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    my trek marlin 6

    Ended up ordering a marlin 6 at my lbs today. Ended up going with a 21.5" frame as they had marlin 5 that size but had to order the marlin 6 this is my first real mountain bike so im looking on any suggestions and input. Also I plan on riding on road and trail riding so bout 50/50

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    First thing I would upgrade would be the pedals. Then go have some fun!
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    How would some aluminuim platforms work out as I have a big foot and dont think itll work right with a narrow set

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    I love my Spank Spikes. They are huge but pricey. Also have some Diety Compounds that I like but I can feel the size difference.

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    I wanna find something thats wide and relatively cheap why I said the aluminium platform as they can be had off ebay for cheap

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    Yeah, I agree that you shouldn't sink too much money on pedals for this bike. I'm sure you can find what you need online. Or your LBS can find you some decent pedals, and they will probably offer you a little discount as you just bought a bike from them. As an added bonus, they'll have your new pedals when your bike comes in, and can put them on for you.
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    Sorry to be such a baby, but can you upgrade the fork, through that program, on a Marlin 5. Right now, mine is bone stock except for a water bottle cage and speedometer. I am just riding it and really liking it.
    I just compared the frame specs of the Marlin to those on the Stache, and the specs are very comparable. I suppose the aluminum used for the Stache is better, and the frame is probably lighter, but the measurements seem very close.

    I may get better pedals at some point, but I haven't really had any trouble with my pedals to date. I've had it for 2 weeks.

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    I know the marlin has nylon pedals ill probably end up getting aluminum platform pedals at some point ive heard that the front forks is pretty stiff on these so ill see about that when get riding it in spring.

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    In my riding of my Marlin I don't have any trouble with the stock pedals. I really wonder why everyone says change them right out of the gate. I probably Will change mine in a few months but it almost seems cosmetic to me.

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    Could also be a durability thing. I myself have seen plastic pedals break why im going to aluminium

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    Also conchbill how do you like the marlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConchoBill View Post
    Sorry to be such a baby, but can you upgrade the fork, through that program, on a Marlin 5.
    Yes probably to a 100mm travel Raidon air fork.

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    I really like it. It is the best bike I've ever owned. A major regret I have is that I didn't get to ride it today, but I did clean and lube the chain, and buy some 2 x 4s to build a room to keep it in.

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    And thanks eb1888 for your help!

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    Hows the warranty with these. I know the frame has a lifetime but what about forks derailers etc and should come with the bike is it just bike and possibly owners manual

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    This warranty applies to 2011 and newer model bicycles and covers only Trek and Bontrager branded products. Any other original part or component shall be covered by the stated warranty of the original manufacturer. Any products not specifically included above are hereby omitted.Any other original part or component shall be covered by the stated warranty of the original manufacturer. Any products not specifically included above are hereby omitted.

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    I have the 2013 Marlin, has been a great bang for buck bike as I have rolled 5k miles on it with no issues. To re-iterate some other posters, you can get a decent set of pedals online. I found a set of Wellgo aluminum pedals with pins for about $40 on eBay, still going strong. I had the stock plastic pedals fail pretty quickly (bearings). Also I did the Suntour fork upgrade to the Raidon, which has been a really good improvement for $200. I didn't notice any difference in the change in offset either.
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    So if I unstood that correctly the frame is with trek for is threw suntour derailers are for shimano etc....

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    Yeah Trek makes the frame and anything Bontrager is their components company as well, Suntour is a fork manufacturer and drive train components are typically SRAM and/or Shimano.
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