Checkpoint SL Frame Set is a carbon gravel bike frame for epic all-road adventures. Nimble-yet-stable progressive geometry, a gravel-smoothing IsoSpeed decoupler, internal storage, extra mounts for bags and gear and massive tyre clearance make it the ideal starting point for a lightweight, high-performance gravel bike build.
You're in it for the adventure and want a performance gravel bike so you can go further and faster. You spend long days in the saddle, and want the gravel-smoothing ride of Trek's exclusive IsoSpeed decoupler on your dream gravel bike build.
A 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame with Rear IsoSpeed and carbon armour, a carbon fork, a progressive geometry that's stable at speed and efficient when you're grinding up a climb, internal storage, hidden cables that won't interfere with bags, integrated frame bag mounts and rack and mudguard mounts. It comes with a headset and is built for 12 mm thru axles, flat-mount disc brakes and a T47 bottom bracket. You can even run a dropper post to get low on long descents. Fits up to 45 c tyres.
The Checkpoint SL frame set is the ideal starting point for a performance gravel bike build. The geometry keeps you stable yet speedy, it's covered in extra mounts, you get internal storage and it has an IsoSpeed decoupler for compliance on rough terrain.
- The IsoSpeed decoupler soaks up fatiguing bumps without bouncing you around
- All-new progressive geometry is quick and nimble yet keeps you stable and in control on fast, choppy descents
- A sleek internal storage compartment gives you a versatile spot to stow tools and gear
- Integrated frame bag mounts and rack and mudguard mounts make it easy to carry gear and water
- This bike is exceedingly versatile and suited to a wide variety of ride styles, including gravel rides, bikepacking and daily commutes
Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. There are now dozens of gravel bike events around the UK and a growing number of long distance cycling routes designed with gravel bikes in mind. In this gravel bike buying guide we’ll take you through the main things to consider when picking a gravel bike.
The main appeal of gravel bikes is versatility,. You can use them on normal roads but they’ll also work great on forest roads, old railway lines and farm tracks. So you can go for a ride off-road, avoiding cars and traffic, but link it with sections of tarmac as well. Of course you can do this on a mountain bike but a gravel bike will generally be faster and lighter. This also means you can cover some big distances when touring. A lot of gravel bike riders are road cyclists who want to get away from traffic.
As gravel bikes often get used for touring and bikepacking most will come with mounting points for bags. This luggage capacity combined with speed, and ability to handle mixed surfaces, means that gravel bikes are also extremely popular for commuting on.
Gravel bikes are very popular for commuting. We sell lots of them on the cycle to work scheme. One of our biggest stores for gravel bike sales is our Greenwich shop in London. They're mainly selling them for commuting around central London on. We’re going to run you through the pros and cons of commuting on a gravel bike and answer the question ‘are gravel bikes good for commuting?’
Gravel bikes are fast, nearly as quick as a standard road bike. They are certainly quicker on the road than most mountain bikes and many hybrids. That means you can get to work, and home, in the shortest time possible. But what makes gravel bikes so good for commuting is that they are extremely versatile. They can be ridden on tarmac, cycle paths, old railway lines, canal towpaths, and even off-road trails. So, it’s easy to mix it up on your commute and avoid traffic.
Another big advantage of commuting on a gravel bike is that they're generally more comfortable than road bikes. This is because they have wider tyres and longer wheelbases, which results in a smoother and more stable ride. So you don’t get bounced around as much on rough roads. Most gravel bikes have a fairly upright riding position which makes it easier to see what’s going on in traffic. The combination of stable handling and the comfortable riding position is a massive confidence boost for the rider, especially on wet roads.
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Frame - 500 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, internal cable routing, downtube storage door, 3S chain keeper, T47 BB, rack and mudguard mounts, integrated frame bag mounts, flat-mount disc, dropper post compatible, 142x12 mm thru axle
Fork - Trek Checkpoint, full carbon, tapered carbon steerer, rack mounts, mudguard mounts, flat-mount disc, 12x100 mm thru-axle
Frame fit - Gravel
Skewer front - Bontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever
Skewer rear - Bontrager Switch thru-axle, removable lever
Max tyre size - 700x45c / 650x2.1" Bontrager tyres
Max. chainring size - 1x: 46T, 2x: 50/37 (Shimano: 36)
Rotor size - Max brake rotor sizes: 160 mm front and rear
Weight - 56cm - 2.21 kg / 4.88 lbsWeight limit - This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 125 kg (275 lb).
|Colours||DARK AQUATIC/CARBON SMOKE|
|Sizes||49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61|
|Barcodes||601842626009, 601842626016, 601842626023, 601842626030, 601842626047, 601842626054|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||5259915, 5259916, 5259917, 5259918, 5259919, 5259920|
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