Strengths: Frame Design
Lightweight 150mm Fox Fork w Thru Axel
Rear Shock & Travel
ABP, EVO Link, Full Floater are best in the industry
Weaknesses: None, just fine tune it to fit your size & riding style.
This bike should come stock with a 24,36, bash ring 2x10 drivetrain.
BEST bike I have ever owned by far!
I have owned Intense 5.5's & Tracers, Santa Cruz Hexler, Giant Reign, Trek Fuels, Specialized Stumpjumper & FSR and several others and I have ridden many more.
The Trek Remedy is KING!
Light, nimble & strong. This bike is confidence inspiring.
Treks massive R&D budget is packed into this rig and it pays off.
Amazing bike for the $$ and if you feel so inclined a few custome upgrades and its easy to shave weight.
I will concede that the "fit" of a bike is paramount so some of the other frames I have mentioned may well fit another rider better than a Remedy.
The new Fuels also took several leaps forward when they went to the frames with the EVO link, ABP, and Full floater.
New bontrager tires preform beautifully (wide, fast & super grippy), just pick the combo that fits your ride style.
Similar Products Used: Intense, Santa Cruz, Specialized, Giant
Bike Setup: 2x10 w bash guard
Full Shimano XT
Bontrager Rhythm Pro/Elite components
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2012
Strengths: fast downhill and climbs great. survives crashes well. 6" suspension kicks but!!wide tires are unstoppable.cant beat a trek. 7" rotors did well at ski lift place. this bike is a seriouse machine.i think even trek surprised themselves with how great this bike is..
Weaknesses: chain drop
treks remedy 7 is the baddest bike ever!! I ride hard and jump often.been to ski lidt place and technical pennsylvania downhill.. chain drop is because bike is too bad ash for 3 rings and no chain management. so check out my set up.
Favorite Trail: palos il gravity cavity downhill and psycho clockwise.
Duration Product Used: 600 miles
Purchased At: sumbaum/joliet, il
Similar Products Used: this is a re- review to encourage a chain tensioner and to show sumbaums price befor taxes and custumizeations. my other post shows my total with tax , pedals, and goodies. seperate stuff.
Bike Setup: 3rd ring gone, replace with red alunimum race face bash, 2nd ring chaged from 32 to 36, and a blackspire stinger stops chain drop. stinger is iscg type and bots were sanded flush to clear granny bolts. roller eds up too far to cyclist right so i bent it 2mm or so towards cyclist left. pedals are shimanow m-324 duals spd bear trap. but sumbaum gave me good downhill pedals with the bike.
Weaknesses: Noisy brakes, tires, saddle, grips, bar height and width
I bought a 2011 Remedy last summer and I love it. First impression was that the stock tires are terrible, the seat is bad, and the handlebars are a bit low and narrow. My LBS swapped out the tires, saddle, grips, bars and stem to fit me better. After the changes were made, this bike fits better than anthing else I've ridden. On my regular trail loops, I've shaved off a lot of time both climbing and descending compared to my old 2007 Trek Fuel EX7. I bought this bike for the fun on the descents but I was quite happy to find out that it tackles the climbs equally well. My LBS has worked on the brakes a number of times and the rear brake still occasionally wails. I have yet to try different pads so we'll see how that goes. I would recommend this bike to anyone who loves steep technical downhills but needs to pedal their way to the top first. I love riding this bike so much that for the first time I actually rode all winter through hardpack snow, ice, up to 5" of fresh powder and mud.
Favorite Trail: Connector (Myra-Bellevue Park in Kelowna)
Purchased At: Fresh Air Concept
Similar Products Used: 2007 Trek Fuel EX7
Bike Setup: 2011 stock with the following changes:
- Tires - Specialized Purgatory, rear-2.2, front-2.4 (excellent combo for my riding area)
- Bars - Chromag Fubar OSX, 780mm
- Grips - Specialized Rocca (a bit too hard)
- Stem - Specialized Pro-Set (adjustable rise)
- Pedals - Crankbrothers Candy C
- Saddle - Specialized Rival (similar to WTB Pure V).
a Weekend Warrior
from Anaheim CA USA
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2012
Strengths: Solid Feel even under suspension load.
Weaknesses: None so far.
This bike is solid and tough. It can climb decently (shocks locked out) and can make you feel like a champion downhill (shocks open). Components are OK but as you know they are upgradeable. My suggestion is to practice hard and wear them out making space for better parts. Front and Rear shocks are happy together with its hi-tech frame so in my opinion there are no issues in that department. You do not have to take my word for it. I am just a weekend warrior and not really every weekend. But I have been on different bikes for few decades now and I did purchase a 2012 Trek Remedy 7. Did I mention Matte Black is beautiful? Have a great weekend folks!
Strengths: the faster you go down hill the better it shreds.i can do trails, hills, climbs descends including ski lift down hill and also it jumps. tho no sold as jump bike my style of trail riding likes jumps along the way.suspension is a magic carpet ride!!sturdy solid quality stuff!!
