Pedaling: The Remedy’s suspension acts very similar to a
traditional single-pivot design, meaning that without proper shock
setup, pedal bob could be an issue. Impressively, though, Trek has
done its research to develop a shock that provides ample support
for responsive pedaling performance. We rarely felt the need to
flip the shock’s CTD lever to the Climb mode and found that pedal
bob was sufficiently controlled with the Trail setting.
Climbing: On technical and rocky ascents, we again found that
the Trail setting on the shock provides a nice balance between
support and suspension control. On longer ascents, especially on
service roads and double tracks, we still appreciated the Climb
mode on the shock, which is not a full lockout but does keep
the shock nearly still as the rider pushes uphill. While some
bikes in this category rely on remote lockouts, Trek has
placed the shock’s lever in an accessible position, which
makes it easy to flip without looking. We’d prefer to avoid
the complexity of extra levers in favor of this easy-to-use
Cornering: Despite the Remedy’s reputation as an
aggressive trailbike, it’s surprisingly nimble in the corners. The almost 68-degree head angle keeps this bike
from feeling like a truly slacked-out enduro bike, and
that’s actually a plus in this case. Riders looking for high-speed stability through the fastest corners should look
to the Remedy’s bigger brother, the Slash. The Remedy
strikes a balance between high-speed cornering and low-speed agility through tight sections that’s rivaled by few.
Descending: The Remedy makes the most of its 140 millimeters of suspension travel, digging deep into the stroke for medium and larger hits. Even though the bike sports tons of pedaling
support, it handles admirably on technical terrain, as well as rock
chutes and small drops. We were able to ride this bike down trails
we typically reserve for downhill bike testing only, although we had
to be more careful with our line choices to make it happen.
Braking: The ABP suspension works much like a single-pivot
design, which traditionally exhibits some amount of brake-jack,
where the suspension is forced to extend under braking efforts.
This is exactly the problem the ABP pivot on the rear axle was
designed to prevent. Decoupling the axle from the braking forces
allows the Remedy to remain remarkably active, even under the
hardest braking efforts.
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
While we applaud Trek’s use of SRAM’s dialed X01 drivetrain
and Shimano’s perennial favorite XT brakes, the two handlebar
mounting systems refuse to get along. Throw in a RockShox
Reverb seatpost lever and you have a recipe for a compromise in
ergonomics. If there’s any company out there willing to produce an
aftermarket mount to make mixing and matching brands easier, it
would be very welcome.
The Boost 148 axle standard is a new one, so this means some
of your favorite hub designs may not yet be available to fit this
bike out of the gate. We had great luck with the SRAM Roam 30
stock wheels, so thankfully there’s little reason to upgrade right
away. If you simply must have a custom, hand-built wheelset, be
sure your hub of choice is available in this size.
Trek has done its homework. The Remedy will suit the riding
style of a huge cross section of riders. The suspension works
effectively to level technical trails, and the handling makes for a
super-nimble 29er that makes it difficult for us to find a use for
the 27. 5 version of the Remedy.
Float over baby heads: The suspension of the Remedy has a
light and active feel that flutters nicely over small chattery sections. On bigger hits, the DRCV works its magic.