Emily Batty is best known for her prowess on the mountain bike, though she can also hold her own on the ‘cross course. Her weapon of choice is a Trek Cronus CX Ultimate outfitted with a handful of custom components that better suit the petite Canadian racer.
Trek introduced the Cronus CX Ultimate in 2011. Trek may have been slow in bringing a carbon ’cross rig to market, though it appears the company spent a lot of time sweating the details. The Cronus CX Ultimate features American style geometry with neutral angles and a relatively low bottom bracket. Trek included a number of thoughtful touches, such as a fork-mounted cable stop to mitigate brake shudder, internal cable routing that allows for partial or full-length housing, a wide BB090 bottom bracket shell, hidden fender mounts, bridgeless chain stays and better than average mud clearance.
Vertically challenged riders can have a difficult time finding a cyclocross bike that fits them properly. That is unlikely to be the case with this bike. The 5ft 3in Batty rides a 50cm frame (the smallest of the six frame sizes offered). It has 50.6cm seat tube and an effective top tube that is 50.9cm in length.
The 5ft 3in batty rides a 50cm chronus cx ultimate: the 5ft 3in batty rides a 50cm chronus cx ultimateJosh Patterson/Future Publishing
Batty’s Bontrager Evoke RXL is slammed as far forward as it can go on the XXX Race Lite seatpost. This is not a matter of trying to shorten the reach; her forward position is optimized for her leg length.
“Because of her shorter femurs she runs a more forward setup. Her setback is only 1cm behind the bottom bracket,” said Trek Factory Racing team mechanic Matt Opperman.
Batty’s forward position compensates for her short femurs: batty’s forward position compensates for her short femursJosh Patterson/Future Publishing
Batty’s forward positioning compensates for her short femurs
Batty runs a mostly Shimano 7900 Dura-Ace component group with a Shimano CX70 crankset and front derailleur. The CX70 front derailleur has a 16-tooth chain ring capacity and is optimized for cyclocross gearing. Batty runs a lower-than-average 42/34T chain ring combination. She’s not alone in running smaller chainrings for ’cross; Batty’s teammate Katie Compton runs WickWërks chain rings in a 44/34T combo on her custom Trek Ion.
Batty spins a 42/34t chainring combo: batty spins a 42/34t chainring comboJosh Patterson/Future Publishing
Batty’s cyclocross bikes are equipped with 42/34T chain rings
Batty named her two Cronus CX Ultimate race bikes “Randy’s Miracle 1 and 2” in honor of friend Rich Weis’ seven-year-old son, Randy, who is undergoing treatment for spinal cancer that almost left him paralyzed. Interested parties can learn more about Randy’s story and offer their support by visiting