Checkpoint SL 5 is a carbon gravel bike made for epic all-road adventures. It's built with a Shimano GRX drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, but the defining feature of this model is the lightweight OCLV Carbon frame with IsoSpeed, a decoupler at the top tube/seat tube junction that provides additional compliance over rough terrain so you can stay stronger longer.
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 and rack and fender mounts, a 2x11 Shimano GRX drivetrain with lower gears for grinding up hills or through rough gravel, hydraulic disc brakes for all-condition stopping power, wide 700x40c gravel tires for added stability and traction, and a vibration-absorbing handlebar.
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
|500 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, tapered head tube, Control Freak internal routing, 3S chain keeper, rack and fender mounts, flat mount disc, Stranglehold dropouts
|Checkpoint carbon, tapered carbon steerer, rack mounts, fender mounts, flat mount disc
|FSA Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Front: 100 x 12mm thru-axle
Rear: 142 x 12mm thru-axle
|Bontrager Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, 17mm width, Presta valve
|Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, centerlock disc
|14g stainless steel, black
|Bontrager GR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength casing, aramid bead, 120 TPI, 700c x40
|Shimano GRX RX600
|Shimano 105 HG601, 11 speed
|Shimano GRX RX810, braze-on
|Shimano GRX RX810, long cage, 34T max cog
|Shimano 105 HG700-11, 11-34, 11 speed
|Shimano GRX RX600, 11 speed
|Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, alloy, 31.8mm, 93mm reach, 123mm drop
|Bontrager Supertack Perf tape
|Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree
|Shimano GRX hydraulic disc, flat mount w/Shimano SM-RT70, 160mm, Centerlock rotors
|Bontrager Montrose Comp, steel rails, 138mm width
|Bontrager alloy seatmast cap, 10mm offset
* Subject to change without notice.