Strengths: the bike has a good starting specifications. rear shock feels like a coil
Weaknesses: after 9 months, the bearings in the rear ABP pivot started to go, there were loose and didnt run smoothly, the bike was heavily creaking, as well as the the bontrager wheels were not keeping spoke tension very wheel, i would true them, and 2 weeks later they would be out of true again with this the bontrager freehub had only a moderate freehub pick up, the bike also came with small handlebars considering what it was designed and advertised to do. Spare parts are also really hard to get hold off, the headset requires e2 bearings, which are very hard to get in Australia and DRCV fork bottomed out really fast and you had to pump up the pressure in the spring to stop it diving when braking hard, this meant you couldn't get through the whole travel when you wanted it. The local bike shops said they looked at the bearings, they said there was nothing wrong with them, i go for a ride and the first thing i hear is a cracking sound coming for the rear wheel pivot,
I would not recommend this bike to anyone who is looking at buying a bike like this, sure it has good specifications but the long term reliability of the frame bearings is poor and require very high maintence even in dry weather.
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Nomad, yeti sb-66, giant reign,
Bike Setup: Sram x0 type 2 short cage, renthal fatbars, straitline ssc 35mm stem, rockshox reverb, maxxis minion tyres,MRP G2 chainguide
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2013
Strengths: Climb, Descend, do it all plush travel. Bullet-proof Shimano XT components.
Weaknesses: Noodly Fox 32 fork. Creaking BB - just got to tighten it up now and then.
I keep this bike at my 'other' residence as a pretty much one-bike-do-it-all machine. I traded my '09[?] Remedy 8 - which I loved - for the '12 Remedy 9. The only real disappointment has been the 32 fork. My old one had the Rockshox Lyric which was better when things got interesting going down and had travel adjust for the up. So,with a new $$$ Talas 34 160 fitted, that problem is solved! It is now, with a dropper post, the bike Trek should be selling.
Buy this bike if you can talk your LBS into a deal with a Fox 34 fork or similar.
Strengths: Stable yet agile. Suspension works brillantly. XTR rear derailuer is so quite
Weaknesses: Front fork can be a bit fiddly to setup but once done it works great
I have had 6 months on this bike now and I am amazed by it's capabilities. On rockier or bumpy sections of trail where I used to get thrown around I now just glide over. It also loses nothing in climbing ability and will happily climb up technical trails whilst seated.
Bike Setup: Remedy 9, XT brakes and chainset. Rythm elite wheels with tubless strips and Ardent / Icon tyre combo.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2012
Strengths: This bike is amazing. I love how light the bike is. It has a very plush suspension. I have taking this bike to vail CO and had a blast doing downhill on it. Its also great at climbing mountains. Once you get a feel for the suspension you can set it up for diffferent terrian.
Great bike. When I am ready to get a newer model I will definitly look to a newer model Remedy first.
Strengths: 2009 trek remedy 9.This bike is a machine of perfection!! it descends amazingly,it climbs very well considering it is 160mm of travel.climbs even better with the pro pedal engaged and the talas fork lowered to 100mm of travel.i ride downhill,cross country,commute,and even dirt jumps on this bike.if i had to have one bike to do it all this would be it!!!
Strengths: Excellent suspension performance in the rear, great handling, excellent parts spec ( for 2013)
Weaknesses: 32 front fork isn't stiff enough for the rest of the bike, stock tires cut on 3 rides.
Overall a great package! Full XT spec, excellent XT brakes, reverb dropper post, nice wheels, solid frame, great suspension action. This bike pushes you to try new lines and challenge yourself. It climbs well for what it is ( mine was 30 pounds with pedals) My only complaint is the Fox 32 front fork. It dives a bit too much into it's travel and flexes as the speeds increase over rough terrain. A 34 would have been excellent on this bike.
Technical sections: Check
Rocky rutted downhill: Check
Knarly single track: Check
All day enduro: Check
Steep climbs: Check
Catlike handling: Check
Component goupo: Check
Having owned more mountain bikes than some have in a lifetime from Pivot, Specialized, Scott and Trek I must say that Trek did a mighty fine job with the Remedy 9. I have dreamed about owning a Remedy for several years now and finally pulled the trigger on the R9. What an amazing bike this bike climbs just as well as it descends and is considerable light for the amount of travel offered. The Fox drcv coupled with the ABP pivot makes for a deadly combo on the trail. This bike rips hard everything from Joplin to Aliso Woods to Holy Jim if you have been debsting between an EX fuel go with the Remedy it is a little heavier but the geometry and suspension more than make up for it. If there was six stars I would rate six!
Weaknesses: The 2012 model missed out on the Fox ctd remote levers which are not compatible wtf Fox!
The 2012 R9 model does not come with the Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost wtf Trek!
