- Colour: White
- Size: 52
Designed to go the distance
Checkpoint AL 3 may be the introductory gravel bike in the lineup, but it's packed with features that make it a worthy choice for new and experienced gravel grinders alike, like a lightweight aluminum frame, Shimano drivetrain, thru axles, Tubeless Ready wheels, and disc brakes for better braking power in all weather conditions.
Details & Specs
|Terrain||Road, Gravel||Fork||Checkpoint carbon, tapered alloy steerer, rack & fender mounts, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axle
|Front Hub||Formula RX-512 alloy, 6-bolt, 100x12mm thru axle
||Frame||200 Series Alpha Aluminum, tapered head tube, Control Freak internal routing, rack & fender mounts, flat mount disc, 142x12mm thru axle
Formula RX-142 alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 142x12mm thru axle
|Rims||Bontrager Affinity Disc, Tubeless Ready, 24-hole, 21 mm width, Presta valve
|Tires||Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, wire bead, 60 tpi, 700x32 c
||Shifter||Shimano Sora R3000, 9 speed
|Crank||Shimano Sora R3000, 50/34 (compact)||
||Shimano Sora R3000, mid cage, 34T max cog
|Cassette||Shimano Sora HG400, 11-32, 9 speed
||Bontrager Arvada Comp, steel rails, 138 mm width
||Shimano Sora HG53, 9 speed
||Bontrager Comp, 6061 alloy, 27.2 mm, 8 mm offset|
||Bontrager Supertack Perf tape
||Handlebar||Bontrager Comp VR-C, alloy, 31.8 mm, 100 mm reach, 124 mm drop|
|Stem||Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree||
||Shimano Sora R3000, 31.8mm clamp
|Headset||FSA Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom
||Brake||Tektro C550 mechanical disc brake, dual piston, flat mount, 160mm rotor
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano RS500, 68mm, threaded external
56 - 10.50 kg / 23.15 lbs
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 Tubeless Ready gravel tires. Checkpoint SL 5 also has Control Freak internal cable routing, an alloy seatmast cap, Carbon Armor to protect your frame against debris, 12mm thru axles, and Stranglehold dropouts that make it easy to fine-tune your geometry or run singlespeed.
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.
Why you'll love it
- 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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