Emily Batty's Procaliber SL vs Top Fuel - Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Cup 2017

Aug 3, 2017 at 17:11
by Vernon Felton  



It's been a strong 2017 so far for Emily Batty. Batty kicked off the season with a fifth-place result at Sea Otter and has managed top ten finishes in eight of her past nine races, including a win at the Canadian National Championships a couple weeks ago.

The Trek Factory XC rider, however, faces a new dilemma coming into this weekend's competition at Mont Sainte Anne: Which bike should she ride? Hardtail or full-suspension? Batty landed on the podium here last year after battling it out aboard her Procaliber hardtail, but this year the course is more than a little rough. Photographer, Matt Delorme, sat down with Batty and got her take on which bike might be the better choice this time around.



bigquotesThis year, in my opinion, is one of the roughest versions of the cross-country course. There’s a lot more roots exposed it seems, there’s so much chatter on each lap.
Emily Batty Trek


So, Mont Sainte Anne is a little rougher—a lot rougher, actually—than it has been in year’s past. I understand you’re on the fence about which bike to ride:
Full suspension or hardtail?


I am on the fence. Normally, in the past, at Mont Sainte Anne, I’ve raced the Top Fuel. But last year I really liked the ProCal, which was unusual because nobody was racing hardtails."

Why did you wind up riding the hardtail then?


I realized that the climbs were where that race was going to be won or lost—it wasn’t going to be decided by the technical sections. But, this year, the technical, absolutely is going to have a huge role.


Emily Batty Trek
No matter which bike Batty rides, comfort is not going to be her top priority, as evidenced by the foam grips.
Emily Batty Trek
Just in case she needs a reminder that this is a World Cup event...


The technical factor has gone up a notch?


Absolutely. This year, in my opinion, is one of the roughest versions of the cross-country course. There’s a lot more roots exposed it seems, there’s so much chatter on each lap.


Emily Batty Trek
Batty's been riding both bikes this week, but the Top Fuel seems likely to get the nod. The Procaliber SL isn't your typical hardtail--it features Trek's hinged IsoSpeed Decoupler, which decouples the seat tube from the top tube and allows the seat tube to flex more than normal. IsoSpeed is a feature that showed up first on their Domane road bikes back in 2012 and it makes the Procaliber SL more of a soft-tail, really. The effect, however, is subtle. The Top Fuel's Fox rear shock, however, would come in handy on a course as burly as this one has turned out to be. Like the rest of Batty's bike, the Fox damper gets the electric treatment.

You've been experimenting with both bikes?


Yeah, I did some laps on the hardtail this week and it wasn’t nearly as fun to ride [laughs], so I’m still up in the air as to what I’m going to race—the hardtail or the full suspension. I will probably decide once the weather settles out.

Emily Batty Trek
Wires here...
Emily Batty Trek
...and wires there.

You mean if it rains you'll probably run the full-suspension bike?


Not necessarily. Sometimes when it rains I want less of a bike. Because the speeds are lower. I mean the full suspension is hands-down the most fun to ride and it’s good for preserving your energy, but I race really well on the Procal.

Emily Batty Trek
Give 'er! No front derailleurs required. XTR 1x gets the job done.


What do you like about the hardtail?


It’s really light. And for me, I’m a 106 pounds, so the bike’s weight makes a very big difference. And the climbs are steep here. We’re doing about 145 meters of climbing, so I really feel the weight difference on a course like this.


Emily Batty Trek
No matter which bike Batty chooses, she'll be running on 27.5 wheels this year. Her bikes are both equipped Bontrager Kovee XXX carbon wheels and Bontrager XR1 Team Issue tires. It's a fairly strapping wheelset, actually, for an XC racing application, with its 29mm internal width. Bontrager, however, gave the rim a failry shallow profile (just 27mm) to lend a bit more compliance and keep weight to a minimum. To that end, Bontrager claims the Kovee XXX is their lightest carbon rim to date...not that Emily Batty has ever had a problem getting wheels to roll quickly.



