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Trek Marlin 6

Trek

Marlin 6
2019

$599.99
Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (14 Reviews)
 

2019 Trek Marlin 6

Marlin 5 is a trail-worthy daily rider that's perfectly suited for everyday adventures, on and off the trail. A front suspension fork with 100mm of travel, 21 speeds, 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 testing the waters of off-road riding, and want a real mountain bike at a great value, with a wide range of gears to cover more ground on the road and trail.

The tech you get
The heart of Marlin 6 is a lightweight Alpha Silver Aluminum frame with internal derailleur routing. It has 24 speeds, a wide-range cassette so you can always find the right gear for your terrain, hydraulic disc brakes that feel smoother than mechanical disc brakes, and a 100mm suspension fork with a lockout feature—that's the same amount of travel favored by most cross-country racers.

The final word
Performance features like suspension lockout, stronger double-walled rims, and hydraulic disc brakes. It's also equipped with rack and kickstand mounts and a wider range of gears. These design details make it a great choice if your mountain bike doubles as your commuter.

- Lots of gears so you can cover a lot of ground fast, without ever pedaling too easy or too hard
- Smaller frame sizes (13.5-inch and 15.5-inch) have short-reach brake levers that make it easier and more comfortable for riders with smaller hands to brake confidently
- It has separate brake and shift levers (a feature that's common on more expensive mountain bikes) so you can fine-tune the positioning for comfort
- 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

Features and Information

  • Wheel size: Sizes 13.5–15.5-inch: 27.5-inch wheels Sizes 17.5–23-inch: 29-inch wheels
 
Specification Description
Frame Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal derailleur, dropper post and brake routing, chainstay brake mount, rack & kickstand mount, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Fork SR Suntour XCT 30 HLO, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset on 29ers, 100mm travel (13.5: 80mm travel)
Headset 1-1/8-inch threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Connection 32-hole double-walled
Hubs Front: Formula DC20 alloy
Rear: Formula DC22 alloy
Tires Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20-inch front, 29x2.0-inch rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20-inch)
Crankset Shimano Tourney TY501
Chainrings 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge, 73mm
Chain KMC Z7
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus M313
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus M310
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano HG200, 12-32, 8 speed
Shifters Shimano Altus M310, 8 speed
Handlebars Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width (13.5: 690mm width)
Tape/Grips Bontrager XR Endurance Comp
Stem Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 7 degree, Blendr compatible
Brakes Tektro HD-275 hydraulic disc (13.5 & 15.5: Tektro HD-276 short reach lever)
Pedals VP-536 nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Arvada
Seat Post Bontrager alloy, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, 12mm offset

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

(based on 14 reviews)

92%

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Pros

  • Comfortable  (9)
  • Lightweight  (6)
  • Durable  (6)
  • Stylish  (6)
  • Smooth Shifting  (2)

Cons

  • Deraileur  (3)
  • Seat  (3)
  • Forks  (2)
  • Absolutely NONE!!!! 
  • Flimsy 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (4)
  • Trails  (3)
  • Its a great bike for pretty much everything!!!!! 
  • Road 
  • Commuter 

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

The #1 bike for the average mountain biker!!!!

By Matthew

from Lincoln NE

About Me

Pros

  • Balanced
  • Great Suspension
  • Wide Handlebars
  • Smooth Shifting
  • Comfortable
  • Knobby Tires
  • Color

Cons

  • Absolutely NONE!!!!

Best Uses

  • Its a great bike for pretty much everything!!!!!

Comments:

I use this bike for racing (believe me it's easy to ride fast on this bike) and leisure biking. It has an extremely balanced feel to it because of its wide handle bars and knobby tires. I got the orange model and FYI it's an absolutely awesome color. Its suspension is extremely nice which gives it a very smooth ride.

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5.0

The hills do seem not as steep on a 29er

By Moe

from Mills River-NC

About Me Intermediate

Pros

  • Durable
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments:

      I ride on mountain bike trails and forest service roads in Dupont state park and in Bent Creek NC. The bike Shifts good,brakes well with no noise.No problems so far not even a flat. I think this bike is a good value.

