2022 Trek

Checkpoint SL 5

A carbon frame gravel bike with upper mid-range components and hydraulic disc brakes.
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MSRP$3,299
Weight21.4 lbs  
FrameCarbon
SuspensionRigid
ForkCarbon
Wheels700c Aluminum
Drivetrain2 × 11
GroupsetGRX 800, GRX 600
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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Terrain
smoothrugged
Checkpoint SL 5
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Gearing

A bike with lower gearing will be easier to ride up steep hills, while a higher top end means it will pedal faster down hills.

Lowest gear

(climbing)

36 mph

Checkpoint SL 5

36 mph

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Spec Level

Based on build material and quality level of the frame, fork, wheelset, groupset, suspension system, and more.

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Sizing
49cm

5'1" – 5'5"

52cm

5'3" – 5'7"

54cm

5'5" – 5'9"

56cm

5'8" – 6'0"

58cm

5'10" – 6'2"

61cm

6'0" – 6'4"

Rider Fit Notes
  • 5'7", size 54, Fits large
  • 5'10", size LG, Just right
  • 5'9", size 52cm, Just right
Reviews
road.cc
Take a look at the Trek Checkpoint SL 6 eTap

Oct 2022 · Mat Brett

Get all the details of this fiery red gravel/adventure bike with Trek’s gravel-smoothing IsoSpeed

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Cycling News
Trek Checkpoint SL6 eTap long-term review: Simple done brilliantly

Sep 2022 · Josh Ross

The Trek Checkpoint is the only bike you need to take you on every adventure

Highs
  • SRAM Rival AXS is the perfect groupset for an all-arounder

  • Mud-guard mounts

  • Mounting points for every bag you can think of

  • Non-proprietary seat-post provides options

  • Internal storage is convenient

  • Downtube protection eases worry

  • Threaded bottom bracket

  • Ideal all-around gearing

Lows
  • Short stem for added stability means handlebar/knee interference

  • Lacks included protection for the chain stay

  • Detail behind the fork steerer collects water and is difficult to clean

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Bike Perfect
Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 review – a confident, capable gravel bike

Sep 2022 · Steve Williams

Trek's updated aluminum Checkpoint is a surefooted, confidence-inspiring ride that's perfect for ruined back lanes, byways and well-laden travels

Highs
  • Stable and predictable

  • Comfortable

  • Great shifting and brakes

Lows
  • Gearing a bit tall for the weight

  • Could use a dropper post

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Cyclist
Trek Checkpoint SL 6 review

Aug 2022 · Sam Challis

Neat tricks combined with smart design equals good fun. The Checkpoint SL is the sweetspot in Trek's gravel range

Highs
  • Effective geometry

  • Sensible spec

  • Neat extra frame features

  • Comfortable

Lows
  • Heavy

  • Non-removable front derailleur mount

  • Headset cable integration design isn’t watertight

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BikeRadar
Trek Checkpoint SL 6 eTap review

May 2022 · Jack Luke

A highly versatile gravel bike that's comfortable and decent value too

Highs
  • Notably comfortable ride

  • Very versatile

Lows
  • Inelegant seat-clamp design

  • Occasionally rattly

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Bicycling
The New Trek Checkpoint Line Is for Gravel Riders of All Kinds

Sep 2021

Updated geometry and differentiated models for speed, adventure, and all purpose riding

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Canadian Cycling Magazine
Trek Checkpoint SL 6: A first look at the new do-it-all gravel bike

Sep 2021 · Matthew Pioro

Also, a tour of the revamped Trek Checkpoint lineup of bikes and Adventure bags for mixed-surface adventures

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Cycling Tips
2022 Trek Checkpoint gravel bike review: Longer, but not slacker - CyclingTips

Sep 2021 · James Huang

Major geometry changes make for a new personality that’s rowdier, but also perhaps more polarizing.

Highs
  • More forgiving handling, size-specific IsoSpeed tuning on the SLR models, reasonably headache-free cable routing, traditional frame shaping

Lows
  • Handling is more stable but also more sedate, strange bar bend on some models

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
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

BB StandardT47, Threaded

Tire Clearance45c

ColorsSatin Mercury / Satin Carbon Smoke; Radioactive Red / Nautical Navy

Bottom Bracket

Praxis, T47 threaded, internal bearing

Stem

Size: 49, Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 70mm length; Size: 52, 54, Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length; Size: 56, 58, Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 90mm length; Size: 61, Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 100mm length

Handlebar

Size: 49, Bontrager Elite Gravel, 38cm width; Size: 52, Bontrager Elite Gravel, 40cm width; Size: 54, 56, Bontrager Elite Gravel, 42cm width; Size: 58, 61, Bontrager Elite Gravel, 44cm width

Saddle

Size: 49, 52, Bontrager P3 Verse Comp, steel rails, 155mm width; Size: 54, 56, 58, 61, Bontrager P3 Verse Comp, steel rails, 145mm width

Seatpost

Bontrager carbon, 27.2mm, 8mm offset, 330mm length

TypeRigid

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX810, long cage, 34T max cog

Front Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX810, braze-on

Crank

Size: 49, Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 165mm length; Size: 52, Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 170mm length; Size: 54, 56, Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 172.5mm length; Size: 58, 61, Shimano GRX RX600, 46/30, 175mm length

Shifters

Shimano GRX RX600, 11 speed

Cassette

Shimano 105 HG700-11, 11-34, 11 speed

Chain

Shimano 105 HG601, 11 speed

Brakes

Shimano RX400 hydraulic disc, flat mount

TypeHydraulic Disc

Wheels
Rims

Bontrager Paradigm SL, Tubeless Ready, 24-hole, 21mm width, presta valve

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

Tires

Bontrager GR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength casing, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 700x40c

Disc Rotors

Shimano SM-RT70, centerlock, 160mm

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