• The Good:

    *Raceable yet fun & forgiving *More versatile than one would think
    *Balanced ride
    *Priced reasonably well with carbon wheels
    *Chain guide
    *Fox 34 is an outstanding performer for the weight
    *Good geometry considering its intended purpose

    The Bad:

    *Knockblock. Cmon guys, end this joke!
    *Lockout has been finicky
    *Paint on frame is questionable (will update this after Trek looks at it)

    Overall Review:

    Posted by jeff.brines on 11/13/2019 12:51 PM

  • The Good:

    mostly good welds
    did not fail catastrophically.

    The Bad:

    too flexy, chain stay hits the tyre, also tyre hits the chainstay when wheel flexes, tyre gets scraped.
    horrible component choice, pedal fell off, spider on m552 crank failed.
    the bigger sizes seem to be problematic, hanger bends, eventually fails
    chain wear is unacceptable with me riding it.
    bearings get pushed out in the ABP, probably due to axle getting loose.
    the bearings in the rocker in where the seat stay connects get pushed out.
    welds were different on two of my bikes, so one could fit bigger zip ties other could not at one spot.
    the rock link cracks where the bearings sit.
    flexy wheels, with weak spoke nipples, can't handle rock strikes, truing the wheels.
    tyres wear out in 4 weeks of trail riding.

    Overall Review: Check out my reviews for more info and videos, photos, and more in depth look at it: my bike is 17.5/18.5 It will probably work ok for a kid, but not me, so it can probably bring fun to a kid, but for me it's too flexy.

    Posted by mtbboy1993 on 5/7/2019 1:10 AM

  • The Good:

    Smooth, light, lovely

    The Bad:

    Doesn't come with tubeless valves

    Overall Review: So I've been on the bike a few times now, both wet and dry conditions. Its blown me away so far, really comfortable attack position, comfortable climbing position. First 29" bike and i'm loving it, corners well, jumps well, goes over everything. I do think its easier to ride than my 27.5 so that...

    Posted by Pykes on 3/18/2019 12:18 PM

  • The Good:

    Climbs great, suspension feels bottomless, 2x11 drivetrain still rocks.

    The Bad:

    Not the best saddle on the bike.

    Overall Review: So I bought this bike at a trek superstore on sale. This is the first trek I have owned and I’m happy with the purchase. It climbs really good and descends better. The suspension is great and the weight for my bike is at 27lbs for the 17.5 29er. I have to say this is my favorite bike so far. It ...

    Posted by jonespi77 on 3/4/2019 11:18 AM

  • Itis as close to any objective statement as an opinion can be: the 2019 Trek Remedy sitting in the Vital garage is a damn good looking bike. Clean lines, bold carbon molds and a tuxedo-classy paint job. Trek’s popular trail machine is back in a new version, and like the Session and Slash it now ...

    Posted by BHowell on 8/23/2018 12:24 AM

  • The Good:

    Stiffness / Geo / Spec / Viper red

    The Bad:

    No carbon wheels as standard / Talas

    Overall Review: The slash9.9 is nothing but wildfire, it’s smouldering looks hide what’s it’s built for and that’s speed. The Slash as a whole loves speed the faster you go the suspension starts to sing, traction is never a issue part being 29r and geo/suspension balance. Fox X2 never fails to impress through v...

    Posted by endurofactory on 6/1/2018 1:18 AM

  • During the 2018 Vital MTB Long-Travel 29er Test Sessions, the Trek Slash went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Slash. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlig...

    Posted by bturman on 3/2/2018 11:00 PM

  • The Good:

    A no compromises, go anywhere, do anything mountain bike. Clever geometry makes it surprisingly nimble given the monster wheels. Traction for days. Slays descents on par with full suspension trail bikes.

    The Bad:

    Press-fit bottom bracket is creak-o-matic. Stock wheel set is only good for clanking against another metal object when cheering on your favorite racer.

    Overall Review: [Note: I am placing this review under 2018 Trek Stache 5, though mine is a 2016 Stache 5 (no changes have been made to the frame other than color). Mods, please feel free to move this review to another thread if appropriate.] The Trek Stache is a mold cracking, paradigm shifting, maverick of ...

    Posted by Arkstorm on 10/25/2017 7:07 PM

  • The Good:

    • Descending prowess (one of the most capable 29" bikes on the planet)
    • Suspension kinematics
    • Geometry (in intended environment)
    • Fit (long)
    • Chassis stiffness
    • Eagle drivetrain
    • FOX 36 GRIP damper performs better than expected
    • Good candidate (long and slack) for playing with reduced offset forks (44, 42mm)
    • Good wheels for intended use and price point

    The Bad:

    • ThruShaft shock durability
    • Knock Block seems unnecessary
    • Value could be better
    • Seatpost leaves a lot to be desired
    • With pedals my bike weighs a hair under 33-pounds
    • Too much bike for most trail riding situations

    Overall Review: Hey Vital MTBers, Jeff Brines here! This is not a formal review like I am accustom to doing, just some thoughts on my personal bike – a 2018 Trek Slash 9.8. Yes, this is the bike I paid for and chose as my race bike going into next season (even though I'm not sure how much I'll be racing...

