Trek has designed the new Checkpoint to appeal to a wide range
of cyclists, from those seeking a race-ready gravel bike to a
do-everything commuting and touring bike, to the most epic, long
distance multi-day adventures. The frame comes adorned with
multiple bottle cage mounts, as well as eyelets for fitting
mudguards and racks.
Clearance is ample for up to 45mm tyres, with stock bikes sold
with 35mm tyres. To ensure maximum space for the tyre, chainset and
front mech, the driveside chainstay drops down like we've seen on
the OPEN U.P. - a design approach that we're seeing on lots of new
gravel and adventure bikes. There's no compatibility for 650b
To provide extra seated comfort the new Checkpoint has
incorporated the IsoSpeed decoupler from the Domane endurance bike,
a seatpost design that moves independently from the top tube to
provide an extra level of compliance. That combined with the bigger
volume tyres should provide a smoother ride on rougher roads.
The IsoSpeed decoupler is only available on the carbon fibre
bikes, the aluminium models make do without it. Other key details
include 12mm thru-axles and flat mount calipers, internal cable and
hose routing, a downtube bashguard, and on the top-end SL models
additional top tube bag mounts.
Geometry is one area where a gravel bike differs from road and
cyclocross bikes, and for the Checkpoint Trek has looked to its
Boone cyclocross race bike as a starting point, but adapted it in
key areas. The reach, wheelbase and chainstay lengths are about the
same, but the stack is higher for a more comfortable fit and the
bottom bracket is lower for a lower centre of gravity and better
road handling manners.