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Ghost HTX 29 Actinum 9000 - First ride review

Bargain that ticks all the cutting-edge boxes

Jonathan Gawler

Steve Worland

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Designs for 29in-wheeled frames have been evolving fast over the last few years. The best look and feel just right, offering trail manners that can seduce a rider of 26in wheels instantly. This is one of those designs. It’s fast, lively and has been one of our workhorse bikes for months, with no more than the odd rinse and chain lube.

Ride & handling: A spritely all-rounder of a bike

It’s always hard to tell to what extent clever frame tube profiling helps in terms of ride feel, but we know what feels right here. The relatively relaxed 69/72-degree geometry combines with a fairly long (23.5in on the 19in bike) top tube stretch, a short stem, compact back end and big-profile, fast rolling tyres. This creates a bike that manages to feel comfy, sure-footed and incredibly stable – yet still more direct in handling responses than a lot of other 29ers.

The inherent stability of the big wheels, longish wheelbase and low BB fosters masses of confidence when you’re pushing your boundaries. It hits rough high-speed drops and twisting technical singletrack almost as calmly as a short-travel full suspension bike.

During the last couple of years we’ve seen the best 29er hardtails evolve to a point where it’s hard to know where they’ll go next. The Ghost HTX isn’t a real eye catcher, but it’s one of the best equipped and best riding 29ers we’ve tested at this price. Impressive.

Frame & equipment: Ready for bad weather and changing times

Even before you try out the HTX 9000, it’s easy to see that it’s mud-proof and future-proof – two attributes that mean a lot in our books. The seat tube curves forward to keep the chainstays short and the wheel tucked in for lively acceleration and climbing.

There's plenty of room for crud on the Ghost HTX 29er

The compact rear triangle helps too, but there’s still a load of mud drop-through room around the tyres and at the front mech. Gear routing is outer cables all the way, leaving the 3x10 XT drivetrain to keep working sweetly in all conditions.

The mid-sized 180mm rotors on those Shimano Deore brakes mean it stops superbly too.

There are plenty of talking-point frame tube shapes here. A triangulated top tube, bridged to the seat tube, has loads of standover room and visually almost seems to flow into the wishbone at the top of the seatstays.

The head tube is 1.5in/1.125in tapered with an integral headset to keep the front end low and strong, while the down tube is massively ovalised for extra stiffness at the head tube and bottom bracket. Finally, the wide BB shell has simple press-fit bearings and there are two sets of bottle cage bosses for the thirsty.

The 100mm RockShox Reba 29 RL fork is an ideal choice for a bike like this, with loads of fine-tuning options, a bar-mounted lockout switch and a very nicely controlled compression and rebound action.

Deore-hubbed, Alex-rimmed wheels are tightly built and come fitted with fast but grippy 2.25in Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres.

Ghost’s own seatpost, saddle, stem and handlebar are all classy items, and the big, 27in width of the bar is ideal for the tight twisty singletrack on which this bike excels.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio .

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Ghost AMR 29er Full Suspension

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  • Frame: Ghost AMR 29 DB SCL aluminum
  • Fork: RockShox Reba RL PopLoc
  • Stem: Ghost light AS-029 31.8mm
  • Headset: Ritchey tapered
  • Handlebars: Ghost Flat light 31.8mm

Great climber Fast descending, very stable Confidence inspiring Solid feel Quality suspension design Great build, no weak spots

Possibly weight (needle bearing are heavier than bushings but more durable) Would like a wider bar than 700mm stock. 720 would be awesome with a 60mm stem instead of the 80mm

The 29 inch wheels combined with the slack (for a xc bike) head tube angle create a very stable, confidence inspiring platform that works very well for technical single track. I have ridden sketchy sections with this bike that when i get through I think how did I do that? The combo of short-ish chainstays and a slack-ish head tube angle create a very fun bike that works great for singletrack riding. Technical, steep climbs? no problem. I always used to slam the stem and flip it in the past. I have my 2955 setup with the front end higher than it's ever been to bring my weight back and on the climbs have not noticed any front wheel wandering like I did on my 130mm travel kona satori. This bike climbs like a dream for a 28lb FS 29er. The horst link suspension definitely helps immensely with it's climbing ability. Pedal bob is almost eliminated with this suspension linkage/fox shock ctd lockout set to trail mode. The component spec is great on the 2955. I have found the 2955 acts like it has more than 100mm of travel. The 29 inch wheels make it feel very stable in technical sections and it seems to track very well with the stiff front end. Great bike for all levels of riders. Overall this bike rocks and I think I've found something I can settle on.

Similar Products Used:

Kona Unit 29, Specialized Epic 26, Rocky Mountain Element MSL 26, Kona Satori 29

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Ghost Kato Hardtail & Full-Suspension Bikes Review

ghost kato 5.9 versus kato fs 2.7

The Kato series is part of Ghost Bikes midrange trail mountain bicycles which are defined by it’s affordable and great build from quality components. Many reviewers of the Ghost Kato range note the surprisingly low price for what you get!

