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Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL
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Colour / Spectra yellow/night black
Size / S, M, L, XL
Weight / 31 lb 4.9 oz (14,200 g)
At a glance
Weight is for a size M frame, 4-bar linkage suspension, Internal cable routing
Where To Buy
- Fork SR Suntour Aion 36 RC DS, 150mm
- Shock Cane Creek Inline Coil CS
- Hubs DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheelset, Boost, XD driver
- Wheels DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheelset, 30mm width
- Wheel Size 29"
- Spokes DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheelset
- Tires Front: Maxxis Minion DHF, 3C, MaxxTerra, EXO, 29x2.5" Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II, EXO, 29x2.4"
- Chain 438, None, X-Sync, 32 tooth,
- Crank SRAM Truvativ Descendant 6K Eagle
- Bottom Bracket (-30 drop), PressFit 92
- Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
- Shifters SRAM GX Eagle
- Brakeset Front: Magura MT Thirty2, 4 piston, 203mm rotor Rear: Magura MT Thirty2, 2 piston, 180mm rotor, Magura MT Thirty2
- Handlebar Ground Fiftyone Race 35, 780mm width, 35mm clamp, 20mm rise
- Saddle SDG Fly Mountain
- Seatpost JD Dropper, 31.6mm, Standard single bolt, 31.6mm, Standard single bolt
- Stem Ground Fiftyone Team, 45mm
- Headset 16012
Q: Where to buy a 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL?
The 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL may be purchased directly from Ghost .
Q: How much does a 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL weigh?
A 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL weights 31 lb 4.9 oz (14,200 g).
Q: What size wheels does the 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL have?
The 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL has 29" wheels.
Q: What size 2019 Ghost SL AMR X 5.9 AL should I get?
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25-year-old Bavarian bike manufacturer Ghost Bikes has a diverse list of bikes aimed at those who love to ride hard, and their latest revamped FR AMR sits proudly at the top of the list. What we have here is a mini-DH bike, freeride park toy and enduro weapon all rolled into one. The frame has been revised from its predecessor by using additional bracing and bigger tube cross sections to create a significantly stiffer rear end.
This yellow rig is the 8.7, which offers the highest spec of the 3 in the range. All models are built around a fairly heavy aluminium frame and show their intent by sporting 165mm coil shocks on the rear and 170mm forks up front. Each of the three build options also come with a chain-guide from E-Thirteen and a pair of Maxxis Minion 27.5″ DHF 2.5″ and DHR 2.4″ shoes, ready to race or ride anything you want to throw it down.
This top-shelf yellow build is equipped with the awesome Cane Creek’s Helm fork and DB Coil CS shock, mixed SRAM GX/X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, SRAM Code RSC 4 brakes, a Syntace cockpit, and Syntace 33mm wide (internal) rims. The mid-level orange offering is mounted with the same drivetrain collection, a Fox DPX2 coil shock, 170mm Fox Float Performance fork, Magura MT Fifty 4-piston brakes, and DT Swiss 1900 Spline hoops.
The Ghost FR AMR 8.7 AL
The red entry-level build is set up with a Shimano SLX 11-speed drivetrain, Magura brakes (sadly not 4 pistons), a Fox Van EC coil shock, SR Suntour Durolux fork, and the same DT Swiss wheelset. Each bike comes with a short and wide cockpit and the longest dropper post that should fit most riders.
The geometry numbers for the FR AMR read well, the 76° seat tube and 64.5° headtube angles indicate aggression with pedal-ability. Chainstays lengthen to 440mm for this model and the reach is slightly longer than its predecessor at 466mm (size large).
On The Trail
Let’s start with climbing. Long gone are the days when long travelled bikes only raised interest from those who preferred uplifts to pedalling. Times and bikes have changed in a big way and riding this bike really cemented that fact for me. It looks like it wants to point downhill, maybe it’s the coil shock, but pedalling this thing is surprisingly brilliant. Although the bike feels heavy to lift in and out of the van, it doesn’t feel heavy to ride. The super stiff rear end combined with well thought out angles and the top-notch suspension provides a really direct feel from pedalling. Even on long non-technical climbs, it becomes easy to forget that you’re sitting on a beast; it’s such an unexpected joy to ride uphill for such an aggressive rig. That steep (76°) seat tube allows you to sit nice and central which keeps your body position where it wants to be, allowing technically challenging climbs to be tackled with a smile and a ‘can do’ attitude without destroying energy levels. Using the climb switch on the shock works a treat but even without it, there is minimal energy sapping movement when pedalling.
