Trek has taken the gravel racing world by storm with their Checkpoint SL carbon fiber bikes. This is their best version of the Checkpoint!
Every mile of a gravel adventure is tougher than the same ride over pavement. The bike needs to be light, smooth and -above all- tough as nails. The design team at Trek didn't cut corners for low weight or high strength. They used Trek's proprietary 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber to build the frame of the Checkpoint SL 7, ensuring feather-lightness and high torsional strength for instant power transfer. The frame's carbon fiber "recipe" also smoothes out rough surfaces at every point between the dropouts. The heart of the Checkpoint SL's ride quality magic is the IsoSpeed decoupler and no-cut seatmast at the top tube/seat tube juncture. This forehead-slap simple technology soaks up sudden impacts from harsh surfaces, making it an excellent choice for attacking washboard surfaces, crumbling fire roads and gravel paths for hours (or days) on end. A tapered head tube and 12mm thru-axles all add an extra dash of sharpness to the bike's handling, especially during high-speed turns and descents. The rear dropout is an adjustable Stranglehold sliding unit that allows the rider to change the wheelbase and tire clearance. A long wheelbase will improve stability in loose or sandy conditions, while a shorter wheelbase quickens the handing. The rear brake caliper mount moves with the left dropout, eliminating guesswork when making adjustments in the field. The aforementioned brake caliper mounts are also flat-mount versions, reducing overall weight further. Mounts for racks and fenders and up to 4 water bottles are found throughout the Checkpoint SL 7, bringing versatility to the bike. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps brake lines tucked in and rattle-free, while downtube-mounted Carbon Armor prevents chipped paint from flying debris off the front tire. If even wider tires are part of your Checkpoint SL 7's build, it can accept rubber up to 45c.
The Checkpoint SL 7 boasts cycling's latest tech: 12-speed wireless shifting from SRAM. Called eTap AXS, this is SRAM's cutting edge shifting technology, allowing a single-ring bicycle to run a gearing range of a cross-country mountain bike. With no wires, cables or housing to snag or foul, the Checkpoint SL 7 has a reliability advantage when charging across mud, dirt and gravel-strewn surfaces. A set of Force eTap AXS dual-control levers operate a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS mountain bike rear derailleur, bringing lightning-quick operation (literally!) to every gear change. Time between recharges of the removeable derailleur-mounted battery is 25+ hours. A massive 10-50T SRAM Eagle cassette delivers 12 speeds along with a 40T single-ring SRAM Force D1 carbon fiber crankset. A unique SRAM Flattop chain with improved durability does power delivery duty.
Bontrager has been in the wheel business from the beginning, and the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset found on the Checkpoint SL 7 is a classic example of their commitment to improving products for diverse needs. The "3V" designation is for their 25mm wide tubeless-ready version, allowing treaded gravel tires to produce a wider "footprint" on any given surface. Ready to take tubeless tires with sealant, gasketed valve stems and rim strips (sold separately), the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset is better than narrower road wheels for rough terrain and long miles. The characteristic shallow aerodynamic rim profile is still there, making the wheelset an excellent choice for windy conditions in all directions. The cassette driver boasts 108 points of engagement, nearly eliminating "free play" with every pedal stroke. Weighing only 1575 grams for the set, Aeolus Pro 3V wheels won't hold you back when attacking challenging terrain or ferocious headwinds. Or both. Bontrager also supplies the 700x40c GR1 Team Issue tubeless-ready tires, offering excellent traction and a smooth feel over hardpan, gravel and broken blacktop.
SRAM Force hydraulic disc brakes cover stopping duties with excellent lever feedback and stopping power, even in wet and muddy conditions. Bontrager's Pro IsoCore VR-CF OCLV carbon fiber handlebars add an extra layer of defense from fatiguing vibration as well as keeping total bike weight very low. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro stem and Bontrager Arvada Elite saddle finish off the cockpit of this outstanding adventure machine.
A SRAM eTap battery charger is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
Shimano's electronic shifting, IsoSpeed technology, disc brakes and carbon fiber construction make this the state-of-the-art in a road bike.
