Pete Roggeman and I had a chance to ride the Ghost Riot when it was fresh off the line during Crankworx last year. It was a pretty capable 130mm 650b trail bike, but we both thought it would benefit from a slightly burlier build, in particular a longer travel fork. For 2015 Ghost has made two models that fit that description. We also heard there was a 160mm bike on the horizon, and we hoped to ride that bike in Whistler. Sadly the 160 didn’t materialize so we’ll have to wait.
The Ghost Riot LT 10 (shown here) is the top spec model. It comes with RaceFace Next cranks, a SRAM XX1 drivetrain and Mavic Crossmax XL wheels. In Canada the Riot LT 10 LC retails for $7250. Claimed weight (medium without pedals) is 24.7 lbs or 11.2 kg.
Aggressive lines on the carbon frame are kept clean with internal routing. A Cane Creek Double Barrel Inline takes care of the 130mm of rear travel.
SRAM may have distanced themselves from the Avid name with the arrival of the Guide brake, but the XO Trail is a proven performer.
Ghost’s unique rear brake mount attaches directly to the rear axle so less needs to bolt into your precious full carbon frame. It also allows engineers to use less material on the stays because the axle takes a large helping of the force. Looks like you could call that a Horst Link as well.
The Riot LT 6 LC will set you back $4750 – with the same frame and Cane Creek DB Inline rear shock as the 10, and a 150mm Fox Float CTD up front. There is also a Riot LT 8 LC for $5250.
The RIOTLink, unchanged for 2015, was designed to allow the first 80% of the travel to operate without having to worry about bottom out. Instead of having to set the shock so that it ramps appropriately the rocker link engages once that 80% has been exhausted ramping the ratio for that portion of the travel alone. Ghost tells us this allows the first 80% to pedal more efficiently while dealing with the majority of impacts smoothly.
For those keen to geek out on the numbers.
Our brief test ride on the Ghost LT bikes was enough to whet our appetites – but not enough to give a really good run down on the bike. We hope to have a test bike in our hands before too long. Ghost bikes are available in Europe and in Canada at MEC but not (yet) in the US.
Could there be a German bike in your future?