GHOST FR AMR - BIKE TEST
Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Ghost have been around for a fair while now and I have had the opportunity to ride some of the previous models, not being overly revved on them. However this new model seems to have been built to change my mind.
The Ghost FRAMR ticks quite a few boxes in my book. Coil damper, hard core build, high quality part list and some pretty sweet looks. With freeride and more play bikes becoming a big part of today’s riding, it will be good to see how this bike weighs up in the grand scheme of things.
Suspension and Chassis
It really is a breath of fresh air to see some OEM equipment that is different to the standard Fox or RockShox. Some slick looking CaneCreek Helm air sprung forks up front, with matching yellow graphic and 170mm travel. At the rear some more shiny bits from CaneCreek, this time coming from a Double Barrel coil damper that is being driven by the four bar linkage.
GHOST FRAMR AL Fork - Cane Creek Helm 170 mm Rear damper - Cane Creek DB Coil CS 165 mm Stem - Syntace Megaforce2 Dia. 31.8 mm Bar - Syntace Vector 780 mm Rise 20 mm Dia. 31.8 mm Rear mech - SRAM X01 Eagle 12-S Chainset - SRAM GX Eagle Chainring - Truvativ Descendant 7K Eagle X-Sync 34T Cassette - SRAM XG 1275 10-50 Brakes - SRAM Code RSC 4/4 Piston 200 / 180 mm Disc Seatpost - Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 31.6 mm Seat - SDG Fly Mountain Front tyre - Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra Exo 27.5x2.5 Rear tyre - Maxxis Minion DHR II Exo 27.5x2.4 Wheelset - Syntace M Wheelset 33 mm front 15x110 mm rear 12x148 mm SRAM XD
With so many good bikes to choose from that are currently sitting in this long travel, coil damped category, there is some stiff competition for the Ghost FRAMR. Straight out of the gate, there are some major positives to take in. A great finish to the frame with striking paintwork and clean lines. This is then complimented by a great array of parts from the welcome specification of the Cane Creek Helm fork and coil Double Barrel rear damper. This really sets the bike apart from other makes and models.
Silence has always been something that is a key part of a bike for me. The FRAMR has nailed it on the head. No chain slap or cable rattle whatsoever. There is also no carbon in sight (apart from the bar I fitted) its a feature i welcome. There is no need for a carbon crank when making a hardcore build.
Now I could go on about suspension kinematics and anti squat but to be honest, all you need to know is that the Ghost climbs hills well for a coil damped burley bike. There is also a nice progressive feel to the rear end so big hits can be handled with ease, while not compromising the small bump sensitivity.
The Ghost is most definitely a fun bike with a solid feel. Most people from the 5’9” to the 6 foot area will feel right at home. It’s no thoroughbred race bike but that’s not everything. Take it over some jumps or smash through some turns and it will make you smile.
There is not a great deal of parts that I felt the need to have to change when it came to the Ghost. The first thing to go was the cockpit. I felt the shape of the Syntace bar was a little neutral and low for the style of bike. With the addition of the Renthal riser bar and Easton 35mm stem, it gave the bike a far more aggressive stance.
With a fresh look on a build kit and some solid and silent ride characteristics. This big hitting enduro/park bike really is bang on the mark. A safe and up to date geo, it may not be breaking any boundaries but it really is a good, fun bike which should stand the test of time. Everyone that has had a sit on this bike on my travels has been impressed.
PRICE - £4,699.99
WORDS - Ieuan Williams
PHOTOS - Ieuan Williams, Alex Hunter