Trek Marlin 5 - 2019

Trek Marlin 5
  • Color: Matte Royal
  • Color: Matte Trek Black
  • Color: Volt Green
$519.99 - $539.99
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Details

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 new to the trail and want a serious mountain bike that doubles as a commuter—and you want it all at an exceptional value.

The tech you get
A lightweight Alpha Silver Aluminum frame, 21 speeds, a wide range of gearing so you never need to pedal too hard or easy on terrain that varies in elevation, hydraulic disc brakes that feel smoother than mechanical disc brakes, and a suspension fork with 100mm of travel—that's the same amount favored by most cross-country racers.

The final word
Built-in Trek's MTB heritage, and more than capable of taking on trail adventures. But it's also versatile. It's a popular ride on college campuses because the rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to accessorize and haul a load.

Why you'll love it
- It's a real mountain bike that's also perfectly suited to daily commutes, rides around campus, or just getting from A to B on any surface
- Smaller frame sizes (13.5" and 15.5") 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

Specs

Frame Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal derailleur, dropper post and brake routing, chainstay brake mount, rack & kickstand mount, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Fork SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset on 29ers, 100mm travel (13.5: 80mm travel)
Headset 1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Connection 32-hole double-walled
Hubs Front: Formula DC20 alloy
Rear: Formula DC31 alloy
Tires Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20" front, 29x2.0" rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20")
Crankset Shimano Tourney TY301
Chainrings 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge, 73mm
Chain KMC Z51
Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney TY300
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney TY300
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano TZ500, 14-28, 7 speed
Shifters Shimano Altus M310, 7 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

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Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Matte Royal / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch 601479852208 565399 MAR24729173L
Matte Royal / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch 601479852215 565400 MAR24172773L
Matte Royal / 17.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852239 565402 MAR22817368L
Matte Royal / 18.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852246 565403 MAR22231642L
Matte Royal / 19.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852253 565404 MAR22464314L
Matte Royal / 21.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852260 565405 MAR22368499L
Matte Royal / 23-inch / 29-inch 601479852277 565406 MAR21427579L
Matte Trek Black / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch 601479852123 565391 MAR28560290K
Matte Trek Black / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch 601479852130 565392 MAR28204310K
Matte Trek Black / 17.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852154 565394 MAR26666607K
Matte Trek Black / 18.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852161 565395 MAR26910712K
Matte Trek Black / 19.5-inch / 29-inch 601479852178 565396 MAR26102055K

Reviews

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4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish  (16)
  • Lightweight  (14)
  • Durable  (11)
  • Comfortable  (9)
  • Fast  (4)

Cons

  • Brakes  (4)
  • Fork  (3)
  • Squeaky Brakes  (3)
  • Matte Finish Scratches 
  • Seat Uncomfortable 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (8)
  • Comfort  (4)
  • Trails  (3)
  • Trail  (2)
  • Mountain  (2)
  • Cross Country  (2)
  • And More  (2)
  • Commuting  (2)
  • Jumps 
  • Snowboarding 
  • Urban 
  • Exercise 
  • Mountain Ride 
  • Not Much 
  • Street 
  • Commute 
  • Going On Trails 
  • Gravel trails 
  • Intermediate Trails 
  • Short Commutes 
  • Single Track 
  • Advanced Trails 
  • Gravel 
  • Ride Hard Moutain 
  • Leisurly family rides 
  • Stunting 
  • Touring 
  • Trail Rides 
  • Light Jumps 
  • Mountain Biking 
  • Riding Around Town 
  • Single Trails 
  • Skiing 
  • Trail Riding 

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5

Trek Marlin 5

By 

from Stillwater

About Me

Comments:

The raleigh is nothing compered to the Trek Marlin 5, has good suspension and breaks.

5

Best deal for a new MTB

By 

from Florida

About Me

Pros

  • Fast
  • Looks great
  • Price
  • Components
  • Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Touring
    • Gravel trails

    Comments:

    For the price there is no competition. This bike comes with better components and brakes than other brands. Bikes at this price range typically come with cheaper cable brakes, but this one comes with hydraulics! All the equipment is better, even the tires.

    5

    Yes, Do IT!

    By 

    from Kaysville, Utah

    About Me

    Comments:

    This bike is amazing, especially for it's price.

    2

    Bad bike for actual mountain biking!!!

    By 

    from Boston, MA

    About Me

    Pros

    • Good Looks
    • Nice Grips

    Cons

    • Fork
    • Seat
    • Brakes
    • Shifters
    • Tires

    Best Uses

    • Leisurly family rides

    Comments:

    I bought this bike around 6 months ago and am starting to slowly get more and more aggravated with it. I ride 3-4 times a week on advanced trails and this bike was clearly not meant for it.The suspension fork is pretty much rock hard even when on.(I'm 149lbs) The brakes are absolutely terrible and the gears shift pretty bad. Starting to realized Trek uses cheap products on most of their bikes. Going to be trading this in very soon to get a different bike. Would not buy trek again.

    5

    Monster of a Bike

    By 

    from Springfield, MO

    About Me

    Pros

    • Large

    Cons

    • Squeaky brakes

    Best Uses

    • Gravel
    • Trails

    Comments:

    I'm 6'7" and the 23" Marlin 5 makes me feel small for once. It's a great fit and the ride is smooth and easy. The only issue I've had are the squeaky brakes, but I've gotten used to them.

    5

    Great Budget Bike

    By 

    from Auburn Hills, Michigan

    About Me

    Pros

    • Price
    • Frame

    Cons

    • Fork
    • Brakes

    Best Uses

    • Trail
    • Mountain

    Comments:

    It is a great bike for the price. It looks cooler than bikes that cost almost double the price. Not recommended for extreme or downhill riding but it is more than good for cross country or trail riding

    4

    I'm pleased

    By 

    from Ohio

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Easy To Keep Clean
    • Comfortable
    • Locking Suspension Fork
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Fast
    • True To Size

    Cons

    • Forks Only On Or Off
    • Squeaky Brakes
    • Easy To Scratch

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate Trails
    • Advanced Trails
    • Cross Country

    Comments:

    I've only had the bike for about two months now, and for my local trails it has worked fine. I haven't had any real problems with this bike either, except for the fact that the suspension fork only has the options open or closed. I would prefer a way to have it only half way open. Other than that I cannot complain about the bike for the price.

    4

    Trek Marlin5

    By 

    from Southeast Iowa

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Stylish
    • 29r

    Cons

    • Squeaky Brakes
    • Seat Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

    • Riding Around Town
    • Trail Riding

    Comments:

    Just purchased the Marlin 5. And I must say it is an awesome mt bike. Glad I shopped locally too, as I almost bought a my. Bike online.ive owned other Trek Mt. Bikes and this is the best one by far, my last one was a Trek 820. So I'm glad I got this Marlin 5, handles excellent and love the 29 inch wheels. Viper red looks really good for this bike too.

    5

    super good

    By 

    from Vancouver,BC

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Forks
    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Stylish
    • Tyres
    • Warm

    Cons

    • Not Super Comfortable

    Best Uses

    • Single Trails
    • Trails
    • And More
    • Jumps

    Comments:

    super good bike for the price cant get any better for a front fork

    5

    best hard tail

    By 

    from Vancouver,BC

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Stylish
    • Durable
    • Suspension Is Sooooo Good
    • Lightweight
    • Warm

    Cons

    • Not Super Comfy Seats

    Best Uses

    • And More
    • Cross Country
    • Going On Trails
    • Single Track
    • Light Jumps

    Comments:

    good for basically anything but not big jumps or SUPER hardcore trails

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