Trek 6700 Review
The Trek 6700 is part of a mountain bike range, which is referred to as if it is a stepping stone by its manufacturer. Whilst this is arguably true from a certain point of view, in reality this model represents a solid choice whatever your intentions. It is surprisingly light for its price, with a hard wearing frame and quality components that allow it to come close to topping its particular family of bikes.
The Trek 6700 is built around an Alpha Gold Aluminium frame with a semi-integrated head tube and plenty of room for upgrades and improvements to be made further down the line if you so choose. Of course, on its own merit, the frame has carefully constructed tubing that allows for a lower overall weight but still allowing its hardtail stiffness and necessary durability to shine through.
The front suspension is provided by the RockShox Reba RL dual air spring fork, which features 100mm of travel and the option to remotely activate the lockout mode if you want immediate stiffness when it is required. Whilst there is a good degree of compliance afforded by this setup, allowing you to take the hits and cross country ‘unevenness’ in your stride, the handling is still very lively and easy to manipulate. It has none of the sluggishness that you might anticipate if you are moving from a more basic bike with a rigid fork. In addition, those who have been used to a budget mountain bike with a more basic suspension setup will be impressed with the smoothness that is offered by the Trek 6700.
Trek has made up the drive train with components from the Shimano Deore XT and SLX groupsets, which is a sensible choice at this price bracket and also allows the bike to change gears quickly without any of the clunking or jarring that you could find on lesser bikes. You also get Shimano M596 hydraulic disc brakes, which provide superior stopping power and more importantly, a degree of exactitude to their operation that you will not find on mechanical alternatives. Riders who want to up their game in a racing situation really need hydraulic disc brakes onboard, so the Trek 6700 looks like a good choice in this respect.
Shimano SLX M665 alloy hubs are matched with Bontrager AT-850 rims and XR1 Expert tyres, giving the Trek 6700 a good, chunky platform with which to make contact with the earth beneath you. You need to look for a bike that combines traction with fast rolling speed if racing is on the cards for you. With this wheelset, there is definitely the right balance of these two elements.
A Bontrager Evoke 1 saddle gives you an adequately comfortable place to perch yourself and put some power down through the transmission when you tackle climbs or accelerate over the flats. It sits on a Bontrager SSR seat post that is right in line with the rest of the frame.
The Bontrager Race Lite Low Riser handlebar features a 15mm rise and nine degree sweep, allowing the rider to grapple with the bike and feel confident and planted even if they are facing hairy situations off the road.
The good thing about the Trek 6700 is that whilst it may be honed for a race across mountainous terrain, it is also adaptable enough to make a decent everyday bike should you wish to use it as such. Available in a number of colour schemes, this model has good looks, a premium finish and performance that will suit riders that are evolving their skill set and planning to do a lot more than just casual cycling.
Trek 6700 Specifications
- Front Fork: Rock Shox Reba RL air with rebound, lockout, 100mm travel
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
- Gears: 30
- Chainring: Shimano Deore XT 42/32/24T
- Cassette: Shimano HG8110 11-36 10 Speed
- Shifters: Shimano SLX
- Brakes: Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc brake
- Wheels: Bontrager Duster
- Tyres: Bontrager XR3 Expert 26×2.2″