The Trek Marlin rides as good as it looks. Trek Marlin's stronghold on this market segment is largely down to the fact it’s packed with features that are typically found on more expensive bikes, such as a stylish and functional frame and internal cabling to limit maintenance and protect your shifting from the elements. The Marlin 8 sits at the top of the Marlin range, and boasts a race-worthy spec, at a competitive price. Specced with a RockShox Judy Silver fork with a Solo Air spring and TurnKey hydraulic lockout suspension is smooth and adjustable. The tubeless-ready wheels offer further performance and grip, particularly with the possibility of running lower pressures. 1x12 drivetrain from SRAM ditches the front derailleur for less clutter and easier operation, which when coupled with the wide-range 11-50 cassette gives you all the gears you need for clawing up climbs and blazing down descents.
It's right for you if...
You want a race-ready mountain bike, which has the versatility for commuting or family life. You can see the benefit in upgrades on the parts that make a big difference in performance, like a lighter, higher-quality suspension fork, wide-range 1x drivetrain and tubeless-ready wheels.
The Tech you get
A light frame with internal cable routing, a smoother-feeling RockShox Judy Silver fork with a Solo Air spring and TurnKey hydraulic lockout, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, tubeless-ready Bontrager Kovee wheels and a simple 1x12 drivetrain that ditches the front derailleur for less clutter and easier operation. The wide-range 11-50 cassette gives you all the gears you need for clawing up climbs and blazing down descents.
The final word
The tubeless-ready wheels, RockShox suspension, wide range of gearing and quality parts make it an outstanding choice 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.
Frame - Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR
Front Suspension - RockShox Judy, coil spring, preload, TurnKey lockout. 100mm travel.
Seatpost - Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset
Headset - Semi-integrated, 1-1/8"
Front & Rear Rims - Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20 mm width, Presta valve
Front Hub - Formula DC-20 LW, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100 mm QR
Rear Hub - Formula DC-22LW, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5 mm QR
Front & Rear Tyre - Maxxis Ardent Race, tubeless, EXO casing, folding bead, 60 tpi, 29x2.20"
Crankset - SRAM SX Eagle, 30T steel ring (49mm chainline), 170/175mm length
Shift Levers - SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur - SRAM SX Eagle
Cassette - SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed
Chain - SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Bottom Bracket - Truvativ Powerspline, 73 mm, threaded cartridge, 118 mm spindle
Front and Rear Brake - Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
Brake Rotors - Shimano RT26, 160/180 mm, 6-bolt
Handlebars - Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 5mm rise
Stem - Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, 7 degrees, Blendr compatible
Saddle - Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width