I am pretty new to all this MTB tech and so unsure of what bike to upgrade to. After reading reviews, pouring over specs and hours of videos I have narrowed it down to a 2017 Trek Remedy 7 OR 2018 Scott Genius 750…. ????Help!! Any and all advice welcome! ????
@NJordie: “I am pretty new to all this MTB tech and so unsure of what bike to upgrade to. After reading reviews, pouring over specs and hours of videos I have narrowed it down to a 2017 Trek Remedy 7 OR 2018 Scott Genius 750…. ????Help!! Any and all advice welcome! ????”
Long answer: Outside of the fact that you’re interested in a couple of common trail bikes you are not giving anyone much to go on. Do you wander into restaurants and just ask the server for something to eat? Some information that may be useful in advising your selection is your experience, the kind of/location of the trails you ride or want to ride, what you are “upgrading” from, your budget, your mechanical ability (eg how much can you maintain, adjust, repair on your your bike?), what about your selections catches your eye and have your demoed them?
Short answer: The Scott because I don’t like Trek.
Short answer: go Trek. They make the best bikes in the world – end of discussion. Scott is lame 😉
Long answer: I agree that you haven’t really given enough information for anyone to really give any meaningful insight. But if it were me i would start with a common trail bike. A typical trail bike would be a Trek Fuel Ex or a Giant Trance. A trail bike is designed to be an all rounder and should be enough for maybe 90% (?) of all riders. If you find it doesn’t cope well if you are riding rougher/aggressive then go up to something more robust such as a Remedy or Reign. But you might also find that even a trail might feel like its too much so you would go with something with a bit more finesse such as a Top Fuel or Anthem. The trick is to find the right amount of bike for what you ride – having too much travel is as bad as not having enough. Also i think for a beginner you should stick to the big brands so you get a brand guarantee.
Both great bikes, you can’t go wrong with either one. Shoot, they even weigh almost exactly the same! (The Scott is 0.2 lbs. heavier.)
Personally, I would prefer the Remedy 7 for the drivetrain alone since it’s 1×11, while the Scott is set up 2×10. The only other big difference is the Scott comes with plus tires, so you should decide if that’s what you want.
Thanks everyone for the advice and discussion. Yeah – sorry for the lack of info (I wanted to write a post but had the 4yr old ‘wanting to go ride her bike’ so who could refuse! I ride a mixture of single track and jeep… basically, the longer I am on my bike and the further out in the wopwops (NZ kiwi slang for back country) the better. I spend some time in bike parks but not big into blasting down hill – more into XC/trail but really would ride anything.
Needless to say I put down a deposit on the Trek today. I had to be speedy because it’s about the last large in the country (unless I buy on line and I am not keen on that and also wanted to support a local independently owned bike shop rather than a large ‘bike buying-selling’ online machine. This local shop has serviced my OLD Merida Matts Sub 40 for the past 3 years).
I think the life warranty on the Trek frame and the ‘sick’ looking black on black looking frame (as well as the shop giving me a great discount and awesome service plan) helped nudge me to the Trek. Picking it up next week and then….. (been out the saddle for 5 months as the Merida ‘died a death’ after I rode it well beyond what it was designed for and I didn’t have cash to get a new bike. The old girl did well though.
Living in isolated New Zealand in my opinion you are better off sticking with the big 3 brands (Trek, Giant, Specialised) so you have support if something goes wrong. In Australia i have had issues with certain companies not giving me the support i would have if i were living elsewhere. I can only imagine for you it would be worse. Enjoy your Trek 😉