Trek announced a major revamp of its entry-level hardtail mountain bike offering. The all-new Marlin lineup hits the same introductory price
points, but now delivers far better performance with significant updates to its frame
design, components, and suspension. Click on through for images and details…
All-new Alpha Silver Aluminum frame
This is a frame-up overhaul of Marlin. All new Marlin models, with the exception
of Marlin 4, now feature a sleek Alpha Silver Aluminum frame that’s closer in geometry
and weight to its more race-oriented sibling, X-Caliber.
The new Marlin frame is equipped with internal routing for all cables and housing, along with internal routing ports for dropper post upgrades and an updated 31.6mm seat tube.
“A better introductory mountain bike means a better experience for new riders,”
said Trek Mountain Bike Product Manager Chris Drewes. “Marlin is a true
performance bike, one that’s fully capable of long rides and races. It offers so
much more than what people have come to expect at this price point.”
In addition to the new frame, the new Marlin lineup features upgraded touchpoints
like new lock-on grips, more comfortable saddles, and low-profile pedals with wide
platforms for a comfortable, confidence-inspiring ride.
Each Marlin model is equipped with a suspension fork with 100mm of travel, disc
brakes, and a reliable drivetrain chosen for its durability and value, which makes
Marlin an outstanding choice for new trail riders, racers on a budget, NICA student-
athletes, and daily commuters who value the durability of a mountain bike.
Marlin Women’s replaces Skye
Trek also unveiled today all-new Marlin Women’s models, which have the same
performance frame and drivetrain as their unisex counterparts, with Women’s
Specific Design touchpoints, like saddle and handlebar width, that can provide a
better fit and feel from the start.
Marlin Women’s models in 13.5 ̋ and 15.5 ̋ sizes feature a frame with a lower stand-over height, and the 13.5 ̋ size is spec’d with a shorter 80mm fork. The Marlin Women’s line replaces Skye, Trek’s beginner Women’s mountain bike offering.
Smart Wheel Size and seven frame sizes
Marlin is available in a broad range of seven frame sizes, ranging from 13.5 ̋
to 23 ̋, to fit more riders. This is the widest size range in the industry. The new lineup also features Smart Wheel Size so every rider gets the fastest wheel that fits. 13.5 ̋ and
15.5 ̋ frames will get 27.5 ̋ wheels, short-reach brake levers, and narrower
handlebars that make it easier for riders with smaller hands to stay in control.
Marlin and Marlin Women’s models in the 13.5 ̋ frame size are equipped with a shorter
80mm fork for a better fit. All other Marlin and Marlin Women’s models are equipped with 100mm of front suspension and 29er wheels.
Easy accessory integration
Traditionally, Marlin has been the bike of choice for beginner trail riders and commuters who favour the ruggedness of a real mountain bike. The all-new Marlin is equipped with mounts that make it easy to integrate accessories like a rear rack, and also includes an integrated kickstand mount on the chain-stay.
Flagship Marlin 7
The marquee model of the Marlin lineup is built to hold its own against far more
expensive cross country bikes, delivering outstanding race performance at an
exceptional value. A high-quality RockShox fork with a lockout feature and 100mm
of travel, a 27-speed drivetrain, and a low-profile Shimano Shadow rear derailleur make
it fully capable of taking on long trail rides.
Marlin and Marlin Women’s are each available in four models through Trek’s global
network of retailers and on trekbikes.com. Pricing ranges from $449.99 MSRP to
$749.99 MSRP, with the carry-forward Marlin 4 and the flagship Marlin 7 at either
end of the spectrum.
Available 2019 Trek Marlin and Marlin Women’s models:
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