Trek have given their iconic all-mountain bike a big makeover for 2017, it's bigger, beefier and angrier than the 2016 model and only with 27.5" wheels. We took one for a thoroughly enjoyable and furiously fast lap of Stromlo Forest Park at the Trek World demo, ahead of our full review let's take a quick peek at the new Remedy 9.8.
The not-so-minor details
Trek Remedy 9.8
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Bigger and angrier than before.
Ideal for 27.5" wheel fans.
Plush and grippy.
Double chainring not our choice.
For 2017 suspension bumps up to 150mm of travel and slackens off the head angle, now adjustable between 66.5 and 66-degrees. Reach has been pushed out quite a lot as well, by 11mm on a size 19″ (large) frame, and short 50mm stems are employed across the range.
With more travel and such aggressive geometry, the Remedy can be ridden harder, so Trek needed to make the bike stiffer. The Remedy and the Fuel us the new Straight Shot down tube, the massive, boxy down tube shaves a few grams and gives the front serious stiffness. But with the wide fork crowns of boost spacing forks they ran into clearance issues so to stop the crowns impacting the frame when the wheel turns right around, they came up with a headset that stops the rotation, ‘Knock Block’. In addition to the headset there are bumpers underneath the head tube area to further protect the frame.
The wide Bontrager Line rims, grippy XR4 tyres and big 35mm stem clamp give the Remedy a far tougher appearance than the 2016 model, these were the areas we upgraded our long term test bike last year, Trek are onto it!
A complete Shimano XT groupset is always a good sight, the 9.8 is covered in the stuff. The brakes are especially nice and Trek are using the I-Spec single handlebar clamp for the brake and shifter to keep the cockpit as neat as it can be.
The 9.8 does have a double chainring, which isn’t our cup of tea but sure can come in handy on the longer climbs out there.
We spent a whole year aboard the hot green/yellow 2016 model 9.8 and after just a quick ride on this one we’re very impressed. It feels a whole lot more robust and the rear suspension feels more planted, and with the wide rims and insanely good XR4 tyres it feels great at speed.
With 29ers on either side of the Remedy in the Trek range with the 130mm Fuel and 160mm Slash, the 150mm travel Remedy is a bike that will enjoy a jump, drop, drift and a tight line on the trail.
Stay tuned for more as we get our hands on a Trek Remedy for a proper review.