Bike Check: Emily Batty’s Custom Canyon Exceed CFR

Mar 17, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
The Canyon website jokes that the CFR's ultralight frame is made from unicorn hair and with the weight and color of this bike, you'd almost believe it.

Olympian Emily Batty has teamed up with Canyon after more than a decade with Trek. With this change, Emily has new custom-painted bikes, a new colorful kit, and a new teammate, Canadian U23 National Champion Laurie Arsenault, who will be riding and racing a similar bike setup to Emily's.

Emily’s two race bikes will be the Canyon Lux CF SLX and the Canyon Exceed CFR. Both will feature Canyon's integrated cockpit, Schwalbe tires, XTR everything, and DT Swiss 1200 wheels.

Today we have some glamor shots and info about the team's raciest bike, the Exceed CFR hardtail.
Frame: Canyon Exceed CFR, size XS
Fork: Fox 32 Step-Cast, 100 mm, 60-70 PSI
Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph (R) and Racing Ray (F) 2.25" 18-23 PSI
Wheels: 29" DT Swiss XRC 1200, 25mm or 30mm
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 1x12, 10-51 cassette, 32t-36t chainring
Brakes: Shimano XTR
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Cockpit: Canyon CP008 integrated cockpit, 70mm stem, -17 degree rise
Saddle and grips: Ergon

The Exceed CFR frame claims to weigh just 835g / 1.84 lbs in size medium, making it one of the lightest hardtails money can buy (just behind the Specialized Epic and Unno Aora, which both weigh a claimed 790g). Although it's a purebred XC race bike through and through, it has relatively balanced geometry designed to make it shine both uphill and back down, with a 69-degree head tube angle, a 75-degree seat tube angle, and a 392mm reach on Emily's XS bike.

Canyon says this version hasn't been weighed yet, but considering the stock build comes to about 19 lbs, it's likely that this one is pretty absurdly light.

The Fox Factory 32 is the step-cast version, which cuts down weight and aerodynamic resistance by narrowing the fork's lowers, thereby also providing spoke and rotor clearance.

Canyon's integrated cockpit is one of the cool weight-saving features of this bike.

Emily runs Canyon's integrated cockpit CP008 with a 70mm stem and negative rise of 17 degrees, keeping her in an aggressive race position. The intriguing one-piece bar and stem combo, designed specifically for Canyon's XC racers, helps minimize weight and improve aerodynamics. It also features a unique cable routing system with ports in the headset that allow the rear derailleur and brake cables to enter the frame with minimal extra length, further shaving grams.

XTR everything.

The team will run Shimano XTR brakes, pedals, and 1x12 drivetrains. Unlike many XC competitors who will be racing SRAM's AXS wireless system, the Shimano racers rely on mechanical systems, though we may see that change sooner rather than later. A 10-51 cassette provides plenty of range, especially using chainrings from 32t to 36t depending on the course.

Tan walls and stylish valve lock nuts add flair to this bike.

Each bike will have a Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25" (rear) and Racing Ray 2.25" (front) mounted on DT Swiss' top-of-the-line XRC 1200 wheels. There will be some variation here, with the internal rim width of either 25mm or 30mm depending on the course and tire pressure ranging from 18-23 PSI.

4iii makes attractive, unobtrusive yet effective power meters.

In terms of other bits and bobs, the team will use 4iii's Shimano crank power meters, Wahoo electronic training gear, Ergon parts at the critical bike-body contact points, and Momum tubeless valves and bike care products.

The team: Emily Batty, Laurie Arsenault, mechanic Mark Batty, and manager / trainer / Emily's husband Adam Morka.

The Canyon Lux CF SLX will take over when the courses demand more suspension, and will sport almost the same parts as the Exceed CFR, with the addition of a Fox DPS Float shock at 110 PSI.