162 Comments

  • 158 33
 Just a thought, but instead of objectifying her like a lot of the comments so far, perhaps you should consider and comment on the fact that she could kick our collective asses on pretty much any kind of terrain and/or bike. She's kinda a badass. Just saying.
  • 12 84
flag es7ebanlv (Aug 3, 2017 at 18:32) (Below Threshold)
 I'm fairly sure I could beat her. On a looong straight line.
  • 7 4
 Seriously, just a teal bike with an amazingly strong engine and some orange forks
  • 125 11
 I think it is a very good indication that our society is too politically correct when someone can't say a beautiful woman is beautiful with out calling it objectifying. Only a few people made comments that would be considered lewed by all but the most conservative and some how this comment gets lots up up votes? Let's face it she is a great biker and she is gorgeous. If you have a problem with either one your the problem.
  • 17 6
 Have you seen her cover of Sportsnet magazine "Canada's Hottest Athletes" She knows what she's doing- let her live! You don't need to show us how woke you are but hopefully your hearts in the right place. End the patriarchy inside.
  • 31 9
 50% of the world's population likes looking at hot chicks. That's a lot of people. If it annoys you I suggest you get some psychological help, because it's never going to change.
  • 16 19
 I posted this comment when most of the comments (now downvoted) were only about her looks.

If you want to look at hot chicks, there are other websites for that. The reason Emily is famous isn't because of her looks (though she certainly has no problem showing them off, and benefiting her career) but because of the reason we go to this website: bikes.

I think all I'm asking for here is people to show some respect for her as a rider and a person, not just as a female body.
  • 25 13
 @jaame: yes but at the same time when you say it like that it's like taking your pants off when your daughter asks you where do babies come from. Or you and your woman watching Oceans's Eleven and her saying that she bets George Clooney or Brad Pitt would screw her better than you do and that Andy Garcia is a great listener. Some things go better without saying because all know that and it's only the 10% of pricks on one side and white knights on the other that ruin it for the rest of men
  • 9 2
 @ratedgg13: All very well, but can you say Yana Belomoina (currently the highest ranking woman) is as well known to the average PB user? Batty gets way more coverage on this site than any other female xc racer, I wonder why?
  • 6 3
 @metaam: Because she's Canadian. There are always riders that are more discreet than others, or their staff don't let them do interviews. In DH, we don't hear much of Thirion for example. Always Minaar, Vergier...
  • 10 3
 @WAKIdesigns: In no way does saying 50% of the worlds population likes looking at hot chicks equate with taking your pants off in front of your daughter. You should heed your own advice- some things (blatent stupidity included) are better left unsaid.
Emily is a very successful racer who also happens to be very attractive. She's exploited both talents to gain financially.
The issue here is (I've only seen one example, but not read all the comments) is that 'some' feel PB is as welcoming of their horrifying boorishness as their mates down the pub. Well (I would hope) it's not! This is a public forum that anyone can view, mtbers or not. It doesn't really cast us in the best light if disgusting comments are tolerated. We all say stupid things from time to time not realising their full implications, but some statements are simply self-evidently wrong.
So I suggest, if not in life then at least on public forums- if you want to say something about a woman restrict it to the kind of comments you wouldn't mind hearing about your mother or sister. And if you still feel compelled to say disturbing things, then at least you know you need help.
  • 7 0
 @Whipperman: @Whipperman: Then what about Pendrel, who schooled Batty and many others at the Olympics? She's from Squamish, you know, that place Pinkbike is based out of?
  • 4 2
 @thejake: agreed, would be interested to know who would have clicked on the article if it just had a pick of a hard tail and a 100mm bike that looks like a session. i also agree that a few comments are lewd but seriously, complimenting someone on their looks. @ratedgg13, lighten up
  • 8 7
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: I think you missed the point of my exaggeration, presenting the paradox, where stating an obvious fact makes things even worse since remaining silent is an action performed with good intention and provides best outcome. A proof that truth does not set us free. I am also not a fan of cold calculative speaking of capitalizing on human treats in public. In this way we can say that Aaron Gwin boosted his image on proclaiming faith in God. And while it is perfectly true, I leave such garbage for mouths of politicians and pop star entrepreneurs.