Weaknesses: 28 7/8 wide handle bars. but befor i cut them i moved the brake levers and shifters in and steer with hands more in to see how it handles. most likely wont cut mor than an inch off each side. also be careful cutting seat stem. once optimum hieght is achieved you cant cut it to drop al the way down for jumpin cus not enough min insertion for high position.not true weaknesses at all.
this bike is a dream! love the wide tires. tires dig good descending , cornering and climbing. love gearing too. plenty of gears for climbing .2nd front gear runs lower so sometimes i climb without going into 1st front gear. also drcv front and rear shock are awesome! very easy to dial in. love the duster wheels.i was going to get a fuel ex but changed my mind and got a remedy 7.glad i did!.also thinking about downhill trails the require a car to shuttle so this is the perfect bike. the trek remedy 7 is the gearing,and performance of a cross country technical bike with the down hill tuffnes and 150mm of beutifull suspension and downhill rims.also under plastic armor to deflect rocks from front wheel.disc brakes are sweet!!got nice platform pedals bottom line is this bike has a cadilac ride and a nascar performance. the extra weight only matters if you store it in the basement.truth is im a newbie but this bike makes me feel like a pro.........get this bike you wont regret it.
Similar Products Used: have a trek 3500 but that aint similar
Bike Setup: all stock. thumb and index finger shifters .real nice. i like the thing to ride or jump or climb or descend.my seat post is cut to have 3 1/2" insertion on my highest position which is 31 1/2" pedal to top of seat. also i drop it to 30 1/2" for steeper stuff, and all the way down it is 28 1/2 "off pedal for all the evil knevil crap i pull which will keep my bike tech working no matter what bike i get! he he .im 5 foot 8 inches and my in seam is 30 inches when i buy pants. i wiegh 200 lbs.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2011
Strengths: very nimble and easy to ride, fast pedaling from the seat, very kush suspension.
Weaknesses: a little heavy for xc riding, needs chain guide and third ring replaced with guard, sram x7 front, stock tires suck
I love this bike it is perfect for me. Light enough but still bomber, perfect all mountain bike. Like everything i wish it had some lighter components without added cost. I'm super stoked with my purchase
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2011
Strengths: Mattress like ride, re shock set up great rides well up hill out of lock out, better locked out.
Weaknesses: Spec tyres not great, Stock groupset not good. Owner.
Good Bike (not Great!!!. Its a bit heavy as stock build (Used to have fuel ex 8 before it was stolen, but a bit of tweaking and sligh change of emphasis from AM bias to XC seems to make it more my style... Biggest weakness is the rider!!! n4 chillis for value cos I got a cheap 2010 model and upgraded, over all 3 a good bike.
Strengths: Light, confidence inspiring, looks great, fox suspension all-round, solid.
Weaknesses: some would say the spec but i have not had any problems once i got used to SRAM shifting.. the forks have the same internals as the Talas but without the adjustability (which you don't need if you know how to not bounce when going pedalling) and I can't see why you would need more than 2 pro pedal settings. so, i would say no weaknesses!
It already fly's along the trail in its current spec with big heavy tyres.. It's going to be a magic carpet ride once i install all the new parts. I haven't had access to any big mountain riding, but my local ride had been described as some of the roughest single-track in australia and the remedy absolutely rips it up. over wash-outs and rocky sections all you need to do is point and take your weight off the pedals and you will float through (might help that I'm only 70kg's). i once had to abandon a log at slow speed leading to an almost 5ft vertical drop which i thought was going to kill the bike but it didn't even worry it.. felt like landing on pillows.
there is nothing wrong with the stock spec but chain reaction cycles just has too many good deals to pass up on.
i love this bike and anyone who wants a bike to hit the trails hard will too.
Waiting to be installed are X0 2x10 cranks, X0 brakes, X9 shifters and X9 FD.. once this is done it should drop about 400g out of the bike which will be great considering i am yet to find a hill that i can't make it up.. a couple more sensible upgrades and a new wheelset and i wont be far off the weight of a stock 9.9 (admitadly the 9.9 has the weight disadvantage of an adjustable seat post).
a Cross Country Rider
from st. augustine, FL. usa
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2011
Strengths: The strength with this bike is it's EXACTLY what I've been looking for! This 6" travel rig flies! I can't believe how fast this bike goes on the flats, how maneuverable and agile it is. I'm 6'4" riding the L size and it's a perfect fit for flicking and tossing. Tough frame means I don't worry about big hits, fairly light so it zips, great angles so it's easy to move over. My first Rock Shox and I like the fork a lot!
Weaknesses: Well if you're talking about stock stuff then...I got rid of the SRAM components---doesn't feel good to me. I did more of a custom build. Other than that none so far---this bike makes me feel like a little kid with a new toy!
As stated above this bike makes me super excited to ride---anywhere! I feel like a little kid so giddy with a new toy!!
I describe my riding as fast and bashing---I love going fast and I also love jumping everything and tweaking the bike so I need something agile and flicky. It's tough to combine speed with durability and be able to ride very aggressively---well the Remedy has fit the bill! I tried the Enduro Pro SL, which these bikes are often compared, and while a good bike it has less XC characteristic...more of a stable downhiller. The remedy feels like a zippy XC bike but it doubles as an aggressive trail bike able to launch and toss, and it's tripled as a fun street assault ride! I'll be saving my pennies for a newer version for sure!!! I only give a 4 Chili due to the SRAM stuff.
