Wow. Where to start with this build? There's a lot of detail
packed into this understated grey/black bike...
Gravel/Adventure has been booming for a while now, with a wealth
of choices from smaller brands, but Trek didn't rush to market with
their own entry. No doubt they wanted to make sure it wasn't just a
flash in the pan, plus of course it takes a while for their massive
R&D resources and production lines to get up to speed.
But it was worth the wait - the Checkpoint is a carefully
considered entrance to the gravel/adventure scene, taking the
lessons learnt by the pioneers and adding in a dose of Trek's own
expertise. That rear IsoSpeed decoupler is their trump card, adding
a good measure of extra comfort on rough surfaces without
compromising handling or efficiency.
Trek's own Stranglehold dropouts allow for 15mm of fore/aft
adjustment of the rear wheel, so this bike can easily be run
singlespeed or geared. But it also means you can easily adjust the
wheelbase: Want to run it short and nippy for raceday? No problem.
Or extend it to the max for bikepacking/touring? Easily done - and
yet it every position it retains the strength and security benefits
of the 12mm thru-axle.
The frame is packed with all the details you'd expect; hidden
mudguard and rack mounts, flat mount disc brakes, internal cable
routing, even a chain keeper. But there's more to this build than
just the frame...
The wheels are the first thing to catch your eye. Yes, those are
Mavic Open Pro rims - the new generation. Mavic have finally
updated their classic road rim (it's been quite the wait!) and in
the process made it more versatile than ever. 4mm wider (giving a
19mm internal width) the Open Pro are now available in a
disc-specific version, but retain the classic eyelets for maximum
strength and longevity. These custom built wheels see the Open Pros
laced to a DT Swiss 240 hub on the rear - bombproof reliability and
superb engineering. They're also tubeless ready - as proven here
with Schwalbe's Pro One tubeless tyres ready for action.
At the front things get even more interesting, with perhaps the
highlight of this build... a SON Hub Dynamo provides power for your
LED lights, a brilliant example of long-established tech brought
bang up to date. Weighing in at just 400g, this is a superb choice
for endurance riding. 6 volts/3 Watts of power always on hand, no
stress about batteries. All in a compact package, beautifully
engineered and manufactured in Germany and fully compatible with
the latest 12mm thru-axle and centrelock disc standards.
Proof that "big brand" bikes don't have to be cookie-cutter
copies of each other - this Trek has been carefully specced to
provide exactly what its new owner needs (and being Bespoke we've
naturally made sure that it's the perfect fit). If this has piqued
your interest, get in touch!