Checkpoint SL 6 TREK Gravel Bike – THE BEAST!

Checkpoint SL 6 TREK Gravel Bike – THE BEAST!

TREK Gravel Bike, Checkpoint SL 6 it is so fun to ride over any surfaces. On gravel, loose dirt, limestone, clay, mud, tarmac this machine flies all over them. GRX drivetrain is excellent, crisp, and fast shifting, brakes are fantastic Isospeed also it is a great feature.

CHECKPOINT SL 6 TREK FEATURES

9 features that will accompany you during a pleasant journey.1

Tubeless Ready Rims

Bontrager TLR (Tubeless Ready) Road is the first fully integrated tubeless system for road wheels. When you go tubeless with TLR, you can run lower tire pressure for increased traction and comfort without the threat of pinch flats.

500 Series OCLV

500 series OCLV achieves a superb balance of light weight, strength, and stiffness that is perfectly suited to the sophisticated frame technologies that distinguish Trek frames.

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IsoSpeed Decoupler

At the core of Trek’s endurance comfort technology is the IsoSpeed decoupler, the result of an 18-month study of how a racing bike performs over rough roads, and how that performance affects the rider.

12mm Thru-Axle

A 12mm front thru axle makes steering more precise for more control, and the quick release feature makes wheel removal easy.

Ride Tuned Seatmast

Our no-cut Ride Tuned seat mast is designed for the rigors of pro racing. It’s the lightest, most comfortable solution for day-in, day-out performance and comfort, however rough the roads or hard the riding.

Horizontal Sliding Dropout

Horizontal sliding dropout with redundant securing mechanisms allows for no-slip single speed or geared options and provides the ability to dial in the geometry to the match each rider’s style.

Carbon Armor

Sometimes you need a little extra protection, so we developed our light, thought external Carbon Armor polymer Shield. It provides reassurance when you know your down tube is bound to take some abuse.

Gravel Specific Tires

Wider gravel-specific tires provide better traction and more stability while riding on gravel or dirt tracks.

Flat Mount Disc brakes

All-new Flat Mount disc brakes are more elegant, lighter, smaller, and cleaner than traditional disc brakes, providing superior performance and stopping power under harsh conditions.

GRAVEL BIKE SPECIFICATIONS

Checkpoint SL 6 is a carbon gravel bike without limits. It’s designed to take you places you’d never reach on a standard road bike—like the mud-caked finish line of the world’s greatest gravel races. A lightweight OCLV Carbon frame with gravel-smoothing IsoSpeed, a Shimano GRX drivetrain, and extra mounts for gear and accessories make this bike a true gravel powerhouse and a great choice for serious all-road adventurers.

FRAMESET

Frame

500 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, tapered head tube, Control Freak internal routing, 3S chain keeper, rack and fender mounts, flat mount disc, horizontal sliding dropouts, 142x12mm thru axle

Fork

Checkpoint carbon, tapered carbon steerer, rack mounts, fender mounts, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axle

GROUPSET

Shifter

Shimano GRX RX810, 11 speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX810, braze-on

Rear Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX810, long cage, 34T max cog

Crank

Shimano GRX RX810, 48/31

Bottom Bracket

Trek BB90

Cassette

Shimano Ultegra HG800-11, 11-34, 11 speed

Chain

Shimano Ultegra HG701, 11-speed

COMPONENTS

Saddle

Bontrager Arvada Comp, steel rails, 138mm width

Seatpost

Bontrager carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset

Handlebar

Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, alloy, 31.8mm, 93mm reach, 123mm drop

Stem

Bontrager Pro, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree

Headset

FSA Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8” top, 1.5” bottom

BRAKES

Brake

Shimano RX810 hydraulic disc, flat mount

Brake Rotor

Shimano RT800, centerlock, 160mm

CONCLUSION

With the Checkpoint SL 6 TREK Gravel Bike you can handle a variety of riding surfaces and preferences. You can travel over mixed surfaces including gravel, singletrack, road and segmented concrete on this bike and it is great.

The bikes are beautiful, comfortable, efficient, and well designed. The three things that Trek could improve on are front end compliance, finish quality (cable friction occurs during the first trip) and rock guard design on the bottom tube. On front end compliance, consider specifying this with a carbon rod.

The stone guard has several gaps where it meets the bottom tube, which is exactly where mud and rock enter at high speed.

Overall, this bike is fun to ride.

THE BEAST VIDEO

Do you like having fun? Ride like a kid again. Checkpoint is the gravel bike that takes you on any adventure on any terrain.

source: youtube

References

  1. https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/road-bikes/gravel-bikes/checkpoint/checkpoint-sl/checkpoint-sl-6/p/32559/?colorCode=bluedark