Trek has unveiled the Marlin+ e-bike, an electrified version of its highly popular Marlin model. The Marlin has earned its reputation for versatility and affordability, making it a favourite among cyclists of various disciplines.
While the Marlin may appear as a straightforward hardtail mountain bike, its popularity stems from its exceptional adaptability. Cyclists familiar with the terrain understand that a hardtail mountain bike is one of the most versatile options available. Whether tackling cross-country routes, navigating challenging single tracks, or simply commuting to work or school, the hardtail Marlin proves to be more than capable.
Trek's Marlin stands out as an exceptional all-rounder due to its affordability and impressive features. Given the widespread acclaim for this bike, it comes as a somewhat surprising revelation that Trek has chosen this moment to introduce an e-bike variant. Nevertheless, the saying “better late than never” aptly applies. Let's delve into the details of the new Marlin+ e-bike.
Much like its traditional counterpart, the Marlin+ boasts an aluminium frame and is available in multiple configurations. In terms of performance, the Marlin+ is propelled by a Bosch motor, although it is not the high-torque Performance Line CX motor but rather the more beginner-friendly Active Line Plus mid-drive unit.
With a modest output of 50 Newton-meters of torque, the motor is compatible with the Bosch e-Bike Flow app, allowing users to conveniently adjust settings. On the battery front, a 400-watt-hour battery pack is featured, which may seem relatively small. However, it is worth noting that it is compatible with the Bosch 250Wh PowerMore range extender. To monitor performance and battery status, the Bosch Purion 200 display is neatly integrated into the handlebars.
The Trek Marlin+ is equipped with a 120-millimeter suspension fork at the front, suitable for moderate to intermediate cross-country terrains. Employing a thru-axle system for wheel attachment to the frame and fork, this e-bike exhibits a more premium construction compared to entry-level e-MTBs. Trek offers the Marlin+ in two wheel size options: 27.5-inch and 29-inch, both featuring wide 2.6-inch tyres.
Much like its non-electric counterpart, the Marlin+ benefits from a versatile frame designed to accommodate a wide range of accessories. From luggage racks to full-coverage fenders, riders can customise the Marlin+ according to their needs and preferences.
For pricing and availability, the Marlin+6 is listed at £2,500 ($3,093 USD) on Trek's UK website, while the more advanced Marlin+8 comes with a higher price tag of £3,000 ($3,712 USD). Availability and pricing for the US market are pending confirmation at the time of writing.