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Trek Marlin 6

Trek

Marlin 6
2015/2016

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (12 Reviews)
 

2015/2016 Trek Marlin 6

When a bike this fun comes along, you jump on it. Trek's Marlin 6 makes entry level fast and fun with a playful aluminum frame and size-appropriate wheels. Up front, the suspension fork gives you 100mm of travel, it laughs at trail obstacles and keeps you out of trouble. Then, add the 24-speed Shimano drivetrain, a host of reliable Bontrager parts and powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and you're in for years of riding. You may want to call in sick tomorrow, the trail is calling.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha Silver butted-aluminum, G2 Geometry
Fork SR Suntour XCT, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager AT-550
Hubs Formula
Tires 29: Bontrager XR1, 29 x 2.2/2.0; 27.5: XR2, 27.5 x 2.2
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 42/34/24
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Cogs Shimano, 8-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Altus EF51
Handlebars Bontrager riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Plus
Stem Bontrager
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Tektro M290 disc
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 12 reviews)

91%

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Pros

  • Comfortable  (7)
  • Durable  (6)
  • Lightweight  (5)
  • Stylish  (5)
  • Fast  (2)

Cons

  • Deraileur  (3)
  • Seat  (3)
  • Cold 
  • Disc caliper 
  • Flimsy 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (4)
  • Trails  (2)
  • Commuter 
  • Commuting 
  • Cross country 

Reviewed by 12 customers

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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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      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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          4.0

          Good bike

          By Honeybadger

          from Stmichael MN

          About Me Intermediate

          Pros

          • Light-ish
          • Breaks
          • Fast

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

          • Single Tracks

          Comments:

          Over all good bike. Took to elm creek today for its first ride on a trail and it held up quit well and road fast the only down side was that the shifter was supperrr stickey and would drop really hard once it did shift it also was sorta hard to get comfortable on but other than that it worked really well

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          5.0

          Great Bike!

          By Larry

          from Eldersburg, MD

          About Me Intermediate

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Trails

            Comments:

            Needed an upgrade, bought this at the Ellicott City store. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and answered all my questions. I tested this and a comparable Scott. Both were nice. This frame just fit me better. I did change the grips and added some toe clip pedals. Other than that, it was great through the trails. Loved the larger 29" wheels which does make it easier to roll over rocks/sticks/logs especially on the uphill portions. The front shock has a lot of travel. The bike is light. I am not a fan of the seat. Then again, I don't think I like any of them that come stock. I changed out the one on my old bike as well, and I'll be changing this one too. However, I haven't been riding much, so it may be something I could get used to. Other than that, I can say that 24 gears is an overkill. I was able to get there on the road, but honestly didn't need it, and can't imagine when I would use it unless you're going downhill as it's so high, you would need some strong legs to get to it on the flats, and I can't imagine it would be possible on any trail.

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