If you're looking for a bike that is capable of handling your next bike packing adventure, commute to work or group ride with your family or friends then that is exactly what the Checkpoint is designed for. However, if you're willing to invest in a carbon frame backed by Trek's lifetime guarantee, to speed up your trip, then the SL 5 is the bike for you. Featuring an IsoSpeed decoupler placed at the junction between the seat post and seat tube, which boosts compliance, you will not only find your ride is more comfortable but more enjoyable. The Checkpoint comes with built-in rack and mudguard mounts making carrying all your gear and staying protected from the bad weather easy. Finished off with Shimano's 105, hydraulic flat-mount disc, 11-speed groupset, you can count on smooth-shifting gears that get the balance of value for money and high performance just right.
Is this bike for you?
Chamois or cut-off shorts, bikepacking trip or brutal day of gravel racing – you're going to ride far, go fast and have a great time. You'd rather spend your money on a lightweight carbon frame than a top-of-the-line drive train, but you still expect your workhorse gravel bike to perform. You want a bike that's both fast and comfortable, and you want endless carrying options for gravel races and everyday adventures.
A 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame with Rear IsoSpeed, powerful flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes, a full 2x11 Shimano 105 groupset and 700x40 Bontrager GR1 Team Issue Tubeless Ready gravel tyres. Checkpoint SL 5 also has Control Freak internal cable routing, a Bontrager Elite IsoZone handlebar with foam pads integrated into the tops and drops, 12 mm thru-axles, mudguard and rack mounts, and Stranglehold dropouts.
What to expect
Light, fast, comfortable. Checkpoint SL 5 is a carbon gravel bike that nails this trifecta. A quality group set, massive tyre clearance, options for carrying gear, an OCLV Carbon frame with IsoSpeed and a ride quality that can't be matched.
Frame - 500 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, tapered head tube, Control Freak internal routing, Ride Tuned seatmast, 3S chain keeper, rack and mudguard mounts, flat-mount disc, Stranglehold dropouts, 142x12 mm thru-axle
Fork - Checkpoint carbon, tapered alloy steerer, rack mounts, mudguard mounts, flat-mount disc, 12x100 mm thru-axle
Seatpost - Bontrager Ride Tuned seatmast cap, 10 mm offset, 128 mm length (short)
Headset - FSA Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Front & Rear Tyre - Bontrager GR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength casing, aramid bead, 120 TPI, 700x40c
Front Hub - Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, CenterLock disc, 100x12 mm thru-axle
Rear Hub - Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, CenterLock disc, 142x12 mm thru-axle
Crankset - Shimano 105 R7000, 50/34 (compact)
Shift Levers - Shimano 105 R7020, 11-speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano 105 R7000, 31 mm clamp
Rear Derailleur - Shimano 105 R7000, Shadow design, medium cage
Cassette - Shimano 105 HG700-11, 11-34, 11-speed
Chain - Shimano 105 HG601, 11-speed
Bottom Bracket - Shimano RS500, 92 mm, PressFit
Front and Rear Brake - Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes
Handlebars - Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, alloy, 31.8 mm, 93 mm reach, 123 mm drop, 42 cm width
Stem - Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible
Saddle - Bontrager Montrose Comp, steel rails, 138 mm width