Bike Comparison

The Cannondale Trail 8 and Trek Marlin 5 are both 27.5″ / 29″ aluminum frame hardtail crosscountry bikes with modest components. The Trek has a bigger fork. Explore the differences below.

    2020 Cannondale Trail 8
    2020 Trek Marlin 5
    MSRP$485$549
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    CategoryCrosscountryCrosscountry
    Weight32.4 lbs32.2 lbs
    FrameAluminumAluminum
    ForkSuntour
    
    Suntour XCE28
    
    WheelsAluminumAluminum
    Wheel Size27.5″ / 29″27.5″ / 29″
    Brake TypeMechanical DiscHydraulic Disc
    GroupsetTourney, Shimano
    
    Tourney, Altus
    
    Drivetrain3 × 73 × 7
    Gear Range

    Cannondale Trail 8

    33 mph

    Trek Marlin 5

    30 mph
    SuspensionHardtailHardtail
    Front Travel75mm100mm
    Rear Travel--
    SeatpostRigidRigid
    Brand Sitecannondale.comtrekbikes.com
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    Trail 8
    Marlin 5

    Geometry

    Specs
    Frame

    All-New, SmartForm C3 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73, SAVE, 1-1/8" headtube, Post mount disc, StraightShot internal cable routing, BSA-73

    Alpha Silver Aluminum, internal routing, chainstay disc brake mount, rack and kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR

    Fork

    SR Suntour M3030, 75mm, Coil, 42mm offset (27.5") 46mm offset (29")

    SR Suntour XCE 28, coil spring, preload, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset on 29ers, 100mm travel (13.5: 80mm travel)

    Bottom Bracket

    Sealed Cartridge

    Sealed cartridge, 73mm

    Headset

    Semi Integrated, 1-1/8" reducer

    1-1/8˝ threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings

    Stem

    6061 Alloy, 31.8, 8°

    Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 7 degree, Blendr compatible

    Handlebar

    Cannondale Riser, 6061 Alloy, 25mm rise, 8° sweep, 6° rise, 720mm

    Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise

    Saddle

    Cannondale Stage 2

    Bontrager Arvada

    Seatpost

    Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6 x 350/400mm

    Bontrager alloy, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, 12mm offset

    Pedals

    Cannondale Platform

    VP-536 nylon platform

    Grips

    Cannondale Dual-Density

    Bontrager XR Endurance Comp, lock-on

    Groupset
    Rear Derailleur

    Shimano TX800

    Shimano Tourney TY300

    Front Derailleur

    Shimano TY300, 34.9 clamp

    Shimano Tourney TY300

    Crank

    Prowheel alloy, 42/32/22

    Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24

    Shifters

    Shimano Easy Fire EF41, 3x7

    Shimano Altus M310, 7 speed

    Cassette

    Sunrace, 11-34, 7-speed

    Shimano HG200, 12-32, 7 speed

    Chain

    KMC Z51, 7-speed

    KMC Z51

    Brakes

    Tektro mechanical disc, 160/160mm rotors

    Tektro HD-275 hydraulic disc (13.5 & 15.5: Tektro HD-276 short reach lever)

    Brake Levers

    Shimano Easy Fire EF41

    Wheels
    Rims

    WTB SX19, 32h

    Bontrager Connection 32-hole double-walled

    Spokes

    Stainless Steel, 14g

    Front Hub

    Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

    Formula DC20 alloy

    Rear Hub

    Sealed Alloy Disc, QR

    Formula DC27 alloy

    Tires

    WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25", DNA Compound

    Bontrager XR2, 29x2.20˝ front, 29x2.0˝ rear (13.5 & 15.5: 27.5x2.20˝)