So if I was to play along with your logic, The bottom line of it all is not the fact that guys like looking at hot girls. Guys can't cope with seeing an exceptionally attractive woman without saying anything and taking even tiniest subconscious action to appear to her. 99% of responses here (mine included) are strategies of chimp brains trying to pass genes or at least appear smarter than the other chimp
  • 4 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I wasn't talking about how staying silent is sometimes better. I'm taking you to town on your explanation/ poor conflation of the stated fact and a wholly unrelated scenario- it was as crass and ill-considered as any comment here to present that particular image as an appropriate response.
You're not a fan of "speaking of capitalizing on human traits in public", which is fine. I am, and I find the simplicity of the concept very helpful when making arguments to use that tactic. I'm sure Emily derives as much happiness, health and satisfaction from riding her bike as we all do, probably more, but those things don't help my point (or her bank account) so I chose to omit them. We agree on Gwin though, glad to see I'm not the only one.
I didn't say that at all. I'd lay off reading the indignant-monthly and victimhood chronicle.
Guys like looking at hot girls. Hell, girls like looking at hot girls! The vast majority of us can handle it just fine. A very small minority, for a myriad of reasons choose to drag the conversation down with disgusting contributions.
My suggestion was aimed at them. If it had the added benefit of encouraging others to take a stand against that kind of behaviour then more's the better.
  • 7 4
 Too many fascists pretending to be liberal are too keen to push their views onto other people. In my opinion, it is not one's place to advise others on what thoughts and feelings they are allowed to have. Celebrate diversity!
  • 4 2
 i call Godwin's law
  • 3 5
 @WAKIdesigns: Close enough, right?
@jaame: It's is in societies best interest to advise others on what thoughts and feelings they are allowed to have, otherwise there'd be chaos and we wouldn't know right from wrong. But taken to the extreme where speech is limited and thoughts are enforced is obviously wrong and bad for everyone.
I'm not saying don't have your thoughts, and don't express your arguments. I'm saying the manner in which you do so matters- if you choose a good analogy with obvious implications to the current topic it strengthens your viewpoint. Choose badly, or use derogatory and disgusting imagery and you alone are to blame for the failure of others to see things your way. And you risk taking those you are associated with down with you.
I had no problem with what you said- it was correct and inoffensive. WAKIs' reply on the other hand... who could support that?
  • 3 1
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: I agree. Regarding what he said about Brad Pitt, it had me chucking. I've heard he's a pretty lousy f*ck. I guess I would be too if I were handsome, charming and super rich.
  • 2 1
 @jaame: All good though when you hit 2 out of 3 Wink
  • 1 1
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: yeah brew. Haha!
  • 6 3
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: you must be fun at the parties
  • 12 1
 So I moved to the Toronto area in 2015. Don't really follow or know much about XC racing. Was riding my 6" bike on a local trail and I hear that faint sound of someone riding on the trail somewhere behind me. I'm as proud as the next guy - my bike was a bit overweight for the terrain but there's no way I'm letting some pansy Ontario rider pass me until I'm good and well ready to use pulling over for a drink as an excuse. So I lay down the power like a boss. About 8 seconds later I realize I don't have a hope in hell - it's like a freight train coming up behind me. I move over sheepishly and a miniature blonde bombshell roars by me with a cheerful thanks, followed by a big dude. You could have cut off my balls right then and there in the twilight zone.

So yeah. There's fast, and then there's World Cup fast. But the other moral of the story is that I first discovered Emily Batty after I went home and immediately googled "hot blonde mountain biker".
  • 6 3
 @shortcuttomoncton: judging by her instagram feed her skills are amazing. There was a vid of her doing a 4-5!ft hipped drop off in Utah. Immaculate form.
  • 4 4
 And everyone is thinking, they would love to be her bikes right now!
  • 7 0
 @jaame: " Celebrate diversity!"

- That reminds me of a paradox I live with daily here in Diversityville. USA:

Celebrate Diversity (just don't point out that anyone's different)!
  • 2 3
 @thejake: it's about respecting a talent as opposed to obsessing over a lucky genetic lottery ticket. She is gorgeous, no doubt. It's about treating people in pictures like they might actually be people...
  • 3 0
 @shortcuttomoncton: Nice thing is, no matter the gene pool, with an bike helmet we all look like a mushroom.
  • 4 0
 @thejake: thank god someone has their head on straight. It is disturbing how quickly people on PB jump all over comments about attractive female riders...