The Domane SL 7 Disc might be the best bike in its class. Trek's outstanding 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber makes the Domane SL 7 a solid performer: Feather-lightness, incredible torsional strength, sublime ride quality and industry-leading durability. The overall fit -called "Endurance Geometry" with a more upright posture- lets a wide range of riders and rider flexibilities get comfortable on day-long rides over rough roads. The real genius of the Domane carbon fiber road bikes is, of course, IsoSpeed technology. The seat tube and no-cut seatmast are held to the rest of the frame with a pair of cartridge bearings and a pivot at the seat tube/top tube juncture. This allows the Domane SL 7 Disc to absorb impacts better than any road bike out there. Railway crossings and potholes are no longer tooth-rattling experiences. IsoSpeed tech is even found at the top of the head tube, giving the handlebars an extra few millimeters of flex when hitting rough and choppy pavement. Cool, huh? If riding up steep hills is a regular thing where you live, the Domane's Power Transfer Construction eliminates power-robbing flex, especially during out-of-the-saddle efforts. The frame's dropouts are 12mm thru-axles instead of classic "open" dropouts, making wheel installation simple with disc brakes. The thru-axles also anchor the frame's rear triangle and fork tips, adding an extra dash of pedaling response and handling sharpness. There's room for tires up to 32mm wide, giving the Domane SL 7 versatility over ugly surfaces and a wider range of tire choices. An aperture for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) in the left chainstay makes for clean installation without clumsy zip-ties. An adjustable 3S chain keeper helps prevent dropped chains, roadside stops and greasy fingers.
Shimano's recently updated 11-speed Ultegra Di2 components -now referred to as R8070- feature several refinements for a more user-friendly feel, better performance and more precise operation:
- More positive clicks with each shift on the dual-control levers
- More comfortable texture on the reshaped Di2 lever hoods, plus programmable buttons under the peaks of the hoods
- More aerodynamic Shadow-style Ultegra Di2 rear derailleur
- Larger 34T rear cassette cog capacity on the Ultegra Di2 long-cage derailleur
- Improved aerodynamics on the 50/34T Ultegra compact crankset without adding weight or reducing rigidity
Shimano's Di2 electronic shifting is completely hassle-free, and doesn't mind if you needed to shift to an easier gear 20 yards back. It'll shift perfectly. Every. Single. Time. The front derailleur even trims itself automatically. The Di2 battery is carried inside the frame, and is charged at the junction box under the stem. A single charge can last up to 900-1000 miles, depending on usage.
The Domane SL 7 Disc for women runs Bontrager's Aeolus Pro 3 carbon fiber wheels, giving the bike immediate acceleration and a smooth ride. With Bontrager's D3 approach to aerodynamics, the 35mm rim profile still slices the air effectively, but also remains stable in gusty crosswinds. Whether the rim or the tire is leading through the air, the same low drag numbers appear. The rim's 19.5mm interior width allows the tire to produce a wider contact patch on the pavement, adding lateral grip and reducing rolling resistance. They're tubeless-ready as well, all but eliminating flats with the right tires, sealant and gasketed valve stems. 700x32c Bontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite tires complete the Madone's rolling stock. Bontrager also brings their IsoCore VR-SF carbon fiber road handlebar to the game. Light weight, a shallow drop and an elastomer core make it an outstanding choice for riders looking to keep their hands happier over bumpy roads. The accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro stem allows lights and handlebar computers to be mounted while keeping the cockpit clutter-free. A Bontrager Ajna Comp women's saddle top off this incredible speed machine.
A Shimano Di2 charging cable is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
Remember the first really long rides you did as a teenager?
Do you still ride long distances like that?
You still can.
Trek produced the Domane + for riders wanting to return to that level of achievement and satisfaction. Or just get to work faster. Much faster. Trek's award-winning Domane platform was the basis for their first power-assist road bicycle. The stable handling, long wheelbase and upright fit of the Domane + allow a wider range of riders to get comfortable for long rides over pavement rough and smooth. The IsoSpeed decoupler that soaks up the impact of cobblestones at Paris-Roubaix is equally at home on a power-assist bike, allowing the rider to float over rough and choppy pavement. Room for tires up to 35mm wide permits adventurous riding on light gravel, depending on tire choices.
Trek's outstanding 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber forms the frame of the Domane +, endowing the bike with incredible strength for instant pedaling response and power delivery. That material let the engineers at Trek run wild, producing a bike with innovations everywhere you look. A tapered head tube adds handling precision in every curve and descent. 12mm thru-axles not only make hub installation easier with disc brakes, but also adds to the bike's lateral strength to improve handling. Even the fork is carbon fiber, allowing the design team to bring a more planted feel to the Domane + when tackling high speeds. The Removeable Integrated Battery -or RIB- hides inside the downtube, keeping a clean, sleek look we all want in a performance road bike. Removing the battery for recharging is tool-free, and its placement frees up space for a water bottle right where you expect it to be. There's even a recharging port of the left side of the bike's down tube if you want to charge it "on board". The Bosch battery itself is a 500Wh unit, and can be charged fully in roughly 4 hours from empty. Depending on power assist levels used, the Domane + has an assisted range of up to 70 miles, and a top speed of up to 28mph. Yes, 28mph. It'll make the landscape fly by pretty fast if you want it to! The motor that allows the Domane + to perform like that is Bosch's most powerful Performance Line Speed unit. With up to 350 watts and 63Nm of torque on tap, the Domane + fears no incline, and is ready for rides with the weekend fast group. A bar-mounted Bosch Purion controller with a large LCD display shows the 4 power-assist modes: Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo.
