Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

Specialized Diverge STR vs. Trek Checkpoint vs. others?

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Specialized Diverge STR vs. Trek Checkpoint vs. others?

Old 10-01-23, 01:03 PM
  #1  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 11 Times in 7 Posts
Specialized Diverge STR vs. Trek Checkpoint vs. others?

I am trying to thread the needle and find a fun/"fast" gravel bike, but also looking for comfort for long and more technical days/light MTB trails. Tough, I know!

I am narrowing in on the Diverge STR and Checkpoint. I want a dropper post, so it limits me to the SL models of the Checkpoint. I am pretty sure all the flex with Isospeed is in the seat tube and not the seat post itself, so i'd assume I don't loose any comfort benefits with a dropper?

I also really like the downtube storage in each. I've looked at a few other options, but none seem to hit the mark. Anyone in a similar situation/have thoughts on these two or others to put into the mix?
kosmo886 is offline  
Old 10-02-23, 04:04 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
tempocyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Australia
Posts: 801

Bikes: 2002 Trek 5200 (US POSTAL), 2020 Canyon Aeroad SL

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 303 Post(s)
Liked 659 Times in 322 Posts
Is that the Diverge with the weird rear shock thing? That'd arguably be more absorbing than the Isospeed of the Checkpoint. The Diverge STR is certainly billed as being more "racy" than most other gravel bikes.

Both would probably do you very well. Are you able to get into a shop and view or even test both?
tempocyclist is offline  
Old 10-02-23, 04:09 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2021
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 2,023

Bikes: addict, aethos, creo, vanmoof, sirrus, public ...

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1270 Post(s)
Liked 1,380 Times in 706 Posts
i really hated the idea of the diverge STR, but i threw a leg over one at my local shop and have to admit it was a pretty fun, lively ride, encouraging me to do things like ride over curbs and steps and rocks in a way that i wouldn't with my more rigid bikes. it didn't feel all squishy the way a full squish bike always does to me.
__________________
mschwett is offline  
Old 10-03-23, 07:27 AM
  #4  
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 16,428

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '88 Schwinn Premis , Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo

Mentioned: 123 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10819 Post(s)
Liked 7,291 Times in 4,089 Posts
Originally Posted by kosmo886
Anyone in a similar situation/have thoughts on these two or others to put into the mix?
List why you narrowed your search to these two bikes and it may help with offering up other options.

Is it price? geometry in general? specific geometry? major brands? etc?
mstateglfr is offline  
Likes For mstateglfr:
Old 10-05-23, 12:21 AM
  #5  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 12

Bikes: Trek Domane, Trek 520

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by kosmo886
I am trying to thread the needle and find a fun/"fast" gravel bike, but also looking for comfort for long and more technical days/light MTB trails. Tough, I know!

I am narrowing in on the Diverge STR and Checkpoint. I want a dropper post, so it limits me to the SL models of the Checkpoint. I am pretty sure all the flex with Isospeed is in the seat tube and not the seat post itself, so i'd assume I don't loose any comfort benefits with a dropper?

I also really like the downtube storage in each. I've looked at a few other options, but none seem to hit the mark. Anyone in a similar situation/have thoughts on these two or others to put into the mix?
I read recently the ALR 5 driftless comes with a dropper post. You should confirm though.
Nyimbo is offline  
Old 10-07-23, 09:34 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
maartendc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 901

Bikes: BMC SLC01, Trek Checkpoint ALR5

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 542 Post(s)
Liked 32 Times in 26 Posts
Originally Posted by Nyimbo
I read recently the ALR 5 driftless comes with a dropper post. You should confirm though.
Even if it doesnt come with it, not sure why you couldnt put an aftermarket dropper post on a Chdckpoint ALR?

Ive got a Checkpoint ALR5, and really like it. takes standard seatposts.

In terms of comfort though, its still a non suspension aluminium bike, so I find it rides quite harsh. The SL, especially with isospeed decoupler, would ride a lot more comfortable I imagine.

But tire choice and pressure is a big part of comfort as well... Im putting some 47 or 50C tires on mine soon.

Good luck!
maartendc is offline  
Old 01-02-24, 10:19 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: In the south but from North
Posts: 677

Bikes: Turner 5-Spot Burner converted; IBIS Ripley, Specialized Crave, Tommasini Sintesi, Cinelli Superstar, Tommasini X-Fire Gravel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 391 Post(s)
Liked 370 Times in 205 Posts
Originally Posted by mschwett
i really hated the idea of the diverge STR, but i threw a leg over one at my local shop and have to admit it was a pretty fun, lively ride, encouraging me to do things like ride over curbs and steps and rocks in a way that i wouldn't with my more rigid bikes. it didn't feel all squishy the way a full squish bike always does to me.
Recently purchased a Diverge STR and had the exact same thoughts as you. Stupid, heavy, gimmick that served no purpose. That was before riding it.

Shop let us demo the bike for the day and honestly blew us away. Fast and comfortable, with very little weight penalty. It does exactly what it was deigned to do. Give you a comfortable fast ride.
vespasianus is offline  
Likes For vespasianus:
Old 01-02-24, 07:03 PM
  #8  
Method to My Madness
 
Join Date: Nov 2020
Location: Orange County, California
Posts: 3,490

Bikes: Trek FX 2, Cannondale Synapse, Cannondale CAAD4, Santa Cruz Stigmata GRX

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1839 Post(s)
Liked 1,379 Times in 960 Posts
Does the Diverge STR rear suspension give noticeably more flex than a Canyon VCLS 2.0 seat post?
SoSmellyAir is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.