Trek Rem­edy 9.9 $7,000 29.1 pounds without ped­als

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You may have to squint to see how Trek up­dated the Rem­edy for 2019, be­cause it’s mostly the same. It still has 27.5-inch wheels, 150 mil­lime­ters of rear sus­pen­sion and 160 mil­lime­ters up front. It has the same reach, same head an­gle, same chain­stay length, same wheel­base and so on. Be­cause of its lit­tle wheels and the way the num­bers add up, it’s still a frisky and spir­ited lit­tle whip.

Con­sid­er­ing that Trek re­designed most of its high-end moun­tain bikes— in­clud­ing the Rem­edy, Slash and Fuel EX—just a cou­ple sea­sons ago, it’s too soon for a full-fledged over­haul. So, this year the Rem­edy gets more of a ver­sion re­lease than an en­tirely new op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Bug fixes, se­cu­rity up­dates, delet­ing ex­cess code for faster per­for­mance—that sort of stuff.

The most no­tice­able change is the move to a fixed lower shock mount, away from Trek’s ‘Full Floater’ de­sign. Shock tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the stuff Trek has been do­ing in part­ner­ship with Penske Rac­ing like RE:ak­tiv and Thru Shaft, has im­proved so much that hav­ing a mov­ing lower shock mount just isn’t nec­es­sary any­more, es­pe­cially on longer-travel models. Trek got rid of it on the Slash when it was re­designed in 2017, so it makes sense for that update to trickle down to the Rem­edy. Elim­i­nat­ing the ex­cess code that is Full Floater sim­pli­fies the chas­sis, saves around 100 grams, in­creases stiff­ness and cre­ates more room for po­ten­tially shorter chain­stays or im­proved tire clear­ance. Ditch­ing the mov­ing lower shock mount has also im­proved mid-stroke sup­port and small­bump com­pli­ance, ac­cord­ing to Trek.

Speak­ing of small-bump com­pli­ance, this bike is off the charts. The vast ma­jor­ity of the Rem­edy’s minu­tiae-hoover­ing abil­i­ties stem from its pro­pri­etary Rock­Shox Deluxe RT3 RE:ak­tiv Thru Shaft shock. I’ve prob­a­bly said it be­fore, but it de­serves to be said again: Trek, through its own sus­pen­sion lab and its part­ner­ships, has the most ad­vanced stock sus­pen­sion in the bike in­dus­try.

It’s as­tound­ing how fast and ef­fort­less ped­al­ing through rough ter­rain is on this bike. Most of the trails where I live are soft and loamy, but there are some sec­tions of sin­gle­track that have been re­built through tim­ber clear-cuts, that in­stead of be­ing cov­ered by the canopy, bake in the sun and har­den like con­crete. These sec­tions are pot­holed, rough and te­dious to ride. I’m not one to skip a sin­gle­track op­tion, but I find my­self rid­ing past these areas of clear-cut mess on the log­ging road, and hop­ping back on trail once it ducks back into the trees. Not so much on the Rem­edy, though. This bike smooths that junk out bet­ter than any­thing I’ve rid­den there be­fore. And the Fox Fac­tory 36 Grip 2 fork does an ex­cel­lent job of keep­ing up with the bike’s ul­tra-sup­ple shock.

The bike some­how makes all that lit­tle trail noise dis­ap­pear, but without hav­ing pedal bob or feed­back, or ex­ud­ing any other ef­fi­ciency-rob­bing ten­den­cies.

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