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2017 trek remedy rsl review


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By badchef - Posted on 10 July 2017

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

After owning this bike for 6 months i thought i would do a review....
Size is 19.5 and i am 173cm tall, this fits me perfectly although the seatube is a little taller than i would like ,and in the steep stuff the seat can bang me in the arse (????)forcing me foward a little more than i would want, i have remedied (no pun) this by using a 35mm rise bar instead of stock and cutting width to 760mm.
I run the bike in the steeper setting everywhere and the geometry etc feels balanced.overall im happy with sizing and glad i didnt go down to a 18.5.
Now im gunna get this out of the way , its a heavy pig. 15.5kg with pedals...yep,tubless, it can feel a bit sluggish in the tight flatter stuff and bobs a bit with out the rear lockout on, but with lockout on it sits high in the rear and
motors up everything i ride around gungin, making the bike feel lighter than it is.
Goind down and jumping is what this bike is built for, the weight is less apparent and the geo really starts to shine, this bike has really given me the confidence to go harder and ride things i previously got off and walked around.
Now for the bad stuff....
Seat dropper lasted half a dozen rides..
Rear hub was dragging and not engaging , slipping under load pedalling out of corners.
The deluxe rt3 shock was sticky off the top and blew through its travel too quick, even though it had 2 volume spaces fitted....
The lyrik fork had problems with the air valve on top of left leg, thus not connecting a shock pump properly...
And the latest.... ive cracked the rear triangle, non drive side near a brake cable tab about 6 to 7 inches from the main lower pivot.....yep not happy man...

To be fair my lbs has been really good and taken care of it all..
New seat dropper warranty..
Repacked rear hub with better grease, no skipping now good engagement..
Sent shock off to rockshox, rs inspected and serviced it (no problem with it they say), but shock is now smooth off the top and feels more progressive....
Lbs replace air valve in fork, works perfect now...
Waiting on replacement rear triangle from the US of A, nearly 3 weeks but that Oz for ya....

So in summary i like the fit and geometry, all the specced parts work well, its heavy and needs to be muscled everywhere but i like that, its not nimble and flicky, just kinda point n shoot, no restrictions from knockblock, cant feel it riding,its a heavy duty bike for heavy duty riding.....until it brakes

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