INTRODUCING... TREK CHECKPOINT
Today Trek have announced a brand new bike to their range, the all-new Trek Checkpoint. The Checkpoint is a fully fledged gravel bike available in carbon or aluminium with an IsoSpeed Decoupler on the carbon models that many of you will be familiar with from Trek's Domane range, and spacing for up to 45mm tyres as well as a whole load of interesting features aimed at maximising versatility for tackling everything from gravel races to multi-day epic adventures.
The Checkpoint has been designed to appeal to a wide range of riders, from those wanting a gravel bike to race to those wanting a do-everything anywhere touring bike for the most epic of multi-day adventures. The frame is covered in mounts for mulitple bottle cages anf eyelets for mudguards and racks.
Coming with 35mm tyres but the Checkpoint frame has the ability to take up to a 45mm. To give this maximum clearance the chainstay on the drive stay has dropped down in much the same way that it does on The Stache.
The Domane has been one of our most popular Trek bikes over the the last few years, mainly due to it's comfort. A large amount of this comfort comes from the innovative and rather brilliant Isospeed Decoupler. This is a system in the seatpost which moves independently from the top tube to give an extra level of compliance. Adding this to the larger volume tyres will smooth out the ride beautifully.
The Checkpoint also features 12mm thru-axles and flat mount calipers, internal cable and hose routing, a bash guard on the downtube for those rock strikes and, on the top end SL models only, top tube bag mounts.
For the Checkpoints geometry, Trek have looked towards their very successful Boone cyclo-cross bike, currently being ridden by Tom Piddock. However, they have adapted certain areas. Things like the reach, chainstay length and wheelbase stay about the same. The stack is higher for and more comfortable ride and the BB is lower to give a lower centre of gravity and better handling. Where the Checkpoint gets really clever is with it's adjustable geometry features which allows you to adapt the bike to different terrains, purposes and personal preferences. There is an adjustable dropout which allows the wheelbase length to be altered. A longer wheelbase setting is more suitbale to bikepacking and a shorter setting for when gravel racing. Add in that it can also be set up as a singlespeed for anyone who wanted to ditch gears!
There are frameset options available and the complete bikes will centre around Shimano 2x11 groupsets, Bontrager tubeless wheels and Schwalbe G-One 35mm tubeless-ready tyres.
The only thing left is to come down and see which model suits your needs!