    Posted by jeff.brines on 9/13/2017 3:33 PM

  • The Good:

    Good spec for price
    Good geometry

    The Bad:

    Dropper a tad short for my liking
    Needs a chain guide
    Bar needs more sweep
    Should come with softer tires

    Overall Review: I got this bike to get back to mountain biking. Next thing you know I'm racing enduro. The steed is too much for an xc loop and after having it for 2 months I find myself going slow on flats and uphills to save energy for the perfect downhill run! Only the roughest DH rock gardens have been to...

    Posted by sokantoivo on 8/8/2017 1:29 AM

  • The Good:

    Excellent Suspension and solid parts spec

    The Bad:

    Handlebars fit funny and resin brake pads. Creeky. Dropper Remote sucks

    Overall Review: What is The Remedy 8 I live in Southern Utah and ride a variety of terrain. From buff BMX style hard pack, to the slick rock ledges and drops of Gooseberry and the other Mesas. I'm not a racer now days but I need a bike that I could saddle up and ride in a 24 hour relay or pony up to ri...

    Posted by Jared Wilkinson on 4/20/2017 1:25 PM

  • In mid-2016, Trek surprised many by killing off the widely-loved Slash 27.5 all-mountain/enduro bike. To fill the newly created void for a long-travel, ready-for-anything 27.5 rig, the all-new Remedy stepped up with a touch more travel at 150mm, completely revised geometry, and a host of fresh f...

    Posted by bturman on 4/10/2017 10:25 AM

  • Review by Joel Harwood // Photos by Peter Wojnar When Trek debuted the Slash in 2012, their Active Braking Pivot and Full Floater suspension technologies were considered by many to be ahead of the time. The Slash received a number of refinements over the years, but never created significant wa...

    Posted by hurricanejoel on 1/5/2017 6:34 PM

  • Reviewed by AJ Barlas and Fred Robinson // Photos by Lear Miller Trek's Fuel EX range of bikes are aimed at the honest trail rider - those looking for a quality, fun bike that can handle a good variety of trails, but not necessarily something for super rowdy terrain. We previously tested the F...

    Posted by bturman on 2/17/2016 10:04 PM

  • The Good:

    Full Carbon and super light for pedaling.
    A bunch of technology specific for Trek.
    Colors and paint is AWESOME.
    It's a good "all around" trailbike.

    The Bad:

    Outdated geometry (shorter and taller)
    Little bit more frame flex than other bikes in it's class.
    Trek's specific BB is bad news for durability.
    Weird shock length limits aftermarket shocks options.

    Overall Review: Trek makes great, high quality products and this bike is no exception. It pedals well and descends well too. If you LOVE Trek bikes than you will really enjoy this bike. The paint is done well and it seams like Trek produced this bike very well. With that being said, lets jump into that I didn't...

    Posted by dirtworks911 on 12/20/2015 8:14 PM

  • By gordo If you're reading this review, I figure you have one of three attitudes toward the 29+ tire size: Why would this clown bike be reviewed on Vital? I'm going to hate on it in the comments because that's what any cool mountain biker would do. I'm actually interested in th...

    Posted by sspomer on 11/5/2015 7:34 AM

  • The Good:

    The bike as a whole is amazing. Suspension design is spectacular, soaking up everything the trail throws at you. The biggers wheels matched with suspension makes this bike the ultimate downhill machine. I found my self going faster and feeling more confident through rock gardens. Super predictable, great traction, and the cornering is unreal.

    The Bad:

    Absolutely nothing

    Overall Review: This really is the complete package. If your a serious racer this is the way to go.

    Posted by lawnweenies7 on 11/2/2015 10:29 AM

  • The Good:

    geometry, Pike fork, really light, tubeless ready!

    The Bad:

    A bit pricey, shifter housing is weak, no 1 x 10 on the 7

    Overall Review: I've had this bike since March and I have ridden cross country, enduro and a small amount of downhill at Plattekill mountain. I ride at least 2-3 times a week so I feel like I've ridden this bike quite a bit. It handles well and feels good. I've jumped things, gone down chutes and done some smal...

    Posted by basement_cat on 7/15/2015 8:46 PM

  • The Good:

    Good baseline components. Looks good. Very fun ride. It climbs well and descends as well as longer travel bikes I've ridden. Pops and plays making any two a lot of fun.

    The Bad:

    The drcv shock needs a push mod to not bottom out. The frame is a bit shorter than average so you should upsize or the bike won't ride right. The fork is not query as nice as a pike, but for the price point I've had worse.