The range is specifically aimed at providing bikes to the more discerning group of intermediate riders or first-time buyers with bigger budgets. Ghost Bikes manages to keep costs low by saving on higher-priced items like carbon frames without scrimping on important details like quality gearing systems.

Table of Contents

  • Ghost Kato 5.9
  • Ghost Kato FS 2.7
  • Ghost Bikes & Kato series


  • Hardtail vs FS

Kato Hardtail Range

The Kato hardtail range includes nine bikes, from the junior 1.6 AL and 2.7 AL bikes to the top-of-the-range 7.9 AL U. It is perfectly suited to entry-level and intermediate riders. They are fast, agile, and handle varied terrain without hassle.

ghost kato fs 2.7 versus ghost kato 5.9 full suspension bikes

Kato FS Range

In the full suspension range, you’ll find the Kato FS 2.7 AL U and Kato FS 3.7 AL U. Both bikes are built around the same tough aluminum frame with SR Suntour front and rear suspension.

The 3.7 is a mild upgrade from the 2.7 with slightly better drivechain components and peripherals. Both bikes will appeal to riders who want to dedicate more time to hit big mountain trails.

What The Kato 5.9 and FS 2.7 Both Share in Common?

ghost kato fs 2.7 versus ghost kato 5.9 full suspension bikes

As both of bikes are designed for riding on demanding and technical trails, they share a bunch of similar components such as:

  • Bike Frame Material – Aluminium
  • Number Of Gears : 12
  • Shifters – SRAM SX Eagle
  • Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
  • Brakes – Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Handlebar Shape – Riser Bar
  • Pedals – NOT INCLUDED
  • Stem – Alloy, 31.8mm
  • Headset – Strummer semi-integrated
  • Chain – SRAM SX Eagle

Down below you’ll find the FS & Hardtail comparison

Ghost KATO 5.9 Review

The Ghost Kato 5.9 is a 29″ hardtail mountain bike at a decent price for intermediate or entry-level riders. It’s a lightweight but solid bike built to charge over all kinds of terrain, from hardpack to rocky trails.

For hardtail MTB trail riders looking to get out and explore the great outdoors, the Ghost Kato 5.9 won’t disappoint.

While it may not be a full-blown mountain machine, it will tackle any kind of rough dirt track or rocky trails without a problem.


If you’re looking for a well-specced all-terrain charger at an affordable price , you can’t go wrong with this Ghost Kato 29er hardtail. It’s an excellent introductory bike for new riders or those looking to upgrade their existing hardtail.

For a decent mountain bike near the $1,000 price range, there’s a lot on offer here. On many MTB bikes below the $1,000 mark, you’ll probably find cheaper components like mechanical disc brakes or sub-par tires.

However, on the Kato 5.9, Ghost manages to pack in high-quality parts from top-to-toe without breaking the bank. It’s an impressive feat and if you’re looking for a bike below $1,000, it’s worth spending that little extra to get a lot more.

Kato 5.9 Main Features

ghost kato 5.9 sx drivetrain

SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain

The Ghost Kato 5.9 benefits from SRAM’s excellent SX Eagle drivetrain with 12 gears. The single front ring is 34t with 10-50t cogs on the rear cassette for an extended range of gearing. Although the combination only provides the rider with 12 speeds in total, you’ll find the low-range 50 tooth rear cog provides easy uphill pedaling ability.

Lightweight aluminum frame

The Ghost Kato 5.9 is built around a lightweight aluminum frame with reliable hardtail geometry and front suspension. Come rain or shine, you’ll have no trouble tearing through even the roughest terrain on this beast of a bike.

29” Maxxis Tires and Alexrims

With trail-ready Maxxis Ikon 3C 29 x 2.35″ tires wrapped around Alexrims MD19 wheels, the ground quickly softens beneath you on this Ghost Kato 29er. The combination of strong wheels and large tires eat up the rocks while making short work of mud or sand. It’s the addition of quality components like these that really give this bike value for money.

RockShox front suspension

ghost kato 5.9 rockshox front suspension

The front suspension on the Ghost Kato 5.9 is provided by a RockShox 30 Silver fork. It gives the bike a relatively good 100mm of tunable travel and includes a lockout option.

Shimano BR-MT201 hydraulic disc brakes

Shimano’s BR-MT201 hydraulic disc brakes offer excellent braking power in any weather condition. The 180mm rotors lock into position at a moment’s notice from the sensitive and adjustable single-finger levels.


