Getting to Moab was a combination of waking up early, driving in the rain, two flights and a shuttle service from Grand Junction to the Red Cliffs Lodge (20 Miles east of Moab). The crew that arrived the night before us had the pleasure of going on a Hummer 4x4 tour on Slick Rock while we were traveling!
Gate to Red Cliffs Lodge
Friday afternoon was spent doing bike set up for the next day's rides. Half would be suiting up and hitting the trails on the all new Scratch 9 (my group), while the other half of the media would be boarding the Remedy 9.9 OCLV for their riding day. We'd all switch it up on day 2 to ride the other bike that we did not on day one. Setting up bikes was done in a very professional manner with several mechanics on hand, as well as Trek's designers to make sure that you got what you needed to make your ride as best as it could be. Fox Suspension was even at the ranch to be sure that everyone was sitting in proper sag and that the forks had correct spring rates - top notch set up. Setting up 40 riders took until dark, at which time it was time to hear a presentation on the new bikes and eat some fine Cowboy grub. Off to bed as my group had a 40km ride on Saturday on the Scratches.
The Whole Enchilada Ride on the 2010 Trek Scratch 9
Breakfast as the sun comes up in Moab, while sitting along the Colorado river is about as good as it gets! Oh wait the crew from Western Spirit Tours
was also here and loading up all our bikes to take us up to 9500 feet to the top of Hazard County to ride the Whole Enchilada (38 kms with 5500 feet of descending). See it does get even better!
The weather sure had changed since I was in Moab 4 weeks prior. Check out the difference in looks from then to now:
The Whole Enchilada is a long bumpy trail but is loved by most that ride it. Having just been to Moab and having already ridden the trail, I knew what to expect from the 38kms that lay in front of me. On Hazard County the ground was covered in snow with slick corners from the tires ahead of me turning it to light mud, but oh this trail is fun - picture single track through the open range, into Aspen trees and then into mid height willows all the while ripping berms, little jumps and a huge smile! Your blood is just getting going and you are warmed up as you finish Hazard and roll into Kokopelli. Smooth double track with little jumps strewn about it and at full tilt, one or two light duty climbs thrown in to keep you honest. The CrankBros. Joplin post was earning its keep already and would do so all day long with all the little climbs that are found on UPS, LPS and Porcupine Rim trails.Scratch in Action: (pics by Sterling Lorence)
Travis, Ross, Rene and Andrew
One common trait that is found on most of the trails that link up the Whole Enchilada is square edge hits. These may be the only thing that I find that the Scratch does not handle well, but on the flip side, very few bikes feel "Good" on square edge hits. The sensation of rear wheel hang up or deceleration is what I was experiencing when I'd find myself some of the gnarlier sections of trail on Saturday. At the end of the day I reported my findings back to the techs and it was concluded that I should be running a firmer spring on the rear of the Scratch. To test this theory I will be joining Andrew Shandro on the North Shore this winter to do a set up, ride and report for all you readers here on Pinkbike.com - stay tuned! Detailed pics of the Scratch 9 and 8, as well as spec info:
Scratch 8 Air
170mm of rear wheel travel, ABP (Active Braking Pivot - found on Trek's entire suspension bike's line up), Full Floater, EVO Link and E2 are some of the technological highlights that are found on the new Scratch.
Doing its job
66 or 66.5 degrees
-Scratch - Session Skin, Remedy Soul
135x12 with these adapters
-Meets where the Session 88 and the past Remedy came together and does it better.
-ABP, Full Floater, E2 and EVO Link
-142 x 12mm rear wheel or 135 x 12mm with adapters
-66.5 degree HT with a 14.4" BB height or 66 degree HT with a 14.1" BB height via the Mino Link (see video above).
-ISCG 03 chain guide mounts (HammerSchmidt ready!)
-Tapered E2 head tube
-Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
-Color matched SRAM X.0 parts for factory appearance
-Custom tuned rear Fox RC-4 shock
-Scratch 9 MSRP $5979 USD and $6499 CDN
-Scratch 8 Air MSRP $4829 USD and $ 5499 CDN
The Amasa Back Trail on the 2010 Trek Remedy 9.9 OCLV
Sunday morning came a little earlier than I wanted but I was really stoked to throw a leg over the all new Remedy 9.9 OCLV and hit up the Amasa Back trail with the crew from Hermosa Tours
, ours guides for today. Once again, having just left Moab 4 weeks prior and having ridden Amasa Back on that trip too, I was so stoked to get rolling on the new Remedy.
