The Trek brand is adding two new semi-rigid electric mountain bikes to its catalog, named Marlin+ 6 and Marlin+ 8. Their respective prices of 2799 and 3299 euros make them “affordable” solutions for e-MTBs. Obviously, choices were made to bring the price down.
A historic player in cycling, the American brand Trek has logically taken over the price of electric bikes in recent years. They now offer a whole bunch of models covering various uses, from urban to road, including gravel and all-terrain.
It is precisely in this last cycle category that the manufacturer wishes to strengthen its position. Here are the Trek Marlin+ 6 and Marlin+ 8, which can be considered as “affordable” alternatives for mountain biking: they are sold for 2799 and 3299 euros respectively, when many electric all-terrain bikes exceed 5000 euros.
We must first clarify one thing: these two models are semi-rigid. That is to say that they only integrate one and only one suspension, at the front in this case. Consequences: they are intended for less technical routes than full-suspension bikes, whose rear suspension increases the range of possibilities tenfold. In short, these are interesting solutions to start with.
The Marlin+ 6 for beginners
The Marlin+ 6, to begin with, boasts a technical sheet that matches its price. The components are interesting, but clearly do not belong to the high end. You must therefore count on a Suntour XCM 34 suspension fork with a travel of 120 mm – 100 mm for the XS size.
For grip and obstacle clearance, this e-MTB relies on 29-inch Bontrager XT3 Comp tires, which drop to 27.5 inches for the S and XS iterations. The Shimano CUES U4000 transmission constitutes the entry level of the Shimano offer, and opts for a total of 9 speeds.
All this little beautiful world is associated with Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc brakes, as well as a 400 Wh Bosch battery. It’s not the most generous in energy capacity, but it’s not that bad. For what ? Because the motor used is not the most powerful in the Bosch range: an Active Line Plus in this case.
It certainly delivers a maximum power of 600 W, but its more limited torque of 50 Nm is not the fastest in the Bosch range. Also, its maximum power at a rate of 70 RPM remains stuck at 370 W, compared to generally higher values among its colleagues.
However, this should be enough for technically moderate outings. Finally, Trek has added the brand new Bosch Purion 200 model, which serves as a remote control and screen, in order to manage its assistance modes in particular. It’s appreciable that Trek thought of integrating this small on-board computer.
Trek Marlin+ 8
As for the Trek Marlin+ 8, everything changes, or almost: the battery, the motor and the Purion 200 are identical. On the other hand, everything else goes upmarket:
- RockShox Recon Silver RL suspension fork: 120 mm travel, 100 mm for the S model;
- Bontrager Gunnison Pro XR tires: 29 inches, 27.5 inches for XS and S models;
- Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M6100 12-speed for versatility;
- Shimano MT4100 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes.
Price and availability
The Trek Marlin+ 6 (22.20 kg) and Trek Marlin+ 8 (23.27 kg) are respectively sold for 2799 and 3299 euros now from Trek resellers.
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