Trek Launch New Gravel Bike Range: The Trek Checkpoint

The all new Trek Checkpoint is the dedicated gravel bike that we’ve been waiting for. Built to hold up for long, rugged miles on road, cycle path, dirt, and even the most treacherous gravel roads. There is a womens specific range, an aluminium range and a full carbon SL range providing a choice to suit all budgets and requirements.

Click on through for images and highlights of the new Trek Checkpoint range…

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Overview & details

So, what sets this bike apart from the competition? It comes ready to roll with a wealth of adventure-ready features aimed at the rapidly-growing gravel scene, like adjustable Stranglehold dropouts, massive tyre clearance, and extra mounts that make it super versatile and easy to customise.

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Trek Checkpoint ALR 5

Aluminium ALR Range

There are two aluminium frame models, both come with a carbon fork and 700x35mm gravel specific tyres. The Checkpoint ALR4 model is specced with a Shimano Tiagra groupset and hydraulic disc brakes. The Checkpoint ALR5 model is specced with a Shimano 105 groupset and also has hydraulic disc brakes.

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Trek Checkpoint SL 5 

Carbon SL Range

The Checkpoint carbon SL range has two models the 105 specced Checkpoint SL5 and the Ultegra Checkpoint SL6.

The carbon frames incorporate Trek’s IsoSpeed Decoupler to improve ride quality without affecting performance. The IsoSpeed cuts down on fatiguing bumps in gravel so you can wander more, reach new places and stay stronger for longer

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Womens Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 

Womens Checkpoint ALR models

The ladies WSD aluminium bikes mirror the mens models withe the Checkpoint ALR 4 Womens being built with Shimano Tiagra and the Checkpoint ALR 5 Womens being specced with the hydraulic 11 speed Shimano 105 groupset.

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Womens Trek Checkpoint SL 5

Womens Checkpoint Carbon SL Range

There is currently only one carbon womens bike in the line up the Checkpoint SL 5 Womens which comes with an 11 speed Shimano 105 hydraulic groupset.

The carbon frames incorporate Trek’s IsoSpeed Decoupler to improve ride quality without affecting performance.

Fast and fun

Geometry is comfortable for the long haul and rough roads, but aggressive enough to provide the speed and ride-feel most gravel riders are looking for. Compared to Boone, Checkpoint features a nearly identical reach, slightly taller stack, and lower bottom bracket height. Chainstay length and wheelbase are the same. The lower bottom bracket provides the additional stability riders look for on long grinds, while maintaining a tight wheelbase, long reach, and relatively low stack height keeps Checkpoint fast and manoeuverable.

Capable, trustworthy tech

Carbon (SL) models feature the same Rear IsoSpeed decoupler found on Domane for additional comfort, along with Control Freak internal cable routing, which allows for easy conversion to 1x or electronic shifting and keeps everything protected from the inevitable mud-and-dirt. SL models also include a carbon seatmast cap, Carbon Armor to protect the frame against debris, and 12mm front and rear thru axles.

Easy customisation

Stranglehold dropouts allow the rider to adjust the bike’s geometry and gearing based on the requirements of the day’s ride. For example, the longest setting makes the bike more stable for longer rides and bikepacking. The dropouts also allow for quick & easy conversion to singlespeed.

Up to 45mm tyre clearance

The stock 35mm tyres hit the sweet-spot for a lot of riders, but running other widths quickly changes Checkpoint’s identity. The rider hitting crushed limestone trails to link pavement will love firm and fast-rolling 28mm slicks, while the dedicated dirt road explorer can go up to 45mm to tackle the ruttiest, rockiest routes.

Mounting points

Checkpoint is covered in mounts. Mounts on the seattube and downtube allow riders to fit three bottles in the main triangle, or position two bottles low while leaving room for a frame bag. There’s also room for one more bottle under the down tube. Lowrider fork mounts will take a rack & bags. Rear rack mounts give more room for cargo, and hidden fender mounts keep the ride clean in even the worst weather. SL models include a top tube mount to easily attach an easy-to-reach bag for ride essentials.

There will be in depth look at each range in a series of follow up articles this week and next.

Chasing Kona book available

From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.

Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes

It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.

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