The Canadian duo is set to start the race season April 24th at Bike the Rock for the 20th anniversary of the classic German event. For blog posts, schedule information, and more about the team, visit


  • 70 2
 So... what does it weigh? Am I blind?
  • 106 0
 Probably about 10,000 pounds gb
  • 15 1
 In lbs? Depends on the current exchange rate.
  • 20 0
 Approximately one unicorn.
  • 6 0
 @toad321: Probably Exceeds that.
  • 13 0
 @craigcanucks: way less than a Unicorn. I would say closer to one and a half woodland elf’s.
  • 5 0
 @teethandnails - So light it doesn’t register on the scale
  • 1 0
 @T-Bot: whats the ratio of unicorns to woodland elves?
  • 36 0
 I love seeing more color in kit and bikes!
  • 26 30
flag rrolly (Mar 17, 2021 at 9:22) (Below Threshold)
 I love colour too, just not all of them at the same time. This colour scheme will not age well.
  • 21 1
 @rrolly: Maybe not, but I love it right now. Finally, something that ties in the Fox orange lowers well.
  • 7 15
flag CH125 (Mar 17, 2021 at 9:35) (Below Threshold)
 It looks OK, but I am not a fan of it for a Pro Raceteam.
  • 79 2
 @CH125: I'm always shocked to read that the opinions of fans like yourself are not considered when these decisions are made. You deserved better.
  • 9 1
 @CH125: I think it looks great for Laurie And Emily. But it'd be a little loud for non pro.
  • 8 8
 The 80's called and they want their riding kits back!
  • 9 0
 @mi-bike: Half the fun about being a sports fan is having thoughts, discussions and opinions about uniforms, players/racers or the sport itself with like minded sports fans. Do you agree?
  • 18 1
 @Thirty3: yes, I agree.

In turn, you may agree with me that the *other* half of the fun is making snarky comments in the comment section of a popular website of the your sport of choice.
  • 6 3
 @lehott: The 90's called, and they want their lame jokes back.
  • 9 0
 @rrolly: Who cares if it ages well. It looks great now and they'll have a new look in a year or so.
  • 4 1
 @mi-bike: oh, you mean being a snarky bitch
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: As someone that teaches in a high school and was born in the 80s, I can 100% tell you that you are massively wrong. Color combos like this have never gone away. Kids are constantly wearing stuff like this. I have even see Hypercolor jackets.
  • 1 0
 @jmhills: As someone that also teaches in a high school and was a teen in the 80's, I can tell you that you're welcome to your opinion. There are trends that last, and others that don't. I would bet that this one won't. I would be surprised if they rode the same kits next year. And three years from now if you asked them to chose their favourites, I would be very surprised if they chose this one.
  • 41 9
 Sweet gravel bike
  • 18 1
 Makes you wonder if Laurie Arsenault feels like the (4th) 5th wheel with the Batty family team? Jokes aside; Emily appears to be happier being on the Canyon program. Wishing this team butt-kicking results in the future.
  • 14 1
 Probably not. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up out performing Emily,
  • 14 2
 I eat steaks and Burgers that weigh more then that frame!
  • 14 0
 I've done... nevermind, Pinkbike doesn't need that amount of TMI.
  • 1 4
 @nzandyb: top comment
  • 8 0
 Those brake levers point (almost) straight down.
  • 5 0
 Brakes only slow you down!
  • 6 0
 she probably doesn't use them.
  • 4 1
 Doesn't Batty brake with her middle fingers? I've seen a few pics with her operating the levers like that
  • 1 0
 It's for maximum brake grip when going up hill.
  • 15 1
 Next head to head. Yoann and Emily argue brake levers.
  • 6 0
 What is the total bike weight? I'm guessing close to 18lbs if the production version is 19lbs.
  • 8 2
 Something seems different about her bike, but she owned so many I can't keep trek.
  • 7 0
 Good thing that step-cast fork reduces aerodynamic resistance. Come on!
  • 7 1
 It is so light that I do not even know how much...
  • 10 5
 Am I reading this right? "Canyon Lux CF SLX" "with XTR everything", surely that's a marketing miss?
  • 8 3
 No no, it's the SLX build, just everything replaced with XTR after. Easy!
  • 17 3
 The name of the bike itself has no connection to Shimano
  • 7 0
 SLX is the carbon frame type, SLX is the lightest most expensive frame option
  • 27 1
 Guess my comments tongue in cheek context was too subtle.

