Trek eased into the gravel scene, releasing two gravel bikes later than the competition. The Trek Domane comes with generous clearance, and there is the Boone and Crockett for cyclocross. Trek debuted the Domane Gravel in 2017 and brought out the Checkpoint in 2018. Today, the Checkpoint is ideal for burlier riding and the Domane has been reimagined as an all-road bike, ideal for mixed riding on asphalt and gravel.
The Checkpoint arrived on the scene with features including front and rear IsoSpeed decouplers for comfort and compliance. The 2018 version came with a few new tricks, including an extra-low bottom bracket for increased stability, adjustable-length rear thru-axles, room for 45mm tires, and plenty of mounts. The new Checkpoint arrived in 2022, it features a simplified rear end, lengthened front end for stability, and now three flavors. Trek has the Checkpoint SL and the ALR, with the 5 serving as the hot entry-level ticket, and then a stiffer, lighter, racier SLR model.
The Domane started as Trek’s endurance racer but has grown to be an all-road machine, light and stiff enough for 100% road racing but with enough clearance for 38mm tires. It has the IsoSpeed front and rear in addition to extra tire clearance. The Domane is ideal for riding smooth gravel roads rather than single-track trails worthy of MTBs.