Trek’s and indeed Folsom Bike’s best selling bike gets a few key upgrades as well as a new lick of paint for its 2018 model, but the value for money of the Marlin 5 runs deeper than jazzy paint schemes. Let’s take a deeper look into The Marlin 5 and what makes it such a popular choice for riders the world over.
When any rider is looking for an entry-level bike, they are looking for versatility and durability and that is exactly what the Marlin 5 delivers. Although the Marlin 5 is a more than capable mountain bike, it’s excellence lays in the fact that it really can go anywhere. Whether you are hitting the trails or commuting on the bike trail, the Marlin has you covered.
Much of this versatility stems from the Alpha Series frame and the G2 geometry. The G2 geometry is specifically designed to offer precise handling at low speed without affecting high-speed stability. This combined with the Alpha Series Aluminum frame means that the bike feels fantastic and stands the test of time without the massive weight penalty that is often associated with other bikes at this price point.
Building on this price-point-busting performance is the level of durability and quality that Trek has managed to cram into the Marlin 5’s componentry. Shimano’s Tourney/Altus 7-speed gearing offers a wide range, capable of conquering tough gradients and maintaining speed when you want it.
A massive upgrade for the 2018 model is the inclusion of hydraulic disc brakes rather than mechanical ones. Tektro’s M285 hydraulic brakes provide a much-improved sense of brake modulation, greater stopping power, and more effective heat modulation under heavy braking. The result; a far more confidence-inspiring riding experience.
100mm of front travel is provided by the RST Gila fork, more than enough to roll over troublesome roots or rock gardens with easy.
All of this wrapped up at an MSRP of $489.99 makes the Marlin 5 one of the most compelling products on the market. The blending of value, versatility, and durability makes it easy to understand why the Marlin 5 is the most popular bike on the market, and with the 2018 model, we see no reason why this should change.
- Joshua Mott