The Marlin 5 is a brilliant, off-road-ready 29" (73.66cm) bike which has a minimal cost but gets the work done on various types of terrain, such as smooth and off-road paths.
Entry-level riders often face a difficult choice — buy a compact and convenient city bike for commuting or a genuine MTB for thrill and off-road adventures. You can do all of that with the Trek Marlin 5. The 29er has a genuine trail-blazers roughness but also has the potential to double up as a daily use bike to take on quick city commutes.
One of the main benefits of Marlin 5 is the low cost. The Marlin is affordable and falls in the budget range. Still, even at such a price, there is a lot to be excited about.
Marlin 5 features an impressive aluminum body intended for off-road use, nice comfortable front suspension, stocky wheels and tires, hydraulic disc brake systems, and much more.
This is one of the better-valued models from the TREK series ‘Marlin’, providing several upgrades over Marlin 4 which is an entry-level bike and is cheap. Read on to find out our comparison towards the end
The entry-level bike is ideally suited for new riders trying to do a little of all and too much of nothing.
Frame: Aluminum(TREK Alpha Silver series)
Fork: Coil Spring SR Suntour
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney
Front Derailleur; Shimano Tourney
No. of Gears: 21
Shifters: Shimano Altus
Crank: Shimano Tourney
Brakes: Tektro Hydraulic Disc
Tires: Bontrager XR2
Rims: Bontrager Connection
Considering the amount of money you need to invest and the value of this bike, the Trek Marlin 5 is a smart choice.
Let’s see how the Marlin 5 compares to its predecessor and successor in the trek marlin series.
That being said, this bike is not suitable for dirt Jumping, free riding, or MTB touring. The minimalist design and lightweight aluminum frame provide an amazing experience, but perhaps it’s less when you need to pull a bunch of things around as the bicycle is not well suited for traveling. Nevertheless, you can fit the bike with some additional front and back racks.
However, too many modifications (like racks) may degrade the quality.