Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Trek Remedy 9

TREK REMEDY 9
Price: $4,410
Weight: 29.1 pounds
By Vernon Felton

So close. So. Damn. Close. The Remedy 9 led to more head shaking and forehead slapping than any bike in the lot. It’s not that we didn’t like it; this bike has a hell of a lot going for it. The Remedy, however, is one crucial, expensive component away from perfection—the fork. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

Trek updated the Remedy chassis in 2012, slackening the head-angle to 67 degrees, adding ISCG mounts, shaving some grams from the frame and, on the whole, restoring the Remedy to its ballsier roots. Nicely played.

The Remedy’s great strength is its well-sorted rear-end. Superlatives rang out unanimously from testers on that score: “Sooo supple!” “Nearly bottomless!” “Amazing traction on climbs!”

Trek has been honing this basic design for more than a decade now and it shows. The DRCV-equipped Fox CTD rear shock brings a lot to the party all on its own. The proprietary, dual air-chamber shock prevents the bike from wallowing in its travel, yet opens up on big hits to provide the bottomless feel of a large-volume air shock. In short, the testers were big fans of the Remedy’s dialed geometry and rear suspension. The Shimano XT and RockShox Reverb kit also earned praise. What caused universal consternation was the 150-millimeter travel Fox 32 fork, which proved much less stout than the rest of the bike.

We understand that Trek is trying to keep weight to a minimum and equips its more aggressive Slash models with the stouter Fox 34 and RockShox Lyrik forks, but damnit, this bike deserves the same treatment. With the fork’s lightweight crown and too-narrow-for-the-travel stanchions, the Remedy felt gun-shy on the drops. One tester summed it up perfectly in his test log: “It’s such a shame because this bike has so much potential. I wouldn’t be so upset about this if this bike wasn’t so good.”

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