We’ve ridden and tested every incarnation of the Trek Remedy since the bike was born several years ago. Like any love affair, our relationship with the Remedy has had highs and lows. But with the new 27.5-inch-wheeled Remedy, we’ve been reunited—and yes, it feels so good…infinitely better than a Peaches and Herb song ever could. Watch this video and read our review to find out why.
TREK REMEDY 9.8 27.5
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Final Take: Bigger wheels and a stouter fork improve the Remedy’s performance in the rough.
The 2014 Remedy comes in both 27.5-inch and 29er trims. Our 9.8 model sits just below the top-tier 27.5 version and sports a carbon frame with aluminum chainstays. Starting and stopping are handled by Shimano XT parts. What the stuff lacks in bling it makes up for in precise shifts and consistent braking.
Other highlights include the excellent RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and Bontrager Rhythm Comp wheelset. We were especially pleased to see the Fox 34 fork. Thank you, Trek. The last few editions of the Remedy were spearheaded by less stout forks and it broke our hearts because they caused an otherwise great bike to feel unbalanced.
We’ve mentioned in past reviews our fondness for Trek’s Dual-Rate-Control-Valve-equipped rear Fox shocks. The technology helps the bike sit high in its travel like a shock with a small air can, but on bigger hits the secondary portion of the shock comes into play and prevents the fork from ramping up too quickly. It’s basically two shocks in one. It works. Did we notice that the Remedy lost 10 millimeters of travel this year? Nope.
Our testers universally, however, complained of feeling cramped aboard the bike [Editor’s Note: Please consult the above video for an explanation of Trek’s sizing range]. Trek lists the toptube length of our 18.5-inch test bike at 23.66 inches—that’s reasonable on paper. All of our testers—who average 5-foot 11 inches—should have been comfortable, but they experienced difficulty achieving proper weight distribution on the front tire.
Given this, it’s a good idea to try to test ride one that’s a size larger than you think you’d need. Standover is nice and low.
The Remedy remains one of Trek’s most popular bikes, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s a solid performer. If this version is too rich for your blood, the Remedy 7 sells for $2,840. –Vernon Felton
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