/ GHOST SL AMR X LC 8 BIKE TEST
Fox 34 Performance 130–150mm travel
Fox Float X
Ghost 27. 5" rims, XT hubs
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5x2.35"
Shimano XT 36/26
Race Face Aeffect 760mm wide
Shimano XT 11-speed
Shimano XT 11-42
None (weighed with HT T1 pedals)
GHOST SL AMR X LC 8
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
seemed a little unnecessary. Riders could save some weight and
simplify everything by going to a single chainring in the front. The
AMR does have a slightly longer reach than other bikes in this
category, so we definitely recommend trying a couple sizes before
making a purchase.
The AMR was made to be compatible with a couple styles of
shocks. The Float X works, but if you’re the type of rider who prefers using a water bottle, you’ll have to rethink your strategy and
use a hydration pack with this machine.
If you want a do-it-all trailbike that can handle everything from
flowing Southern California singletrack to the daunting chunder of
the Pacific Northwest, the AMR X is a solid contender. If you’re
looking for something that isn’t quite as common on the trail, the
AMR X will fill that need too. Riders who want the latest in technology won’t find everything they’re looking for, but they will have a
tough time ignoring the value built into the AMR X. ❏
Burly triangle: There is no doubt that the front triangle on the
AMR has some noticeably oversized tubing. The front triangle
felt stiff and responsive but seemed to over-power the rear
triangle at times.
More gears: It’s hard to say no to a good 1x11 drivetrain, but the
22-speed XT complemented the suspension well and gave our
testers all the gears they needed. We didn’t find ourselves needing the lowest gears, even on steep climbs, but some riders might
appreciate the options.