Trek created the Women's Marlin to provide you with what they refer to as a "real" mountain bike in a geometry and build specifically for women looking to enjoy getting on the trails or simply commuting to work more comfortably. The low top tube design makes getting on and off the Marlin easy and internal cable routeing protects your gear and brake cables from challenging weather conditions. The Alpha silver aluminium frame is backed by Trek's lifetime warranty and is engineered to offer strength and durability whilst remaining lightweight. Tektro's hydraulic disc brakes offer enhanced stopping power on uneven surfaces and wet weather riding and are also much less hassle to service and care for when compared to mechanical disc brakes. Finally, Shimano's 7-speed Tourney groupset offers plenty of range for climbing up hills with onboard luggage and then racing down them with your family or friends.
What you're looking for?
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.
All the gear ...
The Marlin 5 has 21 speeds and a wide range of gearing, which means that you never need to pedal too hard or easy on terrain that varies in elevation. It's equipped with hydraulic disc brakes that feel smoother than mechanical disc brakes and a 100 mm suspension fork with a lockout feature – that's the same amount of travel favoured by most cross-country racers.
MTB and Commuting
The Marlin 5 is built according to Trek's MTB heritage and is more than capable of taking on trail adventures. But it's also versatile. It's a popular ride on university campuses because the rack and mudguard mounts make it easy to accessorise and haul a load. The lockout feature on the fork lets you lock the suspension for the most efficient ride on smooth surfaces.
Frame - Alpha Silver Aluminium, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5 mm QR (lower standover on 13.5" and 15.5" sizes)
Front Suspension - SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, G2 Geometry w/51 mm offset on 29ers, 100 mm travel (13.5: 80 mm travel)
Seatpost - Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2 mm, 12 mm offset
Headset - Semi-integrated, 1-1/8˝
Front & Rear Rims - Bontrager Connection 32-hole double-walled
Front Hub - Formula DC20 alloy
Rear Hub - Formula DC27 alloy
Front & Rear Tyre - Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20˝ front, 29x2.00˝ rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20˝)
Crankset - Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24
Shift Levers - Shimano Altus M310, 7-speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano Tourney TY300
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Tourney TY300
Cassette - Shimano HG200, 12-32, 7-speed
Chain - KMC Z51
Bottom Bracket - Sealed cartridge
Front and Rear Brake - Tektro M285 hydraulic disc
Handlebars - Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, 15 mm rise
Stem - Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, 7 degrees, Blendr compatible
Saddle - Bontrager Ajna 1 Women's
Pedals - Wellgo nylon platform