Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection) - 2013

Trek Marlin (Gary Fisher Collection)
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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.

Trek's G2 Geometry (version 2 of Gary Fisher's Genesis Geometry) delivers the ultimate ride for every trail. Genesis earned rave reviews for awesome handling on climbs and descents thanks to a long top tube paired with a short stem that moves the front wheel forward for top-notch confidence and control, while short chainstays add phenomenal traction. G2 Geometry takes these handling traits to the next level by boosting control on tight singletrack and technical climbs, too. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of fork offset (reducing trail), which makes G2 bikes steer more quickly, and by shortening the reach, which puts more weight on the front wheel for even better control and confidence. The two animations above showcase how G2 Geometry provides the perfect ride.

Specs

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

Reviews

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4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (25)
  • Good geometry  (20)
  • Handles well  (20)
  • Lightweight  (15)
  • Comfortable  (11)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable seat  (7)
  • Heavy  (6)
  • Poor Components  (3)
  • Seat  (2)
  • Brakes are below average 

Best Uses

  • Trail riding  (18)
  • Mountain biking  (14)
  • Urban riding  (12)
  • Climbing  (11)
  • Commuting/city  (10)
  • Single track  (9)
  • Descending  (7)
  • Road biking  (5)
  • Trail  (2)
  • Extreme Sports  (2)
  • All-rounder 
  • Anything A bike can do 
  • Trails 
  • Collecting golf balls 
  • Possible off golfers 
  • Running from golfers 
  • Riding on the cart trails 
  • Road 

REVIEWS

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4

Good Bike!

By 

from Fort Knox KY

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking
  • Commuting/City

Comments:

Bought mine used, but with only 5 miles on it. First owner didn't have a place to ride.

4

fun 29er

By 

from Arlington TX

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Good On Dirt And Pavement

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.

5

Great bike at a great price point

By 

from Chicago, IL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Geometry
  • Handles Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Single Track
    • Descending
    • Climbing
    • Trail Riding
    • Urban Riding

    Comments:

    I am in my mid 30's and was looking for another form of exercise than just running. I have not been on a bike since I received my drivers license. There are friends and neighbors who bike, and they made sure to tell me to not get a bike from a big box store. After doing my research, I tested Giant, Specialized, Cannondale, and Trek. I am 6'6" and weigh approx 240lbs. The Marlin fit me much better than the others. Components were fairly similar in the other brands I tested, but the Trek's frame geometry made a huge difference and was the deciding factor in my purchase. I use it on neighborhood streets and trails, and have had no problem with it at all. Very satisfied with my purchase.

    3

    Squeeling brakes stop future purchase

    By 

    from McKinney, TX

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Good Geometry

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat
    • Heavy
    • Brakes Squeel Like A Pig

    Best Uses

    • Single Track
    • Urban Riding
    • Trail Riding

    Comments:

    Ride Erwin Park in McKinney. Not happy at all with the noisy breaks . Purchased from my LBS and have taken it back 3X. Still noisiest bike on trail. Embarrassing on a quiet trail. Would not purchase this bike again.

    5

    mid grade 29er

    By 

    from wheat ridge co

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Urban Riding
    • Trail Riding
    • Descending
    • Single Track
    • Climbing

    Comments:

    in the hills and in town an all around decent ride

    5

    Awesome Sled

    By 

    from Lincoln, NE

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Climbs Well
    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Good Geometry

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Climbing
    • Descending
    • All-rounder
    • Single Track
    • Urban Riding
    • Trail Riding

    Comments:

    Purchased a couple of months ago. This is a sweet ride. Forks work great, super stable yet quick turning. Scary fast on singletrack, and good manners on the roads & bike paths. Only problem is a grenaded casette, but that wasn't Trek's fault(Shimano) and it was fixed under warranty with no hassles. This is a great all around bike, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

    5

    You will not be disappointed.

    By 

    from Paducah, KY

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Quality Components
    • Durable
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Great handling
    • Very Well Made

    Cons

    • Haven't Found Anything

    Best Uses

    • Anything A Bike Can Do

    Comments:

    I use this bike for trail riding at the lake. The quality for the price is absolutely amazing. It handles the extreme hills and jumps as well as the casual riding. I also do a small amount of road riding. This bike has it all. Great customer support with my LBS staff also.

    5

    Trek Marlin 29er

    By 

    from Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Versatile
    • Great value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I use the bike for exercise on a daily basis on the road. On weekends I go ride trails and it performs great. I have 250 miles and no problems. Upgraded the pedals and seat.

      5

      Marlin

      By 

      from Hamptonville, NC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      I bought my Marlin for riding in the winter time. As mountain biking is a great cold weather sport, not as much wind on the body in the woods! This bike is balanced well. It shifts great, the cable operated disc brakes work well, just a little loud at first. The geometry is just spot on! I ride with some pretty serious guys who paid thousands more for their bikes, and if I don't keep up, I don't blame the bike! Really, it is what one would expect for the $$$, entry level components that deliver adequate performance. So, if mountain biking is in your cards, this is a good place to start! I love my ride and it enables me to ride places that I didn't think I could go! Enough said.

      5

      TREK has impressed once again !!!

      By 

      from Logan Ut.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Handles Well
      • Comfortable
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Trail Riding

        Comments:

        I bought my Marlin at my LBS. Could'nt ask for better service. Thanks

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