Ghost SL AMR 7 review

On-trend geometry with a smooth yet power-sapping ride

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £3,100.00 RRP

Our review

Light, long and low, semi carbon 29er, but soft back end undermines speed
Buy if, You want a low-weight 29er for smooth cruising along the trails
Pros: Super-smooth semi-carbon chassis with contemporary low and long geometry; low weight for a 29er with Shimano XT twin ring spec
Cons: Very obvious frame flex saps tracking accuracy as well as chaos confidence; sloppy rear end sucks all the power out of pedalling
Skip to view product specifications

Ghost’s new trail 29er is deliberately designed to be a smooth cruiser, but precision and power transfer losses make the ‘SLAMR’ more of a ‘SLMBR’ on the trail.

Advertisement

Initial impressions are good, with the classic four-bar linkage settling the RockShox Deluxe rear shock well into its plush stroke to bring the already low bottom bracket height down further.

760mm bars and a 55mm stem in a stiffness-boosting 35mm diameter also clearly communicate the tracking stiffness of the 110mm wide Boost hub and RockShox Pike RC fork.

A RockShox Deluxe RT 130mm takes care of things at the back
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The terrain-eating nature of the 29er wheels and 130mm of easy starting travel at either end continue the low-impact, high-traction ‘sucked down’ feel as it burbles happily and smoothly over roots and rocks. The side-swing front mech and 2×11 XT transmission mean you’re never short of a gear to spin, either.

Neat internal cable routing through the head-tube face creates one of the best shifting Shimano set-ups tested in our Trail Bike of the Year category.

Despite the extra chainring, shifter and larger wheels, the Ghost still sneaks under 13kg, so it climbs OK at tempo and you could have a relaxing day on the SL AMR if you’re in a cruising mood.

760mm bars and a 55mm stem
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Push things a bit harder, though, and it’s not so keen. While the chainstays are symmetrical, the offset down tube/bottom bracket junction and scooped-back linkages produce a noticeable lurch to the driveside and serious wattage dilution when you stamp the pedal down.

Advertisement

That means it never feels as fast as a semi-slick-tyred, carbon 29er should on climbs or any other power play situation. While the front wheel can be placed accurately, the saggy back-end repeatedly feels out on off-camber corners, dragging the front off line with it.

Product Specifications

Product

Name SL AMR 7
Brand Ghost

Brakes Shimano XT 180/180mm
Cassette Shimano SLX
Cranks Shimano XT 36/26
Fork RockShox Pike RC Boost 130mm
Frame Material Carbon mainframe, alloy rear
Front Tyre Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29x2.35in
Head Angle 68
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Rear Shock RockShox Deluxe RT 130mm
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29x2.25in
Seat Angle 75.5
Shifters Shimano XT
Weight (kg) 12.87
Wheelset RaceFace ARC 24 rims on Ghost Light Boost hubs
Frame size tested L