The Remedy feels like quite a bit more bike than the Stumpy. It’s slacker and longer, and the suspension feels a bit more bottomless, which means that the Remedy is much more of a contender on rowdy descents. Even though the Remedy has the same travel as the Stumpjumper, I’d say the Remedy is a bit closer to the Specialized Enduro in terms of capabilities (and intended use). I should, however, note that the “regular” Remedy that has a shorter-travel fork might be a bit closer to the Stumpjumper.
I haven’t ridden the latest iteration of the 650b Enduro, so this comparison involves a bit of speculation. The Enduro has considerably more travel (170 mm front and rear), but it has similar angles and sizing as the Remedy. I’d say the Remedy is probably a slightly more well-rounded bike (meaning it climbs better), but the Enduro probably edges it out on the roughest descents.
The Bronson pedals better than the Remedy and is a better climber except on truly technical climbs where the Remedy really excels. But while the Bronson is by no means a bad descender, the Remedy pulls away when things get legitimately rough. The Bronson is an extremely competent and well-rounded trail bike, whereas the Remedy is more of a slightly-scaled-down enduro bike.
The comparison to the Troy is pretty similar to that of the Bronson. The Troy climbs better (again, except on really technical climbs), but the Remedy descends better. The Troy doesn’t have the ability to smash and plow through rough terrain like the Remedy, but the Troy is a bit better at pumping and carving through tighter corners.
The Spartan pedals a smidge better than the Remedy, but it also has more travel, so climbing efficiency is roughly a wash. As is the recurring theme throughout these comparisons, though, the Remedy does better on techy climbs. On the way down, despite the Spartan’s extra travel, I’d actually give the Remedy a slight nod in especially rough terrain. The Spartan is a bit poppier and easier to jump, though, and the frame feels a little stiffer. Ultimately, the two bikes have a lot of similarities. (And just to clarify, I’m comparing this to the 2015-2017 Spartan.)
This is an interesting one, and I’d say the Patrol is probably the closest to the Remedy of any bike I’ve ridden. The Patrol is a touch slacker and has a smidge more travel, but both of those differences are somewhat negligible. The Patrol is a more efficient climber, and on the way up would only lose out to the Remedy on truly technical sections. On the way back down, the Patrol is more poppy and playful. While the Remedy can pop and it can play, it falls a bit more on the “plow” end of the spectrum. So for truly rough, technical trails, I’d take the Remedy. And for flowy, bermy, jump trails, I’d give a very slight nod to the Patrol, but both of these bikes are fun.
Durability and Maintenance
So far, so good. I haven’t done anything to the Remedy other than regular maintenance (lube the chain, air up the tires, etc.). I’ve put a couple of significant dents in the rear rim, but it’s still holding air just fine while set up tubeless. I do, however, think the wheels might need a round of spoke tension pretty soon. But other than that, no news is good news.
The Trek Remedy 9 RSL packs a lot of punch for the amount of travel it has, which means it can hang with longer-travel rigs without breaking a sweat. But having a bit less travel also means it’s less of a chore on climbs, and rider input is less likely to get swallowed up by the suspension.
The longer-travel fork on the RSL version of the Remedy plays no small part in the bike’s descending prowess. And minor adjustments on the RE:aktiv rear shock can make a huge difference in how the bike rides, and what type of rider it works best for.
All in all, I’m entirely impressed by the Remedy. It’s a bike that can mingle with a posse of trail bikes on one ride, then hang with the endurbros on the next. While descending is clearly its forte, I wouldn’t (and haven’t) shied away from pedaling it up long and miserable climbs. Because what goes up must come back down, and if pedaling to the top of a steep, rocky, rooty chunderfest is the kind of thing you’re into, the Remedy should be on your short list.