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2023 Marlin 5 Gen 2

Trek's Marlin 5 is a great bike for anyone looking for a reliable and affordable ride. It's built with a lightweight aluminum frame and is a great option for both road and trail riding.

MSRP $739,99

Weight 13.97 kg / 30.81 lbs

Suspension Hardtail (Front)

Fork Suntour XCM

Wheels 26", 27.5", 29"

Drivetrain 2 × 8

Groupset Altus, Shimano

Brakes Hydraulic Disc

Seatpost Dropper


The bike is equipped with a 2 × 8 drivetrain, making it a great choice for versatile riding. The Marlin 5 is also outfitted with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, providing great stopping power in all conditions.

The fork could see some upgrades in the future, SR Suntour XCM 30 is not high-end, but it does the job for the price.

Wheels are where you're going to feel the budget on this bike. The Bontrager Connection tires are great for general riding, but if you're looking to do any serious off-roading, you'll want to upgrade to something with more traction and sturdiness.

Overall, the Trek Marlin 5 is an okayish value for the money and is a good bike for those looking to upgrade from a lower-end model. It's versatile and can handle a variety of riding styles, but it's not going to be the best-performing bike out there.



Good starter bike.

Lightweight bike compared to cheaper options.

Reasonably priced, but not an outright value champion.

If used as a hybrid/commuted a 2 × 8 drivetrain is preferrable.


Components are on the lower quality side.

Low quality fork, could be better considering the price.

Non-tapered head tube.


We've owned our Marlin 5s for a little over a year now and we absolutely love them! They're perfect for rail trails, city streets and more. Thank you Trek for making such an amazing bike!

Aug, 2022


Last week, I picked up my Marlin 5 and took it out for a 14km ride over the weekend. It's a great bike and I'm looking forward to many more rides on it! The main downside is the gear lever for the front derailleur. It takes so much effort to change between front sprockets. Slow and clumsy. My Trek 830 from 1993 had a better 'click' change grip gear changer. Other than that, I am happy with the bike overall.

May, 2022