Don’t get too excited. This bike isn’t currently offered by Trek. We got talking to Ross Rushin and Alex Applegate at Trek about testing a Remedy 29er built for the Shore. Shore + Remedy = Shremedy. This set up is more like what you’d see at an EWS round than any of the stock Remedys Trek specs. Fortunately the Remedy Carbon is available as a frame only, in 27.5 or 29, for US $3299, CAN $4099, £2,400, or €3,199, so you could build it yourself or modify a stock build to suit your needs (the closest complete bike, the 9.8, retails for US$5499).
Looks like a Trek. A 150mm Fox 36 fork tips back the head angle some to make this Remedy 29 more suitable for steep and challenging terrain.
It’s true. I’m testing a 29er. If you’ve read my previous impressions of wagon-wheeled bikes you might think I’m Gandhi reviewing a Donald Trump steak. A difference (for me – not Gandhi) is that my previous 29er rides have been on unfamiliar terrain. This time, I’m getting accustomed to this big-boned beast right here on the North Shore, and I can notice things I might not pick up elsewhere. Strava isn’t my thing, but on trails I’ve ridden dozens of times it’s pretty clear if I’m rolling well.
All carbon aside from the chainstays.
And that’s what’s been happening. It took me about fifty feet of trail to feel comfortable on this custom-built Remedy 29er and it’s been feeling good on everything; speedy berm trails, uncomfortably tight switches and steep treacherous lines. It’s too soon to call me a convert, and I’m still unconvinced about the fun factor and pop, but this is a fast and capable machine. And that’s always fun. I’ll make sweeping judgments about the ride characteristics once I’ve had plenty of saddle time in a month or so. Until then here’s a look at what makes this Frankenbike tick.
Protected underneath from unwelcome impacts.
Bontrager SE5 Team Issue tires. These have been great so far. We can’t tell you about the rims just yet.
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The SE5 Team Issue TLR tires serve up an aggressive tread and they are apparently nice and light. We haven’t peeled them off to weigh them yet. MSRP = US $74.99/ Canada $92.99 / AUS $110.00 / £44.99 / €52.99.
Without looking down I wouldn’t have been able to tell you this was an X1 drivetrain rather than XX1. This is some quality trickle down 1 by 11 technology. These are X1 1400 hollow arm cranks.
The Fox Float EVOL RE:aktiv was co-developed by Fox and Trek using Formula 1 technology provided by Penske Racing, See the video below for more.
SRAM X1 is a little heavier than its higher-priced siblings but the performance is impressive. Trek’s well-established concentric ABP pivot is designed to resist braking forces. The Remedy is set up for Boost axles front and rear, so don’t plan on keeping your old wheels (or grab an adaptor – more on those soon – Ed).
DT 240 hubs.
Trek OCLV carbon in the main frame and seatstays. You won’t need to open that trap door unless you are running a front derailleur.
Shore Remedy or Shred Remedy? Either way it’s a Shremedy.
Smooth lines and lots of carbonium.
Trek’s Full Floater, ABP suspension configuration.
The Mino Link makes switching between a 67.5 and 68 degree head angle relatively painless. With the 150mm fork our Remedy is slightly slacker at 67 degrees.
They left out the Sh in Shremedy.
Behold the Mino Link. Just remove the fitting and swap the link 180 degrees to change the attitude of your bike.
Short stem and nice wide bars were included, but Bontrager is sending us a new cockpit to use for the duration of the test. The saddle is a Bontrager Kovee Pro Carbon. Very comfy and very light.
SRAM Guide Brakes mate with an X1 shifter on the right and with a Reverb Dropper on the left to remove all but two bar clamps.
As mentioned. The under bar left side mount is my preferred position for dropper actuation.
Trek has taken a sensible approach to internal routing, leaving the rear brake line on the outside, along with a portion of the dropper line. It would be even cleaner if these ran along the underside of the downtube – but let’s not get too fussy.
Another look at cables emerging from and disappearing into the carbon frame.
A custom-moulded chainstay guard complete with a shark fin to prevent chain suck.
I have awkwardly long legs but the fit of the large Remedy is perfect for me with 820mm wide bars (I may cut them down to 800) and a ~40mm stem.
A look into Penske’s contribution to the RE:Aktiv rear shock.
With a pair of XTR trail pedals, our Shremedy weighs a scant 28.8 lbs or 13.06 kg. For more info on stock Remedys or the frame only option (in 29 or 27.5) click here.