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 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 and carbon armor, 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 fender mounts. Plus, a carbon fork, a 2x11 Shimano GRX drivetrain with lower gears for grinding up hills or through rough gravel, and Paradigm SL wheels. You can even run a dropper post to get low on long descents.
The final word
Light, fast, comfortable. Checkpoint SL 5 gives you the unmatched ride quality of an OCLV Carbon frame with IsoSpeed and gravel-specific geometry, plus internal storage and a drivetrain built for rough terrain.
favorite_borderWhy you'll love it
- 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
- Massive tire clearance means you can use tires up to 45c for extra traction and stability in any conditions
"An excellent gravel race bike"
"Trek's new Checkpoint SLR 9 eTap is an excellent gravel race bike, built with features and geometry that calm rough surfaces without the handling feeling vague or sluggish. After two months on it, I can say that the bike we named the 2021 VeloNews Bike of the Year has only gotten better."Read more
"More capable….easier to ride on fast on unpaved surfaces"
"As with other bikes with similarly long front ends, the revamped Checkpoint is easier and more confidence-inspiring to ride off-road on even moderately steep or loose terrain than before."Read more
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New progressive geometry
For quick, nimble handling that still keeps you stable and in control on rougher descents.
Lots of clearance means you can run meatier tires (700x45mm or 27.5x2.1") for tackling chunkier gravel and terrain.
Tons of mounts
Integrated frame bag and fender mounts make it easy to carry gear and water.
Sleek internal storage
Built-in storage compartment in the downtube lets you stow tools and gear.
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.
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.
Gravel Specific Tires
Wider gravel-specific tires provide better traction and more stability while riding on gravel or dirt tracks.
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.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||500 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, internal cable routing, downtube storage door, 3S chain keeper, T47 BB, rack and fender mounts, integrated frame bag mounts, flat mount disc, dropper post compatible, 142x12mm thru axle|
|Hub front||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, centerlock disc, 100x12mm thru axle|
|Skewer front||Bontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever|
|Hub rear||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, centerlock disc, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 142x12mm thru axle|
|Skewer rear||Bontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever|
|Rim||Bontrager Paradigm SL, Tubeless Ready, 24-hole, 21mm width, presta valve|
|Tire||Bontrager GR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength casing, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 700x40c|
|Tire part||Bontrager TLR sealant, 6oz|
|Rim strip||Bontrager Aeolus XXX rim strip|
|Max tire size||700x45c / 650x2.1" Bontrager tires|
|Shifter||Shimano GRX RX600, 11 speed|
|Front derailleur||Shimano GRX RX810, braze-on|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano GRX RX810, long cage, 34T max cog|
Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 165mm length
Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 170mm length
Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 172.5mm length
Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 175mm length
|Bottom bracket||Praxis, T47 threaded, internal bearing|
|Cassette||Shimano 105 HG700-11, 11-34, 11 speed|
|Chain||Shimano 105 HG601, 11 speed|
|Max chainring size||1x: 46T, 2x: 50/37 (Shimano: 36)|
Bontrager P3 Verse Comp, steel rails, 155mm width
54, 56, 58, 61
Bontrager P3 Verse Comp, steel rails, 145mm width
|Seatpost||Bontrager carbon, 27.2mm, 8mm offset, 330mm length|
Bontrager Elite Gravel, 38cm width
Bontrager Elite Gravel, 40cm width
Bontrager Elite Gravel, 42cm width
Bontrager Elite Gravel, 44cm width
|Handlebar tape||Bontrager Supertack Perf tape|
Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 70mm length
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
|Brake||Shimano RX400 hydraulic disc, flat mount|
|Brake rotor||Shimano SM-RT70, centerlock, 160mm|
|Rotor size||Max brake rotor sizes: 160mm front & rear|
|Bag||Bontrager BITS Internal Frame Storage Bag|
|Weight||56 - 9.70 kg / 21.39 lbs|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 275 pounds (125 kg).|
Sizing & Tech
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 retailer.
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise noted.
|Frame size number||Wheel size||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||Stem length|