Best Use Mountain Biking Mountain Bike Style Trail Bike Frame Material Aluminum Frame Ghost Kato aluminum Bike Suspension Front Suspension Fork RockShox FS 30 Silver, 100mm travel Fork Travel 100 millimeters Crankset SRAM SX Eagle, 34t Bottom Bracket SRAM Dub Shifters SRAM SX Eagle Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle Rear Cogs SRAM SX Eagle, 10-50t Number of Gears 12 gear(s) Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake Brakes Shimano BR-MT201, 180mm rotors Brake Levers Shimano BL-MT201 Rims Alex TD19, 32h Front Hub Shimano HB-RM35, 100mm Rear Hub Shimano RH-RM35, 135mm Wheel Size 29 inches Tires Maxxis Ikon 3C, 29 x 2.35 in., 120tpi Tire Width 2.35 inches Handlebar Shape Riser Bar Handlebar Alloy, 31.8mm Stem Alloy , 31.8mm Seat Post Alloy, 31.6mm Saddle GHOST Pedals Not included Headset Strummer semi-integrated Chain SRAM SX Eagle Gender Unisex

Ghost KATO FS 2.7

ghost kato fs 2.7 bike

Packed with essential components for the rough trails, the Kato FS offers a super fast and smooth trailblazing experience

The Ghost KATO 2.7 full suspension mountain bike is part of Ghost Bikes’ mid-range mountain bike offerings. Fitting in slightly below professional level but above entry-level, it’s a very high-quality mountain and trail bike with impressive components for advanced riders.

Considering the wide range of quality features that it boasts, the Ghost Kato FS 2.7 is an excellent piece of equipment for the price . High-quality build materials combined with SRAM  components ensure that you will have very few issues with the bike after purchase.

Usually, with mountain bikes in this price range, you might find you’ll need to upgrade the wheels or put on new tires. However, with the Ghost Kato FS 2.7, you are ready to hit the trails right out of the box!

The aluminum rather than carbon fork does add a bit of weight but this also helps to keep costs down, leaving the bike at around 30 lbs (13.6kg) in total . Besides that, Ghost doesn’t cut any corners on peripheral or other parts, offering nice touches like a decent Selle Italia saddle, JD dropper seat post, and quality Alex MD27 rims.

When compared to some of the top of the range full suspension ghost mountain bikes, the Ghost Kato FS 2.7 comes in slightly heavier than some might expect. Also, advanced riders will probably find the frame geometry slacker than usual as it aims to provide a more comfortable position for intermediate riders.

In addition to that, the single front ring leaves you with only 12 gears which some might feel is a bit limiting. While the 11-50t range of rear cogs does provide some high range, some riders would likely appreciate more gearing options when riding steep terrain.

Kato FS 2.7 Main Features

ghost kato fs 2.7 drivetrain

SRAM SX Eagle is one of the most popular and well-known gearsets with excellent shifting controls that are optimized for mountain bikes. The 1 x 12 drivetrain on the Ghost Kato FS 2.7 provides a decent range of gears with 11-50t size cogs on the rear cassette. Some riders might feel that only 12 speed on a mountain bike is limited but with the low-range 50 tooth cog on the rear, you’ll have no trouble getting up steep hills.

Hydroformed Aluminum frame

The Ghost Kato FS 2.7 features a hydroformed aluminum with a slack head tube and steep seat tube angles. This helps to improve efficiency on hill climbs while also providing excellent downhill control. This makes the bike better suited to all-around gravel and trail riding rather than pure downhill charging.

ghost kato rear suspension and a dropper post

Front and rear suspension

Fitted with an SR Suntour XCR 34 coil fork on the front and SR Suntour DUAIR rear shocks. Both shocks are tunable and provide 130mm of travel with a lockout option on the front.

Despite the lightweight material on the suspension, the lack of a carbon fork makes it a bit heavier than other Ghost MTB full suspension bikes.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Braking on the Ghost Kato FS 2.7 is provided by Tektro HD M285 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors. The Tekro levers provide quick and instant one-finger braking with modulation control. For a bike in this price range, it’s great to see hydraulic disc brakes as they make a real difference over cheaper mechanical disc brakes.

27.5″ wheels and tires

The Ghost Kato FS 2.7 comes with 27.5″ wheels wrapped in Maxxis Forekaster 27.5″ x 2.35″ tires. They make short work of any terrain, including mud, dirt track, and rocks. The 60 psi, 120 TPI tires feature an EXO reinforced sidewall protection layer and dual-density tread for added safety and comfort.

Dropper Seatpost 

The JD dropper seat post on the Ghost Kato FS provides easy seat adjustment while riding so that you can prepare for steep descents. Simply use the lever on your handlebars to drop or raise the bike saddle when needed.

ghost kato fs 2.7 xcr suspension

Mountain Biking Style : Trail Bike Frame Material Aluminum Frame Ghost Kato FS aluminum Bike Suspension Full Suspension Fork SR Suntour XCR 34 coil, 130mm travel, 15 x 110 boost, tapered steerer Fork Travel 130 millimeters Rear Shock SR Suntour DUAIR, 130mm travel Crankset SRAM Style Eagle, 32t Bottom Bracket SRAM PowerSpline Shifters SRAM SX Eagle Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle Rear Cogs SRAM PG1210 Eagle, 11-50t Number of Gears 12 gear(s) Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake Brakes Tektro HD-M285, 180mm rotors Brake Levers Tektro HD-M285, 180mm rotors Rims Alex MD27 Front Hub Formula alloy disc boost, 15 x 110mm Rear Hub Formula alloy disc Wheel Size 27.5 inches Tires Maxxis Forecaster 27.5 x 2.35, 60tpi Tire Width 2.35 inches Handlebar Shape Riser Bar Handlebar Alloy, 31.8mm, 760mm wide Stem Alloy, 31.8mm Seat Post JD dropper with remote Saddle Salle Italia X-Base Pedals Not included Headset Strummer semi-integrated Chain SRAM SX Eagle Dropper Post Yes Gender Unisex

Why Should You Buy the Kato?

