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
A lightweight aluminum frame with internal routing to protect your cables and add to the bike's sleek look, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and a simple 1x10 Shimano drivetrain that ditches the front derailleur for less clutter and easier operation. The wide-range cassette still gives you all the gears you need for big climbs and steep descents. Plus a suspension fork with a lever that lets you easily lock the suspension so you don't waste energy on smooth terrain.
The final word
Marlin 6 gives you upgrades you'll notice on every ride, like the smooth, simple shifting Shimano drivetrain. Extra-strong double-walled rims and powerful hydraulic disc brakes give you durability and stopping power for your most rugged adventures on the trail, in town, and everywhere in between.
favorite_borderWhy you'll love it
- The 1x drivetrain gives you all the gears you need and none you don’t
- Smaller frame sizes (XXS, XS, and S) have short-reach brake levers that make it easier and more comfortable for riders with smaller hands to brake confidently
- Marlin models in XXS through S frame sizes have a curved top tube and a lower standover height that makes it easier for smaller riders to mount and dismount
- 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
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (XS and S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. The larger frames (M and ML) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
Fit for every rider
Marlin comes in seven frame sizes to suit riders of any height, and Smart Wheel Size ensures you’re on the fastest wheel that fits. The smallest sizes even come with short-reach brake levers and narrower handlebars that give smaller riders better comfort and control.
High tech, high value
Marlin looks and feels great. It’s packed with features usually found only on more expensive bikes, like a stylish frame with internal shift cable and brake hose routing, which can help your cables last longer by protecting them from the elements.
Locked suspension means your fork remains inactive, increasing pedaling efficiency. Perfect for extended road sections where efficiency is more important than bump absorption.
Going for a long ride? Rack mounts make carrying accessories a breeze.
Internal cable routing
We route shift and brake cables through the frame to keep things clean and simple. And it looks great, too.
Rear kickstand mount
Chainstay mounts make it easy to install a rear kickstand that stays out of your way and supports bikes of all sizes. No more laying or leaning.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||Alpha Silver Aluminium, internal routing, chainstay disc-brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5 mm QR|
SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 42mm offset for 27.5" wheel, 100mm QR, 80mm travel
SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 42 mm offset for 27.5" wheel, 100 mm QR, 100 mm travel
M , ML , L , XL , XXL
SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 46mm offset for 29" wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel
|Max compatible fork travel||100mm (XS & S: 490mm axle-to-crown, M & up: 509mm axle-to-crown)|
|Hub front||Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100 mm QR|
|Hub rear||Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5 mm QR|
|Rim||Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, schrader valve|
|Spokes||14 g stainless steel|
XS , S
Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.20"
M , ML , L , XL , XXL
Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.20"
|Max tire size||Frame: 29x2.20" (XS & S: 27.5x2.4") Fork: See manufacturer|
|Shifter||Shimano Deore M4100, 10 speed|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano Deore M5120, long cage|
|Crank||Prowheel C10Y-NW, 30T steel narrow-wide ring, 170 mm length|
|Bottom bracket||VP BC73, 73mm, threaded cartridge|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore M4100, 11-46, 10 speed|
|Chain||KMC X10, 10 speed|
|Pedal||VP-536 nylon platform|
|Max chainring size||1x/2x: 34T, 3x: 42T|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138 mm width|
XS , S , M
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 330mm length
ML , L , XL , XXL
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 400mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 690mm width
S , M , ML , L , XL , XXL
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width
|Grips||Bontrager XR Endurance Comp, lock-on|
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 50mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 60mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 70mm length
ML , L
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length
XL , XXL
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 90mm length
|Brake||Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc|
|Weight||M - 31.11 lbs / 14.11 kg|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).|
Sizing & Tech
The charts below show our recommended sizes based on height, but there are some other factors, like arm and leg length, that determine a great fit. That’s why you’ll see some overlap in our recommendations. Not every rider who’s 5´8˝, for example, will fit on the same size bike. The best way to find your perfect fit is to consult the experts at your local retailer.
145.0 - 154.6 cm
4'9.1" - 5'0.9"
68.58 - 73.41 cm
27.0" - 28.9"
155.0 - 164.75 cm
5'1.0" - 5'4.9"
73.66 - 78.49 cm
29.0" - 30.9"
165.0 - 172.5 cm
5'5.0" - 5'7.9"
78.74 - 81.03 cm
31.0" - 31.9"
172.75 - 180.0 cm
5'8.0" - 5'10.9"
81.28 - 86.11 cm
32.0" - 33.9"
180.25 - 187.75 cm
5'11.0" - 6'1.9"
86.36 - 88.65 cm
34.0" - 34.9"
188.0 - 195.25 cm
6'2.0" - 6'4.9"
88.9 - 91.19 cm
35.0" - 35.9"
195.5 - 203.25 cm
6'5.0" - 6'8.0"
91.44 - 96.52 cm
36.0" - 38.0"
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise stated.
|Frame size number||Frame size letter||Wheel size||A — Seat tube||B — Seat tube angle||Effective seat tube angle||C — Head tube length||D — Head angle||E — Effective top tube||F — Bottom bracket height||G — Bottom bracket drop||H — Chainstay length||I — Offset||J — Trail||K — Wheelbase||L — Standover||M — Frame reach||N — Frame stack|