When Canadian XCO national championships were allocated to Hardwood Ski & Bike, most cross country racers immediately turned to their hardtail race bikes. The Ontario venue is the sort of fast, punchy course that typically favours those willing to forego a little comfort on the climbs.
Both of this year’s elite national champions, however, rode full suspension bikes. Peter Disera raced Norco’s new 2020 Revolver FS 100. It’s the same bike he and his Norco Factory Team have been pushing through World Cup fields aboard. Emily Batty, who won a fourth-straight elite national title, was aboard a mysterious Trek full suspension bike.
We caught a closer look at both bikes, or as close as we could get in the case of Batty’s yet-to-be-released Trek. Have a look and see what the winning formula was at Hardwood Ski & Bike for Disera and Batty.
Emily Batty’s Trek dual suspension race bike
Trek has been extremely secretive about its new dual suspension cross country race design. Throughout the season, Trek Factory Racing bikes have been covered in a fabric sheath, concealing the exact suspension mechanism. Rumours abound, but there’s no final word from Trek just yet. Understandably, we couldn’t get a look behind the shock curtain, or too close to the bike. After the race, though, Batty did call out the bike’s ground-hugging handling as a key element of her win. Here’s what we can see about Trek’s new race bike:
Emily Batty, and the rest of Trek Factory Racing XC, have been racing this mysterious Trek at World Cup's all season
The new design immediately attracts attention, especially covered in this not-so-subtle sheath designed to conceal the exact suspension mechanism
While it has rear suspension, which must add some weight, Batty had no trouble climbing at Hardwood.
What is likely a lock-out cable protrudes from the shock sock. The linkage is quite thin, and looks like the shock is mounted in a forward position
Extremely thin chainstays surely help keep the weight down. The Trek doesn't appear to have a rear pivot, so they might work as part of the suspension movement as well.
Batty accelerating uphill in a solo attack to win the 2019 Canadian elite XCO national championships
Batty took her fourth consecutive title.
Peter Disera’s Norco 2020 Revolver FS 100
While Norco was equally secretive about its redesigned Revolver FS platform all last year and into the early months of 2019, the Canadian brand is now more than happy to show off the red and pearl white race rockets of the Norco Factory Team.
We caught a closer look at Peter Disera’s shining red, white and gold Revolver FS 100 shortly before he went out and won gold in the elite XCO men’s race. It’s Disera’s third consecutive elite XCO national title, and came shortly after his brother Quinton Disera won the under-23 men’s title.
Peter Disera's Norco Revolver FS 100
There's more than one Disera on Norco Factory Team, so specificity is key
Peter Disera started with the #1 race plate, after winning 2018 championships in Canmore, Alta.
The redesigned Norco Revolver FS 100's rear suspension, and a maple leaf to mark Norco's Canadian heritage
RockShox' latest version of the long-standing World Cup XC race fork, the SID
Norco eschews the extremely thin tubes common on World Cup race rigs for a more solid platform
SRAM XX1 Eagle always looks sharp in black and gold
Gold chain, bolts and accents on the highest end of SRAM's wide-range XC group
Norco designed the Revolver FS platform around a shorter stem than has been the norm for XC race bikes
Very fast looking Kenda Saber Pro tires for the Hardwood Ski & Bike course
Disera tracks just how much power he's putting to the pedals with 4iiii's diminuitive power meter
White HT pedals keep the colour scheme going
WTB saddle with red accents to match the frame
Peter Disera walks away with the #1 plate again, after winning his third elite XCO national title
Batty’s Trek and Disera’s Revolver FS 100 are very different designs, but seem to be working out just fine for their respective owners: