BIKE TEST / GHOST SL AMR X LC 8
full internal cable routing, 12x142-millimeter rear axle spacing,
stealth dropper-post routing and a BB86 Press-Fit bottom bracket.
For now, Ghost is forgoing Boost spacing in large part due to a
lack of demand from the European market.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
It’s hard to deny the appeal of a bike that has a full Shimano XT
build kit. The drivetrain, brakes and even the hubs are
the latest XT, and, given the $4600 price tag, the
value is tough to beat. The full Fox Float X
shock and Talas fork were major standouts
during our testing. Ghost spec’d the AMR
with 130–150 millimeters of travel, and
with the suspension in the less-aggressive,
shorter-travel mode, we rode mellower
trails with ease.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setting up the suspension was pretty straightforward, although
dialing in the rebound on the shock required using a small Allen
wrench. The rebound adjustment sits on top of the shock just
below one of the pivots, which makes it impossible to adjust by
hand unless you have the fingers of a small child.
Moving out: Our test bike came with a 760-millimeter-wide
Race Face bar and short 60-millimeter stem. The combination felt
perfect for most of our test riders. More aggressive riders might
want to go slightly wider, but there’s really no need to. The
SDG saddle felt comfortable and offered a good riding
position. We swapped the stock Ghost grips out right
away for a nicer set of Ergon GE1s that fit nicely.
Everything you need: The
Ghost AMR has a full Shimano
XT 2x11 drivetrain and Fox
suspension. Throw in a KS
dropper post and our test
bike’s build kit left little to be