I was lucky enough to get to test out the new Trek Remedy 9.9 this week in my favorite forest, Pisgah. For those not familiar with Pisgah; it's a 490,000 acre forest spread over 12 counties in western North Carolina with mile high peaks, cascading waterfalls, , and most importantly it has over 275 miles of some of the most remote and rugged hiking and biking trails on the east coast. The picture to the left is actually a fairly easy trail by Pisgah standards. To ride Pisgah, you drive out into the woods pretty deep and then ride your bike really deep into the forest. It's common to ride for 3-4 hours or more to complete a ride. I can't even describe in words how good it is for my soul to be out there. I have always loved being in the woods. Especially when there is no civilization for 20 miles in any direction. It's really refreshing when you stop at the top of a climb (that you may have been climbing for an hour or more) and listen to the noise. What is the noise I hear? Absolutely nothing. Not a sound, unless the wind is blowing the leaves in the trees. Then you are rewarded with some of the best descents you are ever likely to ride on a bike.
My new Trek Remedy is the perfect weapon for riding in Pisgah. It's light enough (24 lbs. 14 ozs.) for the climb and built to take the abuse of steep, technical descents. It handled it's business. If you haven't ridden Pisgah, plan on it soon. Just be ready, because afterwards all your going to think about is how and when you can go again!