It's right for you if...
You're new to the trail, and you're looking for great value on a real mountain bike that can double as a commuter.
The tech you get
A lightweight aluminium frame with internal shift cable and brake hose routing to protect your cables and add to the bike's sleek look, 21 speeds, a wide range of gearing for big hills, hydraulic disc brakes, a suspension fork that takes the edge off bumps and rough terrain and a saddle designed for women.
The final word
It's built in Trek's MTB heritage, making it more than capable of taking on trail adventures. But it's also versatile, and Marlin 5 Women's is a popular ride on college campuses because the rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to accessorise and haul a load.