Its no secret that the Germans have some of the best engineering minds on the planet, so it would make sense that a company like Ghost would emerge as one of the heavy hitters in Europe. Ghost might not be a brand that you have heard of just yet, but the sporting goods behemoth REI has opened their stores and website to help introduce Americans to something new.
Ghost offers anything from hardtail cross-country bikes to full blown enduro race machines. The AMR X LC is an aggressive trail bike with 150-millimeters of travel in the front and the rear.
This is the mid level build that Ghost offers with a full Shimano XT drivetrain, brakes, and Ghost rims built up on XT hubs. The drivetrain is a 2×11 with a 36/26 crank up front and an 11-42 cassette in the rear. A KS Integra dropper post, and RaceFace cockpit complete the built kit.
The frame is a full carbon front triangle with an aluminum rear triangle and linkage, with full internal cable routing that enter through the headtube. A Fox 34 Talas 130-150mm fork and Fox Float X shock tie in the frame and linkage nicely and give the AMR plenty of options for climbing and descending.
Thus far the AMR has proved itself as a capable trail bike that seems to have to plenty offer for various types of terrain and riders. The carbon frame has a very unique shape with prominent edges along the tubes. We have left the bike completely stock with the exception of swapping out the grips for a set of Ergon GE1 grips.
Keep an eye out for a full review and write up in a future issue of Mountain Bike Action.