice for new trail riders or anyone looking for a comfortable, stable commuter with the ruggedness of a real mountain bike.
It's right for you if...
You're new to the trail, and you're looking for a real mountain bike that doubles as a commuter—and you want it all at an exceptional value.
The tech you get
A lightweight aluminum frame with internal routing to protect your cables and add to the bike's sleek look, 2x8 drivetrain, a wide range of gearing so you always have the right gear for your terrain, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and a terrain-smoothing suspension fork with a lockout.
The final word
Marlin 5 is a great ride for all your adventures. But it's also versatile, and Marlin 5 is a popular ride on college campuses, because the rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to accessorize and haul a load.
Why you'll love it
- It's a real mountain bike that's also perfectly suited to daily commutes, rides around campus, or just getting from A to B on any surface
- Smaller frame sizes (XXS, XS, and S) have short-reach brake levers that make it easier and more comfortable for riders with smaller hands to brake confidently
- Marlin models in XXS through S frame sizes have a curved top tube and a lower standover height that makes it easier for smaller riders to mount and dismount
- Rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to accessorize, so your mountain bike can double as a rugged commuter
- Like every model in the Marlin family, it's backed by Trek's lifetime warranty
- Size XX-Small: 26-inch
- Sizes X-Small – Small: 27.5-inch
- Sizes Medium – XX-Large: 29-inch
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (XXS-S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. The larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
|Frame||Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR|
XX-Small = SR Suntour XCM 30, coil spring, lockout, preload, 100mm QR, 100mm travel
X-Small = SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 42mm offset for 27.5" wheel, 100mm QR, 80mm travel
Small = SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 42mm offset for 27.5" wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel
M, ML, L, XL, XXL = SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 100mm QR, 100mm travel
|Rims||Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, schrader valve (XXS = alloy)|
Front: Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR
Rear: Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR
|Spokes||14g stainless steel|
|Tires||Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi (XXS = 26 x 2.20"; XS, S = 27.5 x 2.20"; M, ML, L, XL, XXL = 29 x 2.20")|
|Bottom Bracket||VP BC73, 73mm, threaded cartridge|
XXS = Prowheel TM-CY10, 36/22, 160mm length
XS, S, M = Shimano M315, 36/22, 170mm length
ML, L, XL, XXL = Shimano M315, 36/22, 175mm length
|Shifters||Shimano Altus M315, 8-speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Altus M315, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Altus M310|
|Cassette/Freewheel||Shimano HG200, 12-32, 8-speed|
|Chain||KMC Z8.3, 8-speed|
XXS, XS, S = Tektro HD-M276 hydraulic disc, short reach lever
M, ML, L, XL, XXL = Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc
|Rotors||Shimano RT26, 6-bolt|
|Handlebars||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width (XXS, XS: 690mm)|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Endurance Comp, lock-on|
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree
XXS = 35mm; XS = 50mm; S = 60mm; M = 70mm; ML, L = 80mm; XL = 90mm
|Seatpost||Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width|
|Pedals||VP-536 nylon platform|
* Subject to change without notice.