Mountain Bike of the Year Winner
Trek Remedy 29 9.9What sort of attributes should the Mountain Bike of the Year winner possess? The champ obviously has to offer best-in-class performance, that much is a no-brainer, and it's something that all three candidates can lay claim to in one way or another. The pricey but spectacular Trek Remedy 29 9.9 makes other do-it-all bikes look like they'd be better described as do-it-all-so-so bikes; Cannondale's fun-loving Habit Carbon SE is among the best handling rigs out there; YT's impressively priced, carbon fiber Tues CF Comp downhill bike performs better than competition that costs much, much more.
Of those three, it's Trek's Remedy 29 9.9 that takes the win due to its otherworldly performance that, so long as you can get past its price tag, will make you wonder why you'd ever need separate cross-country, trail, and all-mountain bikes.
Trek Remedy 29 9.9
Given that it has a $8,799.99 USD price tag on it, the Remedy 29 9.9 better perform well. But it doesn't... it performs incredibly well, almost to the point where it's not fair to other bikes in the same travel bracket, not to mention shaming some shorter and longer travel machines when talking about areas where they should be able to easily beat the Remedy. The 140mm travel 9.9 weighs just 25.8lb, a number helped in no small part by its obviously lightweight frame and XX1 drivetrain, but don't forget about the dropper post and 140mm travel Pike RCT3 fork, components that say, "I may be light, but I'm ready to get rowdy if you are."
The Remedy 29 9.9 wins because it legitimately blurs the lines between categories - I'm trying really hard not to refer to it as a "quiver killer" but that is exactly what Trek has created. The bike ascends like a Saturn V rocket, but it's also the very same chassis that's won hairy stages at Enduro World Series events, making it an all-rounder that's worthy of putting on your list of dream bikes.
Of course, the 9.9's price is also a good reason that many of us will only be able to dream of it, but anyone lucky or hard working enough to throw a leg over the Remedy 29 9.9 will know exactly what why it's a worthy winner.