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Aggressive riders, in particular, will probably find the Kato frame geometry to be too relaxed for their needs.

Overall, Ghost Bicycles is a well-established and trusted brand that is known for its excellent trail riding MTB bikes. The Kato series continues this tradition by offering a range of bikes that promise to open up trail riding to a new wave of bikers.

If you are looking for an alternative for the same price as the Ghost Kato 5.9 – I recommend considering the Co-op DRT 1.2 bike, which is their only 29er mountain bike in this series (on M/L/XL frames). It is actually cheaper and comes with pedals, but the Ghost in my opinion looks more aggressive for trails, plus it’s got the RockShox forks! 

If the Ghost Kato FS 2.7 didn’t light the spark yet, the REI Co-op DRT 3.1 might do it for you! Or, check out the full Co-op DRT -series review

  • Related: Best Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes Under $3,000

Hardtail vs Full Suspension Mountain bike

FS 2.7 vs F 5.9

Why Get the FS 2.7 – If you are willing to pay more and want to conquer rougher trails, the full-suspension trail bike offers better control and speed on technical tracks!

Why Get the hardtail Kato 5.9 – Best on gravel, smooth singletracks, and longer distances. Hardtail mountain bikes have better climbing capabilities as well (No extra bouncing fork on the rear, that  adds weight)

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Ghost Bikes Review...The Ghost To Be Admired, Not Feared

Heard of them or have they snuck under your radar? These bikes are for those who want something a little different from the norm but still want a top-quality bike.

Ghost bikes have been on the market for a while now (more on that later) and they have an impressive line-up of bikes...but are they any good and what would suit you?

For me, they have a lot of appeal. I've ridden more bikes than I can count, yet I can tell the difference when I ride a quality bike. The components work together to deliver you outstanding performance.

Now I love my Bianchi Infinito CV, it's a work of art and a joy to ride but Ghost has that small business feel about it, everything is crafted with thought and love.

In this Ghost bikes Review, we'll be looking at different models and series of these bikes to share our experience with these bikes from mountain bikes to entry-level road bikes , and how they fair in price too!

It's an interesting brand for cyclists of all levels so I'd keep reading!

Table of Contents

About Ghost

Ghost bikes had an interesting start so I feel it's only right to let you in on the background.

It began in a small German town, Waldsassen in 1993. Two friends Uwe Kalliwoda and Klaus Möhald opened their first bike shop in 1992, mainly servicing other college colleagues' bicycles. Then in 1993, Ghost bikes were created.

The first Ghost models were a huge success, weighing in at 9.9kg and selling at a competitive price.

It wasn't long before the two buddies kept growing their business, they even opened their own aluminum and carbon companies. This allowed the frames to be made in-house.

As the friends had more control over the manufacturing process, the quality increased sizably - which served to increase the appeal of the brand further.

One unusual but hugely positive thing about Ghost is that more than 70% of the manufacturing is still done in Waldsassen. The rest of the production is carried out in Taiwan, China, the Netherlands, Spain, and Korea.

Ghost Bike Range & Models

Ghost has an impressive range of bikes; full suspension, hardtail, lanes, and e-bikes. They actually make over 40 different models and each does genuinely have its own features.

When it comes to the price point, Ghost set themselves in the middle of the market. Having said that many riders from the cycling world will be happy with a bike from Ghost as they do offer a choice of entry-level and high-quality carbon bicycles too.

So whatever type of cyclist you are, you have plenty of choice!

Full Suspension Range

Ghost makes some fantastic full suspension bikes and with 6 in their current range, there should be something for every type of rider.

Starting with the entry-level types such as the Kato FS Base and then going up to the higher range.

SL AMR Series


The SL AMR range is one of the Ghosts' well-known classes of bikes - though this has reduced in 2021 to only one bike, the Ghost SL AMR 29".

As the name suggests, it comes with 29-inch wheels, which gives you an impressive 150mm of travel. This works with the whole concept of the full-suspension bike - it's all about collecting the miles...the perfect all-rounder if you like.

If you are a fan of trail riding that is varied then the SL AMR could be a solid option, it provides the specifications to provide excellent climbing and a great downhill experience.

The SL AMR also comes equipped with an aluminum frame so despite it being a full-sus bike, it only weighs 15kg.

Stopping power should be plentiful as the SL AMR comes with Shimano BR-M6100 180 mm Disc brakes

Key Facts & Components

  • Fork: Rock Shox Recon Silver RL 130 mm
  • Rear Shock: Rock Shox Deluxe Select+ 130 mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M8100 12-S
  • Cassette: Shim Deore CS-M6100 10-51
  • Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 29x2.35
  • Brakes: Shim Deore BR-M6100 180 mm Disc

Is The Ghost SL AMR Series The Right Bike For You?

