Trek Emonda SL 6

2015/2016
 
5.0 stars
 (4 Reviews)
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Description

When the road tilts towards the sky, Trek's 16.3-pound Emonda SL 6 reacts to every pedal stoke, its OCLV carbon frame and BB90 bottom bracket launching you forward effortlessly. Then, as you get into the business of descending, the E2 head tube keeps the front end nice and stiff, and Bontrager tubeless wheels keep you carving the curves. Along the flats, a full Ultegra 11-speed drivetrain with compact cranks combines with internal cable routing to propel you to faster speeds. And on every road, the Ride-Tuned seatmast is not only lighter, it's more compliant than a traditional seatpost while the full Bonty cockpit is more than eager to add some additional miles.

Features & Info

E2 Head Tube

Tapered head tube and fork.For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.

90mm-wide bottom bracket

Trek's Madone features a unique bottom bracket (image, right) that's 90mm wide (traditional ones are 68mm wide). This wide bottom bracket lets Trek build the frame with larger tubes for increased power transfer. Plus, the 90mm bottom bracket is machined so that the bearings can be placed directly into the frame (image) saving weight (due to fewer parts), ensuring additional pedaling efficiency and simplifying maintenance and repair.

Geometry chart

Pedals sold separately
Weight: 16.29 pounds (56cm)

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(4 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Climber 
  • Comfortable for long ride 
  • Components 
  • Excellent value 
  • Fast 
  • Head turner 

Cons

  • Entry level wheels 
  • Narrow tires 

Best Uses

  • Endurance rides 
  • Long rides 
  • Racing 
  • Weekend rides 

 
5.0
May 15, 2017

Best Frame I've Ever Ridden

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Without a doubt the best all around bike frame I've ever ridden. The stock 56 cm frame was like a custom made, I've never felt more dialed in to a bike fit whether hands on the bars, brake hoods and yes even in the drops. I'm a 6' muscular 210 lbs and the Emonda SL6 responds with nuance to out of the saddle sprints, climbs sitting down or standing on the pedals, and fast cornering. It accelerates effortlessly, not without effort of course, and is stiff with NO FLEX. My version is built out with the Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 speed Drive Train and pedals (Ultegra in my mind still the best value in the market for quality and performance). I upgraded the saddle, stem, and bars, the three components that over 20+ years of riding and experimentation provide me with perfect balance of comfort, fit and performance. Adding custom built carbon wheel set with Swiss DT 240S straight pull hubs and Sapim CX Ray spokes this is a super lightweight, fast, responsive riding machine and hands down my best ride ever. The only negatives I've ever seen related to the Emonda are comments about it's basic matte black finish. That's purely a matter of personal aesthetic and when you're suffering up a long, steep climb or battling a head wind the last thing you care about is how it looks, this is a bike for serious athletes. I myself prefer the stealth look opposed to elaborate and colorful paint schemes but again that's a matter of individual taste and preference that has nothing to do with the perfection this machine represents for me. Still not sure, find your local TREK dealer, ask to test ride the SL 6 and experience it for yourself.
by Spokes Man from St. Louis, MO

 
5.0
Aug 27, 2016

Love it !

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Love this bike, very lite and rides very well
by Rick from Atlanta

 
5.0
Jul 16, 2016

Great bike, 2k miles on mine so far, no regrets

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Great bike, 2k miles on mine so far, no regrets
by axzen from Atlanta

 
5.0
Aug 06, 2015

Excellent bike and good value vs. the competition

Pros:
Head turner, Fast, Sexy, Components, Excellent Value, Lightweight, Excellent climber, Comfortable for long ride
Cons:
Narrow Tires, Entry Level Wheels
Best Uses:
long rides, Endurance Rides, Weekend Rides, Racing
I spent a fair amount of time searching bikes online and visiting some of the local bikeshops and chain stores. I initially shied away from the Trek brand because of their behemoth status in the industry, but I'm glad that I finally had an opportunity to check out some of their bikes at one of my local shops. The Madone was great, but I'm 44 with a cranky back and wanted something with a slightly more relaxed geometry. The Domane was nice, but felt a bit lifeless on the road. I was coming from a comfy 10 year old steel Lemond, so perhaps my expectations were a bit different for carbon bikes. After trying a few more bike brands and riding at other shops, the salesperson said "we need to get you on an Emonda". After a 15 minute demo ride, I was hooked. The best way to describe the bike is that it provides the perfect balance between race ready and endurance bikes. Fast and nimble, but still extremely comfortable. It's super lightweight, and I'm constantly amazed at the climbing ability of this thing. It feels like I'm being pulled by a cable up the hills. I'm waiting for my friends at the top of the hill now. I've owned it for nearly 6 weeks and have about 400-500 miles and I couldn't be happier. I've added the Bontrager bluetooth enabled computer, and went through a proper bike fitting with a modified stem and cleat positioning. The Ultegra 6800 group is excellent, many compare it to the previous version of Dura Ace. I did upgrade the wheels and tires, which has made a notable difference in the ride quality. It comes stock with Bontrager Race wheels, which is their entry level road wheel and hubset and 23mm R2 tires. I wish they would have at least included the Race Lite edition wheel set, but it's still a lot of bike for the way they've priced it. If you don't want to spend extra on wheels, I'd at least recommend moving up to some wider tires such as a 25mm. I'm 200 lbs, so it made a noticeable difference in the ride quality. I also upgraded the to an 11-32T cassette (my expense) to give me a few extra gears for our steep hills. This required a swap of the rear derailleur with a medium cage. To net things out, this is a fantastic bike that you'll want to ride as often as you can. Go test ride one!
by JMS from Seattle, WA

Specifications

Frame
Trek 500 Series OCLV Carbon w/E2, BB90
Fork
Trek Emonda SLR carbon
Rims/Wheels
Bontrager Race
Hubs
See Rims/Wheels
Spokes
See Rims/Wheels
Tires
Bontrager R2 Hard Case Lite, 700 x 23c
Crankset
Shimano Ultegra
Chainrings
50/34
Front Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra
Rear Cogs
Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed: 11-28
Shifters
Shimano Ultegra
Handlebars
Bontrager Race Lite VR
Tape/Grips
Bontrager
Stem
Bontrager Race X Lite
Brake Levers
Shimano Ultegra
Brakes
Shimano Ultegra
Saddle
Bontrager Paradigm Race
Seatpost
Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap