Across such a wide spectrum of terrain, I found the Remedy to be a revelation. On demanding sections, it felt stable and controlled, but not at all vague. In fact, it was fun, responsive and relatively quick. While no particular handling trait stood out, the bike was a great package—the frame angles, suspension platform, frame, and components all blended together harmoniously.
It didn't take long to see that the bike felt very much unlike the lumbering beast that some riders might expect it to be. Our feelings were backed up by the thoughts of the other editors in our group, and we actually had an easier time scaling some of the tricky climbs on the bike than we've ever had. Our initial impressions have us believing that Trek has hit this one out of the park.
Big, fat tyres, 140mm of well-tuned suspension and a gloriously stout front end yield supreme confidence to let you barrel over trail obstacles with reckless abandon, but the Remedy 29's fantastic handling also gives it the grace and agility to mean you don't have to. Our top-end Remedy 29 9 tester was wonderfully stout and solid from tip to tail. Maintain a steady pace and you can rest assured that the rear end will faithfully claw its way up steep and rocky climbs.