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Trek Introduces Marlin+, an Affordable eMTB Series
Feb 05, 2024
The Marlin has been one of Trek’s most popular and affordable mountain bikes, and while Trek has offered plenty of affordable e-bikes, with the release of the new Marlin+ eMTB, Trek has now added an affordable eMTB to its lineup.
Trek offers the Marlin+ in two different builds, the Marlin+ 8 and the Marlin+ 6. These are hardtail eMTBs equipped with Bosch Active Line Plus mid-drive motors and 400Wh Bosch CompactTube batteries. Both e-bikes use 27.5-in. wheels for the XS and small sizes and 29-in. wheels for the medium, large and XL sizes. The XS is equipped with a 100mm-travel fork, while the small, medium, large and XL sizes all receive a 120mm-travel fork.
The Bosch Active Line Plus motors are rated at 250W and produce up to 50Nm of torque. The choice to go with a Bosch is a bit of a surprise; we don’t often see their motors spec’d in this price range, and that detail alone makes the launch of these eMTBs very exciting. In our experience, the Bosch motors are the gold standard for eMTB performance.
And because offroad terrain can vary so much, rather than list a mileage estimate, they suggest that riders will enjoy two to four hours per charge. Riders wanting greater range can purchase Bosch’s PowerMore range-extending battery. These are Class 1 eMTBs, legal to ride anywhere e-bikes are permitted.
With five sizes to choose from, Trek says that the Marlin+ will fit riders from 4 feet 9 inches up to 6 feet 5 inches.
The Marlin+ 8 features a 12-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain, 4-piston Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, 203mm rotors and a dropper post. It comes set up for tubeless riding complete with sealant. The Marlin+ 8 retails for around $3500.
The Marlin+ 6 features a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, 203mm rotors and an alloy seatpost. The Marlin+ 6 retails for less than $3000.
The Marlin+ is available on Trek’s website and should be in Trek stores later this month.
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