The Good: well rounded bike
The Bad: could use some better stock components
I have the 2013 remedy 8 and so I think the geo is all the same from 2011 up but Trek just had different color schemes. What I really like about the bike is how it pedals up just fine but it descends like a champ. I have rode this bike all over the place and different types of terrain from Moab, desert, hard pack, rooty, and a lot of rocky mtn terrain. It has taken on anything ive thrown at it. I do like running a stiffer fork than the 32 that came on it but the drcv technology really does have a small bump sensitivity to where you feel like there is endless travel and keeps your wheels on the ground. I have ridden many bikes from dh, freeride, 29ers, all mtn/enduro. This one is well recommended for a do it all if you can not have both a dh and all mtn bike. I would suggest doing carbon if you can as well. I did swap out the bontrager crap and the drive terrain to my liking however coming stock this thing is capable of doing it all. I had spent a good amt of time on the stock ride before upgrading all my components to make it lighter. Obviously now you get the 650b versions only which imo is a good thing slightly bigger tire w/o noticing = that much more speed.