It's right for you if...
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 drivetrain, but you still expect your workhorse gravel bike to perform. You want a bike that's both fast and comfortable, and you want endless carry options for gravel races and everyday adventures.
The tech you get
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 tires. Checkpoint SL 5 also has Control Freak internal cable routing, a Bontrager Elite IsoZone handlebar with foam pads integrated into the tops and drops, 12mm thru axles, fender and rack mounts, and Stranglehold dropouts.
The final word
Light, fast, comfortable. Checkpoint SL 5 is a carbon gravel bike that nails this trifecta. A quality groupset, massive tire clearance, options for carrying gear, an OCLV Carbon frame with IsoSpeed, and a ride quality that can't be matched.
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- The IsoSpeed decoupler cuts down on fatiguing bumps in gravel so you can wander more, reach new places, and stay stronger longer
- This bike is exceedingly versatile and suited to a wide variety of ride styles, including gravel rides, bikepacking, and daily commutes
- Extra mounts on the top tube, seat tube, and both sides of the down tube make it easy to carry extra gear and water
- Massive tire clearance means you can use tires up to 45c for extra traction and stability in any conditions
- The Stranglehold Dropout makes it easy to fine-tune your geometry or run singlespeed
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Flat Mount disc brakes
All-new Flat Mount disc brakes are more elegant, lighter, smaller, and cleaner than traditional disc brakes, providing superior performance and stopping power under harsh conditions.
Ride Tuned seatmast
Our no-cut Ride Tuned seatmast is designed for the rigors of pro racing. It's the lightest, most comfortable solution for day-in, day-out performance and comfort, however rough the roads or hard the riding.
Sometimes you need a little extra protection, so we developed our light, tough external Carbon Armor polymer shield. It provides reassurance when you know your down tube is bound to take some abuse.
Tubeless Ready rims
Bontrager TLR (Tubeless Ready) Road is the first fully integrated tubeless system for road wheels. When you go tubeless with TLR, you can run lower tire pressure for increased traction and comfort without the threat of pinch flats.
Gravel Specific Tires
Wider gravel-specific tires provide better traction and more stability while riding on gravel or dirt tracks.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||500 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, tapered head tube, Control Freak internal routing, Ride Tuned Seatmast, 3S chain keeper, rack and fender mounts, flat mount disc, Stranglehold dropouts, 142x12mm thru axle|
|Fork||Checkpoint carbon, tapered carbon steerer, rack mounts, fender mounts, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axle|
|Front Hub||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, centerlock disc, 100x12mm thru axle|
|Rear Hub||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, centerlock disc, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 142x12mm thru axle|
|Rim||Bontrager Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, 17mm width, presta valve|
|Tire||Bontrager GR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength casing, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 700x40c|
|Shifter||Shimano 105 R7020, 11 speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 R7000, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 R7000, Shadow design, long cage, 34T max cog|
Shimano 105 R7000, 50/34 (compact), 165mm length
Shimano 105 R7000, 50/34 (compact), 170mm length
Shimano 105 R7000, 50/34 (compact), 172.5mm length
Shimano 105 R7000, 50/34 (compact), 175mm length
|Cassette||Shimano 105 HG700-11, 11-34, 11 speed|
|Chain||Shimano 105 HG601, 11 speed|
|Saddle||Bontrager Montrose Comp, steel rails, 138mm width|
49, 52, 54, 56
Bontrager Ride Tuned seatmast cap, 10mm offset, 135mm length (short)
Bontrager Ride Tuned seatmast cap, 10mm offset, 175mm length (long)
Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, alloy, 31.8mm, 93mm reach, 123mm drop, 40cm width
Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, alloy, 31.8mm, 93mm reach, 123mm drop, 42cm width
Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, alloy, 31.8mm, 93mm reach, 123mm drop, 44cm width
|Handlebar Tape||Bontrager Supertack Perf tape|
Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length
Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 90mm length
Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 100mm length
Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 110mm length
|Headset||FSA Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom|
|Brake Rotor||Shimano SM-RT70, 160mm, Centerlock|
- 56 - 9.66 kg / 21.3 lbs
- Weight limit
- This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 275 pounds (125 kg).
Sizing & fit
The charts below show our recommended sizes based on height, but there are some other factors, like arm and leg length, that determine a great fit. That’s why you’ll see some overlap in our recommendations. Not every rider who’s 5´8˝, for example, will fit on the same size bike. The best way to find your perfect fit is to consult the experts at your local Trek retailer.
158.0 - 163.0 cm
5'2.2" - 5'4.2"
74.0 - 77.0 cm
29.1" - 30.3"
162.0 - 169.0 cm
5'3.8" - 5'6.5"
76.0 - 79.0 cm
29.9" - 31.1"
167.0 - 174.0 cm
5'5.7" - 5'8.5"
78.0 - 82.0 cm
30.7" - 32.3"
173.0 - 180.0 cm
5'8.1" - 5'10.9"
81.0 - 85.0 cm
31.9" - 33.5"
179.0 - 186.0 cm
5'10.5" - 6'1.2"
84.0 - 87.0 cm
33.1" - 34.3"
184.0 - 191.0 cm
6'0.4" - 6'3.2"
86.0 - 90.0 cm
33.9" - 35.4"
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise noted.
|Frame size number||A — Seat tube||B — Seat tube angle||C — Head tube length||D — Head angle||E — Effective top tube||G — Bottom bracket drop||H — Chainstay length||I — Offset||J — Trail||K — Wheelbase||L — Standover||M — Frame reach||N — Frame stack||Saddle rail height minimum (w/short mast)||Saddle rail height maximum (w/tall mast)|