Which bike: Specialized Diverge vs Trek Checkpoint

Dear all,

This is my first post. I have read many articles here and believe they are top quality, very engaging! I want to purchase my first gravel bike and have done a fair share of research already. 

My choice now is between these two:

1. Trek Checkpoint ALR 5, which is aluminium frame

2. Specialized Diverge Sport, which has a carbon frame

I got a good price on Specialized (550$ more expensive than Trek aluminium).

 

What I would love to do:

1. Ride fast on the road, have great comfort riding

2. Going to the trails, forests and etc

I want to travel light and do not want to carry a lot with me, it is mostly for speed and adventure. 

People say that the future shock system of the Diverge is a big deal. I do not know if carbon has the advantage worth 550$. 

What do you think?

THANKS!

 

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