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      4.0

      Good bike - weak suspension

      By TheOtherGuy

      from Yukon, OK

      About Me Intermediate

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish
      • Brakes
      • Shifting

      Cons

      • Rear Derailer
      • Forks

      Best Uses

      • Comfort
      • Trails

      Comments:

      First off, I have to say I knew what I was getting, and that was an entry level bike with entry level suspension, but at least it had the double wall rims which pushed me to the 2017 Marlin 6. Had I known how bad the forks were with the kind of riding I like to do, jumps and drop-offs, I would have saved some more money to get a better bike for my type of riding. The two things that bother me are: when pulling up on the handlebars for a jump or drop-off is the obvious clunk of the forks reaching max extension and the clunking of the rear derailer hitting the cassette and that is what it is. I have seen numerous threads about people saying it's the chain hitting the chainstay, it's not. It makes the same clunking sound when the bike is stationary and I take my finger and flip the derailer against the cassette, it's that weak. Happy with my purchase? Maybe not, happy with the bike overall, I believe so, if that makes sense. Good brakes and shifts well.

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      5.0

      Awesome!!

      By TheBREW

      from Concord, CA

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Stylish
      • Durable
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting

        Comments:

        I use this bike for commuting and casual rides. I needed a bike that could handle all 248 lbs.

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        5.0

        Great Bike

        By Winter Sphinx

        from Thunder Bay, ON

        About Me Intermediate

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Durable
        • Comfortable
        • Universal

        Cons

        • Seat Saddle

        Best Uses

        • Urban
        • Commuter
        • Trails
        • Cross Country
        • Mountaineering

        Comments:

        Bought this bike couple weeks ago from Fresh Air Experience. Greg was amazing helping me out. Had the bike looked over, lubed and adjusted before I left. Rode alot when I was younger, getting back into it in my forties to get much needed exercise to lose weight and be active. Everything works as it should. The Trek bike performed extremely well with my extra pounds. Only issue was the seat was to narrow and stiff for my bone structure. I swapped it out after my 2nd ride for a; Serfas Road/MTB RX-921V. And this saddle combination and bike is amazing! I've been riding everyday since it was brought home.

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        3.0

        Not Worth The Price But Fine

        By Dudesk7

        from British Columbia, Canada

        About Me Intermediate

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Stylish
        • Tires

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Forks
        • Unreliable
        • Deraileur
        • Disc Caliper

        Best Uses

        • Flat Trails
        • Road

        Comments:

        Have had this bike for 2 months, fine for the first but now the problems start. Was riding road one day and the front tire decided to wobble loose. Also riding regular road, and using my front brake nicely and not harsh, the front caliper warped and not looking forward to replacing. This bike is overpriced, the shifting is horrible, the only reason it's so much is for the hydraulics, so just get the Marlin model before this for the same bike but with cable brakes if you're new and don't ride hard.

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        4.0

        Perfect For Price

        By Dudesk7

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Intermediate

        Pros

        • Stylish
        • Lightweight
        • Comfortable
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Deraileur
        • Seat

        Best Uses

        • Mountaineering

        Comments:

        Such a smooth ride, ridden on roads and trails. Shifting from 1st to 2nd in the front setup takes about 5 seconds which is a huge downside. Seat kills, but ohterwise everything is a plus to this bike, love it and suggest it for many newbies or even experienced.

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        4.0

        1st Mountain Bike

        By bikebabe

        from Huntersville NC

        About Me Beginner

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

        • Seat

        Best Uses

        • Greenway
        • Mountaineering

        Comments:

        First time mountain trail rider - the seat had to go - replaced with a gel, although on a trail I am not on my seat much. Feel confident on this bike, love the 29" wheels which seem to ride over roots with ease, hadn grips are big and comfortable. The number of gears is overkill for this bike. I wish the forks locked out for pavement rides.

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        4.0

        Good bike for long distance travel

        By DB

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Stylish
        • Comfortable
        • Nice 185" Geometry

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Xc

          Comments:

          (Never drove the bike with the original equipment) Upgraded this bike with a Shimano Deore Hollowtech 48t crankset, Shimano Deore derailleurs, Sram chain, black Welgo magnesium pedals with nylon toe clips and created an excellent XC mountain bike. Purchased the black with green version, and have driven it quite comfortably for various 40-60 mile treks. After a single 7 hour trip, my opinion is that the bike performed very well. Rolls very good, has nice geometry for the 18.5" version. The slight size difference for the 29er Marlin seems to have been well engineered. Excellent value for someone wishing to build a custom bike.

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          5.0

          Marlin 6 after a month of using

          By tu X5

          from lansing mi

          About Me Beginner

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Cold

          Best Uses

          • On Trailway

          Comments:

          i had an small in size 13.5' with 27.5 tire, i was wishing i can get the 29' . needed the better seat and 175mm crand arm (mine 170mm) needed bigger changeling gears and better paddle. bottom line with the same pricy$ i have a lot of other choice and better bikes for the money

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