Trek Checkpoint SL7 gravel bike - first ride review

On early impressions, Trek's flagship gravel bike, the Checkpoint SL7, looks perfect for seekers of versatility and adventure

Trek Checkpoint SL7
(Image: © Laura Weislo)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A high-end superbike, suitable for gravel adventurers and bikepackers alike


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    Lightweight, agile and responsive ride

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    IsoSpeed shock adds comfort

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    Underbody protection for the eye-popping paint job


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    SRAM Force eTap AXS 1X drive not suited to mixed road/gravel

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    Top tube is too wide near the seat tube

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    Toe overlap in the smallest size

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Straight out of the box two things stood out about the Trek Checkpoint SL7: first, the 'Rage Red' paint job and second, the sheer enormity of the biggest sprocket on the rear cassette.

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