Trek releases the slackest, lowest and longest-travel version of its trail bike to date.
Need to know
- Latest Remedy gets 150mm travel, revised geometry and is only available with 27.5in wheels
- Race Shop Limited versions have RockShox Lyrik Dual Position Air forks with 160/130mm travel. Regular models get 150mm forks
- New Metric RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock has Trek’s RE:aktiv damping
- Knock Block steering lock protects your swanky frame
Trek Remedy 9.9 Race Shop Limited
Trek hasn’t released a new full-suspension bike in almost two years. Then, just like buses, three arrive in quick succession. First to rock up was the new Fuel EX Plus. Longer, lower, slacker and with 130mm travel, the latest Fuel EX showcases Plus size tyres perfectly.
As predicted, the Fuel EX 29 followed in its slipstream, with 29in wheels plugged into the same chassis as the Plus version. The third bike in the queue is the revamped Remedy. And owing to the Fuel EX’s increased versatility, the Remedy’s suspension travel has been bumped up.
With rear travel increasing from 140mm to 150mm, this puts the Remedy right back where it started when Trek first launched the ABP (Active Braking Pivot) version in 2008. It hasn’t simply travelled full circle though. The Remedy 9.9 Race Shop Limited has come a long way in nine years, and is easily the best version to date.
Still, the fundamentals remain unchanged. The ABP design lets the seatstay assembly double as a floating brake mount while the Full Floater shock linkage provides the engineering department some wriggle-room with leverage rates.
The biggest changes, then, are in terms of geometry and the corresponding attitude. With a more enduro-focused remit, the Remedy has got longer and slacker — the reach measurements on all sizes increasing by 11mm.
As a result, the reach on the size 19.5in has grown to 453mm, with the head angle dropping back to 65.5 degrees to accommodate the 160mm-travel Race Shop Limited fork spec.
The non Race Shop Limited bikes get 150mm forks so the head angles will be 0.5deg steeper and the reach 5mm longer. Either way these are all good numbers for a capable 150mm bike.
Our main gripe with previous Remedy models, and Treks in general, has always been that the bottom brackets were too high. This was even more frustrating as the bikes comes with adjustable geometry, thanks to the neat Mino Link.
We even quipped that the Trek’s two available settings were ‘high’ and ‘higher’. Not any more. With a 339mm BB height in the low setting, the Remedy is now inline with the best 150mm bikes.
It’s not all just tailoring, though. Trek’s RE:aktiv damping is a cut above the rest too. In the open setting, the suspension is incredibly sensitive.
It’s not soft though, and there’s something about the way the damper builds force to catch you off a drop — yet still be able to react fast enough to allow the rear wheel to move unimpeded on high-speed square-edged hits — that make the latest Remedy a total ripper.
Sure, the Trek Remedy 9.9 Race Shop Limited can easily be beaten on price, but even after one day of riding we suspect that few 150mm bikes will rival its performance. Fingers crossed, the Race Shop pedigree isn’t limited to the top-end models.