Check out this long-travel trail bike, the Trek Remedy 9.8.
With a bike like the Remedy the spec is almost as important as the changes to the frame. Our model came with some rather special and well-performing suspension which included a RockShox Lyric – with its new DebonAir damper – that gives your fork a feeling that could easily be mistaken for a coil fork. Matched to this is a RockShox Deluxe rear shock that has been engineered alongside Trek to develop Thru Shaft technology which loses one of the larger seals in the shock (meaning less friction and giving it that same sort of smooth coil feel the front fork has).
As with most bikes in this category you will see the ever popular and proven SRAM Eagle group set. Trek went for the work horse in the Eagle range, GX, and with a $6,499 price tag we perhaps would have liked to see XO, which would have given you a carbon crank, lighter cassette and a bit more adjustment on the shifter.
However, keeping our focus on the Remedy’s spec for a moment longer and referring back to the price tag, there is a very good reason there is no SRAM XO Eagle on this model of the Remedy; that’s because it comes with CARBON WHEEEEEEELS!! Trek’s Bontrager brand has a great history of super high quality carbon wheels and the Carbon Line 30 is no exception. They are stiff when they need to be and not so stiff that you ping off everything.
The Carbon Line 30 wheels also carry lots of speed and come with that loud high-end wheel buzz that gets people’s attention - just like when a big-ass European sports car takes off from the traffic lights at speed. I have always been a big fan of Bontrager’s tyres and the SE4 that comes on the Remedy lived up to expectations of other tyres used in the Bontrager range. Having recently been on Trek’s Full Stache with its super large 2.8” wide tryes, the 2.6” Bontrager’s fitted to the Remedy didn’t look out of place.