For those riders who are looking for full-suspension bikes for a varied mountain biking experience then the SL AMR range is a solid option.

It's almost the 'go to' model when you start looking a the Ghost range. Traction is fantastic, stopping power is brilliant, and the 29" tires make most terrain a joy to explore.

The downside to this series is that the derailleur cable is exposed and does have the potential to end up damaged - how real a possibility that is, it's difficult to say without knowing the type of riding you do but certainly something to keep in mind!

However, overall, for the price range, it's a cracking machine that looks pretty striking too!

Kato FS Series

Kato FS Base Bike

If you're just getting in mountain biking then the Kato full-suspension series is well worth a look...in fact the new 2021 Series offers something for all levels of cyclists.

Taking into account that Ghost made its name by creating quality, good value, bikes, the Kato has stayed true to that.

In the Kato Full Suspension Series, the current line up is:

As you would expect, the base model is the lower model - though I have to say, it still a well-kitted out mountain bike!

They describe this full-suspension bike series as being the 'absolutely carefree mountain bike'. Nothing about this model is meant to be complicated and there's something really quite charming about that.

The bearings are low maintenance, the geometry is very balanced, and gives a beginner rider the confidence they need to take on more challenging trails.

With all of these models the frame is aluminum, this helps to keep the price affordable yet keeps the bike durable and relatively lightweight.

Kato FS Base Components

  • Fork: SR Suntour SF14-XCR RL-R Air 120mm
  • Rear Shocks: SR Suntour RS20 Raidon LO 120 mm
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle 12-S
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1210 11-50
  • Tire: WTB Ranger 27.5x2.3
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-MT200 180 mm Disc

Kato FS Essential

  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR34 AIR 120 mm
  • Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle 12-S
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1230 11-50
  • Brakes: Shi BR-MT401 180 mm Disc

Kato FS Uni

  • Rear Shocks: Rock Shox Monarch RT3 130mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M8100 12-S
  • Brakes: Shim BR-MT501 180 mm Disc

As you can see as you work your way up the models, you start getting better components - are they worth it?

That's entirely up to you! The Universal series will certainly see you through many years as your skills develop and you do get better travel with the suspension shocks and the cassette is better quality. However, the full Kato FS series offers superb value and you can't really go wrong with any of the models.

Lector FS Series

Lector FS Pro

The Lector Full-Suspension series is designed to take on the world's toughest trails. The Lector models were designed and built with Ghosts' Cross Country Team so this range of bikes is really designed with skilled riders in mind.

With this series, the geometry is key and they've developed SuperFit geometry. The concept is that every rider should find the perfect fitting frame...speaking of frames, the full range is carbon, as you'd expect with this high spec bike

[For more information on SuperFit, you can watch this video]

Maximizing efficiency has also been thought about and developed with the Lector bikes. The chassis using a TractionLink system and it helps to smoothen the trails out so you don't lose speed. This actually has the added benefit of making everything more fun too!

The Lector series is actually where Ghost Bikes all started, it's the bike that came to the market first so it's quite dear to their hearts as you'd imagine.

Now there are 5 models in this lineup:

Lector FS Advanced Components

  • Fork: Rock Shox SID Select+ RL Oneloc 100 mm (XS-S) 120 mm (M-XL)
  • Rear suspension: Rock Shox SID Luxe Select+ RL 107 mm (XS-S) 115 mm (M-XL)
  • Derailleur: XO1 Eagle 12-S
  • Cassette: XG 1275 10-50
  • Tire: Maxxis Ikon 3C MaxxSpeed Exo 29x2.35
  • Brake: Formula Cura 2 2/2 Piston 180 / 180 mm Disc

Lector FS Essential

  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Performance SC Remote 100 mm (XS-S) 120 mm (M-XL)
  • Rear suspension: Fox Float DPS Performance Elite Remote 107 mm (XS-S) 115 mm (M-XL)
  • Cassette: CS-M6100 10-51
  • Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance 29x2.25
  • Brake: Sram Level TL 2/2 Piston 180 / 160 mm Disc

Lector FS Pro

  • Fork: DT Swiss F232 ONE Remote 100 mm (XS-S) 120 mm (M-XL)
  • Rear suspension: DT Swiss R232 ONE Remote 107 mm (XS-S) 115 mm (M-XL)
  • Derailleur: Shimano XTR RD-M9100 12-S
  • Cassette: Shim XTR CS-M9100 10-51
  • Tire: Maxxis Recon Race Exo TR 120TPI 29x2.35
  • Brake: Shim XTR 2/2 Piston 180 / 180 mm Disc

Lector FS Uni

  • Brake: SRAM Level TLM 2/2 Piston 180 / 180 mm Disc

Lector FS World Cup

  • Fork: Rock Shox SID Ultimate Race Day 100 mm (XS-S) 120 mm (M-XL)
  • Rear suspension: Rock Shox SID Luxe Ultimate Remote 107 mm (XS-S) 115 mm (M-XL)
  • Derailleur: SRAM AXS XX1 Eagle 12-S
  • Cassette: SRAM XG 1299 10-50T Rainbow
  • Tire: Maxxis Aspen Exo TR 120TPI 29x2.25
  • Brake: SRAM Level Ultimate Carbon 2/2 Piston 180 / 180 mm Disc

As you'd expect as you go up the range, the components get higher in quality, and with that, naturally, the money required goes up.