Similar Products Used: Just sold the Specialized Enduro Pro SL, Jamis XLT 2.0, other F/S frames and hardtails prior
Bike Setup: Rock Shox Lyrik Air, Fox RP2. XT-XTR drivetrain, Race Face crankset, cool Sunline stem, Bontrager wheelset, XT brakes, FSA carbon post, Race Face bars
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: January 20, 2011
Strengths: light and pedals great,
Weaknesses: None so far.
Very good value for a bike. With this setup I am just over 31 lbs. I have had 2 rides on it so far with some good fire road climbs and some nice descents on the shore. this bike is very well balanced when descending and in the air. For Local riding it would be better suited with a fox 36. After 6 hours on the bike its been a great ride. As for chain slap i have not had any issue with that because of the chain guide. I will update once i get more rides in.
Bike Setup: Mostly Stock with Stinger chain guide and big ring removed. Hayes Stroker Trails with 203 rotors, Truvativ Holzfeller World Cup Bar
a Cross Country Rider
from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2010
Strengths: Great climber and very solid cross country bike
Weaknesses: The new 2011 headtube angles have killed this previously solid decender. Chain slap was unbearable unless always in the big ring, which was surprising because the chainstay was covered with a very cool rubber guard. Regardless, it didn't work.
On my recent trip to Moab, I rented this bike for the day to ride the Porc Rim Trail. Around the parking lot and on moderate trails, I loved it. I could wheelie and manual very easily and I loved the balance. It was a very good climber and great all around trail/cross country bike... then I went down a hill and it all changed. I'm a very experienced rider and I dont hesitate much when I ride, so I bombed the first decent and almost ate it hard several times. I kept pulling off the trail to adjust/soften the suspension because it felt so wrong. The fox fork was great and the rear was set to my weight perfectly (BTW, the custom RP2 on the rear was great and didn't bottom out, even on 4-5 foot drops) but the geometry was not compliant at all. Dont get this bike if you want to seriously ride everything. I have been renting many different bikes lately to determine my next bike and they were all more capable than the Remedy. Specifically, the new Specialized Enduro and Santa Cruz Blur LT were much better bikes with similar setup/components.
Strengths: Excellent climber although you do have to wind the lyric fork down on longer steeper climbs otherwise the front tends to lift and wander. RP2 shock is excellent. Bike just seems to eat bumps. Fast decender and handles jumps and drops well. Bike feels light and agile despite on pedaly sections of singletrack despite the ammount of travel. Mine came with Kenda Nevegals, the dual compound Tomac signature edition one. Excellent grip on rocks and roots and inspire loads of confidence but they do drag on hard pack.
Weaknesses: This is a noisy frame due to the large tubes. Cables and chain slap do make a lot of noise on rough decents. Would aggree that if you are using as a "push it up hoon it down" machine then consider a chain guide of some sort. Not a fan of the Shimano SLX groupset/ SLX Shaddow rear mech. Pain to set up well and as soon as it gets muck in it it stops functioning well. I switched to SRAM after about 3 weeks. Bonty finishing kit looks ok and is functional but will upgrade bars, stem etc in the future.
Great value for money, i think its a bike that can be ridden all day just as much as it can be chucked down the side of a mountain. Yes there are are few minor niggles with the contact points but in my oppinion what ever bike you buy its never going to have your perfect set up on it unless its a full custom build.
Bike Setup: stock except for a new double ply maxxis minion, but the lyric fork had to be warrantyed along lith the slx rear derailer and i've gotten 3 new derailer hangers
a Weekend Warrior
from Victoria, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2009
Strengths: All mountain climbing, medium hits, bermy trails
Weaknesses: The tires are actually dangerous.
Moving from a DH oriented area (Courtenay) to an all mountain kind of area (Victoria) meant a change in bikes. I've ridden Vic with my DH bike before and it is truly miserable (at least at the Hartland dump where I've been doing all my riding due to convenience) due to the constant up and down.
This is my first air shock and it is a different feel. I echo a previous comment where it seems very linear. If you set it up soft for the small stuff, it blows through travel. If you set it up stiffer it is somewhat choppy. I'm still experimenting though and lean towards the soft side.
The riding here is very up and down. Short climbs and short descents. The descents are pretty gnar though and this bike is great at bridging the gap between having a bike that can go up and down and be pleasurable at both. I really like it. There are pro pedal (shock) and u-turn options (fork) to aid with climbing but so far I haven't touched them.
The only thing holding me back from truly knowing how the thing rides is the tires. They are horrible. They are dangerous on wet rock. I'm down to 20lbs or less just to get them tolerable. Once I get new tires I can do more than an initial review.
This bike is great for relatively fit (for climbing) riders who want to have fun on descents without worrying about stuff breaking. I think there are way better "shuttle bikes" out there. It could probably do it but you'd definitely have to chain guide it or the chain slap sound will drive you nuts.