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).
2023 Ghost Riot AM & Trail
- Intention: All-Mtn & Trail Riding
- Wheel Size: 29″
- Fork Travel: 160mm (AM) and 150mm (Trail)
- Rear Wheel Travel: 140mm
- Claimed Weight: 15.05 kg (Riot AM Full Party)
- Price: € 5,599 Riot AM Full Party (€ 4,999 Riot AM PRO, € 5,499 Riot Trail Full Party, and € 4,999 Riot Trail PRO)
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
Pricing & Availability
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.