Founded in 1993 in Waldsassen in the Upper Palatinate, Ghost is now one of the leading manufacturers of premium bikes for all classes and categories. And all with the background of producing bikes that you would also use yourself. The main FOCUS is on the development of innovative products that offer the cyclist maximum riding efficiency and safety, both in everyday use and in competitions. The company’s outstanding developments include the revolutionary RIOT Link rear suspension and the award-winning E:i Shock with automatically adjusting rear shock.
Ghost has a particularly broad range of mountain bikes. Both freeriders and touring riders will find what they are looking for in the full-suspension bike category. The MTB hardtails are strong in acceleration and reduced to the bare essentials. Ghost is also extremely modern when it comes to wheel size with 27.5 and 29. Special E-Hybrid bikes perfectly round off the MTB, Trekking and Cross range. For gravel fans, the Road Rage is sure to excite and is just right for bikers who like to go on long tours and are looking for adventure off the road.
Ghost Bikes Brand Shop
Behind every idea, every design and every development of Ghost is the goal of offering modern cyclists a durable and timeless product. Passion and the high standard of wanting to achieve nothing less than the optimum, form in the end bikes that meet even the highest requirements.
Wide range of high-quality Ghost bikes in the brand shop
Ghost Mountain Bike Fully
The Ghost SL AMR starts even lighter and stiffer in the new season. To further increase the potential of the bike, the Disconnect Brake Mount distributes most of the braking forces to the X12 rear axle. With 130 mm of suspension travel a fun guarantee for demanding trails!
Even more performance promises the Black Series Ghost SL AMR X. These exclusive models use shock absorbers with reservoir and lowerable suspension forks.
An enduro for enthusiasts represents the Ghost Path Riot. At the rear, the RIOT-Link rear suspension with 150 mm travel ensures a merciless smoothing of the trails, front provides a 170 mm suspension fork their service. A first-class bike for the race track or demanding tours in the alpine terrain!
The driver of the Ghost Riot also comes to enjoy the RIOT-Link rear end. The trail rocket offers 130 mm at the rear, which, however, feel like much more. The pure driving pleasure is supported by the suspension fork with 150 mm travel.
In search of a thoroughbred race bike, enduro riders can’t get past the Ghost FR AMR. The potent four-link chassis with 160 mm suspension travel offers the best conditions for best times. and a lot of driving fun. So that nothing is left to chance, the components were selected in collaboration with Ghost Enduro Pro riders.
How well 29 wheels can act with a 120 mm chassis, proves the Ghost AMR. The all-rounder is available with a carbon or aluminum frame, depending on individual requirements and wishes. A fast bike that is also used by the Ghost Cross-Country Team.
For beginners and first forays into the world of mountain biking, the Ghost Kato offers itself. a bike that misses nothing. The 27.5 wheels and the thoughtful frame design ensure driving stability and agility, the low-maintenance top components from brand manufacturers stand even more expensive bikes well to face.
Ghost mountain bike hardtails
With the Ghost Lector the developers of Ghost have realized an absolute dream bike. In collaboration with the team riders, a bike was created that sets new standards both visually and functionally. Innovative solutions such as the Disconnect Brake Mount brake mount and the angular frame shape with smooth transitions show at what high level the 29 Ghost Lector Hardtail moves.
At Ghost Asket, the name really says it all: reduced to the bare essentials, the trail hardtail impresses with agile, balanced handling. The bike was designed specifically for tough trail use, which is why a 130 mm suspension fork with 34 mm standpipes may not be missing, of course.
The Ghost Tacana convinces thanks to a sophisticated frame concept and smooth-running 29 wheels with a very good-natured handling. Reliable and low-maintenance components promise maximum riding enjoyment even after years.
For the new season, the Ghost Tacana X has been completely rebuilt. Thanks to the new tube set the Ghost Tacana X in its class new top values in terms of lateral stiffness and weight. Already, the 29 hardtail is hot tip of renowned trade magazines!