For a 4k bike it would have been nice if Trek threw in some Carbon goodness like a bontrager carbon handlebar or stem....maybe next year.
Im not liking the black XT crank color ita easy to scratch and marks show up easily.
This bike is a total trail dominator. I still cant believe I waited this long to pull the trigger on such a wonderful rig but I am glad I waited for 2012 the new improvements work well with the new advancements in shock technology.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: August 8, 2012
Strengths: Solid all-rounder. Climbs decent-especially technical ups, takes drops, eats up trail, and does slow technical and fast trail riding equally well. Plush trail bike.
Weaknesses: Little heavy.
Great all around bike geared for the down, but capable of climbing all day.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2012
Strengths: THE 2012 MODEL HAS THE BEST OF TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MONEY. ESPECIALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE DRCV SHOCK AND FORK. ALSO, THE SHADOW PLUS DERAILLEUR IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE. I TOOK A RIDE OVER A VERY NASTY ROCK GARDEN AND EXPERIENCED ZERO CHAIN SLAP. THE SHADOW PLUS IS A LITTLE TRICKY TO DIAL IN, BUT ONCE DIALED, PERFORMS AS ADVERTISED. THE HANDLEBAR IS 720mm, HAS AN 80mm STEM ON THE 18.5 INCH FRAME. THE SADDLE IS SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE AND THE WEIGHT OF THE BIKE WITH ONE WATER BOTTLE CAGE AND CRANKBROTHERS EGGBEATER 3 PEDDLES SHOWED 29.1lbs. I AM SURE ONCE I SWITCH TO TUBELESS THAT WILL DROP TO LESS THAN 29lbs. THE DRCV SHOCK AND FORK ARE INTUITIVE TO DIAL IN AND PERFORMED FLAWLESSLY. I APPRECIATE THE STOCK CHAIN STAY PROTECTOR BUT IT TOOK NO HITS FROM THE CHAIN DURING AN EXTREMELY ROCK RIDE IN THE NEVADA DESERT
Weaknesses: I WILL POST ANOTHER REVIEW AFTER THIS SUMMER. TIRES THAT CAME WITH THE BIKE WERE NOT TLR. I WILL RUN THE STOCK TIRES UNTIL WORN AND SWITCH TO WTB BRONSON TUBELESS USING SUPER JUICE.
AFTER RIDING THREE HARDTAIL 29ERS, I DECIDED TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIKING. fOR YEARS I HAVE PRIMARILY TRAINED AND COMPETED ON ROAD BIKES...I NO LONGER RIDE ROAD BIKES...FULL TIME MTB. I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I HAVE BEEN MISSING WITH FULL SUSPENSION. HARDTAILS HAVE THEIR PLACE, AS DO 29ERS, BUT I CANNOT SEE A LOSS IN SPEED AND CLIMBING WITH THIS BIKE VS MY FISHER PARAGON.
THE COMFORT AND INCREASED SPEED THROUGH ROUGH TERRAIN AND DOWNHILL MORE THAN OFFSETS PERCEIVED HARDTAIL SPEED OVERALL. I CAN'T DESCRIBE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO RIDE FOR TWO HOURS AND NOT FEEL BEAT UP. FOR THE MONEY, THIS BIKE HAS IT ALL.
Similar Products Used: MY PREVIOUS MTB BIKES WERE GARY FISHER X CALIBER, A SECOND X CALIBER AND MORE RECENTLY A GARY FISHER PARAGON.
Bike Setup: STOCK SETUP. CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT I WOULD IMPROVE UPON. I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO RIDE TO THE FULL MECHANICAL ABILITIES OF THE BIKE. I BOUGHT A SECOND BONTRAGER WHEELSET WITH 26X2.2 STREET TIRES (BONTRAGER HANKS) FOR URBAN USE.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 5, 2012
Strengths: Great Pedaler, Light, Handles well, Good Value,
Great Bike, Well Suited to technical fast trails and inspires Confidence. There is also so much room to upgrade, Not that you need too. The whole package is also topped off with a Shimano XTR Shadow Plus Rear derailleur and some great Bontrager Rhythm Elite Wheels.
a Weekend Warrior
from Toront, ontario
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2011
Strengths: Everything. I've been riding a Kona Kula for years and bought the remedy 9 for some more extreme riding. Great bike, definitely boosts your confidence and lets you tackle anything. Really gnarly technical stuff that would give me a hard time on the Kula is no problem, i just smash at it full speed and the Remedy just ploughs through it with no problem. I use it for some freeride type stuff, and if i fall off elevated planks it doesn't matter cause the suspension absorbs everything. It's a great bike.
Weaknesses: None that i've come across yet. Really who cares about the cost, if you're considering this bike then money isn't of concern to you. It's expensive yes, but if you buy this
bike you will not regret it. Everything is so adjustable and well put together. The bike looks like a beast ,but honestly, based on feel i don't think it weighs much more than my Kula!
