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 line-up 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
- The Marlin models in XS to S frame sizes have a curved top tube and a lower standover height that makes it easier for smaller riders to mount and dismount
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.
Going for a long ride? Rack mounts make carrying accessories a breeze.
Locked suspension means your fork remains inactive, increasing pedalling efficiency. Perfect for extended road sections where efficiency is more important than bump absorption.
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 Aluminium, internal routing, chainstay disc-brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5 mm QR|
RockShox Judy, coil spring, preload, TurnKey lockout, 42 mm offset for 27.5" wheel, 100 mm QR, 100 mm travel
M , ML , L , XL
RockShox Judy, coil spring, preload, TurnKey lockout, 46 mm offset for 29" wheel, 100 mm QR, 100 mm 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, 20 mm width, Presta valve|
|Spokes||14 g stainless steel|
Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.20"
M , ML , L , XL
Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.20"
|Max tyre 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, 170 mm length
ML , L , XL
FSA Alpha Drive, 28T steel ring, Boost, 175 mm length
|Bottom bracket||FSA, 73 mm, threaded cartridge, 122.5 mm 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, 138 mm width|
S , M
Bontrager alloy, 31.6 mm, 12 mm offset, 330 mm length
ML , L , XL
Bontrager alloy, 31.6 mm, 12 mm offset, 400 mm length
|Handlebar||Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, 5 mm rise, 720 mm width|
|Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on|
Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 60 mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 70 mm length
ML , L
Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 80 mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm clamp, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 90 mm length
|Head set||Semi-integrated, 1-1/8"|
|Brake||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc|
S , M , ML , L , XL
Shimano RT26, 6-bolt,160 mm
L , XL
Shimano RT26, 6-bolt,180 mm
|Weight||M - 29.70 lbs / 13.47 kg|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 136 kg (300 lb).|
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|