- 650b Wheels
- 66.5/66.0 degree head tube angle
- Carbon Front triangle and seat stays
- Sizes: 15.5″ 17.5″ 18.5″ 19.5″ 21.5″
- 150mm travel front and rear
- MSRP: $5299.99
The Remedy has been a staple in Trek’s line up for 10 years now. The 2017 Remedy has received some big improvements from past models. Notably, the Remedy line is now 650b only. Gone is the Remedy 29. Additionally, travel has been increased again to 150mm from the previous versions’ 140mm. Reach and wheelbase are longer and the headtube angle is 1 degree more slack, making it a much more capable machine. The versatility of this bike is amazing however. So far I have raced the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro, the collegiate downhill race at University of Nevada Reno(a course so gnarly that an unfortunate rider broke his back and another suffered a broken collarbone), and ridden several long days in the saddle with over 6,000 feet of climbing, all with ease!
The Remedy 9.8 comes with a Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain, Rockshox Pike RC 150mm Fork, Rockshox Deluxe Shock with Reaktiv Damper, 125mm Bontrager Drop Line dropper post, XT Brakes, and Bontrager Line Comp Wheels.
You might have noticed a distinct difference in this bike’s downtube compared to a your traditional mountain bike. Trek designed this bike with a straight downtube that does not have a relief for the front fork. This creates a stiffer and lighter frame. To prevent contact between the fork crown and the frame, a molded rubber guard is glued to the downtube. Additionally, Trek designed a special keyed headset that prevents the fork and bars from rotating far enough to hit the frame.Sorry, no X-Ups or Bar Spins on this bike.
Cables are all internally routed on this frame. It’s not the best cable management I’ve seen, but certainly not the worst. All cables are “free” inside the frame but to control rattling a tab in the downtube allows a zip tie to wrangle all the cables and keep things quiet.
Another great feature is mino link. This flip chip allows the bike’s head angle to be adjusted from 66.5 degrees to 66 degrees.
It is important to note how I have my suspension set up before we get into the details. The shock is running 30% sag in the open compression setting and rebound 4 clicks from open. The fork is at 25% sag with 3 of Fox’s orange volume reducers. Low speed compression two clicks from open, high speed compression 11 clicks from open, and rebound is right in the middle. I like my suspension to be progressive to help prevent wallowing and hard bottom-outs. Additionally, I am 5,8″ and I am riding a 17.5″ frame.
Our Remedy has a few changes from the stock spec:
- Fox Float 36
- 1×11 conversion
- Sram Guide Brakes
- Bontrager SE5 tires
We took the Remedy out to Bidwell Park in Chico, California to put it through its paces. If you’ve ridden here then you know that the park consists of:
- Steep lava rock
- Loose lava rock
- More lava rock
There’s a reason they say, “If you can ride Bidwell, you can ride anywhere.” Most locals opt for burly bikes in the 140mm-160mm range as their daily drivers here. Its no wonder why when most of the trails look like this:
The Remedy easily carries itself up whatever hill you throw at it. With a seat tube angle of 74.5 degrees, your legs are positioned right above the pedals to put down the power. When pedaling out of the saddle there is a subtle amount of bobbing; even with 30% sag. Up technical single track or smooth gravel, I never have found it necessary to switch the shock into a stiffer setting. When the grade gets the front wheel stay’s planted to the ground without much body position change.
With 150mm of front and rear travel, of course this bike is going to get rad on the descents. However, the bike has an overwhelming playful personality. The snappy handling yet burly confidence means you feel like a kangaroo on a trampoline, barely touching the ground. I noticed myself having more fun and carrying more speed on flatter trails and parts of the ride I don’t normally look forward too.
The Rockshox Deluxe took a while to get setup to my preference. After adding a few volume spacers the shock had no problem soaking up small chatter and big hits.
Accelerating from stops and out of corners is fast and easy. Typically bikes similar to this have a bit of a delay from when you start pedaling, the Remedy seems to respond quicker.
There are a few things that Trek missed the mark on. With both Sram and Shimano offering wide range options for their 1×11 drivetrains, a bike like this should come spec’ed without a front derailleur. That is somewhat rider preference, but after replacing the stock cassette with an 11-46 I haven’t found myself needing an easier gear.
Next, something that is kind of inherent in Trek’s frame design but nonetheless annoying is the seatpost limits the bike to be compatible with shorter dropper posts only. If you look, there is quite a bit of post sticking out from the frame. The problem is, in order to accommodate the rocker link, Trek puts a bend in the seatube, limiting the space for a longer dropper post. It’s not too noticeable, but I would prefer to have a 150mm post and have the seat well out of the way.
I did have the rubber bumper on the downtube fall off while riding in Mammoth too. Luckily, the Trek’s demo tour was down there and they hooked it up with a new one, but I’ll be keeping electrical tape on there to keep it secured.
I’ve been riding the Remedy for a little over a month and over 200 miles. I felt really comfortable on this bike from the first ride. While its a playful bike it still maintains a good balance as a capable descender. Considering the carbon frame and that the build kit comes with powerful brakes, a solid drivetrain, carbon bars, and a dropper post, the bike is a good value. The wheels have been holding up well even after taking beatings from Downieville and Mammoth. This bike is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an all around trail bike or enduro rig for under $5,500.