More of a light edit than a total rewrite, Trek have today launched their new 27.5” Remedy; beefed up, trimmed down and ready to rock-n-roll.
The first thing that strikes you about the new Remedy is the very ‘Slash like’ silhouette, gone is the Full Floater rear suspension. We admit to being fans of Trek’s Full Floater suspension system that was found on the previous model, with the shock held at both ends by rockers it gives a sublime and highly active performance. However, Trek believe that current air shocks no longer suffer from the performance constraints that the Full Floater system was designed to target, and by using a fixed lower shock mount they can open up the lower frame area, giving more opportunity to design stronger, stiffer frames and chainstays. This simplified system has been used to great effect in the Remedys big brother, the Slash, so it’s perhaps no surprise to see it move down the line-up. Trek claim the frame is now 5% stiffer for improved pedal efficiency, not numbers you will likely feel on the trail, but every little helps.
|Seat tube||394 mm||419 mm||445 mm||470 mm||521 mm|
|Top tube||562 mm||588 mm||604 mm||625 mm||649 mm|
|Head tube||95 mm||100 mm||105 mm||110 mm||125 mm|
|BB drop||16 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,140 mm||1,167 mm||1,184 mm||1,206 mm||1,232 mm|
|Reach||395 mm||420 mm||435 mm||455 mm||475 mm|
|Stack||587 mm||592 mm||596 mm||601 mm||615 mm|
Geometry data based on low setting, high setting results in 0.5° steeper angles and 7 mm higher BB.
There have been other light revisions to the frames geometry, the pedalling efficiency has been brought up to date with a one degree steeper seat tube and the seat mast height has been lowered 10 mm to allow riders to squeeze in longer dropper posts if required (larger models will now ship with 150 mm dropper posts). The Remedy has been beefed up in other areas too, now rolling on 27.5 x 2.6 tyres as stock with space to accommodate up to 2.8’s.
|Remedy 9.9||Remedy 9.8||Remedy 9.7||Remedy 8||Remedy 7||Frame||Carbon||Carbon (alloy chainstays)||Carbon (alloy chain/seatstays)||Aluminum|
|Fork||FOX Factory 36 Float||RockShox Lyrik RCT3||RockShox Lyrik RC||RockShox Yari RC|
|Rear shock||RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv Thru Shaft||RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv||RockShox Deluxe RL|
|Drivetrain||SRAM X01 Eagle||SRAM GX Eagle||SRAM GX/NX Eagle||SRAM GX Eagle||SRAM NX Eagle|
|Brakes||Shimano XT 4-piston||SRAM Guide RS||SRAM Guide R||SRAM Level T|
|Wheels||Bontrager Line Carbon 30||Bontrager Line Comp 30|
|Tires||Bontrager SE4 2.6″||Bontrager XR4 2.6″|
|Seat post||Bontrager Line|
|Price||€ 6,999||€ 4,999||€ 3,499||€ 2,999||€ 2,499|
Trek will be running a second colourway in every model, giving customers more choice at each price point, and interestingly will not be offering a women’s specific model. We think this is a great move as rather than ignoring the women’s market Trek have realised that female riders looking at a bike with the intent of the Remedy would prefer not to ride a shortened, steepened, watered down model which is often the curse of the WMN’s specific tag with many brands.
The Remedy is a great bike, and the revisions for the coming year bring it back into the game. However, the sector is now full of amazing machines and the Remedy faces some tough competition, we look forward to getting the new model on test to see how it delivers on the trail.
More information at trekbikes.com
Words: Trev Worsey Photos: Christoph Bayer