Sure, there's a line, but you need to check your pulse if that thought isn't going through your mind when you look at photos of Batty. Doesn't take anything away from her talents on a bike
  • 2 1
 Where's the fun in that? The girl is smokin' hot, which is rare in the mountain biking world; the hetero men among us should be able to enjoy that.
  • 2 1
 @drivereight: Just the seat
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Bahahaha...I live there too, but in Canada. Its the same, but different....oh shoot...
  • 2 1
 @nvranka: But as has been said, the problem is not if the thought is going through one's mind or not, it probably goes through a majority of men's minds (and @clfry, hetero men are able to enjoy that, I don't think any police squad broke through your door to stop you from having this kind of thought), the problem is to feel a sort of irrepressible need to express it, quite often out of the intended context, therefore objectifying women.

It's a bit as if men felt a constant need to check their "female hotness criteria" with their peers.
It's not even "that bad" in itself on an individual level, but it becomes a problem when it's so "automatic", so common, when it's so "normal" that many don't see the problem.
I don't know, maybe talking about it with your buddies is ok but think twice before writing it on internet ?

Elaborating further, while many curse words lose their original meaning overtime, many come from a discrimination of a minority (either females, gay people, poor people, undeducated people, disabled people, colored people, different ethnics, and animals, etc). What I mean is the "majority" of a society defines the "rules" , it was once ok to call a colored people "n*gger" and to use him as a slave, then society evolved and it's not ok anymore. Right now it seems ok to constantly refere to women about how "hot" they are according to society's overall commercial appreciation scale of a "face + boobs + ass + weight" combo, and though it seems less "extreme" then the previous n*gger/slave example, it probably has some "unvisible" side effects like men/women pay discrepency and lack of self estime in many women who don't rate high enough on that scale.

But I agree it's difficult to know where to draw the line.

@drivereight after seeing the twitter video, I wouldn't love to carry her and take a 4-5ft drop.
  • 1 0
 @Will-narayan: So women and animals are a minority now? The world really has gone mad.
  • 1 0
 @metaam: Sorry, wrong choice of word, a particular group if you prefere ? Or sub-group ? Target-group ? Sub-target ? Well you get the point^^.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: it was meant to be ironic!
  • 1 0
 @jaame: no worries - sorry if I dissed you - didn't mean to
  • 1 1
 @endlessblockades: gender is a social construct and all you misogynistic btches can suck my balls - I mean it!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Surely misogynistic btches is an oxymoron?
  • 1 1
 @metaam: you pussies wouldn't dare to call me a pussy if I had a real pussy! Resign! Resign! Resign!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Don't you think the way you are calling men bitches and pussies could be seen as derogatory to women?
  • 1 1
 @metaam: I'm not talking about women. Everyone knows that. Sorry, social justice warriors can be women too. Although they tend to be rather asexual
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Haha, it's always interesting reading your comments Waki, and then trying to decipher where you're coming from, I am resigned to often not being sure, but it's consistently entertaining.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: not at all. I am a true believer in liberalism. I will never tell someone what to think.

"People who say you shouldn't be narrow minded are themselves narrow minded, because they don't account for the fact that there is room for all different widths of mind."

Diversity in the truest sense!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Haha I know you meant it.
  • 1 0
 @shortcuttomoncton: I used to race spot class xc in Ontario and my goal each race was top 10 finish and not to get lapped by 14 year old EB!
  • 43 3
 I'm holding on for the Kovfefe XXX version of the wheels. You know, because those are guaranteed to make you great again.
  • 37 1
 Silicone grips aren't comfortable? Sure had me fooled...
  • 8 2
 me too. done with lock-ons after trying foam grips
  • 2 1
 One thing many people don't take into consideration with this style of grip: open-cell foam is less dense (more air), and for that reason does a lot better job of killing vibration. They are light and cheap, and I agree, on any of my pedal-y bikes this is what I've been running for years now. Current set is a pair of Sram lock-on foamies, they've been awesome!
  • 12 3
 @mikealive: don't be silly, glue expensive pieces of metal to your frame to dampen vibrations.

