The Trek Marlin 7 is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight RockShox fork and widest range of gearing in the Marlin family make this model the best choice for new riders who want a cross-country hardtail with great parts that will hold its own against our higher-end race bikes.
Trek Marlin 7 is right for you if…
You’re new to the trail but have serious single-track aspirations, and want a race-worthy mountain bike with upgrades on the parts that make a big difference in performance, like a higher-quality suspension fork.
The tech you get
The flagship model of the Marlin line-up has a lightweight Alpha Silver Aluminium frame with internal derailleur routing to protect your cables and add to the bike’s sleek look, a high-quality RockShox fork with a lockout feature and 100 mm of travel, a 27-speed drivetrain and a low-profile Shimano Shadow rear derailleur that’s made to avoid snagging on trail debris. The quality fork and parts make Marlin 7 fully capable of taking on off-road marathon rides and XC races.
The final word
The RockShox suspension and wider range of gearing make it the best choice in the Marlin line-up for new mountain bikers who know that they want a serious bike for their money.
Trek Marlin 7 specifications:
Frame: Alpha Silver Aluminium, internal derailleur, dropper post and brake routing, chainstay brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, G2 Geometry on 29ers
Front suspension: RockShox XC 30, coil spring, preload, TurnKey hydraulic lockout, G2 Geometry w/51 mm offset on 29ers, 100 mm travel (13.5: 80 mm travel)
Front hub: Formula DC20 alloy
Rear hub: Formula DC22 alloy
Rims: Bontrager Connection 32-hole double-walled
Tyres: Bontrager XR2, 29×2.20˝ front, 29×2.00˝ rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5×2.20˝)
Shifters: Shimano Altus M2000, 9 speed
Front derailleur: Shimano Altus M2000
Rear derailleur: Shimano Acera M3000, Shadow
Crank: Shimano MT100, 40/30/22
Bottom bracket: Sealed cartridge, 73 mm
Cassette: Shimano HG200, 11-34, 9-speed
Chain: KMC X9
Pedals: VP-536 nylon platform
Saddle: Bontrager Arvada
Seatpost: Bontrager alloy, 2-bolt head, 31.6 mm, 12 mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, 5 mm rise, 720 mm width (13.5: 690 mm width)
Grips: Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on
Stem: Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, Blendr compatible
Head set: 1-1/8˝ threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Brake set: Tektro HD-275 hydraulic disc (13.5 & 15.5: Tektro HD-276 short reach lever)
Weight: 17.5˝ – 14.35 kg / 31.64 lbs (with tubes)
Weight limit: This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 136 kg (300 lb).