Coil sprung suspension for the hardest hitting trails
Downhill, the bike immediately feels confidence inspiring, the 165mm Cane Creek coil shock and 170mm fork chew up the rough ground with ease and offer plenty of traction. Although the reach isn’t super long in today's money, the long rear stays create a wheelbase, which is nice and long at 1242mm (on the large) creating masses of stability. Having such a long wheelbase but a more modest reach took a bit of time to get used to like any new bike does, but after a few long descents I was really impressed with the balance of the FR AMR. It forces your body into a central position which naturally keeps an ideal amount of pressure on the front wheel, so you keep finding the right balance of grip without having to think about it too much. The super slack head angle compliments this and prevents the worry of heading over the bars, the concoction of frame angles and measurements certainly work in a way that makes you want to push hard and get rowdy.
The newly stiffened rear end adds to the stability and helps keep the nerves down when pointing into those committing lines where a twitchy bike has no place. This added stiffness also reduces the load placed on the frame bearings giving them a longer life span. The slight downside to the super stiff feel is that you can really notice catching the edge of a rock or root as it ‘pings’ the rear wheel sideways, but I soon got used to this and if anything, it adds an extra layer of excitement to the ride.
As well as being surprisingly good at climbing for such a heavy long travel bike, it’s also surprisingly playful. It offers a really ‘poppy’ feel; so much so that it encouraged me to bunny hop pretty much every obstacle that came my way. This is another aspect of the bike which demonstrates how well balanced it is, my bunny hopping success was way more consistent on the FR AMR than on any bike I’ve ridden for a while. Combining these playful characteristics with heaps of travel and stability defines this bike's character. Not only did I find myself hopping over everything, but I was also confident enough to hop into steep, rough ground and enter gnarly sections with gusto, totally throwing caution to the wind.
Ready for your biggest adventures and wildest trails
No surprise then that this fine balance also makes for a great bike to jump, it leaves the ground with predictability and the progressive shock set up deals with big hits well. If you like to go big and sometimes find yourself overshooting or landing heavy, then the FR AMR’s ability to hold bottom outs at arm’s length will impress.
It doesn’t hold its own on really fast, groomed trails anywhere near as well as it does on the rough and technical trail though. With a fairly standard 15mm bottom bracket drop and running at around the recommended 30% sag, the bike felt a little close to the ground and a bit numb. But the bike isn’t designed for fast easy trails; it’s meant to perform on demanding terrain and the bike park, which is exactly where it comes alive. Ghost have other bikes in their arsenal for you to try if that’s the sort of riding you prefer.
Spec wise the FR AMR 8.7 is nicely packaged. The Cane Creek DB coil and Helm fork speak for themselves, while the SRAM Code RSC brakes offer heaps of well-modulated stopping power. Gear changing is kept neat and crisp with the SRAM X01 Eagle 12speed and the E- Thirteen bash/chain guide is a nice little addition. The Syntace rims are ok but not up to the hard-hitting capabilities the rest of the bike offers, I managed to put several dings in the rear rim fairly quickly and loosen a few spokes.
SRAM equiped drivetrain
Fortunately, they do come with some decent tyres, the Maxxis Minion DHR/DHF 2.4 combo provides all the grip you need but won’t live up to the full scrutiny the bike is capable of in the world of freeriding. Our Test bike had the DD versions, which are much more in keeping with the bikes character. The Syntace bars are fine but I would prefer a bar with more rise and sweep, I think this would better suit the riding style the bike offers, whereas the nice short Syntace stem is engineered well enough to take the forces put upon it. This is a great line up of components for the price, leaving little that needs changing.
The paintwork on the frame didn’t impress as much as the rest of the bike, it chipped easily which made it look a bit rough fairly quickly, but to be honest the type of rider this bike will attract isn’t likely to be the sort to worry about the paint job. The FR AMR is available in 4 sizes up to XL but it is sized on the small side and I would strongly suggest you try a size up from your norm.
This is a bike that fully excels where it claims to. It comes to life on the most demanding terrain and thrives in the air. Throw whatever you can at it, and it will perform. Amazingly, it provides a fun and efficient climbing experience to take you to the top too. If you have always wanted a downhill bike you can pedal into the backcountry, here’s one, and it won’t break the bank either.
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Modern, wide cockpit, cane creek take care of suspension, excellent paint job and attention to detail, internal cable routing keeps the frame looking sleek, main pivot and lower shock mount, helm fork from cane creek up front.
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5 famous ghosts that you might meet on the streets of Moscow
The headless boyar, 12th century.