On a side note, that is on topic, ESI grips are absolutely fantastic as long as it is dry. Chunkies are the best grips that I ever had.
  • 11 0
 @WAKIdesigns: you know what is even better than ESI chunky grips?.............ESI extra chunky grips
  • 3 3
 @mikeyb76: it's Chunk Testa!
  • 3 0
 She is using the racer's edge version which is slimmer than the chunky, I guess that's what was meant
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Yep ESI Chunky are really good. Only downside is on very wet conditions, they become slippery
  • 3 2
 @SwintOrSlude: Racer's edge is comfy too, definitely comfier than any lock ons.
  • 11 0
 Yeah I want to join in this: whomever wrote that caption needs to slap a pair of ESI grips on their bike ASAP and then issue a formal apology when they get back from their first ride. Foam grips are hands down one of the best setup changes I've done in the last couple years. No, they're not super durable in a big crash. Otherwise, zero drawbacks IMO. So much more comfort. So much less vibration. So nice to wrap your mitts around. And there's no such thing as a grip that's not slippery when it, and your gloves/palms, are coated in silty mud!
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I know, I have the Chunky ones on two bikes, and the Racer's Edge on another one. Yes I'm a fan of the ESI grips Smile
  • 3 1
 @keillor: there is a giant difference between foam grips and foam grips. ESI are wonderful, but most of them don't even deserve to be put on a shopping cart
  • 2 0
 @mikealive: Agreed! I've run the SRAMs (in lock on form), Ritchey foam grips and the ESIs on different bikes along with Ergon lock on grips and Sensus lock ons, the ESIs and the SRAMs, and especially the Ritcheys (though they're expensive) are worlds more comfortable for XC/light trail riding IMO, especially on my rigid single speed bikes. There's a weight savings to be sure, but the dampening they provide is the real secret.
  • 1 0
 @keillor: yeah, that's my take back with silicone grips as well... Not so durable in a crash.
  • 2 0
 @SwintOrSlude: actually she's using the ergo shaped "fit xc" grips, used to run them on my xc bike.
  • 1 0
 @corkgrips: How are they? Vs. the Chunky if you had a chance to compare. Smile
  • 2 2
 Everyting is batty with silicone!
  • 1 0
 @SwintOrSlude: i was pretty into them but i think i prefer the regular chunky grips over them, especially since they're always in stock at my lbs and a good deal cheaper.
  • 2 0
 @corkgrips: Thanks!
  • 16 0
 "Her bikes are both equipped Bontrager Kovee XXX carbon wheels and Bontrager XR1 Team Issue tires"

Only for the photoshoot. She's been running 190TPI Maxxis Ikons this year. You can even see them in the first picture with the logos blacked out.
  • 4 0
 I have an almost fanatical devotion to the Ikons but I don't know if I'd want to race them on a course like that in the rain. Then again I'm not a ludicrously talented pro racer and I don't have the 190TPI version (which I suspect are akin to very fast rolling pillows).
  • 15 1
 Emily is cool and all but that's my boy (old teammate and co worker) Matt Opperman wrenching for her. Full Gas Em and keep winning at life Matty O!
  • 12 1
 When I read rider weights it makes me realise the absolute battering my bikes must get. Kitted up I am literally twice Emily Batty's weight. (qualifier, I am 6'5)
  • 5 0
 I'm 6'5" as well and around 2 bills. Do you have a hard time finding bikes that fit you?
  • 2 0
 @COnovicerider: Shit yeah! Generally find the new generations of XLs ok though as I'm not hell bent on super long bikes - prefer the control in tighter tracks/corners and also being slightly more playful for my size. Currently on a XL 2017 Spesh Enduro 29 Comp with a few upgrades, which was a recent purchase to replace a Giant Reign. Forums say it's too short, but I like it for the stuff I do. Definitely prefer it so far.

Before anyone else leans in on this, I don't care about the wheelsize debate.

