Words by Chili Dog | Photos by Margus Riga, Chili Dog
As I rolled into Mammoth Mountain, California under smoke filled skies there was a lot of uncertainty. For one I was uncertain as to what bike Trek would be unveling at the media camp, but more importantly I was nervous we wouldn’t get to ride it because of the wildfire that was burning behind the resort. Lately it seems like the west coast has had two seasons; bad winters and summer fires. We all breathed a sigh of relief when we awoke to clear skies and an empty bike park.
Trek must have sensed there had been enough smoke puffing already so they kept the product presentation to a minimum. Instead, they stuck to the point and simply covered the updates on the Remedy in a short presentation. Trek was intent to let the bike do the talking. I’ll be honest though, after the ride I was doing plenty of talking. I wanted to know how Trek nailed the performance on this bike. The combination of on trail handling and lower pricing, even for the top of the line model is simply top of the pack. Wait, did I already blow the surprise?
The Remedy has long been a staple bike at Trek and one that we personally think is quite stellar in its existing form. Due to it already being a crowd pleaser, Trek didn’t embark on a massive redesign with the new Remedy. Instead, they opted for subtle and incremental changes to address the constantly evolving needs of riders. The adage, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ definitely rings true.
In line with most brands these days, Trek improved the Remedy’s tire clearance, and now specs the bike with beefy Bontrager 2.6” tires. Should the 2.6 rubber not be enough, the bike has clearance for up to 2.8″ tires. Trek achieved this by removing any provisions for a front derailleur and eliminating the Full Floater suspension design that they have relied on since 2010.