The redesigned Trek Remedy 8 is billed as a capable all-mountain bike. Three of our riders rode this bike for a week to see get its vital ride characteristics. We found the Remedy 8 to be a lively bike with sharp steering that is less comfortable on technical singletrack than we expected. If you dial back the difficulty to more moderate levels, the bike is a predictable and capable performer. Climbing abilities are mediocre and the bike relies heavily on its climb switch to reduce pedal bob. The Remedy, with its 150mm of rear wheel travel, slots firmly into the aggressive trail or very light-enduro category. In reality, it isn't as confident as we'd like a bike in that travel range to be. The $3,299 price tag for this aluminum framed bike is sensible given its RockShox Pike RC fork and SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain.
Trek's Remedy 8 can indeed do-it-all. That said, we were not particularly impressed by its performance on any area of the trail. There are some better options out there in the same aggressive trail category. The 2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude Alloy 50 does everything a little better than the Remedy and is a better buy than the Trek. The 2018 Canyon Spectral possesses solid climbing abilities and reliable and aggressive desceding skills at an outstanding value.