It's right for you if...
You're new to the trail but have serious singletrack aspirations, and want a versatile, race-worthy mountain bike with upgrades on the parts that make a big difference in performance, like a higher quality suspension fork and a simple 1x drivetrain.
The tech you get
A light frame with internal shift cable and brake hose cable routing, a smoother-feeling RockShox Judy fork with a lockout, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and Bontrager wheels. A simple 1x drivetrain ditches the front derailleur for less clutter and easier operation. Don't worry, with the wide-range 11-46 cassette, you still get all the gears you need for clawing up climbs and blazing down descents.
The final word
The RockShox suspension, wide range of gearing, and quality parts make it the best choice in the Marlin lineup for new mountain bikers who know they want a serious bike for their money. It’s fully capable of taking on big trail adventures and XC races.
favorite_borderWhy you'll love it
- This is one of our most popular bikes for good reason. You get all the value, plus all the versatility—it's a totally race-worthy mountain bike, with rear rack mounts if you use it for commuting too
- It's really fun to ride, and feels like a much more expensive mountain bike
- Great suspension at an even better price
- The 1x drivetrain gives you all the gears you need and none you don’t
- Marlin models in XS 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Internal cable routing
We route shift and brake cables through the frame to keep things clean and simple. And it looks great, too.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR|
RockShox Judy, coil spring, preload, TurnKey lockout, 42mm offset for 27.5'' wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel
M , ML , L , XL , XXL
RockShox Judy, coil spring, preload, TurnKey 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, 5x100mm QR|
|Hub rear||Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR|
|Rim||Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, presta valve|
|Spokes||14g stainless steel|
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|
S , M
FSA Alpha Drive, 28T steel ring, Boost, 170mm length
ML , L , XL , XXL
FSA Alpha Drive, 28T steel ring, Boost, 175mm length
|Bottom bracket||FSA, 73mm, threaded cartridge, 122.5mm spindle|
|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, 138mm width|
S , M
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 330mm length
ML , L , XL , XXL
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 400mm length
|Handlebar||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width|
|Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on|
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||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc|
S , M , ML , L , XL , XXL
Shimano RT26, 6-bolt,160mm
L , XL , XXL
Shimano RT26, 6-bolt,180mm
|Weight||M - 13.77 kg / 30.35 lbs (with tubes)|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).|
Sizing & fit
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.
137.0 - 155.0 cm
4'5.9" - 5'1.0"
64.0 - 73.0 cm
25.2" - 28.7"
153.0 - 166.5 cm
5'0.2" - 5'5.6"
72.0 - 79.0 cm
28.3" - 31.1"
161.0 - 172.0 cm
5'3.4" - 5'7.7"
76.0 - 81.0 cm
29.9" - 31.9"
165.5 - 179.0 cm
5'5.2" - 5'10.5"
77.0 - 84.0 cm
30.3" - 33.1"
177.0 - 188.0 cm
5'9.7" - 6'2.0"
83.0 - 88.0 cm
32.7" - 34.6"
186.0 - 196.0 cm
6'1.2" - 6'5.2"
87.0 - 92.0 cm
34.3" - 36.2"
195.0 - 203.0 cm
6'4.8" - 6'7.9"
92.0 - 95.0 cm
36.2" - 37.4"
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise noted.
|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|