I don't know anything about the Remedy but I've just bought a 2010 Zesty 714 (I think it's the same frame as the 914). I took it out for its first proper test yesterday and wrote my impressions below. To give you an idea of what the impressions are based on: I ride in the mountains just to the north of Madrid. The riding is very dry and dusty, rocky, rooty singletrack through pine forests; the longest descent I did yesterday starts at 1600m and finishes around 1200m.
So, here are my impressions (I'm comparing it against a Yeti 575 from 2006):
- It is a very fast bike. I took it out for its first proper test yesterday and it really killed my old bike. It's really good on rough, rooty, rocky technical Singletrack - it really carries speed. The suspension action is really smooth so obstacles that would have slowed me down on the Yeti just flew by. I found it a bit harder to control when the trail gets steep but that maybe me just getting used to the Formula brakes which are more of an on-off button than a brake.
- Cornering: it grips really well in the corners, which I put down to the suspension action. I've got exactly the same tyres (ie the exact same pair) as I had on the Yeti so the test is pretty accurate.
- Climbing. It's a light and rigid frame and the XT wheels feel nice and light so it climbs well, especially on long, steady "dig-in" type climbs.
The not so good.
They have a reputation for needing quite a bit of looking after. The rear end gets loose and needs its bushings replacing once a year. Check for play where the seat stay joins the chain stay. V. easy job to fix but makes a hell of a noise when you crank the pedals hard in a big gear. They also eat through bearings quite quickly, I'm told. Also the bottom bracket they come with is well known for being crap. When I bought mine I asked on here and was told to check round the bottom bracket for cracks. Apparently a couple of frames have snapped there.
Hope this helps you make the decision. Right now I'm still in the honeymoon period but nevertheless, If I could go back to the moment I handed over the money for my new bike, would I do it again? Yes, definitely. Knowing what I know now about how fast it is, I'd have been happy to pay more for it.
ps - careful with the sizing. They come up large. My Zesty is a small and I'm a shade under 5 foot 8. It fits me very well but if I was an inch taller I think I'd fall between the small and the medium.