Tested: 2014 Trek Remedy 29er with 140mm of Travel

29er All Mountain Trail

The Tires – Bontrager XR-3 and XR-4

There is a massive battle going on right now with All Mountain bikes with victory heavily influenced by component selection. For mountain bikes of this caliber, one of the key weapons is the tires. Many years ago, Bontrager was in a bit of a disadvantage as their tires were not on par with their new bikes such as the Remedy and the Fuel. But they realized their weakness and they remedied this situation by seeking the expertise of tire designer Frank Stacy.

For the Remedy, the tires chosen are the new XR-3 or 29-3 which have short, open knobs with a cuts or siping. The XR-3 seems like the perfect blend of grip and speed for the Sedona terrain. Transition knobs are well placed too for consistent and dependable cornering.

Bontrager XR-3

Back home, we’ve tried the XR-4 tire which features bigger, deeper knobs. If we were ever in looser, more slippery terrain, we would not hesitate to put the XR-4 on the front or front and back. We feel that these new Bontrager tires are a true advantage for the Trek Remedy 29.

The tires have excellent grip and decent rolling resistance. We mounted them tubeless with no fuss and the tires still have good tread after 6 months of use.

As usual, the Remedy 29 uses Trek’s proprietary DRCV shocks. Built by Fox, the DRCV is supple for small bumps but it stays linear on bigger hit as another air chamber is utilized halfway through the travel.
The Remedy comes in three packages.

The Remedy 9 – $4,730; claimed weight, 29.6 pounds

Fox Factory Float 34 adjustable CTD fork, Fox Performance Float CTD DRCV shock,Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain and brakes, Bontrager Rhythm Elite tubeless-ready wheels with 12×142 rear thru-axle, and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post.

The Remedy 8 – $3,560; claimed weight, 30.5 pounds

Fox Evolution Float 34 CTD fork, Fox Evolution Float CTD DRCV shock, Shimano SLX-level 3×10 drivetrain and brakes, Bontrager Duster tubeless-ready wheels, 12×142 rear thru-axle, and a Bontrager Rhythm rigid post.

The Remedy 7 – $2,863; claimed weight, 30.2 pounds

RockShox Revelation RL fork, Fox Evolution Float CTD DRCV shock, Shimano Deore-level 3×10 drivetrain and brakes, Bontrager Duster tubeless-ready rims wheels, and Bontrager Rhythm rigid post. This model does not have a 12×142 thru-axle rear end, but it cay be converted.

The Future

We cannot wait until the Remedy comes out with a carbon fiber frame, 1×11 drivetrain and the stunning new Bontrager Rhythm Elite Trail wheels, weighing at 1800 grams. At this point, we predict that the Remedy will be available in the Project One program where the buyer can select from hundreds of options.

Model tested: Trek Remedy 9
Price: $4,729.99
Weight: 29.76lb, 17.5-inch size, no pedals

Complete Bicycle Specifications
  • Frame: Trek Remedy 29, 140mm travel
  • Available sizes: 15.5, 17.5 (tested), 19, 21, 23-inch
  • Rear shock: Fox Float CTD DRCV Performance Series
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float 140 CTD FIT, Factory Series, 15QR dropouts
  • Headset: FSA No. 57E, tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2-inch
  • Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Race Lite Low Riser, 750mm
  • Tape/grips: Bontrager Rhythm lock-on
  • Front brake: Shimano Deore XT BR-M785 w/ 180mm SM-RT86-M rotor
  • Rear brake: Shimano Deore XT BR-M785 w/ 180mm SM-RT86-M rotor
  • Brake levers: Shimano Deore XT BL-M785-L
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Deore XT FD-M781-D
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus RD-M786-SGS
  • Shift levers: Shimano Deore XT SL-M780
  • Cassette: Shimano Deore XT CS-M771-10, 11-36T
  • Chain: KMC X10
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore XT FC-M785, 38/24T
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano press-fit
  • Pedals: n/a
  • Wheelset: Bontrager Rhythm Elite TLR Disc 29
  • Front tire: Bontrager XR3 Team Issue, 29×2.30-inch
  • Rear tire: Bontrager XR3 Team Issue, 29×2.30-inch
  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 2
  • Seat post: RockShox Reverb Stealth

For more information visit www.trekbikes.com.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Matt Crowther says:

    Thank you for the write up Francis. Now that you’ve been able to ride both the Fuel EX 29er and the Remedy 29er, was there a big difference in the way the two bikes climb? I’m torn between the two.

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    The Remedy climbs better. The Fox CTD shock keeps the pedal-induced bob under control. The Front is lower and doesn’t lift up as much and the BB is higher, avoidiing pedal strikes on tech sections.

    The Enduro has a very high front end so one has to pay attention to keep that front end down (with the very short stays). The demo bike we tested had a 120-150mm Talas front so that helped climbing.

    The BB is low so it’s not hard to hit the cranks on obstacles. And finally, the Cane Creek DB Air is very active so it bobs a lot during climbs. But for 2014, they are shipping the Enduro with the new DB Air with a climbing switch lever to stiffen up the shock instantly while pedaling.

  • Matt Crowther says:

    Thank you for your reply Francis, that answers another question I had, but I was actually curious about the difference between the Fuel EX 29 and the Remedy 29.


  • Kale Siess says:

    I am trying to decide between the Remedy 29er or the Yeti SB95 both in Aluminum. Any suggestions out there? I love descending, Drops and Tight turns are mostly what I ride. But would like the uphill ride to be faster than the 26er. I have a 26er Remedy 2011 8 XL size.

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