Bike Comparison

The Trek Marlin 6, Giant Talon 2, and CUBE AIM EX are all 27.5″ / 29″ aluminum frame hardtail crosscountry bikes. The CUBE has higher gearing. Explore the differences below.

    2022 Trek Marlin 6
    2022 Giant Talon 2
    2022 CUBE AIM EX
    MSRP$849$750($713)
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    CategoryCrosscountryCrosscountryCrosscountry
    Weight31.1 lbs30.6 lbs
    FrameAluminumAluminumAluminum
    ForkSuntour XCT
    
    Suntour XCM
    
    Suntour XCM
    
    WheelsAluminumAluminumAluminum
    Wheel Size27.5″ / 29″27.5″ / 29″27.5″ / 29″
    Brake TypeHydraulic DiscHydraulic DiscHydraulic Disc
    GroupsetDeore
    
    microSHIFT Advent
    
    Deore
    
    Drivetrain1 × 101 × 91 × 10
    Gear Range

    Trek Marlin 6

    24 mph

    Giant Talon 2

    24 mph

    CUBE AIM EX

    25 mph
    SuspensionHardtailHardtailHardtail
    Front Travel100mm80mm100mm
    Rear Travel---
    SeatpostRigidRigidRigid
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    Marlin 6
    Talon 2
    AIM EX

    Geometry

    Specs
    Frame

    aluminum frame

    ALUXX-Grade Aluminum, disc

    Aluminium Lite, AMF, Double Butted, Internal Cable Routing, Tapered Head Tube, Flat Mount Brake, SIC Mount, FM Kickstand Mount

    Fork

    Size: XS, SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 42mm offset for 27.5'' wheel, 100mm QR, 80mm travel; Size: S, SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 42mm offset for 27.5'' wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, SR Suntour XCT 30, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 46mm offset for 29'' wheel, 100mm QR, 100mm travel

    SR Suntour XCM30, QR, steel steerer XS: 80mm travel (27.5) S: 80mm travel (27.5) / 100mm travel (29)

    SR Suntour XCM Disc, 100mm, Remote Lockout

    Rear Shock

    N/A

    Bottom Bracket

    Sealed cartridge, 73mm

    cartridge

    Thun Paso-ML, 73mm BSA

    Headset

    Semi-integrated, 1-1/8''

    CUBE FPH868, Top 1 1/8", Bottom 1 1/2", Semi-Integrated

    Stem

    Size: XS, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 50mm length; Size: S, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 60mm length; Size: M, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 70mm length; Size: ML, L, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length; Size: XL, XXL, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 90mm length

    Giant Sport, 7-degree XS: 40mm (27.5) S: 50mm (27.5) / 50mm (29) M: 60mm (27.5) / 60mm (29) L: 70mm (27.5) / 70mm (29) XL: 80mm (29) XXL: 90mm (29)

    CUBE Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mm

    Handlebar

    Size: XS, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 690mm width; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width

    Giant Connect Trail, 31.8mm XS: 730mm (27.5) S: 780mm (27.5) / 780mm (29) M: 780mm (27.5) / 780mm (29) L: 780mm (27.5) / 780mm (29) XL: 780mm (29) XXL: 780mm (29)

    CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 680mm

    Saddle

    Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width

    Giant custom

    Natural Fit Venec Lite

    Seatpost

    Size: XS, S, M, Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 330mm length; Size: ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 400mm length

    Giant Sport, 30.9 XS: 300mm (27.5) S: 300mm (27.5) / 375mm (29) M: 375mm (27.5) / 375mm (29) L: 375mm (27.5) / 375mm (29) XL: 375mm (29) XXL: 375mm (29)

    CUBE Performance Post, 27.2mm

    Pedals

    MTB caged

    CUBE PP MTB

    Grips

    Bontrager XR Endurance Comp, lock-on

    Giant Sole-O

    ACID React

    Groupset
    Rear Derailleur

    Shimano Deore M5120, long cage

    microSHIFT Advent M6195M

    Shimano Deore RD-M5120-SGS, 10-Speed

    Front Derailleur

    N/A

    Crank

    Prowheel C10Y-NW, 30T steel narrow-wide ring, 170mm length

    ProWheel Charm, 30t (27.5) or 32t (29) XS: 165mm (27.5) S: 170mm (27.5) / 170mm (29) M: 170mm (27.5) / 175mm (29) L: 175mm (27.5) / 175mm (29) XL: 175mm (29) XXL: 175mm (29)

    ACID MTB Alloy 32T

    Shifters

    Shimano Deore M4100, 10 speed

    microSHIFT SL-M9295, 1x9

    Shimano Deore SL-M4100, Rapidfire-Plus

    Cassette

    Shimano Deore M4100, 11-46, 10 speed

    microSHIFT CS-H093, 11x46

    Sunrace CSM52, 11-46T

    Chain

    KMC X10, 10 speed

    KMC X9

    KMC X10

    Brakes

    Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc

    Tektro HDC M275, hydraulic, Tektro rotors [F]180mm, [R]160mm

    Clarks Clout 1, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)

    Brake Levers

    Tektro HDC M275

    Wheels
    Rims

    Bontrager Connection, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, schrader valve

    Giant GX03V 29 or 27.5, alloy, double wall, 21mm inner width

    CUBE ZX20, 32H, Disc

    Spokes

    14g stainless steel

    stainless, 14g

    Front Hub

    Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR

    alloy, ball bearing

    CUBE Alloy Light, QR, 6-Bolt

    Rear Hub

    Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR

    alloy, ball bearing

    CUBE Alloy Light, QR, 6-Bolt

    Tires

    Size: XS, S, Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.20''; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager XR2 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.20''

    Kenda Booster 27.5 or 29x2.2", wire bead

    Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 2.25