These two “affordable” electric mountain bikes are a great gateway to your country outings

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.

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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.

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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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