Naming your Carbon after Shimano's very popular group level? Not subtle and terribly confusing.
  • 11 15
flag privateer-wheels (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:24) (Below Threshold)
 @Cerrone: Trim level acronyms like SX, LS, EX, SE, LX, SLX, GT, XT, XTR are not something Shimano came up with. These are very common in the auto industry. You can buy a Subaru Forester XT, a Ford F-150 XTR. I think we all know the Subaru doesn't come with an XT drive-train. And we can be just as certain the F-150 is not equipped with the new XTR 9100 group set. And they are not named after Shimano are more than the Canyon is. I see where the confusion might come in when someone doesn't realize Shimano didn't invent these acronyms. But now yuo know, they didn't, and they can be applied to frames, cars, trucks, boats, and whatever else.
  • 5 2
 @privateer-wheels: Different concept. If the auto industry utilized only 1 of 2 tire trims that had standardized names that conflicted w/ the name of the vehicle itself, it would be just as confusing (and a more relatable analog in this scenario). I.e. if the Bridgestone SLX and the BFG GX were the ONLY major tires available for ALL vehicles, and Ford named their new car the F-150 GX, the consumer would assume the GX tire comes included in that spec.

It is absolutely a marketing miss to utilize the same naming convention of another product that is immediately recognizable in the industry and then up-spec, as a skimming consumer will assume that it is specced w/ the very recognizable product. Marketers and product managers should be making things as simple as possible for the consumer (remember, we're all kinda dumb) to limit the risk of confusion.
  • 5 1
 @privateer-wheels: Yeah, my treadmill has XTR in the name, but it isn't confusing...because it's a treadmill. Of course other products have trim level acronyms. Of course Shimano didn't even that idea.

If somebody told me they bought a new MOUNTAIN BIKE and rattled off SLX, of course I'm going to think it has a Shimano SLX build level. Of all other acronym possibilities they fell on SLX after Shimano has had it for years and years? Not the brightest move.
Just wait til I start a new company that makes MTB bars and stems. I'll call it FaceRace. And I'll have models called X01, Advent, and XT. Nobody should get confused right?
  • 5 6
 My apologies. Sincerely. This isn't really something I would sweat about myself, but by all means fill your boots hombres.
  • 1 0
 @mrkkbb: nope, its CFR with carbon fiber Toray M40X
  • 1 0
 sorry, wrong comment, cant delete it..
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels: Not sweating it - just wanted to clarify OPs position as it may be helpful insight for the brand and their naming conventions moving forward.
  • 7 0
  • 6 1
 That's a great looking bike.
  • 2 0
  • 3 0
 Quite light. Batty's XS frame has to be quite lighter than the medium.
  • 3 0
 Indeed. she somehow manages to eek out even more weight savings when swapping to 26" hoops
  • 2 0
 Looks awesome. I’ll be curious to see how often they use the hardtails over the FS bikes.
  • 3 1
 Why to they call the stems negative rise? Would it be better to call it a drop stem.
  • 2 0
 Wait, since when did XC bikes start looking good? Or is it just me getting older..
  • 6 5
 Is not having a dropper post a badge of honor in the XC world or something?
  • 7 1
 There’s an inverted DT Swiss dropper on the Lux. ????‍♂️

The places they’ll run the hard tail are the places weight is critical, so kind of makes sense not to have the dropper on the Exceed.
  • 3 1
 What discipline did she win 2 world championships?
  • 4 0
 Two world championship medals in XCO: Bronze in 2016 and 2018, 4th at the 2016 Olympics.
  • 2 0
 I sense Dragon Heartstring
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous bike and kit. Looking forward to seeing it and the lux in action. Any clue when ambitions kicks off again?
  • 1 0
 Exceed now has a slacker head tube angle than the Lux, which means the Lux is about to be updated.
  • 1 0
 I heard Canyon has the best customer service and reliability in the entire industry. Is that true?
  • 1 0
 Love most things about this bike, but 781 mm standover in a XS and 803 mm in a Small is too high. Hurts just to think about.
  • 1 0
 Sub 2 pound frame! Amazing ! I home Emily does great at the races . Canadian Red bull sponsored super star.
  • 1 0
 How does this compare to the hyper carbon x?
  • 1 0
 It exceeded my expectations.
  • 1 0
 Upside down stems!! Arrgh!!
  • 5 6
 Does anyone think Unicorn jokes are funny anymore? Seems like that's Millennial Karen level crap these days. Right up there with calling someone out on their "Sock Game"
  • 2 0
 Beautiful bike.
  • 1 0
 All the worries over acronyms is a BFD. IMHO................
  • 1 0
 What size is Emily’s handlebar??
  • 1 0
 Me thinks ill stick to me DH bike.
  • 1 0
 No dropper? What year is this, 2010?
  • 1 2
 She'll probably have a much better season with better equipment and personal support.
  • 1 3
 This is probably about as strong a crisp packet.
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