In addition to an updated 2011 Fuel EX, Trek’s modified their Remedy and Scratch bikes with updates to the frame and spec.
Like the Fuel EX, there aren’t dramatic changes in terms of geometry or handling, rather refinements and options, with the biggest change being a full carbon fiber version of the Remedy.
Above, the Scratch Air model takes advantage of an air shock to drop some weight and gets new shock and fork tunes like the others.Â Where the normal Scratch is a full-on freeride bike with 180mm of travel, the Air version gets 170mm rear and 160mm front thanks to a Fox RP23 and 36, respectively. The Crank Brothers Joplin drop post and a small 24/36T double crankset with bash guard make it more of a ‘Technical Trail’ bike for those pushing the boundaries of all-mountain but not quite ready to ride free.
More photos and specs for both the Remedy and Scratch after the break…
Trek’s full suspension line up uses the Full Floater design on everything from the XC racing Top Fuel (which will get some updates later this year) to the Downhill-ready Session.
Flip the Mino Link pivot bolt on the back of the one-piece Evo rocker arm and you can adjust the geometry of the head angle. Thanks to this gadget, both the longer travel coil sprung version and the Air models start with the same geometry. Where they go from there is up to you.
The Scratch gets a beefier version of Trek’s new ABP Convert called ABP Convert FR (Freeride) that lets you swap between 142×12 and 135×12 rear axles.
Both the Trek Remedy and Scratch come with this rubbery downtube guard. It’s removable, unlike the glued on versions on the Fuel EX, and is also available for aftermarket purchase to fit any alloy Remedy or Scratch from 2008 – 2011.
The driveside chainstay comes with a replaceable chainslap guard.
2011 TREK REMEDY
Like the Fuel EX, the Remedy gets all carbon frames for their high end models. Shown above is the range topping Remedy 9.9, which shares many of the features on the Fuel EX, just adding travel and a drop seatpost.
All of the bikes use Trek’s E2 headset, which is a fancy way of saying it’s an 1-1/8″ to 1.5″ tapered headtube with inset headsets. The Remedy 9.9 gets a Fox 32 TALAS 150/120mm fork with QR15 axle.
Whether Trek is showcasing the Remedy’s ability to climb like an XC bike or SRAM’s durability, the bike is spec’d with the lightweight XX drivetrain and brakes.
The rear end uses the new ABP Convert, letting you run 142×12 or standard 135 QR axles.
The stays are now all carbon on the Remedy, saving about 100g off the frame weight.
Look just past those and you’ll notice the 9.9 is spec’d with DT Swiss wheels. This is interesting because Trek’s known for outfitting their bikes with Bontrager components when possible, and Bonty makes plenty of wheelsets. Of course, DT Swiss used to make the hubs for the Bontrager wheels, so there is some history of the companies working together.
A direct mount front derailleur makes things clean and easy, and it allows for more aggressive tube shaping and bends.