I have a Remedy 8 and really like it. The ride will feel likely very different between the two of them due to the different suspension platforms, though geometry looks similar-ish, with the Remedy being a bit more on the aggressive side of things. I moved from a 2017 Reign to my Remedy and notably, it’s not quite as fast on the descents, but feels more composed & precise. It climbs very well indeed.
I would definitely rather have the SLX brakes on the stumpy, but brakes are cheap. The GX eagle drivetrain on the remedy is great once you’ve got it set up nicely. I feel like for advanced riders, the Fox Rhythm grip damper forks leave a lot to be desired in terms of damping, whereas the Lyrik on the Remedy is an excellent fork.
Wheels on both are not great…
Better dropper on the Stumpy.
It’s a tough call for sure, and depends what you want out of the bike and if you plan to make upgrades!
They are closer in price than I first thought. Apparently Specialized has had a price increase since the 2019s hit the market because the original 2019 AL Comp was $3k. Glad I got my 2018 closeout at $2400. The 12 speed cassette might be nice though.
Remedy 8, $3999. (there are cheaper Remedys than the 8).