Marlin 7 is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight RockShox fork and upgraded parts 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.
It’s right for you if…
You’re new to the trail but have serious singletrack aspirations, and want a versatile, race-worthy mountain bike with upgrades on the parts that make a big difference in performance, like a higher-quality suspension fork and a simple 1x drivetrain.
The tech you get
A light frame with an internal shift cable and brake hose cable routing, a smoother-feeling RockShox Judy fork with a lockout, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and tubeless-ready Bontrager wheels. A simple 1x drivetrain ditches the front derailleur for less clutter and easier operation. Don’t worry, with the wide-range 11-46 cassette, you still get all the gears you need for clawing up climbs and blazing down descents.
The final word
The RockShox suspension, wide range of gearing, and quality parts make it the best choice in the Marlin line-up for new mountain bikers who know they want a serious bike for their money. It’s fully capable of taking on big trail adventures and XC races.
Frame Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR
Fork RockShox Judy, coil spring, preload, TurnKey lockout, 100mm QR, 100mm travel
Front hub Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR
Rear hub Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR
Rims Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, presta valve
Tyres Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29×2.20″
Shifters Shimano Deore M4100, 10 speed
Rear derailleur Shimano Deore M5120, long cage
Crank FSA Alpha Drive, 28T steel ring, Boost
Bottom bracket FSA, 73mm, threaded cartridge
Cassette Shimano Deore M4100, 11-46, 10 speed
Chain KMC X10, 10 speed
Pedals VP-536 nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width
Seatpost Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset
Handlebar Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise
Grips Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on
Stem Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree
Head set Semi-integrated, 1-1/8″
Brake set Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
Weight M – 13.77 kg / 30.35 lb (with tubes)
Weight limit This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 136 kg (300 lb).