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We say long travel trail bike. Trek says lightweight all-mountain bike. All you need to know is this top of the range Trek Remedy is one hell of a ride

Words: Paul Burwell Pics: Roo Fowler

As we've said elsewhere, there's a bit of a grey area when it comes to defining all-mountain bikes and it's not any clearer when you talk to the bike companies. Trek classes the Remedy 9.9 as an all-mountain bike but it's not in the same mould as, say, an Orange Alpine 160 or even the Turner RFX reviewed overleaf. It's a couple of degrees steeper than those two bikes and is around eight or nine pounds lighter. I wouldn't be 100 per cent comfortable taking this bike for a week in the Alps but it has more travel and offers a little bit more intent over a regular 140mm trail bike so I reckon it's a lightweight, long-travel trail bike with a foot in the all-mountain camp.

The basis for this £6,500 bike is a new carbon frameset, which is reinforced using Trek's new Mountain OCLV technology. This consists of extra layers of tougher carbon-fibre in key areas, such as under the down tube, where there's a greater risk of rock damage. Trek has also added Carbon Armour to this area, which is an impact resistant polymer shield that's bonded to the tube. To offset the added weight of the Mountain OCLV a lighter carbon is used in the low stress/low impact areas of the frame. We don't know what the frame weighs but with a total bike weight of under 11kg (23.51b) it's definitely sub 51b!

The 9.9 is crammed with all the latest Trek features — E2 tapered head tube, Mag EVO Link and Hi-Lo stays, BB95 bottom bracket, which is a press-in design with a 95mm-wide shell. The BB gets net moulded precision-fit sockets and press-fit bearings. It also creates more surface area for the OCLV carbon tubes, resulting in a stronger and stiffer chassis. Both the stays are carbon and the dropouts are the new 142 x 12mm standard but ABP Convert allows you to switch back to a regular 135mm QR if required. All Remedy models have the DRCV rear shock (for more info see the Trek Remedy test in the September issue), which on the 9.9 is RP-23 and like the fork this is custom 'trail tuned' by Fox.

No expense is spared with the build kit. SRAM XX is used throughout and a 39-tooth chainring is the right size for trail riding; it's what I use. Trek is running a Joplin Crank Bros 4R 'dropper' post in the frame and includes matching line guides but I reckon there might be a Trek branded post on the horizon. DT Swiss provides the XM 1550 Tricon wheels and while they aren't that light, they are incredibly stiff.

Trek describes the Remedy as a Fuel EX on steroids; it's for the trail rider that likes to hit stuff that's a bit bigger and rougher. We call that trail riding, they can call it all-mountain; all you need to know is the Trek Remedy 9.9 is an incredible bike to do it on.

FRAME: 6061 and 6069

butted aluminium

REAR SHOCK: Fox Float RP23

REAR TRAVEL i 65mm

FRAME WEIGHT: 7 61b (3 44kg)

CONTACT: www silverfish-uk com

Turner RFX

Turner showed a prototype of the RFX at Interbike back in 2009, but due to a couple of production issues, this is the first time it's seen the light of day since. The concept of all-mountain has also evolved slightly since Dave Turner designed the original version. "Rimer now defines an all-mountain bike as something that can rip down the mountain with more confidence, so the geometry is slacker, the dynamic BB height is lower and the frame is burlier to hold a line better at higher speeds. We're not sure what changes "Rimer made over the last 12 months but when we spotted the new 2011 RFX tucked away at the back of the Turner booth at Dirt Demo, we just knew we had to take it for a spin.

This is a pretty traditional-looking frame with round aluminium rather than hyroformed tubing. The chainstays, down and top tubes are all butted, tapered and shaped but are bigger in diameter and thicker at the ends (compared with the company's 5 Spot) for increased stiffness and strength. "Rimer also runs a 1.5in head tube instead of the more common tapered one because he thinks bell-bottom head tubes look ugly. Since the performance advantage is in the steerer, he figures a 1.5 straight tube works just fine. It means he can run a wider range of forks and a Cane Creek Angleset for further geometry tuning.

The all-mountain category is one the broadest in mountain biking but Turner's new RFX brings sharp focus and devastating performance

Words: Paul Burwell Pics: Roo Fowler

Words: Paul Burwell Pics: Roo Fowler

Above: lower link offset to make room for mech Left: replaceable Shimano dropouts

Detailing on the frame is first class. All the mounts and links are machined from billet and you'll notice the lower twin-link is offset to make room for the front derailleur. Journal (or plain) bearings are featured at all the pivots with hard anodised shafts and greaseport fittings for ease of servicing. Out back a set of the new Shimano 142 x 12mm dropouts clamp a quick-release E-thru axle. The axle actually threads into a derailleur hanger, which is neater and also means if you strip the thread it'll only cost you a new hanger/dropout rather than a new swingarm. Guides under the top tube hold the remote cable for a dropper post and the RFX was one of the first bikes we rode with a RockShox Reverb seatpost.»!

Above: lower link offset to make room for mech Left: replaceable Shimano dropouts

Distance From: Peterborough = 20 Miles Leicester = 25 Miles Nottingham = 35 Miles Lincoln = 50 Miles

Kings Lynn = 50 Miles Coventry: 55 Miles

Rutland Cycling, Whitwell Leisure Park,

Giant Store Rutland, Normanton Car Park,

I Birmingham = 70 Miles | Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, | Nr Edith Weston,

London = 80 Mites Sheffield = 80 Miles

Nr. Oakham, Rutland, I LE15 8BL.

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