If you've been looking at this bike just buy one, if you can find one. It's a great bike and you won't regret it. This bike is definatly more than capable to handle anything i plan on throwing at it. Suspension is rediculous, there is no pedal bob, and the elixir CR brakes are super adjustable (easy to adjust the calipers to stop brake rub, no tool reach adjustment, no tool contact adjustment, just great). Buy one, it is worth the money no question.
a Weekend Warrior
from Melton, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2011
Strengths: Even speccing of parts ie: no cheap cassettes etc
The technology they have actually works. Geometry is very good, though I think the 2012 changes will perfect it.
Fox fork is phenomenal at speed.
- Stiff chassis
- Through axles front and rear
- Shimano drivetrain shifts very smoothly and is wearing well.
Weaknesses: intrupted gear cables ( fixed by drilling ot the guides and running a full length housing ( again, fixed on 2012 model.) The fork feels noticably more flexy than the Rock Shox Lyric on my '10 Enduro. Its fair to say that the fox Fork is a trail/all mountain fork and nothing beyond.
After riding Specialized bikes for a decade, I reluctantly made the switch to Trek. Since then, I've never regretted it for a moment. This is a thoroughly developed and well sorted bike. Particularly good is the even quality of parts throughout, rather than a fancy derailer, brakes and the rest being a hit and miss pick of hubs, cassette, chain etc as I've found on my other bikes.
If you're after an all round bike that's extremely versatile, I highly recommend this bike. I think it stops short of being a freeride bike though ( the fork is a bit light for that ) . If your after something with more freeride intentions, try swapping to a 160mm fork.
Similar Products Used: 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010 Specialized Enduro's
Bike Setup: I run around 30% sag in the rear and the fork at about 20%. This helps keep it a little more stable.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2011
Strengths: 12mm rear through axle, Fox Talas 120-150mm shock, Fox rp 23 rear shock
Weaknesses: handle bars, seat post and stem could be lighter for the $$
Your may feel a little Bro buying a trek, however the money they have to spend on R&D is obvious. The geometry in this bike is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition and its obvious as soon as you get on it. Sometimes you can buy a product that isnt the big name brand, this isnt the case this time. Trek is dominating all the races in 2011 and this bike is a great example.
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2011
Strengths: solid build, top components, relative light weight (for AM machine), pedal efficiency
Weaknesses: put on a chainguide to help with chain slap and dropped chains. Bottomed out the DRCV shock a few times on relatively small drops.
came from the 2010 fuel ex to the remedy 9. felt like i outgrew the fuel ex and wanted something more well rounded for the technical terrain i'm riding. the extra travel was welcomed with not much notice of weight gain or pedal efficiency loss. as a matter of fact i believe i can climb easier on tech because of the bottom bracket clearance. i've cleaned sections i was never able to do on my fuel ex. got tired of dropping the chain so opted for dual ring chain guide. haven't dropped a chain since.
Fox talas is nice for extended climbing, drop it to 120mm and it just works. not much of a xc climber but i can keep up with most.
isn't this the reason why you haul an AM bike up the hill? this thing SCREAMS downhill. it just rips. cleared many sections i was never able to make. stable in the air, soft on the landings, and plush all around. ABP is legit. have bottomed out the DRCV shock a few times. think i need to mess with the air pressure.
over $4k for a non-carbon bike? WTF? i got a deal on it so i can't complain. if you can afford it, you won't regret it. this is my ONE bike quiver. i'm going to use it for everything (xc, trail, dh). minus the price and the dropped chains, this is a stellar bike that will be hard to beat if you like technical ups and downs.
Strengths: Solid front to back. Thru axles make all the difference. Good component spec. Light!!!
Weaknesses: Saddle. Some getting used to the bar. That's it.
This is the one bike. Has a similar feel from the saddle to the bars as a Kona Coiler but way lighter. I'm 6' with 32' inseam and the 18.5 is perfect with the stock stem and bar. Rode the 9.8 all day on the trails and the 8 at Ray's indoor for seveal hours. Since Trek bought Ray's they keep some demos there. Big thumbs up to Trek for doing this because now I'm certain the Remedy rocks. Does the skinnys, ladders, drops, and jumps like no trail bike should. The only thing is I think Trek raised the prices on the '11 line. This puts them in the price range of Pivot. But with all of the Trekk dealers you should be able to find a deal. MB Action mag (May '11) review was a little harsh on this bike with their statement on the pedaling. It's not as firm as a Pivot, but definitely not soft with Propedal off and their is no real bob to speak of. Especially when it's ripping a trail at a speed you've never imagined on a 6' bike. 3 chillis since they raised the price.