With outstanding aesthetics and the performance RIOT-Link suspension platform, the Ghost AMR Riot Lector 9 stired up the segment of short-travel trail bikes. At the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series in Riva del Garda, we spotted a more gravity oriented Ghost 27.5″-prototype with the same suspension platform.

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27.5″ wheels, 150 mm of travel and the riot-link suspension system are the key-facts of this Ghost 2016 prototype.

The Riot-Link suspension system provides a plush rear with a great progression at the end of travel.
The Riot-Link suspension system provides a plush rear with a great progression at the end of travel. For more information, check this mini-site.

While the AMR Riot Lector came with 130 millimeter of travel, the new prototype runs with 150 millimeters at the rear and 160 in front. The as yet nameless bike is made for fun on rough trails and enduro racing – at this early stage, the main frame is made from aluminum. The production bike will have a carbon frame.

Exact fit: There's not much space arround the Cane Creek rear shock.
Exact fit: There’s not much space around the Cane Creek rear shock.

With short 425 millimeter chainstays, and a steering angle of 66.2 degrees, the relatively short top tube (433mm reach) should make for a really fun machine. A seat tube angle of 75 degrees should ensure good pedalling abilities.

Doing it right: Races are a good test-setting for prototypes and new products!
Doing it right: Races are a good testing ground for prototypes and new products!

The bike will have the same carbon rear triangle as the AMR Lector. Redesigning the bearing-positions, the Ghost-engineers managed to reduce the chainstay length by 5 millimeters.

"Expect riot" says the shirt, and that's exactly what we do!
“Expect riot” says the shirt, and that’s exactly what we do!

Words & Photos: Aaron Steinke

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Aaron Steinke

Aaron was our first employee and actively helped make our company what it is today, significantly shaping the look and direction of our various magazines. Aaron has been pursuing his own projects since mid-2020 but he continues to advise and support us on issues of marketing and technology. For many years, you would usually have found Aaron at casual enduro races, but increasingly you'll find him riding his road bike – long live freedom on two wheels!