On 27.5 wheels rolls the extremely handy Ghost Kato. The short chainstays ensure in turn that the nimble bike can be moved extremely agile and fast over the trails. The X at the Ghost Kato X makes the difference: The eXtra means a plus in handling and stiffness with less weight. In addition, the Ghost Kato X is prepared for Vario seatpost.
Ghost Miss Series: Girls Just Want To Have Fun
The Ghost Nila hardtail with noble carbon frame combines the drive power of a hardtail with the agility of an all-mountain bike. In the development of the lightweight and extremely strong cross-country bike, the wishes of professional female riders were taken into account, the result is truly impressive. Rolling on 27.5 wheels, the Ghost Nila hardtail is also very suitable for smaller female riders.
What a power bike: the Ghost Lanao FS offers sensitively responsive 130 mm suspension travel and thus optimal conditions for casual trail riding. 27.5 inch wheels, finely controllable disc brakes and a great, women’s specific equipment ensure fun, safety and sovereignty in equal measure in all riding situations.
Whether errands in the city or beautiful tours through the forest, with the Ghost Lanao hardtail every ride becomes a real highlight of the day. The deep overhang provides safety, the 27.5 wheels impress with agility and smoothness. The high-quality suspension fork and great components round off the charming bike perfectly.
Even with the entry-level bike Ghost Lawu, no compromises have to be made in terms of driving fun and safety, despite the very attractive price. The inexpensive Ghost Lawu convinces with a practice-oriented equipment, which is also specially designed for female needs.
Ghost bikes: first-class bikes for the highest demands
E-Hybrids. In the Ghost E-Hybrids, two key aspects ensure maximum riding performance: the practical chassis and the modern Bosch mid-motor. As with all Ghost bikes, the frame of the E-Hybrid models is the heart of the bike. Optimally matched to individual requirements, the frame forms a harmonious unit with the powerful Bosch drive. The best example of this are the Ghost TERU FS bikes, with which biking off-road takes on a new dimension.
Road Loss-free power transmission, agile handling and a relaxed, sporty seating position: with the Nivolet Road models the name says it all! Named after the Colle del Nivolet in the Alps, the Ghost Nivolet is built for climbing the highest mountain passes. The stiff frame ensures even at top speed downhill for an extremely stable and safe driving experience. Equipped with the best components definitely leave nothing to be desired. Want a little foretaste? The top model Nivolet ULC Race 4 loads the scales with just 6.1 kilograms.
Kids With the cool children’s and youth bikes from Ghost, power kids take an important step towards adulthood. Testing limits and exploring the surroundings on their own bike are not only fun, but also promote independence. Ghost Bikes offers high-quality kids bikes for all ages, because only with the right size driving fun and safety can be guaranteed.
Ghost Bikes Square family: specialists for everyday life and long journeys
Cross The Square Cross is the optimal bike for those who not only want to be on the road, but also off the asphalt. The versatile bike combines the lightness of a road bike with the stability of a mountain bike. The comfortable seating position of the cross bike with the pleasant steering position allows even the longest tours. But even shorter routes such as the quick training round after work make powerful mood!
Trekking The same frame concept as in the Square Cross series is also used in the Square Trekking models. With a plus of options and features, the Square Trekking bikes are the ideal partner for the daily commute, leisurely weekend tours or the round trip through Europe. Equipped with suspension fork and high-quality components a dream for relaxed cycling.
Urban Comfortable cruising through the city, the quick sprint in between or effective training: the Ghost Square Urban Bikes combine minimalist style with versatility and high functio0nality. The great looks appeal to design lovers as well as quiet observers. can’t we even detect a little envy there?
Ghost Path Riot eBike goes
Ghost Bikes has announced the coming of its first lightweight, mid-power eBike in the form of the Ghost Path Riot, equipped with the Fazua Ride 60 motor and a 430 Wh Battery. It is a full carbon eMTB, and in its lightest build configuration the Path Riot weighs a mere 17.5 kg. It is announced in conjunction with the 2023 Ghost Riot, a mountain bike that shares the same 140mm travel carbon frame layout, paired with a 150 fork to give the Riot Trail, and a 160mm fork to give the Riot AM.
