To race it or not to race it?
When I saw this bike I thought it would be good as my All Mountain Dville race bike. I really took a look at the geometry for the Medium and decided that it should work great for my preferences which, suspension design aside, geometry and fit are what is most important to me in a bike. So the only problem was that they weren’t available and Trek, through my local bike shop Ray’s Cycle, was quoting July for an available date. I decided that it was best for me to race the Stumpjumper at Dville cause if I got the Remedy only a few weeks before the race I just wouldn’t have enough time to get used to it. As I’ve said before, seeing Ross Schnell win on the bike I was eyeballing made me pull the trigger. I guess I’m a sucker for the race proven type of marketing. Santa Cruz has been selling bikes like that at Dville for years. I marched down to Ray’s Cycle in Vacaville and they ordered the bike and got it to me in two days. Great service from Ray’s and Trek. The day before my bike arrived I injured my knee wakeboarding so I had to wait a little before really getting to try this thing out.
Gettin’ her dirty (The review already)
The first few rides I did on this bike was a trip to Skyline Park, a fire road ride in Marin and a Rockville ride but I really couldn’t test it to the full extent with my knee being still sore. The first real ride I did was Martis Peak to Brockway Summit to Tahoe City. This is an ass kicker of a ride with 5 large climbs and five large descents and not much flat. The bike ate this ride up! Felt great. The bike seemed to climb uphill fairly well and absolutely ripped the descents. It put smiles on my face the whole ride. The last ride I completed on the Remedy was an Auburn free ride loop. Start at Russell Road down Manzanita to Flood to Tinkers Cuttoff. Then up Clementine to fireroad to Fuelbreak then down Culvert to Clementine trails and Stagecoach trails back up to the cars. There are a lot of jumps on this ride including a 18’ creek gap. I was real curious to see how the bike handled the jumps. The Remedy did not disappoint. Launching down Culvert I was able to execute every jump with near perfection. It did not feel like a 29 pound bike. I felt like I had the confidence normally only found on my big 45lbs DH sled. Absolutely amazing. I even hit the creek gap. The only issues I had with the bike are that it feels a little long and is a little difficult to navigate in the tight switchbacks on Tinkers. Also, the rear shock recommended pressure setting was a little light as it seemed blow through the travel a too easy. These were small issues in comparison the overall ride of the bike.
Modifications I’d like to try on the Remedy
This bike screams for an adjustable height seat post (such as a Joplin or Gravity Dropper) since it just as capable climbing as descending. I used the Joplin for Downieville and have gotten used to having it. Now I just get off my bike and lower and raise the post a lot. I will be adding this feature soon.
I may look into the option of a DHX air shock on the rear. As I mentioned the rear end seems to be plusher than the fork and it seems to bottom out when doing drops and jumps with the stock RP23. I think it would be nice to have both shocks to choose from depending upon what type of riding I am doing.