If you need a mountain bike that is affordable and at the same time provides all the comforts and benefits of a top mountain bike then in my opinion you should get the Trek Marlin 7 mountain bike.
Apart from the fact that it has quite a strong frame, another benefit of this mountain bike is that you can upgrade it quite easily. The control of the bike is quite good which makes it the perfect mountain bike for new riders.
Below in this article I have covered details about the Trek Marlin 7 mountain bike that you should know before buying it.
The Trek Marlin 7 suspension is Suntour XCT fork and a good thing about it is that it does not come with any lockout trap. This fork comes with a 100mm travel which is quite low as compared to some of the other mountain bikes. The suspension of this bike is really sensitive which in turn enhances the grip and comfort this mountain bike provides.
Yes there were a few problems when the bike was made to jump from high places or when the terrain got a little too rocky but as compared to the forks on some of the less expensive hardtails the suspension of the Trek Marlin 7 performed quite well.
The Trek Marlin 7 mountain bike aims to give you better control over the bike and for that the manufacturers have made the handlebar slightly wider. The slightly disappointing thing here was that the grips were a little too thick.
The tyres of this mountain bike are Bontrager XR1 tyres. Although the tyres are not as good as those of a top model, they performed quite well under tough conditions. The front portion of the bike is quite stable.
The hydraulic discs of the bike are Tektro Auriga. Although they are not as good as the Shimano system, the frame, fork, the wheel along with the tyres make up for it.
Performance of the bike
As far as overall performance of the Trek Marlin 7 mountain bike is concerned we really like the bike. It is not only quite quick but at the same time is quite efficient and you won’t have any trouble riding it.
The large wheels of the bike along with the good tyres and fork ensure that you are able to tackle any trail comfortably. The large wheels of the bike make climbing quite simpler.
The only thing that you might not like is the weight of the bike. It is definitely heavier than other bikes that you can get in the similar price range but apart from that we really liked the performance.
Not only does the Trek Marlin 7 mountain bike perform really well, the price of this bike is also quite cheap which makes it a very popular mountain bike.
It is one of the best mountain bikes you can get for a price range of less than $500. So if you want a good cheap mountain bike then definitely check this one out.