Trek Remedy Goes Carbon

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The Trek Remedy was a great model for the Wisconsin brand. The bike was a great looking 6in all-mountain bike. Triple chainring, ride up hill, bomb down the other, kind of machine. At Singletrack, we loved it (save for some the slightly cheaper feeling bars) – well, now for 2010, Trek has sprinkled Carbon Pixie Dust over the Remedy, given it 150/150 travel and, as with all recent Treks, made it look really great.


Let’s start with the aluminium model. A completely new frame, 150mm Fox TALAS fork, good looking graphics, an E2 tapered steerer/headtube and, what else? The two aluminium models gain ISCG mounts and all new Remedys will have a magnesium rocker. The bikes we saw are still protos, but they reckon the ally bike will come in around 29lb, if not less.






Spot the company who employed some designers to make everything look great...
We're going to miss tomorrow's Bontrager presentation, but there are NINE new tyres coming out, as well as some 'on trend' new low risers, carbon stems and all sorts of goodness.


So here’s the top-end carbon model, the Remedy 9.9. It features an OCLV frame, made in the USA, the new Fox DCRV shock (which comes on all new 2010 Remedy models) giving a very coil-like performance, Fox TALAS forks, a Crank Bros Joplin seatpost, magnesium rocker and an all up weight of 27lbs!



“But what about rock damage and stuff on the carbon, you ask?” – to which Trek counter that they’ve developed ‘Carbon Armour’ – which is a two-pronged protection. First there’s a protective layer woven into the carbon layup, but there’s also an external patch stuck on to the downtube (visible in front of the XTR cranks, above) to deal with flying rock strikes. Trek seem pretty confident about it.



That is a smart looking front end. The new Remedy 9.9
And here's the equally smart Trek Remedy 9.8

Is there anything missing? Well, Trek still don’t have a rear bolt-thru axle system, saying that they’d considered it, but the Remedy is meant to be the lightest All Mountain bike in its class, so they didn’t want the extra weight.

Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 23 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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Comments (21)

    “Is there anything missing? Well, Trek still don’t have a rear bolt-thru axle system, saying that they’d considered it, but the Remedy is meant to be the lightest All Mountain bike in its class, so they didn’t want the extra weight”

    …or that cos their ABP stuff pivots around the rear axle, it’dbe a whole lot of re-tooling = $$$$$$?

    How on Earth can they make those bikes so pretty? It should not be allowed.

    trek and specialized………

    all making boutique manufacturers look decidedly ‘old school’ these days.

    I didn’t think I’d ever want a Trek but I really WANT that Remedy 9.9.
    Any idea of prices? I think I’ll probably end up just riding one in my dreams…

    I never thought I’d want a Trek, or actually own one to be fair….I now have an EX9 and it rides great!

    Langy, the Session 88 has a bolt-thru system that still uses the ABP, so it’s not impossible to ask for a Maxle (or Maxle style) axle on the Remedy. As for retooling, both the Ally and Carbon frames are completely new frames for 2010, so it’s all new tooling anyway. The forks have 10mm extra travel, but the frame’s be rejigged so that the geometry is the same as least year’s bike.

    That’ll be 10mm less travel Chipps… How’d they ride?

    The Remedy bikes weren’t for riding and had big ‘do not ride, pre-production’ stickers on the frames. They look great, hopefully we’ll get one in when they make some – aluminium ones in 60 days and the carbon ones about 90 days. In the UK by November apparently.

    Any idea of the prices on the aluminium models, are they still going to make them in decent sizes up 21.5″? Man, November! I was told 6/8 weeks around 2 weeks ago from Trek UK that they would hit our shores. And I just sold my full sus to fund a remedy!

    So many pretty new bikes, shame they are all going to be soooo expensive.

    Carbon…..I knews it. Interesting they are going for the DCRV shock on the new ones, perhaps that would improve my 08 hmmmmmm

    Not sure about a 21.5in frame, but they are adding an 18.5in frame.

    Prices are quoted at “£2300 to £5000”

    Given what rocks have done to the down tube of my Orange 5, there’s no way I’d want to go anywhere near a carbon framed mountain bike.

    Sure the boutique brand frames look old fashioned compared to Trek and Specialized, but I’d bet money that they’re a lot more durable!

    Crazy expensive, 5k for a bike….Now let’s just compare the engineering that goes into one of these compared with a 5k motorbike…

    OK. Now compare this to the price blindness that people get when they are into boutique manufacturers!

    Hope the headset bearings are better on the new Remedy’s. Mine were FUBAR’d after the 1st wet ride.

    The Trek Remedy 9 2009 model was a great all mountain bike the new bikes are more enduro bikes. I’d say they compete with the Scott Genius and Scott are selling them as enduro bikes. My personal view is that a true all mountain bike should have a fork like the Fox Talas 36 up front the new Talas 32 would struggle against it’s big brother in the Alps which I consider true all mountain riding.

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