Marlin 5 is a trail-worthy daily rider that's perfectly suited for everyday adventures, on and off the trail. A front suspension fork with 100mm of travel, 21 speeds, and mounts for a rack and kickstand make it an ideal choice for new trail riders or anyone looking for a comfortable, stable commuter with the ruggedness of a real mountain bike.
It's right for you if...
You're new to the trail and want a serious mountain bike that doubles as a commuter—and you want it all at an exceptional value.
The tech you get
A lightweight Alpha Silver Aluminum frame, 21 speeds, a wide range of gearing so you never need to pedal too hard or easy on terrain that varies in elevation, hydraulic disc brakes that feel smoother than mechanical disc brakes, and a suspension fork with 100mm of travel—that's the same amount favored by most cross-country racers.
The final word
Built-in Trek's MTB heritage, and more than capable of taking on trail adventures. But it's also versatile. It's a popular ride on college campuses because the rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to accessorize and haul a load.
Why you'll love it
- It's a real mountain bike that's also perfectly suited to daily commutes, rides around campus, or just getting from A to B on any surface
- Smaller frame sizes (13.5" and 15.5") have short-reach brake levers that make it easier and more comfortable for riders with smaller hands to brake confidently
- It has separate brake and shift levers (a feature that's common on more expensive mountain bikes) so you can fine-tune the positioning for comfort
- 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
|Frame||Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal derailleur, dropper post and brake routing, chainstay brake mount, rack & kickstand mount, G2 Geometry on 29ers|
|Fork||SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset on 29ers, 100mm travel (13.5: 80mm travel)|
|Headset||1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings|
|Rims/Wheels||Bontrager Connection 32-hole double-walled|
|Hubs||Front: Formula DC20 alloyRear: Formula DC31 alloy|
|Tires||Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20" front, 29x2.0" rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20")|
|Crankset||Shimano Tourney TY301|
|Bottom Bracket||Sealed cartridge, 73mm|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Tourney TY300|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Tourney TY300|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano TZ500, 14-28, 7 speed|
|Shifters||Shimano Altus M310, 7 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width (13.5: 690mm width)|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Endurance Comp|
|Stem||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 7 degree, Blendr compatible|
|Brakes||Tektro HD-275 hydraulic disc (13.5 & 15.5: Tektro HD-276 short reach lever)|
|Pedals||VP-536 nylon platform|
|Seat Post||Bontrager alloy, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, 12mm offset|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Option||Barcode||Manufacturer's Part Number||Store SKU|
|Matte Royal / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479852208||565399||MAR24982379L|
|Matte Royal / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479852215||565400||MAR24620425L|
|Matte Royal / 17.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852239||565402||MAR22396549L|
|Matte Royal / 18.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852246||565403||MAR22120120L|
|Matte Royal / 19.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852253||565404||MAR22554464L|
|Matte Royal / 21.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852260||565405||MAR22687921L|
|Matte Royal / 23-inch / 29-inch||601479852277||565406||MAR21710556L|
|Matte Trek Black / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479852123||565391||MAR28260602K|
|Matte Trek Black / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479852130||565392||MAR28963250K|
|Matte Trek Black / 17.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852154||565394||MAR26207830K|
|Matte Trek Black / 18.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852161||565395||MAR26235133K|
|Matte Trek Black / 19.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852178||565396||MAR26806550K|
|Matte Trek Black / 21.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852185||565397||MAR26694179K|
|Matte Trek Black / 23-inch / 29-inch||601479852192||565398||MAR25742673K|
|Volt Green / 13.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479852284||565407||MAR23510022N|
|Volt Green / 13.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Volt Green / 15.5-inch / 27.5-inch||601479852291||565408||MAR23716915N|
|Volt Green / 15.5-inch / 29-inch|
|Volt Green / 17.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Volt Green / 17.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852314||565410||MAR21597460N|
|Volt Green / 18.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Volt Green / 18.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852321||565411||MAR213561N|
|Volt Green / 19.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Volt Green / 19.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852338||565412||MAR21714738N|
|Volt Green / 21.5-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Volt Green / 21.5-inch / 29-inch||601479852345||565413||MAR2145330N|
|Volt Green / 23-inch / 27.5-inch|
|Volt Green / 23-inch / 29-inch||601479852352||565414||MAR20234204N|
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The raleigh is nothing compered to the Trek Marlin 5, has good suspension and breaks.
For the price there is no competition. This bike comes with better components and brakes than other brands. Bikes at this price range typically come with cheaper cable brakes, but this one comes with hydraulics! All the equipment is better, even the tires.
This bike is amazing, especially for it's price.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
super good bike for the price cant get any better for a front fork
good for basically anything but not big jumps or SUPER hardcore trails