Whether it’s their four-bar suspension linkage or company size that’s kept them out of the U.S., Germany’s Ghost Bike is now heading for the states.
Through an exclusive partnership with REI, Ghost will be sending its bikes over here for 2015. And it won’t be just the low end stuff, either. They’re saying the Riot 7, Riot 9 and Kato 7 E:I will top the range for North America. All three are 650B and are pictured after the break. The bikes should hit stores in February and be available both in store and online for shipping within the country.
Ghost is part of the Accell Group, which owns Raleigh and Lapierre, two brands already here. Click through to see some of the bikes, and check out our One Ride Review of the Riot LT here (along with details on other models and road disc).
The alloy Kato 7 E:I uses Accell’s E:I intelligent shock and fork design to automatically adjust the rear suspension’s firmness to suit the terrain or effort. Check out the full tech details in this post and the updated version here. Heck, we’ve even ridden the E:I here. The Kato 7 gets an XT build with Fox 32 Float fork and Rockshox Monarch E:I shock for 120mm travel rear, 130mm front. Easton Vice wheels round out the hardware.
The Ghost Riot 7 is a full carbon fiber frame that bumps up rear travel 10mm to match up with the 130mm front and also gets an XT build. Suspension is Fox 32 Float FIT Performance fork and Float CTD BV LV shock.
The Riot 9 upgrades to XTR and Factory level Fox suspension with an Easton Haven wheelset. Both Riot models get the Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper post.
U.S. pricing is TBA. No word on whether that prototype DH bike will be making the trip.