Emily Batty may have missed out on a medal at this year's summer Olympics in Rio by just a few bike lengths, but she has consistently proven herself a podium contender over the years. Batty's most recent Palmares include a bronze at the 2016 World Championships, a gold medal at this year's Canadian championships (her second national title to date), and the top spot in the 2015 Pan American Games. In short, Batty is always a threat for the win.
Here's a glimpse of her ride for this final round of the World Cup. Batty is known for her willingness to pare down her rig to the barest of essentials--opting, for instance, to ride a Trek Procaliber hardtail in Rio. Clearly, she's expecting something more from this course in Andorra, as she's brought along her Trek Top Fuel.
It's not as if Batty's personal Top Fuel weighed much in the first place. At 21.76 pounds Batty's full-suspension bike was already a testament to just how far companies can dive down the rabbit hole while paring down every last ungrateful gram. But, clearly, there were still some grams to be slaughtered here. The paint had to go. This frame eschews the teal-colored paint you may have seen on Batty's previous race bikes in favor of a simple UV-inhibiting clear coat. Batty ran the same mean-lean finish on her hardtail at this year's Olympics in Brazil. And, no, we don't know how many grams were actually shaved here, but someone thought it was worth doing.
Remember the days when a cable would suffice? Well, for most of us, cables still do get the job done. Handily. But a whole lot of pros are running Shimano's Di2 drivetrains and Batty's no exception. She's running a single-ring XTR affair (with what appears to be a touchingly-humane 46-tooth bail-out cog) and an MRP upper guide.
The Di2 clickety bits are just the tip of the electronic iceberg. Batty's Fox suspension gets the same treatment.
Fox cleaved a half pound off their already featherlight 32 cross-country forks this spring with the introduction of the 32 Step-Cast fork. Just how light is "lightweight" now? The 27.5 version of the Step-Cast 32 weighs a claimed 1,355 grams (2.98 pounds). While the fork contains the same Float air spring as its immediate predecessor, the Step Cast's shaved down chassis deserves credit for the weight loss. Batty is using a stock Step-Cast, albeit the top-rung ($1,569) model equipped with Fox's FIT iRD electronically-activated compression damper.
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