Is it worth buying a women-specific bike?
Laura Bailey saddles up her new Trek Remedy 8 27.5 Women’s in a bid to ascertain whether or not women’s specific rigs are worth it.
Trek Remedy 8 27.5 Women’s first ride
It was pretty much bang on a year ago that I borrowed a mountain bike and nervously set off for my first time on the trails. Twelve months on, one trip to A&E, several hairy moments, but lots of laughs and smiles later, it’s safe to say I’m hooked. So when I was given the opportunity to join MBR’s longterm test fleet on a 2018 Trek Remedy 8.0 Women’s bike I jumped at it.
It’s Trek’s All Mountain offering, a bike with 150mm travel and some serious heritage. It’s also the only 650b full suspension bike in the range, and is the filler in a pretty epic sandwich, nestled between the highly acclaimed Trek Slash and Trek Fuel EX,
our MBR’s Bike of the Year 2017.
From the off I was wondering whether this was going to be too much of a bike for me. Trek’s description on the website is about getting gnarly, and spending more time with your tyres off the ground than on them. My A&E trip stemmed from poorly executed air time, and I’ve attempted to keep it rubber side down ever since! But I’m excited to ride something totally different to anything I’ve ridden before, and see whether this bike can help me take my riding up a notch.
With those thoughts flitting through my head, I switched to important issues. What was she going to be called? Yes, she’s a she, all my bikes are girls. And yes, they have names. I build a friendship (or sometimes hatred) of my bikes, and I spend a lot of time on them, so it seems only fair to christen them properly. I have one Trek in my fleet already, Stacey, so it had to ring nicely with that, and I like to give a nod to something connected to the bike or the brand in someway. So Ladies and Gents, please can I introduce, Tracey.
So a little more about Tracey – she carries a Women’s tag, however, the WSD geometry that Trek was once at the forefront of has gone. Instead it’s modified finishing kit that accounts for the differences between the sexes. Unsurprisingly, the Remedy is adorned with a full complement of Bontrager components, and it’s here you’ll see the Women’s touches: A narrower 750mm handlebar (even though Trek’s website still states 780mm), Bontrager Evoke 2 women’s saddle and thinner grips, for our oh so delicate dainty derrieres and hands. I find it a touch ironic that after my first few rides with Tracey these are two of the only things I want to change.
Sure, saddle choice is always so personal, and this one just isn’t for me, and I’m sporting a sore hands from the Bontrager grips, which are rock hard with a savage metal lock ring. The other thing that’s clear after just a few rides is that I could have a wide eyed, high paced few months ahead and I’m itching to spend more and more time on the bike so stay tuned.