The Marlin 8 is a race-worthy mountain bike that won’t break the bank. The smooth, lightweight RockShox fork, tubeless-ready wheels, and wide-range 1x drive train make this model the best choice for new riders who want a fast cross-country hardtail that will hold its own against our higher-end race bikes.
This is one of our most popular bikes for good reason. You get all the value, plus all the versatility – it's a totally race-worthy mountain bike, with rear rack mounts if you use it for commuting too
Setting your wheels up tubeless reduces the overall weight of your bike and the chances that you’ll get a flat
It's really fun to ride and feels like a much more expensive mountain bike
The 1x drive train gives you all the gears you need and none you don’t
The Marlin models in XXS to S frame sizes have a curved top tube and a lower standover height that makes it easier for smaller riders to mount and dismount
You're new to the trail, but you’re pretty darn sure you’ll fall in love with mountain biking, and want a race-worthy mountain bike with upgrades on the parts that make a big difference in performance, like a higher-quality suspension fork, wide-range 1x drive train and tubeless-ready wheels.
A light frame with internal cable routing, a smoother-feeling RockShox Judy Silver fork with a TurnKey hydraulic lockout, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, tubeless-ready Bontrager Kovee wheels and a simple 1x drive train that ditches the front derailleur for less clutter and easier operation. The wide-range 11-50 cassette gives you all the gears you need for clawing up climbs and blazing down descents.
The tubeless-ready wheels, RockShox suspension, wide range of gearing and quality parts make it an outstanding choice for new mountain bikers who know they want a serious bike for their money. It’s fully capable of taking on off-road marathon rides and XC races.
Smaller frames have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. Larger frame sizes have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
Marlin comes in seven frame sizes to suit riders of any height, and Smart Wheel Size ensures you’re on the fastest wheel that fits. The smallest sizes even come with short-reach brake levers and narrower handlebars that give smaller riders better comfort and control.
Marlin looks and feels great. It’s packed with features usually found only on more expensive bikes, like a stylish frame with internal shift cable and brake hose routing, which can help your cables last longer by protecting them from the elements.
|FRAME||Alpha Silver Aluminium, internal routing, chainstay disc-brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5 mm QR
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Truvativ Powerspline, 73 mm, threaded cartridge, 118 mm spindle
|CHAIN||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
|CASSETTE||SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM SX Eagle
|GRIP/TAPE||Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on
|SADDLE||Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138 mm width
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
|FRONT WHEEL||Bontrager Kovee, double-wall, Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, 23 mm width, Presta valve
|REAR-WHEEL||Bontrager Kovee, double-wall, Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, 23 mm width, Presta valve
|PEDAL||VP-536 nylon platform
|Frame size number||15.5||17.5||18.5||19.5||21.5|
|Frame size letter||S||M||ML||L||XL|
|A — Seat tube||36.8||41.9||44.4||47||52.1|
|B — Seat tube angle||73.5°||71.9°||71.9°||71.9°||71.9°|
|Effective seat tube angle||73.5°||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°|
|C — Head tube length||9||9||9||10||12|
|D — Head angle||69.3°||69.5°||69.5°||69.5°||69.5°|
|E — Effective top tube||55.5||60.2||61.8||63.8||65.9|
|F — Bottom bracket height||30.2||31||31||31||31|
|G — Bottom bracket drop||4.8||5.8||5.8||5.8||5.8|
|H — Chainstay length||43.8||43.8||43.8||43.8||43.8|
|I — Offset||4.2||4.2||4.2||4.2||4.2|
|J — Trail||8.8||9.3||9.3||9.3||9.3|
|K — Wheelbase||106.6||110||111.6||113.7||115.9|
|L — Standover||68.6||74.8||75.8||75.7||76.9|
|M — Frame reach||38.5||41.8||43.4||45.1||46.6|
|N — Frame stack||57.4||60.2||60.2||61.1||63|