Hardtail Series

Kato series.

Kato Base Bike

The Kato bikes are the everyday hardtail bikes that are fast, agile, and take you up hills with little effort.

For 2021 the frames have had a new makeup, being completely redesigned. Even going as far as to route the cables internally.

Yet, there is one thing that has stayed the same since the first release of the Kato and that's its fun element!

There are many versions of the Kato series now but as far as hardtail bikes go, it's the perfect starter bike for riders wanting to dip their toes into mountain biking.

Depending on the model you opt for, you can have either a single, double, or triple drive. You also can choose between wheel sizes too; 27.5 or 29 inches.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Ghost bicycle if you didn't get a great choice of colors too!

There are 5 models of this hardtail series;

These mountain bikes are the brands' entry-level bikes, with a price point to match. To keep the price reasonable, all of the Kato models come with an aluminum alloy frame.

For a beginner, who's new to cycling, they're going to find that the ideal set up for their first hardtail bike.

Kato Base Components

  • Fork: SR Suntour XCE28 DS 100 mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano Tourney 7-Speed
  • Cassette: Shim CS-HG-200-7 12-32
  • Tire: Mitas Ocelot 27x2.10 / Mitas Ocelot 29x2.10
  • Brake: Shim BR-EF505 160 mm Disc
  • Weight: 14.7kg (27.5" wheels)/ 15kg (29") (Medium frame)

Kato Essential

  • Fork: SR Suntour XCM RL 100 mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano Acera RD-M360 8-S
  • Cassette: Shim CS-HG-200-8 12-32
  • Brake: Shim BR-MT200 180 mm Disc
  • Weight: 15kg (27.5" wheels)/ 15.3kg (29") (Medium frame)
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR RL 100 mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano Alivio RD-M3100 9-S
  • Cassette: Shim CS-HG-200-9 11-36
  • Weight: 14.8kg (27.5" wheels)/ 15.2kg (29") (Medium frame)

Kato Advanced

  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR RL-R AIR 100 mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M4120 10-S
  • Cassette: CS-M4100-10 11-42
  • Brake: Shimano BR-MT200 180 mm Disc
  • Weight: 14.7kg (27.5" wheels)/ 14.9kg (29") (Medium frame)
  • Fork: Rock Shox Judy TK R 100 mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M6100 12-S
  • Weight: 14.3kg (27.5" wheels)/ 14.9kg (29") (Medium frame)

All models are available with either 27.5" wheels or 29ers option.

Which should you choose?

It somewhat depends on your expectations. 29ers do give you a smoother ride as they soak up the bumps more easily. However, you don't get the same level of control.

If you're all about the climbs, then 27.5" may be the perfect option for you. If you like to travel far when you're cycling, you may benefit from the 29ers.

The jump between quality in drivetrain parts isn't huge between these hardtails but could potentially be noticeable.

Nirvana Tour Series

Nirvana Tour Series

The Nirvana Tour series is another way into the MTB cycling world...but with a difference.

These bikes suit cyclists who are beginner riders but want their bike to be a sort of hybrid. Good for the trails (and this is very good) but also a great way to commute too.

Frame sizes dictate what wheel sizes you get. XS and S frames are kitted out with the nifty 27.5" wheels and M - XL frames run 29" wheels.

Ghost bikes have released 3 models of the Nirvana Tour series for 2021:

Nirvana Tour Base Components

  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 120 mm
  • Derailleur: SX Eagle 12-S
  • Cassette: PG-1210 11-50
  • Tire: WTB Ranger 27.5 x 2.3 / 29 x 2.3
  • Weight: 14.4kg (Medium frame)

Nirvana Tour Essential

  • Fork: X-Fusion RC32 100 mm (XS) 120 mm (S - XL)
  • Derailleur: Shim XT RD-M8100 12-S
  • Cassette: Shim Deore CS-M6100 10-51T
  • Tire: WTB Ranger 27.5x2.3 / 29x2.3
  • Weight: 13.8kg (Medium frame)

Nirvana Tour Uni

  • Fork: Rock Shox Recon RL 100 mm (XS) 120 mm (S - XL)
  • Derailleur: X01 Eagle 12-S
  • Brake: SRAM Level T 180 mm Disc

There is a change in drivetrain manufacturer, groupset, and parts as you go up the models. Again, depending on your level, skill and budget will impact which features are important to you.

Lector Series

Lector Series

The Lector series is all racing, races are in this bike's DNA.

This product was designed for the competition. Whether that's in the sport of races or trying to beat your own PB - this bicycle is going to push athletes to success.

The specification, components, and parts of this bicycle are built for cross country and marathons. Changing gears needs to be quick on this bike and it comes with a 1x drivetrain to make sure they always will be.