Indeed, the eBike and the Trail and All-Mtn Bikes were developed alongside one another, with handling at the top of the priorities list. They share the same Traction Link suspension layout, a re-worked version of that we saw on the previous Riot and Riot eMTBs, and indeed on the Lector FS XC Bike; that’s a one-piece swingarm connected to the front triangle via two links that co-rotate as the rear wheel is pushed through its travel.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s to come in Spring 2023.
Ghost Riot Path eBike
- Intention: Trail Riding
- Wheel Size: 29″
- Fork Travel: 150mm (LTD) 160mm (Full Party Advanced)
- Rear Wheel Travel: 140mm
- Motor: Fazua Ride 60
- Battery: 430 Wh
- Range Extender: 210 Wh
- Claimed Weight: 17.5 kg (Medium Path Riot LTD w/o Range Extender)
- Price: € 10,000 Path Riot Ltd (€ 8,500 Full Party and € 7,000 Advanced)
The Ghost Path Riot eBike is available in sizes S-XL, all of which roll on a 29″ wheelset and pack 140mm of rear wheel travel. There are two geometry options. Choose from the Path Riot LTD (the lightest option) with a 150mm fork that results in a 64° head angle and a 77° seat angle; or, there’s the Path Riot Full Party and Advanced build configurations that sport a 160mm fork. The higher front end results in a slacker ride, with a 63.5° head angle and a 76.5° seat angle.
Reach is very generous for an eBike of this travel bracket, stretching from 440mm in Small, to 470mm in Medium, 497mm in Large, and topping out at 527mm in XL. Seat tubes aren’t super short, covering a range of 417mm to 489mm, but the spec’ing of the Eightpins infinitely adjustable integrated seat post present on all build options will help riders squeeze out every last millimeter of bum-to-seat clearance.
At a claimed weight of 17.5 kg (38.5 lbs), the Ghost Path Riot eBike will be an attractive option to those looking for a lightweight eBike that still packs a punch. The Fazua Ride 60 motor doesn’t offer the 85Nm/90Nm torque output seen on full-powered eBikes, but 60Nm will be more appealing to those previously underwhelmed by the 35Nm offered by the motor on the somewhat comparable Specialized Turbo Levo SL.
The Fazua Ride 60 motor is increasingly popular among mountain bike brands looking to fill the lightweight mid-power eBike niche; it is present on the recently announced Pivot Shuttle SL, and the still-to-come Transition Relay. The motor is compact and lightweight, weighing a claimed 1.96 kg, not far off the 1.85 kg TQ-HPR50 motor seen on the new Trek Fuel EXe.
The Fazua Ride 60 motor gave Ghost a good platform from which to build a sub 18 kg eBike. And, at 17.5 kg, the Path Riot LTS is indeed light, but still not quite as svelte as the Pivot Shuttle SL Team XTR World Cup which shares the same motor system; that one weighs a claimed 16.5 kg. Important to note there however is the price difference; the Ghost Path Riot LTD comes in at €10,000, while the aforementioned Pivot has an eye-watering price tag of 11,999 USD (equivalent to around €12,500 at the time of writing).
23 Ghost Riot AM Trail
Announced simultaneously were the 2023 Ghost Riot Trail and All-Mtn Bikes. These are essentially non-motorized versions of the Path Riot eBike, sharing the same 140mm Traction Linkage suspension platform and a very similar set of geometry figures.
The Riot Trail sports a 150mm fork, delivering a 64° HA and a 77° SA, while the Riot AM with its longer axle-to-crown 160mm fork offers up at slacker geometry, with a 63.5° HA and a 76.5° SA.
