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Trek Marlin 5 vs 6 – Is 6 Worth the Extra 100 Bucks?

Trek Marlin 5 vs 6
Written by Joshua Fernand

There is an approximate $100 price difference between Marlin 6 and Marlin 5. What do you get for that extra 100 bucks?

We’d say the main difference is that the 6 features a 1x drivetrain that’s definitely worth that added cost.

Here we will see how exactly they compare when other differentiating factors are considered.

Trek Marlin 5 vs 6: How Do They Differ?

1. Weight

Marlin 5

The Marlin 5 weighs 31.84 lbs/ 14.44 kg

Marlin 6

It weighs 31.97lbs or 14.50kg with the tubes.

Winner

The Marlin 5 is just a little lighter with a difference of 0.13lbs.

2. Weight limit

Marlin 5

The Marlin 5 has a combined weight for cargo, bike, and rider at 136kg.

Marlin 6

Carries a maximum weight of 136kg for rider, bicycle, and cargo.

Winner

Both bikes have the same weight capacity, so here they are equal.

3. Wheel size

Marlin 5

27.5″ / 26″ / 29″ wheels

Marlin 6

29″ and 27.5″ wheels are available

Winner

You get an extra choice of wheel size with the Marlin 6

4. Rim

Marlin 5

The Marlin 5 has the Bontrager Connection

Marlin 6

Bontrager Connection is also found on the Marlin 6

Winner

Both here have the same making them equal in this case.

5. Shifter

Marlin 5

3 / 7 speed Shimano Altus M315

Marlin 6

2 / 8 speed Shimano Altus M315

Winner

The Marlin 5 is the winner here with the 3/7 as it has the 21 gears

6. Derailleur

Marlin 5

The trek 5 has the same Shimano Tourney TY300 on both front and back

Marlin 6

The trek 6 has the Shimano Altus M315 on the front and Shimano Altus M310 on the rear

Winner

The Marlin 6 is better with the altered derailleur with the m315 on the front and m310 on the back.

7. Top speed

Marlin 5

Top speed – 26mph

Marlin 6

Top speed – 28mph

Winner

The Marlin 6 goes slightly faster but only by 2mph.

8. Chain

Marlin 5

This type has the KMC Z7 chain

Marlin 6

The KMC Z8.3 is found on the Marlin 6

Winner

The KMC Z8.3 that is on the Marlin 6 is the slightly better chain and is one model up from the Marlin 5 chain.

9. Cassette

Marlin 5

The 7-speed Shimano HG200; 12-32

Marlin 6

The 8-speed Shimano HG31; 11-34

Winner

The Marlin 6 has a higher speed by 1, so it’s slightly better

10. Crank

Marlin 5

Shimano Tourney TY301

Marlin 6

Shimano M315

Winner

The m315 is slightly better

11. Suspensions

Marlin 5

This bike has a front suspension fork. You get 100mm of travel. It has 3×7 gearing and an all-terrain smoother suspension.

Marlin 6

The Marlin 6 has good cross-country suspension to give great off-ride riding. 2×8 gearing with a fork that locks out.

Winner

The Marlin 6 features the lock-out fork and offers off-riding suspension, which is preferred by many.

12. Seat post

Marlin 5

Bontrager alloy; 31.6mm

Marlin 6

Bontrager alloy; 31.6mm

Winner

Both bikes have the same sized seat post at 31.6mm.

13. Color options

Marlin 5

The Marlin 5 comes in lithium grey/black.

Marlin 6

This one is a little bolder with black and radioactive red.

Winner

The Marlin 6 has a bold color, or the Marlin 6 has the more basic color of grey and black. Both are equal here, depending on your personal preferences.

14. Price

Marlin 5

The Marlin 5 can be purchased for around $800.

Marlin 6

This bike comes with a $900 price tag.

Winner

The Marlin 6 has a bigger price tag, but with the slightly better features, it is more value for money paying the extra $100.

FAQs

1. Is Marlin 6 good for beginners?

Ans. Definitely yes! The Marlin 6 is no good for those who want a project bike to customize. It is a basic, affordable mountain bike that’s set at entry-level. It is the perfect option for those still developing bike skills. However, it is limited in front-end updates due to the lack of a tapered head tube.

2. How do Trek Marlin frames differ from one another?

Ans. You can choose from seven sizes of Marlin frames to match your height. You’ll always be on the fastest wheel that fits you due to the Smart Wheel Size. It even has short-reach levers from the brakes and narrow handlebars for more control and better comfort.

About the author

Joshua Fernand

I’m a 38-year-old father of two and an avid adventurer with a history of road bike racing in the mountains. I’m also a member of the Mountain Top Cycling Club, Colorado. I took part in several cross country rides across the states with my cruiser bike.

Tell you what, each tour was over a thousand miles long and it wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t studied bike mechanics. Most of the fixes required during my travel had to be fixed by myself. Cruiser became my favorite category since then.

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