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

29er All Mountain Trail
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

Continue reading for more information on the Remedy 29er and full photo gallery.

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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.

    Matt

  • 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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