Does anyone here have any experience with Ghost bikes? They're a big brand over in Germany, and are sold exclusively through MEC in Canada.
The SLAMR x5 is the more burly version of their SLAMR trail line, and look to be a nice fit for the north shore.
Rock shox monarch R
SRAM gx 1x11
Guide R brakes
67 head angle
Lasts years model was just under $4000 CAD so I'm assuming it will be around the same, haven't seen prices yet.
Well, I'll be as fair as I can (ha!):
Regarding the buying experience, you might well get a bike that was built up by an experienced mechanic, checked over by another experienced mechanic and generally be totally dialed. On the other hand…..you might get the bike that was built by someone in the Clothing Dept who hasn't ridden a bike in 10 years and who is only building bikes because the store manager is freaking out about the numbers of bikes in boxes (it's not like they are going rotten in there….). Test ride - you might get an experienced mountain biker who will get you on the right bike and set up the suspension for you….or not. Toss a coin….
As for the bikes themselves, the old AMR range was pretty solid although not very exciting. A few issues with cracked chainstays but nothing out of the ordinary. The Riots were a bit of a joke with bushings that would prematurely wear but at least these new AMRs don't have the 'Riot' link so that's good. Do they run on bushings to save weight though? If they do, I'd be asking about the warranty on those.
So yeah, may as well check them out if the price is good. I'd be asking a million questions though for peace of mind. There are some good people in the Vancouver store.