The SRAM drivetrain on the Domane + will feel familiar, with an 11-speed Force 1 dual-control lever covering shifting duties. A medium cage SRAM Force 1 rear derailleur moves the chain across a wide-range 11-36T SRAM cassette with precision. SRAM's Force hydraulic disc brakes help keep speed in check in all conditions, rain or shine. The calipers are installed flat-mount style on the frame and fork for even pad wear and better lever feedback. Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready alloy Paradigm Disc wheelset on the Domane +, keeping rotating mass low for easier acceleration. Tubeless-ready 700x35c Schwalbe G-One Speed tires feature a shallow tread that improves confidence on dusty roads or low-profile gravel.
Long miles aren't much fun if the bike's touchpoints aren't up to snuff, but Trek has that covered. A Bontrager Arvada Comp saddle boasts deep padding while still offering a classic road-style shape. The Ride Tuned alloy seatmast cap helps make the IsoSpeed decoupler work better than a conventional seatpost. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Elite Blendr stem makes phone case installation (sold separately) a snap. Bontrager's alloy Elite IsoZone VR-CF road handlebar comes with a layer of elastomer underneath the bar tape, serving as a last line of defense against road harshness. Everyday convenience has been considered with the Domane + with the addition of fender mounts and a chainstay-mounted kickstand. Road safety has been a recurring theme with many Trek products, and the Domane + shares in that theme with a set of daylight-visible, integrated Lync LED lights. Drawing power off the Bosch battery, the lights help to gain the attention of other road users, improving rider safety.
Those roads and group rides you enjoyed so much in the past? You can still enjoy them with the Domane +.
A Bosch home charger comes with the purchase of this bicycle at no extra cost.
The current generation Madone has set a very high standard for aero road bikes. Now all that performance can be had for less...
Trek's current Madone has helped pro racers win some of the most prestigious victories in professional racing, including the 2019 world road championships in Yorkshire. Attaining that technological masterpiece is not quite as expensive as it used to be. Welcome to the Madone SL 6 Disc for 2020.
The Madone has been acclaimed as a brilliant aero bike, with very low drag to cheat the wind. The original Madone SLR Disc also boasts incredibly good ride quality -not just for an aero bike, but for road bikes in general- due to an adjustable IsoSpeed seat mast. This clever element of the Madone SL's frame uses a slider on the base of the L-shaped IsoSpeed structure under the top tube. By moving the slider forward or backward, the seatmast can be made stiffer or softer, depending on rider weight, expected riding surfaces or ride distance. Triathletes will appreciate this, knowing that a smooth ride will benefit them during the run. Century riders will also smile, knowing the bike will still be smooth on broken tarmac. Racers will like IsoSpeed since the freshest rider is most likely the fastest in the final sprint to the finish.
Very light weight is still part of the Madone SL's attributes, thanks to Trek's exclusive 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber used throughout the frame. By using newer flat-mount disc brake installation and an H1.5 fit geometry, the frame of the Madone SL 6 Disc cuts weight in the right places. Like the current Madone SLR, Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) tube shaping in used throughout the Madone SL's frame and fork, making the bike one of the slipperiest road bicycles today. The flattened trailing edge of the frame and fork tubes (the "Kammtails") make the bike far more resistant to gusty crosswinds compared to a classic teardrop shape, as well as cutting weight off the bike. An aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) cuts aero drag by eliminated the need for clumsy zip-ties. Even the 3S chain keeper at the crankset has been given the low-drag treatment. A stout BB90 bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke.
The Domane SL 6 disc uses Shimano's latest R8000 version of their venerable 11-speed Ultegra component group. This ensures precision functionality, long service life and light weight. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Redesigned dual-control levers and lever hoods that feature adjustable lever reach and a more comfortable textured grip
- A Shadow-style rear derailleur that improves shift quality and takes up to a 30T rear cog
- A Toggle-pivot front derailleur that requires less hand strength to shift to the large chainring
- A 50/34T compact crankset with a more flattened profile for better aerodynamics as well as stiffness for better power transfer
- Hydraulic disc brakes with improved heat dispersion and 160mm rotors for improved stopping power
An 11-28T Ultegra cassette and Ultegra chain add a wide gearing range for challenging courses, as well as precision shifting and low drivetrain friction.
Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready Aeolus Comp 5 Disc wheelset and 700x25c R3 Hard-Case Lite tires, adding an extra aerodynamic weapon to the Madone SL 6's arsenal. A 50mm deep rim with a bullet-nosed profile not only slices the air in a wider range of wind angles, it handles better in gusty crosswinds. The Madone SL 6's Bontrager Aeolus Comp saddle is a new design that enhances comfort for riders in an aggressive aero position. A conventional alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and alloy Elite Aero VR-CF road handlebar accept clip-on aero bars for triathletes seeking a better bike for technical courses.