The Trek Remedy range is jammed to the gunnels with some cutting edge mountain bike technology.
But gadgets and gizmos do not necessarily translate into a good experience once you are actually onboard. To cut through the marketing and the hype, here is an examination of the key models in the Trek Remedy range for 2012.
Trek Remedy 7
The entire Remedy range is intended to take you up steep climbs and down difficult descents without leaving you panting for breath or scared for your safety respectively. While the Remedy 7 is the first and therefore most affordable bike in the family, it does not shy away from attempting to meet the all-rounder expectations that are laid upon it.
The Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame has a magnesium rocker link to join the front to the rear triangle in a way that does not deplete stiffness. Meanwhile the active braking pivot (APB) system delivers similarly impressive stiffness improvements without increasing the weight of the bike, which is important in any full-sus setup.
An Evolution Series 32 R Floar RL fork and Performance Series Floar RP-2 reach shock from Fox bring 150mm of travel to the Trek Remedy 7, while Shimano Deore and SLX components make up the drivetrain for fast gear changes and consistent power throughput.
Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes give you adequate control over Bontrager rims and tyres at the front and rear, further creating a comfortable, confident ride for the Remedy 7.
Trek Remedy 8
The Remedy 8 introduces a more honed, tuned experience when it comes to the suspension, with the DRCV technology at the front and rear allowing you to inject a bit more flow into a ride over particularly rough terrain. Bumps and hits are taken in stride without also making it feel like you are pedalling through treacle while you take on an uphill section.
The Shimano SLX groupset is chosen for both the gearing and the hydraulic disc brakes, so there is a pleasingly cohesive feel to the rest of the bike’s components.
Trek Remedy 9
The Trek Remedy 9 represents the point at which this range begins to get a little more hardcore. While it retains the Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame with full-sus setup and 150mm of travel, there are a number of significant changes made to the components which give it added lightness and even more durability when put to the test.
The Fox 32 Float FIT RLC shock at the front benefits from a Kashima coat, which is something developed by Fox in order to offer silky smooth operation and hardwearing suspension performance. Meanwhile the Fox rear shock is augmented with a three position ProPedal which lets you tune the bike to tackle typical riding, major climbs and serious descents with varied responsiveness that suits the particular situation.
Shimano Deore XT gearing and hydraulic brakes are lighter and more refined than the more affordable alternatives. Meanwhile Bontrager XR4 Team 26 inch tyres grip well without generating too much drag while you are getting up to speed.
Trek Remedy 9.7
The Trek Remedy 9.7 is an alternative choice when compared with the standard Remedy 9 because in this case the aluminium frame has been swapped out in favour of a carbon main frame, complete with Carbon Armour to keep it free from much of the damage that might normally occur to this type of material. The frame is ready for stealth routing if you want to keep the cabling completely out of the way and you still get the Trek tuned suspension from Fox.
The rest of the components, including the Shimano SLX drivetrain and hydraulic brakes, are borrowed from the Remedy 8. This is a move that has clearly been taken in order to make it possible to price the Remedy 9.7 on roughly the same level as the Remedy 9. If you want to experience a carbon full-sus mountain bike then this is one of the more affordable ways of doing so.
Trek Remedy 9.8
The Trek Remedy 9.8 continues the carbon theme established by the 9.7 but this time uses an OCLV mountain frame. In layman’s terms this simply means that the material is tougher and more hardy than the standard carbon frame, which makes it a better fit for the rough and tough world of mountain biking. Even the seatstays are constructed from this material, in place of the alloy options found on the 9.7.
The shock absorption provided by the Fox suspension is present and correct, but even more comfort and convenience is added by the RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost. This cushions your posterior against the really rough stuff and it still offers full adjustability to help you find the sweet spot.
A Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon handlebar continues the theme of lightness, while the Shimano Deore XT groupset is once again abundant for the gearing and brakes.
Trek Remedy 9.9
The Trek Remedy 9.9 sits pretty at the top of the range, retaining the OCLV mountain carbon frame and seatstays of the 9.8 and introducing the same technology on the chainstay to shave yet more grams off the weight of the bike.
An upgraded Fox 32 Float FIT RLC fork and the equivalent Float RP-3 rear shock, both of which feature Trek DRCV and Kashima coats, help to make it clear that this bike means business. DT Swiss hubs and rims are paired with Bontrager XR4 Team tyres, while the light and efficient SRAM XX groupset does its best to give you a broad range of gear options that will put you ahead of the pack.
Avid XX hydraulic disc brakes are equipped at the front and rear, while the RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost makes a return appearance.
While the Trek Remedy 9.9 is separated from the Remedy 7 by a gulf of price and components, they both share the same basic quality of construction and intelligence of design. For agile climbs and tough descents, the Trek Remedy range is going to be a reliable partner.