The search for the perfect trailbike can be like Indiana Jones hunting for the Holy Grail. It can take hours of riding and experimenting with different suspension platforms, and the quest can quickly grow expensive and tiresome.
Ghost, a small northern Bavarian bicycle manufacturer, first
emerged in 1993 with its Lector model designed for a more
European style of riding, but has since expanded its reach to
the American market. Ghost has worked hard to develop bikes
for a variety of riding, from cross-country to enduro.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The AMR X LC falls into the more aggressive trailbike category with its mid-weight suspension travel. REI is the exclusive
distributor of Ghost bikes in the United States, so Ghost has
based much of its design on feedback from members of the
REI community. The outdoor sporting behemoth has courted
several brands in the past but has found a solid match with
With 150 millimeters of travel, the AMR will handle a little bit
of everything with confidence. It isn’t the most slacked out, nor
the heaviest bike that Ghost offers, but it sits comfortably in
the middle, offering more versatility than one might expect.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Ghost uses the same frame and rear triangle throughout the
whole AMR line; the differences come from the suspension
travel and build kits. The front triangle is carbon, while the rear
and linkage are aluminum. There is quite a difference in the
“girth factor” between the front and rear triangle. The carbon
tubes are dramatically shaped and stout with pointed lines,
while the rear triangle’s tubing is much thinner and almost
understated compared to the rest of the bike.
Ghost uses a standard Horst-link, four-bar suspension that
is common on several other European brands. The AMR has
The Germans keep it real
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