While looking for new bikes I tried an XL Trek Remedy but it felt like a little clown bike on me. Norco Range a comfortable fit for me though.
  • 2 1
 @bentown: the commencal XL meta 4.2...is a sick ride for us tall guys...trek XL is only 20 inch...to small for sure
  • 2 0
 @bentown: I hear that. Trying to find big bikes sucks. I'm on a 2014 XXL (23") Trek which I love but they stopped making the XXL and only XL in carbon. I'm going to eventually get on a XXL Rocky Mountain. Happy shredding from Colorado.
  • 1 0
 @rjrx: good to know. Commencal makes sweet rigs. I'll have to check out the 4.2.
  • 2 0
 @COnovicerider: Kona has some pretty big bikes too. I'm 6'5" and my honzo XL fits very comfortably.
  • 2 0
 @COnovicerider: @bentown You don't have to justify your weight by saying how tall you are. Imagine the stress on Ritchie Rudes bike; hes 205 at 5 foot 10, also near twice Batty's weight!
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: thanks but that wasn't my intention. My point is in the world of cycling I'm definitely on the larger end.
  • 1 0
 @MortifiedPenguin: good to know. I am considering the Honzo Carbon Trail.
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 @rjrx: yeah 4.2 is really nice - probably my favourite bike at the mo - but hard to get hold of for a reasonable price at the spec I want. I had a hook up for the E29 so was good value.
@hamncheez haha true, I just have a complex that complete strangers who I'll never meet think I'm a lard ass. Didn't know RR was 205. That guy is one giant muscle.
  • 12 1
 she's an awesome mountain biker
  • 4 0
 Never met a more down to earth pro cyclist, period.
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flag cunning-linguist (Aug 3, 2017 at 23:12) (Below Threshold)
 @chriskng: I would drink her period.

Although I think you meant full stop.... Wink
  • 10 2
 @cunning-linguist: username checks out
  • 5 14
flag cunning-linguist (Aug 4, 2017 at 1:34) (Below Threshold)
 @mollow: indeed! Where have people's sense of humour gone mind you!! Downvoted for that beaut! :-)
  • 14 4
 This is pinkbike. Full suspension!
  • 5 0
 Interesting article when her stature comes into context; she's a little person so I can see the legitimacy of her performance/weight dilemma. Some of the bigger(read:taller) women naturally can absorb the disadvantage of the dually. Is Trek doing anything special to lighten her full-suspension works bikes to mitigate this? Hey Pinkbike, shake the bushes and find some intel for us: Survey the field and find out if there's a crossover point where the ladies' field considers dual suspension a help or hindrance.
  • 1 0
 Yes. We've seen bikes and parts like wheels with weight limits, so I wonder if they can make not-for-consumer parts that only need to be strong enough to take a 50kg load? And surely you could run lighter/more supple tire casings with less fear of failure to get lower rotating mass and better acceleration?
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: Trek is definitely able to do one-of parts/frames. i met a guy at a bikepark a few weeks ago who was riding an old session frame he bought from brooke macdonald when he swiched to GT.
he told me the difference was a lower (almost too low) bottom bracket and the toptube was thinner (wall thickness) than the production model.
  • 2 0
 @striveCF15:
Whaaat ?
They make a thinner frame for brook ? And this guy bought a used bike from brook ?
  • 28 20
 pics of batty will always get a click from me Big Grin
  • 35 8
 #clickbatty
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flag meesterover (Aug 3, 2017 at 18:13) (Below Threshold)
 the Kournikova of MTB!
  • 9 2
 One look at the XC course preview and I'm definitely voting full suspension.
  • 7 0
 That ProCaliber looks so light! He's holding it one-handed as if nothing! Soft-tails, yeah, I like that!
  • 7 0
 A full-suspension could be useful, but above all I think a dropper post could be the most useful thing on this track
  • 4 0
 Emily definitely gets more coverage than most XC racers. That's a fact. She also has more Instagram followers and gets more likes than most. I don't believe it's solely based on her sporty good looks but that certainly helps. I think Emily appeals to people because she comes across and an honest caring person who is approachable. Men, women and children seem to be enamoured and connected with her. She embodies what most people think a Canadian person should be like. Perhaps the world is unfair but what I see is an intelligent strategy to manage her image and maximize her value to her sponsors and the sport. In the end do I want a racer that sells me the most bikes or wins the most races?
  • 3 0
 I still find it odd how she slams her saddle forward so much - what is it about bike fit that means she needs to position herself so far outside the mean?
  • 2 0
 Shorter person, still wants to keep the weight over the front for climbing, while still being stable and comfortable on the downs is my guess.
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 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: But shouldn't that be built into the frame geometry? Has she got exceptionally short arms or something?
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 I was thinking this too. Looking at the frame compared to where her seat is, there's absolutely no useful reason to have that kink in the seat tube. If it just continued straight up from the BB it would be perfect and not need the seat so far forward. Stupidly slack seat tube angles seem to be a trend across all disciplines at the moment and it needs to stop.
  • 1 0
 Treks have never had steep seat angles.
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 Batty at the start line with her pearl earrings! Now that's a way to start a race. Would love to see her take 1st in a UCI series race, she's getting so close.

