TWO HEADS ARE
BETTER THAN ONE
The story of the Fuel EX 29 and Remedy
29 begins with the merger of Fisher and Trek.
For many years, Fisher Bicycles, the pioneers
of 29-inch wheels, was owned by Trek, yet
the two operated independently of each
other. Each had their own product managers,
designers, engineers and riders.
As 29-inch wheels came of age, Trek
realized the best strategy was to pool their
resources and move the two forward as one
unit under the Trek name. This merger first
materialized in the 2011 model year, but
according to Trek, we’re really just seeing the
full effects of the meeting of the minds now
with these two models.
With the Fuel EX 29 and Remedy 29, Trek
was able to pick and choose the most applicable technologies developed from each brand.
From the Trek side, they used a rocker-link-driven, full-floater, ABP suspension design.
The bikes also stay true to the Gary Fisher
heritage by using G2 geometry, which pioneered the use of a further-offset fork (at 51
millimeters) to help 29-inch bikes steer more
lively at slower speeds, and the DRCV shock
ROCK AND ROLL
According to Trek, what really defines
how the bike works on the trail is how the
shock and frame work together, specifically
by tuning the leverage ratio. The Fuel EX and
Remedy both use a rocker-link-driven system
rather than the swing-link design used on
Fisher models and shorter-travel Trek models.
While Trek admits the swing-link layout
works great up to about 4 inches of travel (it
is used on their Superfly 100 cross-country
bike), anywhere beyond that travel length,
the leverage ratio develops a humped curve—
Big-wheel boost: With 29-inch wheels, the
Remedy becomes even more confidence-inspiring
than before, especially in loose corners or wheel-
grabbing rock gardens.
Trek gives their Fuel EX and Remedy a big-wheel makeover
Trek invited us out to the desert trails of Sedona, Arizona, for what they were calling the “ultimate ride.” This ulti- mate ride was not a 27.5-inch model intro, as some of
the wrecking crew had speculated. Instead, Trek has taken two
of their most popular platforms—the Fuel EX and the Remedy—
and looked to make them more capable and versatile than ever
with the help of 29-inch wheels.
Combining The Best
Of Both Worlds
Photos by Sterling Lorence and Dan Milner