The following frame details are shared by the Ghost Path Riot eMTB and the Ghost Riot Trail All-Mtn Bikes:
- Frame Material: Carbon Fiber (made in Taiwan)
- Frame Spacing: 148mm
- Hanger: SRAM UDH
- Seat Post Diameter: 34.9mm
- Water Bottle Capacity: 500 ml on Small, 750ml on M-XL
- Shock Dimensions: 185mm x 55mm Trunnion
Availability of the new Ghost Riot Path and Riot Trail AM bikes isn’t expected until Spring 2023, but Ghost will host a limited number of demo events prior to that to give riders the opportunity to test one out. You can find out more about those events here.
Pricing for the Ghost Path Riot eBike starts at € 7,000 for the Advanced Build, increasing to € 8,500 for the Full Party, topping out at € 10,000 for the LTD.
Pricing of the 2023 Ghost Riot Trail Bike starts at € 4,999 for the PRO Build, topping out at € 5,499 for the Full Party.
Pricing of the 2023 Ghost Riot AM Bike starts at € 4,999 for the PRO Build, topping out at € 5,599 for the Full Party.
For full spec lists, head to the Ghost Bikes website.
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Review: Ride1Up Roadster Ghost electric bicycle is a great e-bike for under 1,000
While I enjoy riding around on 4,000 electric bicycles as much as the next guy, I know that such bikes have a more limited market. Budget-level electric bicycles in the sub-1,000 range are a lot easier for us average Joes to justify. But sometimes it can be hard to find an e-bike that is cheap on price without being cheap on quality. After spending some good saddle time on the Roadster Ghost from Ride1Up though, I think I’ve found a great entry-level e-bike for those looking to save a few (or a pile of) bucks.
Roadster Ghost electric bicycle
The Roadster Ghost is a slick-looking electric bicycle that is a deal at just 949. It is based on the classic roadster bicycles from the 1930’s and I think it’s done a good job of achieving that aesthetic. With so many electric bicycles these days looking fairly identical, it’s nice to have something refreshing like this. The bike itself isn’t explicitly remarkable, but can any 949 e-bike be that remarkable? What really draws me to this bike the combination of fairly good quality with great price. I can see the resemblance… Instead of offering cheap components to reduce the sticker price, Ride1Up simply removed a bunch of components. The bike is a single speed, meaning no cheap shifters or derailleur to fiddle with. The battery isn’t removable, instead it is bolted into the frame. The battery isn’t huge, but at 418 Wh it is enough for at least 20 Mi (32 km) of range in the worst conditions. And in the best conditions (including pedal assist) they say you can get 45 Mi (72 km) of range. Basically this is a pretty good e-bike at a great price – and with a cool design to boot! But let’s check out the full tech specs before we dive too deep.
Roadster Ghost tech specs
- Weight: 50 lb (22 kg)
- Motor: 500 W MXUS
- Top speed: 22 mph (35 km/h) with pedal assist (PAS) or 20 mph (32 km/h) with throttle
- Battery: 48 V 8.7 AH (418 Wh) with Samsung cells
- Range: 20 Mi (32 km) on throttle only, 45 Mi (72 km) with PAS
- Charge time: 3 hours
- Frame: Steel
- Brakes: Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 160 mm rotors
- Tires: Kenda 26×1.75 hybrid eBike tires
- Lights: Front and rear integrated lights
- Extras: LCD display, gel saddle, fenders, rear rack (50 lb max load)
Roadster Ghost video review
The clean lines of the Roadster Ghost are possible due to the rigid-mounted battery and rear hub motor. That leaves a lot more room for the designers to play with the layout of the bike.
The battery isn’t removable – at least not without a toolbox. That will make it harder for thieves to make off with the most expensive component on the e-bike. But it also makes it a bit less convenient to charge. I rolled the bike into my apartment and charged it in my living room, but if you have a garage then you could just charge it there.
Compromise is a common theme with the Roadster Ghost. It’s an e-bike full of compromises.