As you can see from the appearance of this bike, it looks the part. You can see that it's built for racing. With plenty of angular shapes and a clean look - speed is what this bike is about.

Currently, there is 1 bike in this range:

Lector Base Components

  • Fork: Rock Shox Recon Gold RL Debon Air Oneloc 100 mm
  • Cassette: Shim XT CS-M6100 10-51
  • Brake: Shimano BR-MT501 180 / 160 mm Disc
  • Weight: 12kg (Medium)

The frame on these Ghost bikes is constructed from ultralight carbon, which is how the manufacturer has managed to get the total weight in at an impressive 12kg, despite all the high-quality components.

With this bike, there is the option to go for a Di2 drivetrain system for an extra bit of money. Electronic shifting is a luxury, it generally requires less maintenance and overall it's less work!

These road bikes are designed short burst, fast workout in woodlands, a bike park but equally ready for a leisurely multi-day tour. The equipment and components on these bikes gives you the full package...what more could you want?

Road Rage Series

Road Rage Series

Gravel bikes are taking the world by storm and this series of bikes is 1 of the best on the market.

This bike is stiff, fast, and incredibly efficient. The geometry works well on the trails and the lanes.

The tires on this bike series are wide, meaning that they roll over gravel and mud easily. Potholes and roots? No issue.

Disc brakes come as stand on all of the rage models so wet muddy conditions can be tackled...perhaps even relished!

In the 2021 line up, there are 3 models in the Rage Series:

  • Fire Advanced

Road Rage Base Components

  • Fork: LC Rigid
  • Derailleur: Shimano Sora RD-R3000-GS 9-S
  • Cassette: Sunrace CSM90 11-34
  • Tire: WTB Riddler 37c Comp 700x37c
  • Brake: Tektro MD-C510 160 mm Disc

Road Rage Essential

  • Derailleur: Shimano GRX RD-RX810 11-S
  • Cassette: CS-HG700 11-34
  • Tire: WTB Riddler 700x37c
  • Brake: Shimano GRX BR-RX400 160 mm Disc

Road Rage Fire Advanced

  • Derailleur: SRAM Rival 11-S
  • Cassette: SRAM XG 1150 10-42
  • Tire: WTB Ranger Dual 29x2.0 TCS Light/Fast
  • Brakes: SRAM Apex 160 mm Disc

The Fire Advanced comes with carbon frames too so it's a lightweight model from the manufacturer. SRAM components feature heavily the further you go up the list, though the Essential is well spec'd with decent components and the drivetrain is good on all models.

For an entry-level, the Base is fairly decent and for the price, you certainly can't complain. I think the Rage is another good example of how these bikes strike a good balance between value for money and quality with their models and series.

Is Ghost A Good Bike Brand?

Alright so you've read our Ghost bikes review so you'll know at as brand, they have a lot to offer - plenty of models too!

Their bikes offer something not a lot of other manufacturers do...value with quality components. Sure, some of the entry models aren't brilliantly spec'd out but you'd be unfair to expect that.

For those wanting to get into mountain biking, frankly, I'm astounded at some of the options. There is truly something for what niche of the sport you want to get into and at whatever price point too.

Are Phantom Bikes Good?

I can't deny that Phantom bikes are sharp and have a certain look about them that may appeal to some cyclists.

However, in terms of practicality, they don't win big on the reviews. You do also have to keep in mind the laws surrounding e-bikes in your country.

What Is The Best Bike For The Money?

The answer to this question will vary from cyclist to cyclist depending on what type of cycling you like to do.

For me, as a roadie, I love the Road Rage Fire Advanced series. Carbon frames are worth the price in my opinion.

If you're more about mountain biking, then that's clearly going to be the wrong bike for you!

Consider where you like riding and your budget. Then you can't really go wrong with any of the Ghost frames! Clearly, the larger budget you have, the better components you will get but whether that is important to you will depend on what you'll be using your bike for.

What Is The Best Bike Brand?

Ghost are certainly up there as 1 of the best bikes on the market for a lot of riders, especially when you look at some of the reviews.

However, if your mind still isn't made up, you might want to check out more of our posts and reviews. 🙂

Final Thoughts

Whatever cycling activity you're into, there's a Ghost bike out there for you...for that I am certain.

There are so many series and models that it can seem a little daunting to get your head around the bikes but we've broken things down and hopefully made it clearer!

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  • Frame KATO AL
  • Frame Material Aluminium
  • Fork SR Suntour XCE28 DS 100 mm
  • Spring Unit coil
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Gearrange 467%
  • Drivetrain 3x7
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney FD-TY300
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney RD-TY300 7-S
  • Crank Shimano FC-TY301 42-34-24
  • Cassette Shimano CS-HG-200-7 12-32
  • Brake Set Shimano BR-MT200 160 mm Disc
  • Brake Rotors 160/160
  • Rims Schürmann Yak Disc 25
  • Front Hub Shimano HB-TX505 QR 100 mm
  • Rear Hub Shimano FH-TX505 QR 135 mm
  • Tires Front Mitas Ocelot 29x2.10
  • Tires Rear Mitas Ocelot 29x2.10
  • Saddle Selle Italia X-Base
  • Seat Post GHOST SP DC1 31.6 mm
  • Stem Ground Fiftyone Dia. 31.8 mm
  • Handle Bar Ground Fiftyone Dia. 31.8 mm 0/700 mm (XS) 0/720 mm (S) 0/740 mm (M-L) 0/760 (XL)
  • Handle Bar Width 740
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Just a few years ago, Ghost was not a too well-known bike brand in the US. However, these competitive German-made mountain bikes are now becoming a go-to choice for more and more Americans.

