It's no secret that Canadian XC rider Emily Batty has had a busy season traveling the world competing on the UCI World Cup XC circuit.
Batty finished up 7th overall in the World Cup with podium finishes in Albstadt (4th), Mont-Sainte-Anne (4th) and Val di Sole (5th). The highlight of the season though was Gold at the cross-country race at the Pan-American Games in July. Find out more about the trusty steed that took her to those results below.
Emily demands a speedy performance with very playful handling characteristics so she uses a 2016 Trek TopFuel with a frame size of 15.5 and 650B wheels.
Emily uses Shimano XTR hydraulic disc brakes with metallic pads and the brake rotors use cooling fins, this is known as 'Shimano ICE Technology'. The axle on her Fox 32 Factory Series Fork is a 15mm through axle that really stiffens up the wheels which are tubeless prototype wheels with aero spokes.
Batty uses Bontrager's XXX handlebar that's 660mm wide and very stiff to maximise handling and provide positive steering feedback. For suspension control, she's using Fox's ICD electronic lockout switch which allows control over both front and rear shocks simultaneously.
Taking a closer look at the 100mm FOX 32 Float Factory Series fork you'll find it's equipped with an ICD on it. It's factory tuned and has been precisely calibrated for Batty's weight and the riding conditions. This fork is paired with a Cane Creek carbon headset.
This year Emily is using Shimano's XTR di2 mountain bike group set. It's fully electronic with a display screen right on the handlebars. Changing gears is now a quick push of a button which allows more precise control, especially in muddy conditions.
The rear shock is a 100mm FOX float with a factory tune on it. The linkage on the TopFuel is known as Trek's Full Floater System. It really gives the bike a bottomless feel and does a great job of keeping the rear wheel on the ground especially while cornering.