One Bike, Every Adventure
Checkpoint is the only bike you’ll ever need. It’s Trek's most versatile model ever, designed for gravel but fully capable of so much more. Whether you’re riding for fun, commuting to work, or you’re just getting into gravel riding, Checkpoint does it all.
Not sure where your adventure is headed? Hop on Checkpoint. And remember—roads are really just suggestions. The true adventure begins where the pavement ends.
See the Checkpoint Family
Checkpoint can take you from the office straight to your weekend bikepacking trip, road ride, or local gravel race without missing a beat.
Designed to Go the Distance
Checkpoint is all about having fun and exploring new places, so it’s built with a comfortable, stable geometry and ride-smoothing IsoSpeed to match the adventure lifestyle.
Keep the Good Times Rolling
Massive tire clearance means you can run bigger tires for extra traction and stability in any and all conditions.
A Place for Everything
Epic adventures require extra gear. Checkpoint has loads of cleverly placed mounts for racks, cages, and more so you can carry everything you need.
One Bike, Every Adventure
Checkpoint isn’t just a gravel bike—it’s the perfect two-wheeled companion for your group road ride, your daily commute, and those days when you don’t know where the road (or trail) will take you.
Don’t let your gear get you down. Checkpoint has the versatility to handle any combination of accessories so you can go off the beaten path every time you hear the call of the wild, and carry everything you need.
Want a bike that can tackle the exciting world of non-paved racing? If you have podium-topping gravel aspirations, Checkpoint is fit to take on everything from your local gravel grinder to the Dirty Kanza 200.
How to Ride Gravel
Adventure Begins Where the Pavement Ends
Riding on gravel roads has become an increasingly popular way to enjoy time in the saddle, and for good reason—there’s a lot of terrain to explore, it can be a more engaging experience than riding paved roads, there’s not much traffic, and anyone can do it.
Gravel riders are widely accepted as people who know how to make every adventure a really good time. Want to join the fastest-growing segment of cycling today? Here’s everything you need to know about gravel bikes and gear so you can make your first gravel adventure a great one.
Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the ride.
What is a gravel bike?
Gravel bikes are versatile, multi-surface bikes that make it easy to transition from paved roads to gravel paths. They’re the ideal choice on days when you’re not sure where your ride will take you.
Gravel bikes are sort of like the mullet of the cycling world—business on top, party on the bottom. Most have drop bars and the comfortable geometry of an endurance road bike with burlier tires that are closer in width to what you’d see on a mountain bike. Wider tires offer a smoother ride and better traction on loose terrain.
Gravel bikes also make it easier to carry more gear and water, so you can explore farther and take everything you need.
What should I wear?
What you wear when you’re riding gravel is all a matter of preference. You can get lycra’d up and ride fully kitted or go for a more casual look. At any given gravel event, you’ll see riders wearing everything from a chamois to cut-off shorts. What’s most important is that you opt for something comfortable.
Cycling-specific apparel is always best for longer rides. Bike shorts or bibs are built with a chamois that keeps your soft-tissue areas comfortable in the saddle, and cycling jerseys typically have rear pockets where you can carry and conveniently reach essentials, like tools and food.
What gear do I need?
Every great adventure starts with lots of lists, meticulous planning, and plenty of overpacking.
Okay, fine—usually the best adventures are spontaneous, but as long as you’re prepared with everything you need, you’ll be able to answer the call of the wild as soon as you hear it.
- Lots of water
- Front and rear daytime running lights
- Racks with bags, frame packs, or a backpack
- Repair kit with spare tubes, pump, and multitool
- Map and a GPS computer