29er wheels on a proven 140 mm travel chassis with DRCV and Full-Floater design is a big deal.
Remedy 9 on Highline Trail
Trek’s Remedy 29 is a very capable descender with big wheels and 140mm of rear-wheel travel. But is it an agile handler and able climber as well?
Riding the Remedy 29 in the rocky terrain of Sedona, Arizona, the bike felt right at home. The bike was a bit of a cheater bike as it allowed the rider to be less selective with line selection and weight transfer while going through technical terrain. The Remedy tackled all obstacles with ease as the big wheels, 140mm of travel, DRCV dual chamber shock and full floater design worked in concert to deliver suspension that was uneventful. It did its job and did it well.
Remedy 9 Turning
The great surprise is handling and quickness of the bike could be described as agile as well. The bike was easy to maneuver and throw around the trail. It was a delight to follow one of the journalists from the UK, as he swung the rear tire around the tightest corners and jumped and whipped the tail in the air at every opportunity.
On climbs, the bike was ok with impressive traction. Wheels and tires were decent in terms of weight, but it would be interesting to try this bike with a 1500 gram carbon wheelset and perhaps a lighter tire in the rear, like the Bontrager 29-3.
Remedy 9 Rear Side View
There are three Remedy models and they all use the same 6.2-pound frame, made with Trek’s top-end aluminum-alloy tubes. This frame is available with a broad size range from a 15.5-inch frame all the way to a 23-inch model. A carbon version of the frame is not available at this time but we have little doubt that a carbon Remedy 29 will follow later this year.
Trek utilizes reversible shock mounting chips at the top of the seatstays to allow a rider to adjust the Remedy 29′s geometry. In the high position, the bottom bracket sits 14.1-inches off the ground, with a 68.2-degree head angle and 443mm chainstays. In the low position, the bike has a 13.7-inch bottom bracket height, 67.5-degree headtube angle and 445mm stays. This flexibility allows the rider to optimize for higher and steeper geometry, perhaps for the east coast tight and rocky terrain. But we personally see no reason to divert from the low chip setting putting it at 13.7 inch BB height and 67.5 headtube angle.
Trek, as on many of its 29ers, the Remedy uses a 51mm offset instead of the standard 47mm. This decreases trail—the horizontal distance between the steering axis and the center of the tire’s contact patch—which can make the bike handle quicker, though with less stability at higher speeds. It’s the same effect as making the head angle steeper, but the rider’s weight is more centered and more stable.
Remedy 9 on Steep Rock
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