Trek Marlin 5

2017
 
4.5 stars
 (22 Reviews)
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Description

Marlin takes its cue from light, fast XC bikes. The right wheel size for each frame size, performance pedigree, and unbeatable ride feel make Marlin the perfect trail rider.

When you're ready for longer days on the bike, bigger challenges on the trail, and all the fun of the full mountain biking experience, you're ready for Marlin.

Key Features

- Ride the fastest wheel that fits with Smart Wheel Size
- Ride-tuned aluminum frame is XC light, mountain tough
- Extended size range gives you a better fit for a better ride

Features & Info

Smart Wheel Size

Trek’s Smart Wheel Size

The right wheel size paired with your frame size gives you the perfect combination of responsiveness and control.

Trek's Smart Wheel Size

Consumer Reviews

 
4.5 stars

(22 reviews)

86% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish  (16)
  • Lightweight  (14)
  • Durable  (11)
  • Comfortable  (9)
  • Fast  (3)
  • Warm  (3)

Cons

  • Brakes  (4)
  • Fork  (3)
  • Squeaky brakes  (3)
  • Easy to scratch 
  • Forks only on or off 
  • Seat 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (8)
  • Comfort  (4)
  • Trails  (3)
  • Cross country  (2)
  • Mountain  (2)
  • Trail  (2)

 
2.0
Aug 01, 2017

Bad bike for actual mountain biking!!!

Pros:
Good Looks, Nice Grips
Cons:
Fork, Seat, Brakes, Shifters, Tires
Best Uses:
Leisurly family rides
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.
by Boston Biker from Boston, MA

 
5.0
May 19, 2017

Monster of a Bike

Pros:
Large
Cons:
Squeaky brakes
Best Uses:
Gravel, Trails
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.
by James the Giant from Springfield, MO

 
5.0
May 18, 2017

Great Budget Bike

Pros:
Price, Frame
Cons:
Fork, Brakes
Best Uses:
Trail, Mountain
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
by Uday from Auburn Hills, Michigan

 
4.0
Feb 21, 2017

I'm pleased

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
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.
by Egnarfed from Ohio

 
4.0
Jul 27, 2016

Trek Marlin5

Pros:
Stylish, 29r
Cons:
Squeaky Brakes, Seat Uncomfortable
Best Uses:
Riding Around Town, Trail Riding
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.
by Eric ride on from Southeast Iowa

 
5.0
Jul 14, 2016

super good

Pros:
Forks, Lightweight, Durable, Stylish, Tyres, Warm
Cons:
Not Super Comfortable
Best Uses:
Single Trails, Trails, And More, Jumps
super good bike for the price cant get any better for a front fork
by teganjb55 from Vancouver,BC

 
5.0
Jul 14, 2016

best hard tail

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
good for basically anything but not big jumps or SUPER hardcore trails
by teganjb55 from Vancouver,BC

 
5.0
Jul 05, 2016

Hi

Pros:
Stylish, Comfortable, Warm, Durable, Breathability, Lightweight, Packs Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountaineering, Comfort
It is awesome
by Bear from Hi

 
5.0
May 24, 2016

really good bike for offroading

Pros:
Offroader Stunt Bike, Lightweight, Durable, Comfortable, Stylish
Cons:
Bad Grips
Best Uses:
Skiing, Comfort, Stunting, Mountaineering, Snowboarding
suspensions great but the spokes are weak i use this product to do offroading and races also going places
by stunt bikes from boston ma

 
4.0
May 15, 2016

great mountain bike

Pros:
Great Frame, Durable, Comfortable, Lightweight, Stylish, Packs Well
Cons:
Suspension
Best Uses:
Mountaineering
this bike is really good. the tires grip the terrain like if its nothing. The shifters are perfect for the bike never had a problem with them. The bike is great for trails.
by j from manitoba

 
4.0
May 12, 2016

So far so good

Pros:
Lightweight, Stylish, Comfortable, Good Value, Weight
Cons:
Fork
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Commuting
I purchased this bike about two months ago from the local trek store. I have used it to commute around town and ride some of the trails New Mexico has to offer. I've done some easy trails as well as some moderate downhill and single track. The components are entry level but have done very well in both situations. The one thing I changed right away was the front fork. I'm 6'0 and 230 lbs. The suntour fork felt bouncy on the trails and would bottom out easily under my weight. All in all for a "sports" mountain bike I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I would definately recommend to a friend.
by Whoa Joey from Albuquerque NM

 
2.0
Apr 03, 2016

Worst Bike I Have Owned

Pros:
Stylish
Cons:
Wheels, Brakes, Forks
Best Uses:
Not Much
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. :-(
by Magnus from Dallas, TX

 
5.0
Mar 09, 2016

The best bike I've had

Pros:
Lightweight, Comfortable, Stylish
Cons:
Best Uses:
Comfort
I'm using this bike over 1,5 years. I'm really glad I have it!
by Slava from Orem, UT

 
4.0
Sep 30, 2015

Love My Marlin!

Pros:
Lightweight, Stylish, Disc Brakes, Cool, Red, Rides Smooth
Cons:
Matte Finish Scratches
Best Uses:
Commuting, Trail Rides
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!
by Kirsten from Marquette, MI

 
2.0
Sep 09, 2015

JUNK!!!!!!!!!!

Pros:
Stylish
Cons:
Built Cheap, Flimsy
Best Uses:
Comfort
I sold it after 1 trip out with it. Never again will I buy a Trek mountain bike.
by Justin F. from Marysville

 
3.0
Jun 12, 2015

Good Entry Level Bike but....

Pros:
Drive Train
Cons:
Brakes
Best Uses:
Mountaineering, Short Commutes
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.
by Bill from Albuquerque, NM

 
4.0
Jun 04, 2015

A lot of fun, super fast!

Pros:
Fast, Stylish, Nimble
Cons:
Front Fork
Best Uses:
Exercise, Commute, Trails, Mountain
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!
by Will from Beaumont, tx

 
5.0
Apr 15, 2015

Trek Marlin 5

Pros:
Stylish, Lightweight, Durable, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountaineering
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
by Simon from Kalamazoo, MI

 
5.0
Apr 13, 2015

Trek Marlin 5

Pros:
Durable, Comfortable, Stylish, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountaineering
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.
by Bronco from Kalamazoo, MI

 
5.0
Apr 01, 2015

TREK Marlin 5 29er = Ready to Roll

Pros:
Fast, Durable, Lightweight, Stylish
Cons:
Best Uses:
Urban, Trail, Street
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.
by RespectTheTREK from Trail City, OR

Specifications

Frame
Alpha Silver Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, rack & fender mounts, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Fork
SR Suntour XCT, coil spring, preload, hydraulic 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: DC27 alloy
Spokes
Bontrager 14-gauge
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
Chainrings
42/34/24
Bottom Bracket
Sealed cartridge
Chain
KMC Z51
Front Derailleur
Shimano Tourney TY500
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Tourney TY300
Rear Cogs
Shimano HG20, 7-speed: 12-32
Shifters
Shimano Altus EF51
Handlebars
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Tape/Grips
Bontrager Satellite Plus, ergonomic
Stem
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 7mm rise, Blendr compatible
Brake Levers
Tektro
Brakes
Tektro M280 mechanical disc
Pedals
Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle
Bontrager Evoke 1
Seat Post
Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset