It wasn’t but a couple weeks ago that Trek surprised us all by throwing a few 650B mountain bikes into the ring, and they brought them out to Crankworx for demo. Unfortunately, time was tight on my visit, so I didn’t get to ride them. But I did get photos and weights!
True to form this year, Trek seems to be trickling out the new models to the world, not really showing their hand until the bikes are just about ready to ship. Or, in the case of their new 29er Fuel EX and Remedy, after they’ve shipped. What this means for you is that once you’ve read about the bikes here, they’re most likely on your dealer’s floor or, in the case of the new Ticket slopestyle bikes, headed there pretty soon.
Read on for actual weights and detail shots on the new 27.5″ bikes…
The Remedy comes in at 28.06lbs (size 18.5 – 12.73kg). These were spec’d with slightly different stems and bars than what’ll come stock, but the weight is within a couple ounces of accurate. Both are full production frames and parts.
We weighed the Remedy 9.8, which is second from the top and has a carbon mainframe and seatstays with alloy chainstays. Fox suspension and an XT 2×10 group and brakes are about the only non-Bontrager parts spec’d on the bike.
Both the Remedy and Slash 650B bikes were ground up redesigns to get the geometry right for the middle wheel size.
Trek’s Full Floater suspension is magical. 140mm for the Remedy.
The Slash comes in at 29.59lbs (size 21.5 – 13.42kg).
The Slash is the more enduro-ready 160mm bike. The top model gets a mixed bag of SRAM 1×11 drivetrain parts
There’s a cable port for internal runs of the front derailleur on bikes so equipped. There’s also internal routing through the top tube for non-stealth dropper posts.
Even the biggest size has plenty of standover clearance.
Non-stealth dropper post routing exits just in front of the seat tube.
There’s adequate clearance for Bontrager’s Team Issue XR4 27.5×2.35 tire, but you might lose mud clearance with anything bigger.