My favorites are in this order though Yolanda/Batty/Pendrel
  • 4 0
 Bike weights please!
  • 2 0
 Full squish for full gas!
  • 2 0
 Anybody know what grips those are?
  • 1 0
 That's hardcore if she's going with the hardtail, that track looks rough for short travel and no dropper.
  • 2 0
 It's mountain biking, isn't suppose to be rough?
  • 3 1
 Trek is making some sick bikes these days.
  • 2 1
 Emily is hot and she kicks ass on a bike. Hope she gets podium finish being as she is Canadian and all .
  • 6 6
 lol Emily Batty, she is SO overrated.
I mean, how many pinkbikes news on her ? And how many on Belomoina, Gunn Ritha, Langvad ?
Ow, sorry, they are not as pretty as Emily.
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 I suspect it's because the site is based in Canada and Emily is a Canadian racer who has been very successful over the last few years. While I disagree with Emily Batty being overrated I can get behind your general sentiment. Belomoina, Gunn Ritha and the Danish Dentist don't get the coverage they deserve. It's especially egregious because they have definitely been getting the better of Batty (and most of the rest of the field) all season. Given Gunn Ritha's age and Langvad's other commitments (i.e. finishing her studies to become a dentist) their performances have bordered on super human this year. I don't see why we need to tear down Emily Batty to build up other racers.
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 So you basically missed: Maja, Jolanda and Jenny - to pretty to fit your fact nitpicking social justice agenda? Wink
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 Not as many articles as "super" Bruni.

But she's not overrated.

Batty has potentional to turn her position into a similar position of Yana Belomoina

Batty seems to bring the speed late in a race, her career is just getting started.
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 Cool story, bro.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Jolanda is having a bit of a rough year though and Jenny hasn't raced much (I'm sure the pack is breathing a sigh of relief there given her ludicrous Olympic performance). Maja has been rad as usual though.
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 @jimmythegeek: he insinuated that Emily gets coverage for her looks while girls that I mentioned are fricking beatiful too.
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 Great to see her on a wheelsize that suits her
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 Wait, only 145 meters of climbing? There must be a typo in her response to the final question.
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 I'm guessing she meant per lap.
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 @vernonfelton: Gotcha, makes sense now.
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 Girl needs a shorter stem and not have to ride with the seat jacked all the way forward. Can't imagine that is her most powerful position on those bikes.
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 Yeam I'm sure nobody at Trek Racing has ever considered to check her seat and stem position. She probably rides the wrong frame size too.
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 Smash em up Emily!!
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 How is there no bolt in that top cap?
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 Pro Tharsis stem. The steerer has no star nut for Di2 compatibility.
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 I'D PUT A BOLT IN HER TOP CAP Wink
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 It's actually a brand new stem cap design. Check it out www.stemcaps.com
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 damn 106lbs, she is tiny cool bikes hope she gets on the podium
  • 2 1
 Squish or no squish, but a dropper is not even a question on that course?
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 Exposed roots..That was the down fall of Hecklers rock.
  • 2 1
 I cant wait until the orange fork era is over....knife to eyes.
  • 1 0
 You mean orange in general or high-contrast forks? I love seeing bright forks, it's 90s as hell.
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 If u a have to ask....
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 Missed the gary fisher logo.
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 MMMMMMM BATTY, hang on does that make me...?
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 $10k bike with shitty foam grips? LMAO
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 I tried the ESI extra chunky grips a couple years ago and haven't looked back. You might be surprised if you haven't tried them.
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 the pinnacle of weight weenie. Cheap is light, and light is fast!
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 @billyballa33: In my case, I did looked back. They are comfortable but foam just doesn't feel "right" (to me).
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 @billyballa33: amen- extra chunky are the shit and only $14
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 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: how often does the lightest bike wine tho? Not ever
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