    Overall Review: I love mine now that I've installed the Push volume spacer in the rear shock. I usually ride an 18" frame but I went with a 19 and am glad I did. I recommend this bike as long as you are willing to fix the rest shock.

    Posted by taletotell on 3/22/2015 8:16 PM

  • Review by AJ Barlas // Product Photos AJ Barlas, Riding Photos Jon Anthony Almost a full year ago now, Trek revealed to the world a special sauce they'd been working on with top motorsports racing outfit, Penske. That technology was the RE:aktiv damper, a unit that took onboard Penske's advanc...

    Posted by ardor on 3/4/2015 9:03 PM

  • Reviewed by Dylan Stucki and AJ Barlas // Photos by Lear Miller After much anticipation, the Trek Slash goes carbon for 2015. The 160mm travel bike underwent a major redesign last year, gaining 27.5-inch wheels, noticeably better pedaling performance, and even more capable geometry. This all-m...

    Posted by bturman on 1/23/2015 12:17 PM

  • The Good:

    Majority of the bike

    The Bad:

    The line for the hydraulic rear brake was not very long. It is long enough to get to the brake and only enough extra to make about 90% of a bar spin.

    Overall Review: So far I have not even ridden the bike other than around in the shop. The main reason I wanted to write this review is to alert people to the fact that the bike does NOT come with the fork spec' don't Trek's website. Both Trek's website as well as the specs on here state it coming with a Rocksho...

    Posted by FlyinRyan on 1/16/2015 3:34 PM

  • The Good:

    Super stable, a smooth ride, good at climbing, sturdy yet still flickable, very maneuverable through tight corners, 2x10 drivetrain, shimano shadow plus derailleur

    The Bad:

    wish it had more powerful brakes, front derailleur could be better

    Overall Review: A very solid bike for the least expensive in its class. There is nothing that sticks out on the bike as something that needs to be improved, it seems ready to hit just about any trail right out of the box. It feels very nimble while going fast through sketchy rocky turns and feels yet super stab...

    Posted by TheDew1100 on 10/23/2014 5:43 PM

  • The Good:

    Solid components for the price, great balance of performance and cost. I haven't changed a thing from stock and it performs well on steep climbs, rocky trails, tight corners, and fast descents. A great do-it-all bike!

    The Bad:

    Tires are a bit thin on tread for rocky areas and loose-over-hard conditions. They are just "OK', but I would have liked to see the XR4's fitted on a bike like this. To really nitpick, I'd say that Trek/Fox needs to lower the recommended shock pressures. They're too high for anything but smoother trails.

    Overall Review: For reference my last two bikes were a 2012 Blur LTc and Trek Fuel EX9. Both great bikes, but the Blur was the clear favorite. The trails I normally ride (Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, CA) are rocky, technical, and rarely maintained. It's a lot like Downieville, minus the smooth flow of some of t...

    Posted by THB on 8/6/2014 2:50 PM

  • Reviewed by Steve Wentz and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear Miller The Trek Remedy has been a mainstay in the trail bike realm since before trail bikes were a must have item. For 2014 the bike received a few upgrades in the form of 27.5-inch wheels and a burlier 34mm stanchio...

    Posted by bturman on 7/22/2014 5:42 PM

  • The Good:

    well rounded bike

    The Bad:

    could use some better stock components

    Overall Review: 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,...

    Posted by rickyla2 on 6/4/2014 8:15 AM

  • The Good:


    The Bad:

    Nothing really

    Overall Review: I used to ride downhill and bmx and moved over to xc and road cycling a few years ago. For me this really is the perfect bike, although I did change the cockpit, seat and post to make it suit my endurance riding style. I have used it for everything from road racing(yes I did a 200k race in just ...

    Posted by CJPerry on 4/7/2014 8:58 AM

  • The Good:

    Great build, and very good frame weight as well. If I were to build a bike from frame up, this bike is how I would do it.

    The Bad:

    The head angle on this trek was a little too steep for my liking

    Overall Review: Riding the Trek Fuel EX9 29er The part spec on this thing was amazing, full XT all around, Fox Float front and rear, and at a price just over $4,000, that's a great value. This bike was the first 29er I've ever ridden, and I was immediately surprised on how quickly I became comfortable on it. ...

    Posted by Rconroy on 2/2/2014 10:23 AM

  • Reviewed by Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer, Lear Miller and Brandon Turman Originally introduced as a replacement to the Trek Scratch Air in 2012, the Slash was born from the desire for a ride that descended like a downhill bike but pedaled up like the well-regarded Remedy. It boaste...

    Posted by bturman on 2/2/2014 4:01 AM

  • Review by Joel Harwood // Photos by AJ Barlas and Brad Martyn The Trek Remedy 9 29 is promoted as Trek's "ultimate technical trail bike." What better place to put that statement to the test than the Coast Mountains of British Columbia? With all of the hoopla around the word "enduro," bike ma...

    Posted by hurricanejoel on 10/18/2013 7:21 PM