Rab’s World: Emily Batty’s SRAM XX1 Race Bike

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At the request of Mr Chipps Chipendale I was asked to get some secret spy shots of Sram’s new XX1 11 speed groupset. After some snooping around I found there were only three groupsets at the World Cup and one was on Subaru Trek’s Emily Batty’s Superfly Hardtail. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that this particular XX1 was hung on a 2013 frame with a beautiful one-piece handlebar and stem.

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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (5)

    where are the pics of emily?

    18lb on a bike that small seems quite heavy, is there a UCI weight limit on XC mtbs?

    There is no mountain bikes weight limit, which seems to follow the normal UCI logic…

    Wheels look interesting- machined side walls for example.

    Having ridden a sub 18lb bike off-road, it was a bit twitchy. I suspect la Battys bike is not twitchy at that weight.

    1 x 11, I like. I’m riding 3 x 10, and spend 95% of the effort on the middle ring….

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