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Trek Checkpoint SL 6

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Trek Checkpoint Sl 6 2020 [Review]


Trek Checkpoint Sl 6 2020 [Review]

This is a gravel bike designed to do well on gravels and other rough terrains. It is designed for tough areas where a regular road bike cannot enter. The Trek Checkpoint SL 6 has an OCLV carbon frame, which gives it the lightweight it needs to move very fast. The features of this bike include; mounts for fenders or gears, high-performance drivetrain, IsoSpeed, flat-mount disc, and hydraulic disc brakes, among others. Also, with the bike’s tire, you can go for long journeys and not bother about the tires disappointing you.

IsoSpeed Decoupler

This is one of the features of the Trek Checkpoint SL 6, and it allows the bike to move smoothly over gravels and other obstacles. The IsoSpeed decoupler is responsible for the bike’s ability to provide comfort for bikers riding on rough terrains. With this feature on the bike, the effects of bumps or any other obstacle on the rider are minimized.

Tubeless Ready Rims

Checkpoint SL 6 has tubeless ready rims, that helps you to move efficiently with low tire pressure, increased friction and comfort without having to worry about the tires. This feature is mostly present in mountain bikes and of course, gravel bikes too. The nature of the rims and tires enable the bike to maintain its stability even on rough terrains.

500 Series OCLV Carbon Frame

This feature contributes to the lightweight of this bike, its stability, and its durability. More to this, this frame has a way of minimizing the metallic weight of other components on the bike, making the bike very fast and stable on gravel paths. The frame also features mounts, internal storage compartment, stranglehold dropouts, and tapered head tube.

Mounts for racks

The Trek Checkpoint SL 6 frame has mounts for racks, fenders, and other accessories. This feature makes this bike suitable for adventures and fun rides. It makes it possible for bikers to go with enough supplies, including light and water bottles, for far distance rides.


Frame; 500 Series OCLV carbon, tapered head tube, rear IsoSpeed, mounts for racks and fenders, Stranglehold Stranglehold, 3S chain keeper, 142x12mm thru axle

Fork; Checkpoint carbon disc, 12x100mm thru axle, mounts for racks and fenders, flat-mount disc, tapered carbon steerer

Chainset; Shimano Ultegra 50/34

Tires; Bontrager GR1 team, Tubeless ready, 700x40c, 120TPI, aramid bead

Shifter; 11-speed, Shimank ultergra R8020

Bottom bracket; Trek BB90

Cassette; Shimano Ultegra 11-34

Chain; Shimano HG701, 11-speed.

Front Derailleurs; braze-on, Shimano ultegra R8000

Rear Derailleurs; Shimano ultegra RX800, long cage, 34Tmax cog, shadow plus clutch

Stem; Blendr compatible, 31.8mm, Bontrager pro

Handlebar; Bontrager elite Is ozone VR-CF, 31.8mm, alloy, 123mm drop, 93mm reach


  • The bike can do very well on gravel paths.
  • It has a light, strong, and stable frameset.
  • The Trek Checkpoint bike has mounts for racks and fenders.
  • It has the IsoSpeed that provides smooth rides over gravels and obstacles.
  • The front IsoSpeed is absent on this bike.


What feature enables the bike to run smoothly?

The Trek Checkpoint SL 6 has the rear IsoSpeed that enables the bike to move freely over gravels or any other obstacles.


Gravel bikes are gradually taking over and becoming more efficient than regular road bikes and the Trek Checkpoint SL 6 is a very good example of a gravel bike. This bike has features like the carbon frame, internal cable routing, stranglehold dropout, blendr compatible, and lots more. Finally, the checkpoint SL 6 is designed to serve several purposes, and it is also suitable for different terrains and riding styles as well.

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