As for the bike we’re seeing in the cover photo, it’s known as the Marlin 5, the 2021 model. And even though it’s not some massive ground-breaking e-MTB, it is one of the most affordable hardtails Trek puts out. How affordable? How does $569.99 dollars sound? Sounds good is all I've got to say. It seems that today it doesn’t take much to be a part of this family. But that’s not all you get when purchasing the Marlin.
Now, for this kind of price, you can bet your bottom dollar that the frame isn’t carbon, and it isn’t. What we’re working with here is aluminum. But don’t fret, the way technology has developed in recent years, aluminum can even rival its carbon cousin. For the Marlin we are offered an Alpha Silver frame with internal cable routing, and a funky looking seat stay.
Because it’s a hardtail, don’t bother looking for a rear suspension, but do bother to include the SR Suntour XCE fork that offers 80-100 mm (3.15-3.9 in) of travel depending on the frame size. Let’s say you don’t like the fork, then just change it.
I’m sure you’ll find one out there that will fit your needs just right. Another aspect of the bike affected by frame size is the wheels. For the XS and S-sized frames, we’ll find 27.5 in wheels, while M through XXL include 29ers.
For remaining components, we are to find Bontrager, furnishing saddle, seat post, handlebars, and everything in between. But braking is offered by a pair of Tektro hydraulic disc and short reach lever. All decked out the Marlin comes in with a weight of 31.84 lbs (14.44 kg) for the size M frame.
One thing I remember about the time I too bought my first Trek was receiving their famed lifetime warranty. Great feeling knowing it’s yours for life. 14 years later, this warranty is still something you’ll receive when purchasing this bike. All in all, I think I've found the next all-around bike that I'd like to add to my inexistent garage. Do let us know the feeling of knowing your bike is covered for life.