Trek made the Checkpoint AL 3 as their entry level entry level Gravel bike that was designed to take your further than your road bike could. More adventures, more exploring, more fun, all well within £1,000. And it's true the opportunities with the Checkpoint are endless, it has the capability to carry racks which makes it great for commuting on, it comes with Bontrager's tubeless ready wheelset which helps to significantly lower your chances of getting punctures, making it great for taking on the route less travelled and it has disc brakes which are far superior to rim brakes for stopping in wet and mucky conditions ... it's hard to find anything not to like about it. The AL 3 comes finished with a Shimano Sora 9-speed groupset that features a 50/34, compact, groupset so you can roll up the hills and race down them, not being limited to where you can and can't go. Finally, Trek's Alpha Aluminium 200 series frame is backed by a lifetime warranty, so as they say, go break a leg (or not!).
Is this bike for you?
You've heard about the new frontier of gravel riding and want to dip your toes into the grit with an affordable, capable ride that can meet your all-road adventure aspirations and also function as your daily commuter.
A 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frame with massive tyre clearance, a carbon disc fork, 12mm thru axles, a 2x9 Shimano Sora drivetrain, fender and rack mounts, Tektro mechanical disc brakes for all-weather stopping power, Tubeless Ready wheels, and 700x32 Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tires.
What to expect
A rugged all-road ride for gravel adventures, daily commutes, touring, and more! Checkpoint AL 3 gives you all the capability of a true gravel bike at a price that leaves cash in your pocket for campsite fees, race entries, and post-adventure fun.
Frame - Alpha 200 series aluminium, tapered head-tube, BB86.5, flat-mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axle, internal cable routing, w/rack mounts and hidden fender mounts
Fork - Checkpoint carbon disc, tapered steerer, flat mount disc brakes, rack mounts, hidden fender mounts, 12mm thru axle
Bottom Bracket - Sealed Cartridge
Seatpost - Bontrager Approved, alloy, 27.2mm
Headset - Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8˝ top, 1.5˝ bottom
Front and Rear Rims - Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x32c
Front & Rear Tyre - Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x25c
Front and Rear Hubs - Formula alloy disc, 12mm thru-axle, 24h
Crankset - Shimano Sora, 50/34 (compact)
Shift Levers - Shimano Sora, 9 speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Sora
Cassette - Shimano Sora, 11-32, 9-speed
Chain - Shimano Sora
Front and Rear Brake - Tektro C550 Spyre, dual-piston mechanical disc brake, 160mm rotor
Handlebars - Bontrager Comp VR-C, 31.8mm
Stem - Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, 7 degree, w/computer & light mounts
Saddle - Bontrager Arvada Comp, steel rails
Pedals - Wellgo nylon body w/alloy cage, toe clip and strap