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Trek Marlin 5
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Marlin 5
2015/2016

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4.0 stars
 (11 Reviews)
 

2015/2016 Trek Marlin 5

Fishing for a great trail ride is easy with Trek's Marlin. Its super-light aluminum frame features the perfect geometry for its size wheels for superior cornering, climbing and descending. Adding to those attributes is a set of go-fast knobbies and a 75mm-travel fork that smooths the trail and steers you through the roughest terrain. Plus, component highlights include a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, a host of reliable Bontrager parts and mechanical disc brakes that give you stopping power in all conditions.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha Silver butted-aluminum, G2 Geometry
Fork SR Suntour M-3030, 75mm-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 Tourney
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney
Rear Cogs Shimano, 7-speed: 12-32
Shifters Shimano Altus EF51
Handlebars Bontrager riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite
Stem Bontrager
Brake Levers Shimano
Brakes Mechanical disc
Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
Seatpost Bontrager SSR

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.0 stars

(based on 11 reviews)

81%

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Pros

  • Stylish  (9)
  • Lightweight  (7)
  • Durable  (5)
  • Comfortable  (4)
  • Fast  (2)

Cons

  • Brakes  (2)
  • Built cheap 
  • Flimsy 
  • Forks 
  • Front fork 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (5)
  • Comfort  (2)
  • Commute 
  • Commuting 
  • Exercise 

Reviewed by 11 customers

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2.0

Worst Bike I Have Owned

By Magnus

from Dallas, TX

About Me Intermediate

Pros

  • Stylish

Cons

  • Forks
  • Brakes
  • Wheels

Best Uses

  • Not Much

Comments:

This is the worst bike I have ever owned. The AT-550 wheels are terrible. I've had to have the LBS true them and now I have a broken spoke. These are single walled rims on a mountain bike. Why??? Also, the forks stink as well. I guess I'm going to need to do something about these rims to even think about riding it. Not happy. :-(

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5.0

The best bike I've had

By Slava

from Orem, UT

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Comfort

    Comments:

    I'm using this bike over 1,5 years. I'm really glad I have it!

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    4.0

    Love My Marlin!

    By Kirsten

    from Marquette, MI

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Rides Smooth
    • Cool
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish
    • Red
    • Disc Brakes

    Cons

    • Matte Finish Scratches

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Trail Rides

    Comments:

    I love this bike for riding around campus and exploring some trails in Marquette or SE Michigan. Cool color and looks so nice! The color is great but is easy to scratch. Great bike for the price though!

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    2.0

    JUNK!!!!!!!!!!

    By Justin F.

    from Marysville

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Built Cheap
    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Comfort

    Comments:

    I sold it after 1 trip out with it. Never again will I buy a Trek mountain bike.

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    3.0

    Good Entry Level Bike but....

    By Bill

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Drive Train

    Cons

    • Brakes

    Best Uses

    • Mountaineering
    • Short Commutes

    Comments:

    I have had this bike a year now. I am a larger guy 6'2" and 250lbs. I bought this bike and started biking 5 miles to and from work and riding it off road on the weekends. The brakes have not been able to stop me twice when going down some steeper inclines in town. I replaced the brake pads but with no fix. I ended up upgrading to hydraulic brakes which also required a shifter change but over all I do like the bike. I would recommend this bike with the stipulation that if you are a bigger guy please consider upgrading the brakes first with something with bigger brake pads. It is not any fun flying out in traffic. Trek customer service has been awesome.

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    4.0

    A lot of fun, super fast!

    By Will

    from Beaumont, tx

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Nimble
    • Stylish
    • Fast

    Cons

    • Front Fork

    Best Uses

    • Exercise
    • Commute
    • Trails
    • Mountain

    Comments:

    I use this bike daily for a 15 mile pick me up in the mornings. For the price I received much more than I expected. It rides and shifts super smooth, small to medium bumps may as well not exist. My one real issue is it seems the front fork is a little soft. Other than that I couldn't be happier!

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    5.0

    Trek Marlin 5

    By Simon

    from Kalamazoo, MI

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountaineering

      Comments:

      My main use for this bike is recreation and exercise. Very stylish, great suspension, smooth ride The only slightly bad thing about the bike is the uncomfortable seat, but you will get used to it after a few rides and padded shorts/pants help a lot. Overall great bike, would recommend to anyone wanting to get into cycling

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      5.0

      Trek Marlin 5

      By Bronco

      from Kalamazoo, MI

      About Me Beginner

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Stylish
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountaineering

        Comments:

        I do not even know where to start! For the price you get a great bike that isn't as heavy as other bikes in this price range. I had a Specialized Myka before and absolutely hated it! I am so in love with this Trek. It handles very well on the trails and is a fast bike.

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        5.0

        TREK Marlin 5 29er = Ready to Roll

        By RespectTheTREK

        from Trail City, OR

        About Me Expert

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Stylish
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Urban
          • Trail
          • Street

          Comments:

          Ride at will! I rode this beauty back from the shop and enjoyed every minute of it. Maiden voyage was 15 miles, and this rig rolls! Light, FAST, and Durable. Very well made. This Trek ate everything I could throw at it including curbs and drop offs. This is a great entry 29er you can modify as your skills progress. Part of the fun is adding components and optimizing it for you. That said, this bike is good to go as is. I agree that it could use double walled rims, but bang for buck, this is it. Very smooth ride, good feedback, and G2 geometry handles like a dream. Double thumbs up! One for the bike and one for the guys at Cyclists Choice Gulfport, MS.

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          4.0

          Let the bike do its job Ride Hard

          By Lets Go 1779

          from Fort Worth Tx

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight
          • Packs Well
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Needs Double Walled Rims

          Best Uses

          • Mountaineering
          • Ride Hard Moutain
          • Mountain Ride

          Comments:

          When we ride we ride hard. the first trip on this bike was 26.8 miles one way. That day a 53.6 miles round trip handled well. Sturdy Light weight. Runs great, whole lot bike for the price. Since then put clip in peddles on makes it even better still getting the hang of those. The First little trip I Knocked 18 seconds off my usual time. 3.3miles

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