Marlin 6 is a quality introductory cross country mountain bike with front suspension, 24 speeds, and a wide range of gearing for easier pedaling on climbs. It's built in Trek's trail heritage, but also equipped with features like rack and fender mounts that make it a great choice for daily commuters.
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:
Marlin 6 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:
Marlin 6 is built to stand up to the trail, but also equipped with rack and fender mounts and a wider range of gears that make it a great choice if your mountain bike doubles as your commuter.
|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|
|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|
|Bottom Bracket||Sealed cartridge|
|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|
|Brakes||Tektro M285 hydraulic disc|
|Pedals||Wellgo nylon platform|
|Saddle||Bontrager Evoke 1|
|Seat Post||Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Option||Barcode||Manufacturer's Part Number|
|Dnister Black / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479451968||532460|
|Dnister Black / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479451975||532461|
|Dnister Black / 17.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Dnister Black / 18.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Dnister Black / 19.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Dnister Black / 21.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Dnister Black / 23-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Dnister Black / 13.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Dnister Black / 15.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Dnister Black / 17.5-inch / 29-inch||601479451999||532463|
|Dnister Black / 18.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452002||532464|
|Dnister Black / 19.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452019||532465|
|Dnister Black / 21.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452026||532466|
|Dnister Black / 23-inch / 29-inch||601479452033||532467|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479452040||532468|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479452057||532469|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 17.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 13.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 15.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 17.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452071||532471|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 18.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 19.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 21.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 23-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 18.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452088||532472|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 19.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452095||532473|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 21.5-inch / 29-inch||601479452101||532474|
|Matte Waterloo Blue / 23-inch / 29-inch||601479452118||532475|
|Roarange / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479649594||548888|
|Roarange / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479649600||548889|
|Roarange / 13.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Roarange / 15.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Roarange / 17.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Roarange / 18.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Roarange / 19.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Roarange / 21.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Roarange / 23-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Roarange / 17.5-inch / 29-inch||601479649624||548891|
|Roarange / 18.5-inch / 29-inch||601479649631||548892|
|Roarange / 19.5-inch / 29-inch||601479649648||548893|
|Roarange / 21.5-inch / 29-inch||601479649655||548894|
|Roarange / 23-inch / 29-inch||601479649662||548895|
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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.
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.
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.
I use this bike for commuting and casual rides. I needed a bike that could handle all 248 lbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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