Trek Marlin 7

2017/2018
 
5.0 stars
 (12 Reviews)
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Description

Mountain adventure awaits

Marlin takes its cue from light, fast XC bikes. The right wheel size for each frame size, performance pedigree, and unbeatable ride feel make Marlin the perfect trail rider.

When you're ready for longer days on the bike, bigger challenges on the trail, and all the fun of the full mountain biking experience, you're ready for Marlin.

Key features

- Ride the fastest wheel that fits with Smart Wheel Size
- Ride-tuned aluminum frame is XC light, mountain tough
- Extended size range gives you a better fit for a better ride
- Backed by Trek's limited lifetime warranty

Features & Info

Geometry chart

Trek Marlin 7 Geometry Chart

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(12 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable  (5)
  • Durable  (5)
  • Stylish  (5)
  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Breathability 
  • Easy to ride 

Cons

  • Heavy  (4)
  • Stock Seat Ouch  (2)
  • Alittle heavy 
  • Tires 
  • Tires ware down easy 

Best Uses

  • Mountaineering  (5)
  • Comfort 
  • Commute, trail riding 
  • Accrobats 
  • Casual Riding 
  • Trail Xc Road 

 
5.0
Apr 16, 2018

Update from last review.

Pros:
Comfortable, Stylish
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
OK. Since last year, I got it converted to a 1 x 11 SRAM NX drivetrain. It is awesome! New, more grippy tires are on the way...Other things that would make it better and more versatile would be an air fork, and a dropper post friendly seat tube.
by Harry from Oromocto, NB

 
5.0
Feb 20, 2018

Love it

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I been riding it for 6 months. Fun bike to ride. Best hard tail for the money.
by Alejandro from Fl

 
5.0
Oct 14, 2017

Great bike

Pros:
Suspension, Smooth Shifting, easy to ride
Cons:
Alittle Heavy, tires ware down easy
Best Uses:
Great bike, everything on this bike is amazing except for the tires which i wore down after 4 months of everyday use of pavement/light trail use. back tire completely worn down. Front suspension is better than any suntour fork on entry level bike(in my opinion). Bike shifts smooth as butter!
by Austin from Winnipeg

 
5.0
Oct 11, 2017

Great bike, great value, lots of fun!

Pros:
Eye candy, fun, comfortable, roomy, lightweight
Cons:
Tires
Best Uses:
Commute, trail riding
Bought this bike as a spare bike for when my full susp is in the shop, and to rip through the easy moderate trails near my house. I love it! I felt instantly at home on this bike right from the first ride. I found it easy to move around and the 29er wheels are definitely nice. The Tektro brakes are awesome and really grabby. Made a few upgrades to really make it my own and comfy, new saddle, lock on grips, crank brother pedals. Next year, I'll put new better tires on and probably convert it to 1 x 11. There's days I prefer it to my full susp. I will enjoy this bike for a long time!
by Harry from Oromocto, NB, Canada

 
5.0
Sep 16, 2017

I would this product again.

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
Perfect for Shorts rides in streets or off road.
by Esteban from Summerville SC

 
5.0
Jul 12, 2017

Marlin 7

Pros:
Comfortable, Stylish, Durable, Breathability, Packs Well, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountaineering, Comfort
I love this bike so versatile and fun . Can't ask for a better bike
by Ricky from Merriville,Indiana

 
5.0
Jul 12, 2017

Marlin 7

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I love this bike . So much and versatile couldn't ask for anything better
by Rick from Merriville,Indiana

 
5.0
Jan 24, 2016

Great Bike!

Pros:
Comfortable, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountaineering
On or off trail a comfortable durable bike. I love the adjustable front suspension. I did change the stock seat which was verrrry uncomfortable for me. The disc brakes stop on a dime. I has a Marlin 6 and like this one much better. Can't beat it for the price...
by The Master from Orlando, FL

 
5.0
Nov 01, 2015

GREAT BIKE!

Pros:
Suspension Control, Stylish, Comfortable
Cons:
Heavy, Stock Seat Ouch
Best Uses:
Mountaineering, Trails
Great bike, if you are contemplating getting this bike then GO FOR IT! Highly recommend. If you are deciding between the Marlin 6 and 7, get the 7; the suspension control makes it worth your money. All around great bike!
by will from Texas

 
5.0
Jul 29, 2015

trek marlin 7

Pros:
Durable, Enjoyable
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Accrobats, Mountaineering
This bike is perfect if you ride in the mountain and if you love off road. you can also easily jump with it and take risks tp have fun. this bike is very confortable and a long trip on it would not annoy you. You can go really fast on a downhill without panic, the brakes are excellent.
by trekexpert17 from Faqra, Lebanon

 
4.0
Jul 11, 2015

Awesome Bike!

Pros:
Durable, Comfortable, Stylish
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Trail Xc Road
This bike really impressed me. Was looking for a good hardtail to ride for under $1,100. I couldn't be happier with the Marlin 7. I rode much more expensive bikes and preferred this over them. Of course I changed the cranks, bottom bracket, pedals, grips, converted to a XT 1x10 setup, and got a better set of tires for my type of trails. All in all I am super pleased with this bike. I would buy it again and again. Compared it to many competitors and glad I made the right choice. I also came in way under budget. The sr fork is adequate for most trails in my area but that would of loved a slightly better suspension. For the price I Cant complain though.
by Ibriding from Eastern NC

 
5.0
Jun 29, 2015

Can't Beat It

Pros:
Durable, Stylish, Fun, Lightweight, Double Wall, Great value
Cons:
Stock Seat Ouch
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Mountaineering
WOW... for this price point this is a great bike. Now mind you I am new to Mountain biking, but this bike is amazing. Trek hit it out of the park! Brakes are amazing, wheels, frame, shifters, gears, pretty much everything but seat is on point!
by Turboj87 from Grandville, MI

Specifications

Frame
Alpha Silver Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, rack & fender mounts, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Fork
RockShox 30, coil spring, preload, TurnKey lockout, 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 alloy; Rear: Formula DC22 alloy
Spokes
Bontrager 14g
Tires
Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20" front, 29x2.00" rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20")
Crankset
Shimano M351
Chainrings
44/32/22
Bottom Bracket
Sealed cartridge
Chain
KMC X9
Front Derailleur
Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Acera M3000, Shadow
Rear Cogs
Shimano HG20, 11-34, 9 speed
Shifters
Shimano Altus M370, 9 speed
Handlebars
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Tape/Grips
Bontrager Race
Stem
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 7mm rise, Blendr compatible
Brakes
Tektro M285 hydraulic disc
Pedals
Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle
Bontrager Evoke 1.5
Seatpost
Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset