Hot on the heels of the all-new Fuel EX, Trek has unveiled its new all-mountain bike, the 150mm-travel Trek Remedy. The family resemblance with the Fuel EX is clear, and the Remedy uses the same rear suspension design, complete with the Active Braking Pivot dropout, Full Floater shock mount and Evo link rocker arm.
But the Remedy isn’t just a pumped-up Fuel EX. It has innovations all of its own. The most obvious is the E2 head tube. It’s a 1.5in bottom/1.125in top arrangement, as seen on a number of road bikes over the years and most recently seen on Specialized’s new Stumpjumper FSR. The difference with E2, though, is that it’s designed for aftermarket forks – Fox and RockShox will be producing tapered-steerer forks to suit the E2 headtube.
While Specialized went to the tapered headtube to make it easier to build a durable carbon fibre crown/steerer on its own fork, Trek’s mortivation was to get most of the stiffness benefits of a 1.5in steerer but without adding as much weight.
The top of the line Remedy 9 has a Fox 36 fork and comes in at a claimed weight of 28.5lb. There’ll also be cheaper Remedy 8 and 7 models with RockShox Lyric forks. All the bikes use the same aluminium frame – Trek has no plans to produce a carbon fibre Remedy, and if the 9 actually does come in at 28.5lb then there doesn’t seem to be much point in doing so.
It’s certainly a good-looking bike – we’re looking forward to getting a ride on one.