That battery is hard to steal but also hard to remove. There are no gears to shift through, but that keeps it lighter (relative to other full-size electric bikes) at just 50 lb (22 kg). The disc brakes aren’t hydraulic, but the price is crazy low at 949. There’s no suspension, but they give you a gel seat. It’s compromise after compromise, but I think it works. You can’t have the best e-bike for this price, but you can have a pretty darn good one.
Consider the competition – at this level we’re talking about 600-800 Amazon bikes. While they can be alright, they don’t have the same level of components and they don’t look nearly as good. Those bikes have no-name tires, shifters, brakes, and other components. The Roadster Ghost’s Tektro Aires brakes and other components aren’t top shelf, but they at least come from respectable manufacturers instead of whatever factory was pumping out the cheapest levers that day. And I’ve seen more expensive bikes that don’t offer added features like built-in lights or included racks and fenders.
The rack and fenders actually really surprised me. Both of those are usually 50 accessories that manufacturers will offer to up-sell you at checkout. But the Roadster Ghost comes standard with both! And that’s not some cheap rack either – it’s a 50 lb rated rack that in all honesty could probably carry a passenger. Not that you should do that. Don’t do that.
The fenders aren’t quite as nice as the rack but they work just fine. I had a bit of trouble installing the front fender as the wire mount seemed to run into the front brake calipers. But I just bent the wire into an arc with my hands and it cleared the brakes just fine. That’s probably not something you have to deal with on a 4,000 e-bike, but I’m fine with some slight re-engineering if it will save me 3,000.
How does it ride?
The Roadster Ghost actually rides quite well. The motor is surprisingly quick to accelerate. With a 48 V battery, that “500 W” motor is definitely putting out more power than it says on the sticker. The motor is also fairly quiet, especially for a geared motor. You can still hear it whine as you pick up speed, but it’s a gentler noise than some other e-bikes we’ve reviewed.
Both the throttle and pedal assist system (PAS) have a slight lag from the time you engage them to the time the bike starts moving under electrical power. It’s maybe only a half second, but its noticeable because when the motor does come on, it comes on strong. I asked the company about it and they said that it’s actually already been updated on their new controllers that all bikes are now shipping with. I just got an earlier one with the first version controller. The roll-on throttle and PAS should now be smoother.
There’s no suspension on this bike so you probably won’t want to go smashing through too many potholes. But the gel seat helps a bit. I did some minor off-roading on gravel trails and the bike rode just fine. It wasn’t like a downhill mountain bike, but I was perfectly comfortable.
The range is pretty good for a full-size electric bicycle. I don’t use the pedal assist much, which means I’m looking at a range of around 20 Mi (32 km) on throttle-only. But if you aren’t as lazy as me and want to pedal, you’ll do even better for range.
The downside of the single speed setup is that you can’t pedal it too well above 15 mph (25 km/h). The Roadster Ghost is geared a bit lower which is great for starts. But once you get near the top speed of the bike, your legs will be spinning like an egg beater. So if you’re happy with 15 mph then you’ll be golden. But if you like to pedal faster, then you’ll be left wishing for a higher gear ratio. Fortunately, the pedal assist system (PAS) keeps working even if you don’t pedal as fast as necessary to provide power to the chain. So you can sort of “mime pedal” at about half speed and reach somewhere around 22 mph (35 km/h).
There are three PAS speed settings: Eco, Mid, and High. They felt adequate to me, though I don’t pedal all that much.
In my opinion, this e-bike is all about getting around. If you’re looking for an exercise-focused electric bike then you’ll likely want one with more levels of pedal assist to fine tune the bike to your desired level of effort. The Roadster Ghost is a commuting machine and the throttle control makes it great for commuting quickly and nimbly in traffic and around obstacles.
For 949, I can’t really complain about anything on this bike. Sure, it could have nicer hydraulic brakes or a wider gear range or a mid-drive motor – but those are all more expensive add-on’s.
For its price, I think the Roadster Ghost is actually a steal of a deal. It’s well put together and seems like it could last you for a while. As a first e-bike or for anyone on a budget, I’d definitely recommend it.
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