Ghost Miss ASX – first ride review

An aggressive trail bike that corners like a demon

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,750.00 RRP

Our review

A fun, playful ride that makes mincemeat of rock gardens and loves to twist through tight singletrack
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The Miss ASX is Ghost’s new 650b-equipped, women specific trail bike. While it may not naturally lend itself to all-out speed, the Fox and Shimano Deore specced ride is a boisterous delight in most situations.

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Ride and handling: playful yet planted

It was a pleasure to glide down rocky descents on the Miss. The 130mm travel front and back and playtime geometry lapped such terrain up.

The 650b hoops complement the ride perfectly – beautifully responsive in the twistiest singletrack, but with extra grip on tricky climbs.

The 130mm Fox fork and rear shock lap up rocky terrain
The 130mm fox fork and rear shock lap up rocky terrain:
Russell Burton

The 130mm Fox fork and rear shock lap up rocky terrain

The bike feels nicely planted on rocky stuff too. That said, we found the Schwalbe Rocket Ron treads lost their way on looser sections, and we felt fairly jittery in the sections of rocky trail still caked in wintery slime. Granted, the Rons are good budget performers, but you might want to switch them to improve performance on dry, hard packed trails.

The four-bar rear suspension gives good grip and support, though there are no stiffness and security improving thru-axles at either end. The extra circumference of the wheels is enough to make mincemeat of awkward rocks and drops. Cornering doesn’t feel clunky either – it’s stable and supportive without any jarring, allowing for a smooth entry and exit.

Frame and equipment: built for versatility with room for some upgrading

The Miss’s shortish top tube length does mean that you pedal in a rather upright position. For descending, this gives playful flickability, although it perhaps comes at the cost of flat-out stability on steeper or looser terrain. It’s not the speediest climber either.

When you do want to slow down, the Miss delivers thanks to the Deore brakes, which have excellent stopping power. If you’re a lighter rider, though, it’s worth noting that this comes at the expense of modulation – the 180mm rotors can feel grabby and a touch excessive once you’re out out of Alpine-descent territory.

Big brake rotors mean a light touch is needed
Big brake rotors mean a light touch is needed:
Russell Burton

Big brake rotors mean a light touch is needed

The Miss’s 13kg weight is acceptable for a bike with this travel and price but, as mentioned above, climbing verve is definitely muted – especially when compared with a similarly priced hardtail. Its weight is contained mostly in the Ryde Taurus rims and Ghost finishing kit, so consider upgrading those first.

With 130mm travel, flat out cross country enthusiasts might find themselves craving a remote lockout, but Fox’s CTD damping equipped shocks are otherwise excellent performers.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning the paint job. It may not be pink, but the seemingly compulsory combination of pastels and white on women-specific bikes still divides opinion.

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Beyond that skin-deep niggle though, provided you’re not all-out gravity thrashing the Miss should prove a hell of a source of fun on your way to trail-conquering glory.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Miss ASX (14)
Brand Ghost

Description Sizes: 40/44/48/52cms
Rims Ryde Taurus 21
Top Tube (in) 23.03
Standover Height (in) 30.32
Chainstays (in) 17.13
Year 2014
Weight (kg) 13.2
Stem GHOST Light AS 29 31.8 mm
Shifters Shimano Deore SL
Seatpost GHOST SL SP 717 31.6 mm
Seat Angle 73
Saddle GHOST VL 4212
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25
Brakes Shimano Deore Disc 180 mm
Rear Shock Fox Float CTD 130 mm
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT 10-Speed
Head Angle 69
Handlebar GHOST Flat 9° 700 mm 31.8 mm
Front Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25
Front Hub Shimano Deore
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Frame Material Miss ASX 650B Actinum DB
Fork Fox Forx 32F CTD 130 mm
Cranks Shimano FCM 622 40-30-22 / 11-36
Wheelbase (in) 43.5