When the Remedy was first released it garnered immediate acclaim from nearly every camp. The bike was an instant hit with riders and reviewers alike due to it's competent nature at not just descending, but for being able to climb proficiently enough as to truly be a "one bike" kind of machine. For 2011 Trek doesn't mess with the Remedy's ingredients, but fine tunes the recipe. For the upcoming 2011 season Trek will make three complete carbon Remedy's and three aluminum versions that feature ISCG tabs (the carbon models don't
), as well as a frame only option in carbon.
Trek employs their Full Floater system out back
The 2011 carbon frame uses Trek's latest OCLV technology to produce a mountain specific carbon layup that differs greatly from a carbon bike that isn't designed for the same abuse that the Remedy may see. Not only is the frame about 100 grams lighter than the previous year, but it's also stronger. The chainstays remain alloy, but the seatstays are also made from the Trek's mountain specific OCLV carbon. The end result is a frame that is not only lighter, but also claimed to be stronger.
2011 Trek Remedy 9.9 details
- OCLV Mountain Carbon front triangle
- OCLV Mountain Carbon seatstays
- Uses Trek's ABP Convert for active suspension while braking
- 12 x 142 mm rear axle (convertible to 135 QR with supplied hardware)
- Custom tuned Fox RP23 DRCV rear shock
- Custom tuned Fox 32 Talas FIT RLC
- E2 Tapered headtube
- SRAM XX 2 x 10 drivetrain
- Routing for a telescoping post
- Three OCLV Carbon models: Remedy 9.9 (shown), Remedy 9.8, and the Remedy 9.7
- Available as a frame only
The one piece EVO link activates a custom tuned Fox RP23 DRCV shock - a lot of technology in a little package
At the heart of the Remedy is the Full Floater suspension and Active Braking Pivot (ABP) combination. Full Floater is Trek's wording for not rigidly mounting the Fox RP23 DRCV shock to the front triangle, instead it is attached to a forward extension from the chain stays. This gives Trek's suspension gurus another place to tune the bikes rate as it goes through its travel as well as not feeding suspension forces directly into the main frame and having to add beef to the shock mount.
The ABP Convert system lets you easily swap between 12 x 142 mm and standard 135 QR rear wheels
ABP is short for Active Braking Pivot and is exactly what it says. The chain and seat stays pivot directly in line with the rear axle which lessens the amount of rotation between the caliper and rotor, making for a more active system under braking. The less the distance changes between the caliper and the rotor as the suspension compresses, the more active the bike will be under braking. Simply put, it is a sort of built in floating brake. 2011 sees the introduction of ABP Convert that allows the use of both the newer and stiffer 12 mm x 142 mm rear axle system, as well as the option to easily swap it out with the supplied hardware to accept a standard 135 mm QR rear wheel. The 9.9 comes stock with DT Swiss's Tricon wheelset, the rear using a 12 mm x 142 mm axle. This is a great feature for riders who have their preferred wheelset that doesn't use the larger diameter axle design, or if you happen to damage your wheel and need to replace it, but only have a regular quick release version.Trek put together this video that does a great job of explaining how the DRCV shock technology works
Inside Fox's RP23 DRCV shock - I love cutaways!
The Remedy uses a Fox RP23 rear shock, but the trickery doesn't end there. Just like in 2010, the shock is a unique to Trek DRCV (Dual Rate Control Valve
) that acts as two shocks in one, without the added complexity of actually using two shocks as can be found on some other bikes. It does this by using two air chambers and an internal plunger to open the smaller secondary chamber at just the right time. The shock also has a custom rebound tune to allow it to better handle it's return stroke from large impacts. Trek also worked with Fox to create a custom valved Float 32 Talas FIT RLC fork that uses an entirely different piston and shim stack configuration. Watch the video below to learn the why's and how's of the custom tuning.The new Remedy has some very advanced suspension - Watch the video to learn all about it!
All the Remedy models, including the carbon framed 9.9 you see here, use a tapered E2 headtube
|2011 Trek Remedy 9.9 specs|
|Frame and Size||Trek OCLV Mountain carbon front triangle and OCLV seatstay (alloy chainstay)|
•E2 Headtube, EVO Link, ABP Convert, Full Floater
|Rear Shock||Fox RP23 DRCV, Custom tuned|
•7.75" x 2.25"
|Fork||Fox 32 Talas FIT RLC|
•E2 tapered steerer
•110-130-150 mm travel
|Headset||Cane Creek Frustrum SE Light Edition|
|Cassette||SRAM XX 11-36, 10 Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX|
|Shifter Pod||SRAM XX 10 speed|
|Handlebar||Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon|
|Front Wheel||DT Swiss XM 1550 Tricon|
•15 mm thru-axle
|Rear Wheel||DT Swiss XM 1550 Tricon|
•12 x 142 mm (convertible to 135 mm QR by using supplied ABP Convert hardware
|Tires||Bontrager XR3 Team, 2.35|
|Saddle||Bontrager Evoke 4, titanium rails|
|Seatpost||Crank Brothers Joplin 4R|
Carbon Armor - extra protection just in case
The OCLV frame uses Trek's Carbon Armor for some extra insurance against rock strikes from debris thrown up from your front wheel. Carbon Armor is a dual density pad located low on the downtube, the outer material being slightly softer to absorb impacts and the inner layer being a harder shell to prevent any possible chance of damage.
The 9.9 sports SRAM's top end XX group
The 9.9 picture here is Trek's top end offering in the Remedy lineup and is built using a suitable parts selection. You'll find a SRAM XX ten speed drivetrain and DT Swiss's Tricon wheelset, along with custom tuned Fox suspension on both the front and rear. If that's a little highbrow for your liking, they also have two other less expensive carbon framed models, as well as three aluminum Remedy's that are just as capable, but won't drain your kids collage bank savings.
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to see their entire lineup.All photos by Sterling Lorence