Bike set up was easy the night before with only a stem swap and air pressure adjustments needed in the Fox Talas 150mm fork and DRCV rear shock. All I had to do was gear up, throw a leg over and hit the trail.
New Bontrager Stem interface
Even tall guys can be set up with a 110mm stem if needed.
The Amasa Back Trail is a long gradual climb up onto the plateau where the trail gets faster with a mix of Jeep roads and single track. Lots of ledges, quick ups, little downs and tons of fun! Within minutes of riding the Remedy 9.9, I knew that it was a night and day different bike from its sibling the Scratch. Midway into the ride and I knew that this was the right tool for the job, or should I say trail.
DRCV Rear Shock
The DRCV (Dual Rate Control Valve) rear shock from Fox seemed to keep the Remedy planted on the climbs and the descents - the bike was so active that I actually had to stop and ask a tech if this was correct as all too often an active bike in one area is rough in another, but not the Remedy. In Trek's own words "this exclusive Trek technology combines the pedaling efficiency of a small canister air shock with the big hit compliance of a larger canister shock." What can I say, it works and it works really well. So well that I wanted to redo Saturday's ride on the the Remedy 9.9 if I'd had the chance in order to really compare the two bikes and the rear shock that just really seemed to have me sticking to the ground and not getting bucked around.The Remedy in Action: (pics by Craig Glaspell)
Lunch at Hole in the Rock Arch and return via Rock Stacker and Jackson's Trail. The more I rode the Remedy 9.9, the more I felt the bike working with me, from the short burst climbs to the tech little descents. Parts spec comes into play too as the Crankbros. Joplin post is a must for folks that love to get out and ride varied terrain and don't want to be bothered with dismounting for a section or adjusting their post and then remounting their bike. While I rarely adjust the travel on travel adjust forks, I really was liking the lock out control on the Fox TALAS 15QR fork. Pro Pedal is subtle but noticeable on the rear Fox DRCV too, and helped on the longer climbs and last section of gravel road.
OCLV Front Triangle
Using Trek's own OCLV Carbon for the front triangle was a no brainer, it was figuring out how to make it the strongest possible and resistant to impacts that was of greatest concern. All sorts of impact resistance tests were performed and in the end Trek developed their own Carbon Armor to help protect your bike from rocks that are constantly spat up at the down tube from your front tire.
Below are videos showing Aluminum in a strike test, standard carbon, enhanced carbon and armored carbon. Armored carbon proved to be 25% stronger than standard carbon, as strong as Aluminum Remedy, and more durable than Aluminum Remedy. This armoring is expected to greatly reduce/eliminate the 80% of all warranties that were within 8 inches of the BB on the down tube - great initiative in fixing an issue!
-150mm of matched front and rear travel
-DRCV rear shock (dual rate control valve) - the valve controls when the second chamber comes into play and changes the spring rate - turns very linear from the mid stroke on.
-ABP Race (lighter, faster, narrower - 239mm for ABP and 220mm for ABP Race)
-Mag EVO link
-All new 18.5" sizing - YES! My size!
-OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void) - Patented in 1992 - Multi directional process for each layer for aid strength where it's most needed
-Hand made in the USA, patented, leading edge technology, lifetime warranty, 18 years of carbon experience.
-E2 head tube
-Frame only option (no price as of yet)
-Remedy 9.9 MSRP $6819 USD and $7299 CDN
-Remedy 9.8 MSRP $4399 USD and $4699 CDN
Travis Brown waiting on the return of his Remedy 9.9
Enjoying a fire on our last night in Moab
Please visit trekbikes.com to learn more about all their 2010 offerings.
Extra cool things that were seen at the launch:
Bontrager RL Mountain Shoe
Custom Vans Warner Shoes:
Served up hot
-E2 head tube
-Adjustable drop outs (SS or geared) - 15.74" to 16.5", 135x10mm thru axle spacing
-ISCG 05 mounts
-Forged yoke and gussets for strength
-Short and Long sizes
All Professional Pictures by Sterling Lorence and Craig Glaspell.