With the Checkpoint ALR 5, you're getting high-quality parts at an exceptional value, which means that you'll have extra dough for adventure travel... and burritos
This bike is exceedingly versatile and suited to a wide variety of riding styles, including gravel rides, bikepacking and daily commutes
Massive tyre clearance means you can use tyres up to 45 c for extra traction and stability in any condition
Mounts on the seat tube and both sides of the down tube make it easy to carry extra gear and water
Fast and fun
Checkpoint is available in three different carbon and aluminum models to match the needs of every rider—SL 6, SL 5 and ALR 5.
At the high end of the lineup, the flagship Checkpoint SL 6 boasts a full Shimano Ultegra 2x 11 drivetrain, while the ALR 5 features 105 11-speed and a wide-range 11-34 cassette. All models come equipped with 700 x 35 Schwalbe gravel tires, tubeless-ready Bontrager wheels, and flat-mount disc brakes. The most performance-oriented riders will be pleased to hear that SL 6 comes stock with Bontrager's Paradigm Comp Disc wheels paired with Shimano RT800 Ice-Tech FREEZA rotors and finned brake pads for lightweight durability and extra stopping power.
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 maneuverable.
Checkpoint's frame materials and construction also contribute to its uber-quick ride feel. SL models are built from 500 Series OCLV Carbon, and ALR models feature Trek's lightweight 300 Series Alpha Aluminum.
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.
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 single speed.
The stock 35mm tires 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.
The checkpoint is covered in mounts. Mounts on the seat tube and down tube allow riders to fit 3 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.****NOTE: This bike is available for purchase online, but must be picked up from an approved store.
|frame||300 Series Alpha Aluminium, tapered head tube, BB86.5, flat-mount disc brakes, Stranglehold dropouts, 12 mm thru axle, Control Freak, internal control routing, 3S chain keeper|
|fork||Checkpoint carbon disc, alloy tapered steerer, flat-mount disc brakes, rack mounts, hidden mudguard mounts, 12 mm thru axle|
|front hub||Bontrager alloy sealed bearing, 12 mm alloy axle, CenterLock|
|rear hub||Bontrager alloy sealed bearing, 12 mm alloy axle, CenterLock|
|rims||Bontrager Tubeless Ready|
|tires||Schwalbe G-One Allround, aramid bead, 700 c 35 c|
|shifters||Shimano RS505, 11-speed|
|front derailleur||Shimano 105, braze-on|
|rear derailleur||Shimano 105|
|crank||Shimano 105, 50/34 (compact)|
|bottom bracket||SHIMANO PRESS-FIT|
|cassette||Shimano HG800, 11-34, 11-speed|
|chain||Shimano HG600, 11-speed|
|saddle||Bontrager Montrose Comp|
|seatpost||Bontrager Approved, 2-bolt head, 27.2 mm, 8 mm offset|
|handlebar||Bontrager RL IsoZone VR-CF, 31.8 mm|
|stem||Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mounts|
|headset||Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8? top, 1.5? bottom|
|brakeset||Shimano RS505 Flat Mount hydraulic disc|
|FRAME||300 Series Alpha Aluminium, tapered head tube, BB86.5, flat-mount disc brakes, Stranglehold dropouts, 12 mm thru axle, Control Freak, internal control routing, 3S chain keeper|
|Fork||Checkpoint carbon disc, alloy tapered steerer, flat-mount disc brakes, rack mounts, hidden mudguard mounts, 12 mm thru axle|
|FRONT HUB||Bontrager alloy sealed bearing, 12 mm alloy axle, CenterLock|
|REAR HUB||Bontrager alloy sealed bearing, 12 mm alloy axle, CenterLock|
|RIMS||Bontrager Tubeless Ready|
|Tires||Schwalbe G-One Allround, aramid bead, 700 c 35 c|
|Shifters||Shimano RS505, 11-speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|CRANK||Shimano 105, 50/34 (compact)|
|Bottom Bracket||SHIMANO PRESS-FIT|
|Cassette||Shimano HG800, 11-34, 11-speed|
|Chain||Shimano HG600, 11-speed|
|Saddle||Bontrager Montrose Comp|
|Seatpost||Bontrager Approved, 2-bolt head, 27.2 mm, 8 mm offset|
|Handlebar||Bontrager RL IsoZone VR-CF, 31.8 mm|
|Stem||Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mounts|
|Headset||Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8? top, 1.5? bottom|
|Brakeset||Shimano RS505 Flat Mount hydraulic disc|