Trek Marlin 6 - 2017/2018

Marlin takes its cue from light, fast XC bikes. The right wheel size for each frame size, performance pedigree, and unbeatable ride feel make Marlin the perfect trail rider. When you're ready for longer days on the bike, bigger challenges ...(Read More)

Trek Marlin 6
  • Color: Dnister Black
  • Color: Roarange
  • Color: Matte Waterloo Blue
$569.99 - $579.99
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Marlin takes its cue from light, fast XC bikes. The right wheel size for each frame size, performance pedigree, and unbeatable ride feel make Marlin the perfect trail rider.

When you're ready for longer days on the bike, bigger challenges on the trail, and all the fun of the full mountain biking experience, you're ready for Marlin.

Key Features

- Ride the fastest wheel that fits with Smart Wheel Size
- Ride-tuned aluminum frame is XC light, mountain tough
- Extended size range gives you a better fit for a better ride

Trek’s Smart Wheel Size

The right wheel size paired with your frame size gives you the perfect combination of responsiveness and control.

Trek's Smart Wheel Size

Specs

Frame Alpha Silver Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, rack & fender mounts, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Fork RST Gila, coil spring, preload, mechanical 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: DC22 alloy
Spokes Bontrager 14-gauge
Tires Bontrager XR2: Front: 29 x 2.2; Rear: 29 x 2.0 (13.5 & 15.5 Frame: 27.5 x 2.0)
Crankset Shimano Tourney TY501
Chainrings 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge
Chain KMC Z7
Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney TY500
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Cogs Shimano HG20, 8-speed: 12-32
Shifters Shimano Altus M310
Handlebars Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Plus, ergonomic
Stem Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 7mm rise, Blendr compatible
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Tektro M285 hydraulic disc
Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset

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Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Matte Waterloo Blue / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch 00601479452040 532468 MAR31274529E
Matte Waterloo Blue / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch 00601479452057 532469
Dnister Black / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch 00601479451968 532460
Dnister Black / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch 00601479451975 532461
Roarange / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch 00601479649594 548888 MAR22611899E
Roarange / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch 00601479649600 548889 MAR22729301E
Dnister Black / 17.5-inch / 29-inch 00601479451999 532463
Dnister Black / 18.5-inch / 29-inch 00601479452002 532464
Dnister Black / 19.5-inch / 29-inch 00601479452019 532465
Dnister Black / 21.5-inch / 29-inch 00601479452026 532466
Dnister Black / 23-inch / 29-inch 00601479452033 532467 MAR2328561K
Roarange / 17.5-inch / 29-inch 00601479649624 548891 MAR20128604E

Reviews

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4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Seat  (3)
  • Deraileur  (3)
  • Forks  (2)
  • Absolutely NONE!!!! 
  • Rear derailer 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (4)
  • Trails  (3)
  • Comfort 
  • Its a great bike for pretty much everything!!!!! 
  • Road 
  • Trail And Road 
  • Urban 
  • Commuter 
  • Flat Trails 
  • Single Tracks 
  • On Trailway 
  • Xc 
  • Commuting 
  • Cross Country 
  • Greenway 

REVIEWS

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5

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

By 

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.

5

The hills do seem not as steep on a 29er

By 

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.

    4

    Good bike - weak suspension

    By 

    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.

    5

    Awesome!!

    By 

    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.

      5

      Great Bike

      By 

      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.

      3

      Not Worth The Price But Fine

      By 

      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.

      4

      Perfect For Price

      By 

      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.

      4

      1st Mountain Bike

      By 

      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.

      4

      Good bike for long distance travel

      By 

      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.

        5

        Marlin 6 after a month of using

        By 

        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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