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 drivetrain 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 want a race-ready mountain bike with upgrades on the parts that make a big difference in performance, like a lighter, higher quality suspension fork, wide-range 1x drivetrain, and tubeless ready wheels.
The tech you get
A light frame with internal cable routing, a smoother-feeling RockShox Judy Silver fork with a Solo Air spring and TurnKey hydraulic lockout, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, tubeless ready Bontrager Kovee wheels, and a simple 1x12 drivetrain 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 final word
The tubeless ready wheels, RockShox suspension, wide range of gearing, and quality parts make it an awesome choice 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.
Why you'll love it
- 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
- The RockShox fork's Solo Air spring can easily be adjusted for a specific rider weight, and it's lighter than a coil spring
- Setting your wheels up tubeless reduces the overall weight of your bike and the chances you'll get a flat
- The 1x drivetrain gives you all the gears you need and none you don't
- Marlin models in XXS through S frame sizes have a curved top tube and a lower standover height that makes it easier for smaller riders to mount and dismount
- Size XX-Small: 26-inch
- Sizes X-Small – Small: 27.5-inch
- Sizes Medium – X-Large: 29-inch
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (XXS-S) 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. The larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
Due to supply-chain issues, Specs are subject to change without notice.
|Frame||Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR|
|Fork||RockShox Judy Silver, Solo Air spring, rebound adjust, TurnKey hydraulic lockout, 100mm QR, 100mm travel (XS: 80mm travel)|
Bontrager Kovee, double-wall, Tubeless Ready, 23mm width, presta valve
XXS = 26-inch; XS, S = 27.5-inch; M, ML, L, XL = 29-inch
Front: Formula DC-20 LW, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR
Rear: Formula DC-22LW, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR
|Spokes||14g stainless steel|
|Tires||Maxxis Ardent Race, tubeless, EXO casing, folding bead, 60tpi|
|Bottom Bracket||Truvativ Powerspline, 73mm, threaded cartridge, 118mm spindle|
SRAM SX Eagle, 30T steel ring (49mm chainline)
XXS = 155mm; XS, S, M = 170mm; ML, L, XL = 175mm
|Shifters||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM SX Eagle|
|Cassette/Freewheel||SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed|
|Chain||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Brakes||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc|
|Rotors||Shimano RT26, 6-bolt|
|Handlebars||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width (XXS, XS: 690mm)|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on|
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree
XXS = 35mm; XS = 50mm; S = 60mm; M = 70mm; ML, L = 80mm; XL = 90mm
|Seatpost||Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width|
|Pedals||VP-536 nylon platform|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Gloss Radioactive Red/Nautical / Medium/Large / 29-inch||601842526835||5256198||124-2210+12|
|Gloss Alpine/Gloss Dnister Fade / Medium / 29-inch||601842526927||5256189||124-2210+04|
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