Trek Remedy 8 – Bike Review

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Trek is one of those companies that possess all of the resources that keep fellow big brands like Specialized and Giant atop their game year after year. We’ve heard the tired-old complaints that Trek places more emphasis on its road-bike division but can’t agree with nay-sayers, especially after spending some time in the saddle of the Remedy 8.

The Trek Remedy 8 is a trail bike by nature but if you want to really want to be technical, this is a model that fits the “all mountain” designation established a few years ago. It boasts close to 6-inches of suspension travel front and rear, aluminum construction, Trek’s Full-Floater suspension linkage and Active Braking Pivot (APB) technology.

Specs

For $3,150, you can pick up a 2012 Trek Remedy 8 exactly like ours, which consists of 5.9 inches of suspension travel via a Fox 32 TALAS RL fork and Fox Float RP2 DRCV shock. A Shimano SLX 30-speed drivetrain meets up with a Bontrager Low Rise handlebar. Bontrager Duster 26″ wheels mate to Bontrager hubs and come wrapped in Bontrager XR4 EXP 2.35″ rubber. Braking comes in the form of Avid Elixir 5s. All told our medium sized test sled weighed in a tad under 30-pounds (29.9) running Xpedo M-Force 4 pedals (not included).

Mounting Up

Climbing into the Remedy 8′s saddle reveals a decidedly trail-friendly geometry: The reach to the bars isn’t overly exaggerated, nor is the stretch to the pedals even when seated. The low-rise bars place a tad bit more rider weight over the front wheel than what is common on most all-mountain deigns of late, but there is definitely no mistaking this for an XC rig either.

Set-up is a bit on intricate-side but nothing intimidating once you get to it. The fork sag is set up using air pressure as per the instruction sheet’s recommendations and the shock, though fairly intimidating looking; is actually a pretty standard affair as well. This particular Fox shock is actually specific to Trek and the DRCV acronym in its namesake stands for Dual-Rate Control Valve. Aside from looking a little bulbous, all this really means is that the shock contains two separate air chambers. The smaller chamber is charged with the task of picking up trail clutter. Reach the limitations of the first chamber and the second (larger) one comes into play so as to keep the shock from bottoming on big hits.

Blasting Off

Put your weight down on a pedal of the Trek Remedy 8 and prepare to forget that there’s close to 6-inches of squish between you and the ground. This bike likes to power up to speed from a dead stop; a trait we attribute to the Full-Floater design coupled to a well-valved shock. For those who don’t already know, Full Floater refers to Trek’s configuration that mounts the shock essentially to itself rather than to the frame with the top mounting to a magnesium rocker connected to the seatstays and the bottom meeting up with a lip on the chainstays.

Handling is pretty consistent throughout the gear-ranges with no real surprises to report. The tires seemed to work better in loose conditions and displayed a tendency to want to washout when the speeds really increased. The tragedy here is that the Full Floater linkage and dual-chamber Fox shock are actually up to the task of handling some seriously high-speed descents, fearing a front-end washout is a terrible reason to have to keep your speed in check.

The bike’s a pretty solid climber as well; again the firm rear end coupled to suspension that remains perfectly active even under a heavy load and what results is a bike that snakes its way up hills with steady confidence. 30-pounds is no longer featherweight territory but this is a bike that hides its heft quite well.

Odds and Ends

Braking is quite impressive on the Remedy 8 and whether scrubbing off speed or coming to an emergency stop, we were quite unable to find the limitations of the Avid Elixirs. The Shimano SLX component group is a good, workman-quality spec. The Trek is a stable flyer as well and can certainly be pressed into moderate bike-park thrashing. The Fox 32 TALAS with its smooth dial-turning travel adjust can really change the personality of the bike on the fly. The back end is always ready for whatever conditions you throw at it.

Conclusion

The Trek Remedy 8 is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades mountain bike that neither dominated nor fails in any one area. In stock trim it can be pressed into a wide variety of riding styles and terrains and, like all Treks, the build quality is impressive. $3,149 isn’t exactly chump change in this tough economic clime but if you can swing it, the Remedy 8 makes for an all-star technical descender that pedals quite well to boot.

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  • snomad says:

    Umm, those aren’t Bontrager wheels, they are DT Swiss. So your line about “for $3,150, you can pick up a 2012 Trek Remedy 8 exactly like ours” is misleading.

  • tankseed says:

    GOOD,YES

  • Josh says:

    I must say that a picture of the actual Remedy tested would be more pertinent than the Remedy’s shown here. Great bike, non the less.

  • tb says:

    The 2012 Remedy 8 that I test rode had SLX disc brakes, that’s what it shows on the spec sheet too. What’s up with the Elixers?

  • Dude says:

    Rear Shock looks like it has Kashima

  • mac says:

    none of the 2012 remedy 8s in the shop i work at has the talas. the 2011 model does though. they upgraded the fork to a 32 RL DRCV for ’12.

  • ozzydakar says:

    hi guys just got my hands on the trek 8 , dose any one know if you can upgrade the shocks so there fly by wire , so you can adjust the shocks on the go , many thanks.

  • redlands climber says:

    My fuel 8 is off the hook love the rebound suspension (fox)….handles well ,descending yet the wash out front end is a reality….

  • Rick G says:

    Just picked up the Remedy 8, there is a popping sound from each rim on every revolution. The dealer said they’ve had some problems with the rims. Anybody else had this? For $3k, there should be no cracking noises.

  • Dave says:

    Just bought the remedy 8 from the trek store. Off the showroom floor I also heard the popping coming from rear wheel. Trek store pulled off rim and used punch to secure rattling joining pin in rim. Also 2 rides in, the rear drcv shock began leaking oil from pro pedal, and shock stansion. Was told it would be until mid July before Fox could make warranty repair. Was given loaner shock off of demo bike from salesfloor…..BUMMER, for 3000.00 this stuff should’nt happen.

  • Hbomb says:

    I own a 2011 Remedy 8. I’ve had nothing but good rides on it so far (as far as my lungs allow, anyway). I read the poor reviews on the stock Bonty tires, so I switched them out to tubeless WeirWolf 2.3 tires on my first ride. Once you ride tubeless you never go back. No washouts… laid it down once due to me navigating a rock garden poorly.

  • balam says:

    I ride the mothertruck out mine it just begs to be ridden its definitely made me a more confident and composed rider. I love the way it feels compact when airing very flickable but super trenched in low fast berms the DRCV FOX suspension setup is an incredible feature that just way ahead of anything else in the market at this level. Trek has spent a lot of time on the Remedy ride and it shows in this model as well as the rest of the line up they have evolved from this totally killer machine, get a ride on one – its behaves like a hardtail on the up’s and a DH rig on the down’s and in a Park with the travel pumped up it just ripps – truly amazing ride in every condition. Bad point ok the Bontrager Tires are not suited to everyone, so what skid the hell outta them down the shops : ), or put them on your sister bike (unless she’s Rachel Atherton or chuck them in the bin and get some thing that suits, as for me well I’ve even had Maxxis Swamp Thing spikes to super fast rolling Crossmarks its all good ….

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