The first scary legend concerns Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, Moscow’s founder. It’s said that in 1158 Prince Dolgoruky was traveling through the Moscow lands with a Greek sage and came upon a strange three-headed, piebald animal that looked at him and then ran into the forest. Prince Dolgoruky was frightened, but the sage said not to worry: this was a good sign, and that one day a majestic city would be built on this spot and that many nations would gather here.
Prince Dolgoruky emerged from the forest to find a hill on which stood a town belonging to the wealthy boyar, Stephan Kuchki. But the proud boyar did not meet the prince according to tradition, and therefore, Dolgoruky ordered the boyar to be seized and executed. His head fell to the ground, sprinkling blood everywhere. Meanwhile, Dolgoruky went on to rule over Moscow.
Ever since then, the area of modern-day Sretenka is home to the ghost of the proud boyar, who appears and frightens local residents. Therefore, superstitious Moscow residents say the city, “stands on blood.”
An Italian architect killed in the Kremlin, 15th century
Soon after marrying Sophia Paleologue , niece of the last Byzantine emperor, Russia’s Tsar Ivan III decreed construction of a magnificent cathedral in the Kremlin. But no matter how hard the Russian architects tried, the walls of the Dormition Cathedral always crumbled. Metropolitan Philip, who had been against the Tsar marrying Sophia, believed it was God’s curse for the marriage.
Sophia advised her husband to invite a foreign architect, but finding a suitable candidate proved very difficult because no one wanted to go to distant and mysterious Russia. Finally, in 1475, Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti agreed to come and build a great cathedral for the tsar.
Construction was successful, and according to legend Fioravanti built many secret hiding places and underground tunnels in the cathedral. To keep enemies from learning the secrets of the Dormition Cathedral, Ivan III refused to let Fioravanti return home.
The architect even participated in some of the Tsar’s military campaigns before attempting to escape to Italy. He was seized at the border and imprisoned in the Kremlin’s Tainitskaya Tower, which is when historical chronicles ceased mentioning him. Most likely he died – walled up in the Tainitskaya Tower. Legend has it that since then Russian leaders see Fioravanti’s ghost just before terrible events are to take place. It vexed Vladimir Lenin, and later Joseph Stalin before the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.
A condemned murderer on Gorky Highway, 18th century
The Gorky Highway was once called the Vladimir Road, along which people convicted to Siberian penal colonies were led out of Moscow. One day, a dangerous murderer was marching in a penal convoy. He didn't survive the trip, however, and since there wasn't time to bury him, they left his body at the side of the road. This is why his soul can't find peace and still terrorizes the living.
Drivers say that late at night a strange man sometimes appears on the roadside: bearded, poorly dressed and resembling a homeless man. He waves to cars as if he wants them to stop, but his gait is strange, as if his feet are shackled.
If you see him be careful: he’s the ghost of the tormented murderer. If you stop, the ghost comes over to the window and says, “Forgive me.” Then you should say, “God will forgive you,” and quickly drive away without looking back. Otherwise, the convict’s restless soul will take you with it to the afterlife.
The miserly old man from Myasnitskaya Street, 19th century
This legend dates to the second half of the 19th century, in the home of the Kusovnikov family. Between 1843 and 1870 a childless couple lived on 17 Myasnitskaya Street. These merchants were known for their eccentric behavior and solitary lifestyle. The house is decorated with Masonic symbols, and legend says the husband and wife found a masonic cache in one of the rooms and decided not to have kids and not to employ unnecessary servants.
The couple was so afraid of losing their money that they almost never left home. Once, they had to leave for a short time and hid all their riches in the fireplace. Only one caretaker remained to look after the house.
When the couple returned, however, they saw that everything had been burned in the fireplace: the caretaker had been very cold and so decided to warm himself with a fire. Old woman Kusovnikova died on the spot, while her husband went mad and died shortly after.
Today, Muscovites say that late in the evening you can sometimes see a gray-haired old man in a shabby coat approaching passersby and asking them, “Where is my money?” This encounter does not promise anything good because anyone approached by the miserly old man soon loses large amounts of money and goes bankrupt.
A vindictive female spirit in the Moscow metro, 20th century
There are many scary stories about the Moscow metro. For example, it’s dangerous to ride in the ordinary train cars of the orange line after midnight on one particular day of the year. It first happened on Sept. 9, 1999, when five young ladies riding at night in car 26498 late suddenly lost consciousness.
One of the passengers was able to film the face of a young woman outside the train with his mobile phone. What had happened? A year earlier on Sept. 9, 1998, at the VDNKh station, a young lady had lost consciousness and fell under an approaching train.
Ever since then, she appears on the day of her death and causes passengers to lose consciousness.
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