The Ghost Kato series is a beginner mtbr’s dream as it consists of entry-level and mid-range hardtail and full-suspension bikes that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Packed with quality Shimano, SR Suntour, and RockShox components, as well as Schwalbe tires at the higher price points, all Ghost Kato bikes have excellent value propositions.

All Katos have 100 mm of travel, but they roll on 29″, 27.5″, and even 26″ wheels and tires. They have a balanced geometry and are super-fun to ride.

These bikes are a good choice for any mountain biker who is just starting out on the trails. If you want a real no-frills MTB that will get you out more and help you have some fun in your free time, check out the Ghost Kato Series.

Read our review of the entire Kato lineup below to learn more and start riding as soon as possible!

Kato Base 26″

26″ Model for Junior Riders

Ghost Kato Base 26

Juniors and shorter riders finally have a proper MTB to ride to the trails. Ghost Kato Base is an attractive-looking XC Tour bike with 26″ wheels.

It’s a fast and agile bike with nimble geometry that can climb and tackle twisty flats equally well. As you can guess from the name, this Kato comes with an aluminum frame. It’s available in two colors — blue and red — so juniors will love it.

With a 31.5 lbs. total weight, we can’t really say Kato Base is lightweight. However, it’s packed with high-quality and durable parts that require little maintenance and have low upkeep costs.

The SR Suntour front plush gives you 100 mm of travel and the Shimano Tourney drivetrain equips you with a total of 24 wide-range gears.

You also get Shimano BR-MT200  disc brakes which are a bargain at this price point. This setup opens up most mountain, gravel, and dirt roads to you, as well as moderate trails without severe jumps and drops.

The 26″ tires are 2.10″ wide , which makes Ghost Kato Base ride well on both paved and unpaved roads. If you plan to stay off-road, wider tires would be a good upgrade.

Get it if you’re hunting for your first MTB!

Kato Essential 27.5

Cheapest 27.5 Model for Adults

Kato Essential 27.5

Budget mountain bikes for adults start with the Ghost Kato Essential 27.5 model. This 27.5″ XC bike comes in two color solutions (light grey/black and light blue/orange), packed with Shimano components and an RST Blaze fork.

At the front, this bike has an RST Blaze  fork with 100 mm of travel. This model does not provide a lot in terms of adjustability but offers good vibration dampening.

Ghost Kato Essential is a foolproof choice for beginners and casual riders who want a simple bike they can ride anywhere. A ride with the kids? Check. A ride on the trails? Check. A trip to the store, to work, or to school? Check, check, check.

The drivetrain gives you 24 speeds and consists of Shimano Tourney (front) and Shimano Acera (rear) derailleurs. The brakes are Tektro HD-M275 with 180mm rotors, which are definitely off-road ready.

Ghost Kato 2.7 AL maintains contact with the ground with Rodi Excalibur XC 19 wheels and Mitas Ocelot 27.5 x 2.10 tires . These wheels lean toward the heavy side and the tires are a bit skinny, but they’re more than fine for recreational riders.

If you’re looking for a do-it-all mountain bike , you will love Kato Essential the moment you leave the paved roads.

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Ghost Kato 29

Most experienced mountain bikers nowadays swear by 29ers. They rely on them for climbing, descending, XC and trail rides. Ghost made the Kato 29 model for beginner riders to get a taste of the big wheels and big rides. 

Kato 29 is pretty much the same as Kato Essential in terms of appearance, there are some differences in components. It sports an SR Suntour 100 mm fork, and Shimano Tourney components, and Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes.

The biggest difference is the wheels and tires. They’re the same brand and model, but 29ers are much beefier than 27.5″ tires.

The question is — do you need bigger or smaller tires?

If you plan to take your Ghost Kato 29 to rough trails and forest roads with big bumps, roots and rocks, its bigger wheels will make you happy and content.

Ghost Kato 29 is better for flatter XC rides with a lot of twisty bends, as its handling is nimble and responsive. Kato 29 will gobble descents a lot better and roll over obstacles more easily.

Whichever you choose though, you’ll end up with a quality budget bike that will ride well on a variety of terrain.

Kato Pro 29

Widest Gear Range 29

Kato 29 Pro

Better Shimano components and a more capable SR Suntour fork characterize the Ghost Kato Pro 29 model. On the trails, that translates to more efficient flat riding and climbing , but also better performances and more confidence when descending.

To be more precise, this bike touts a Shimano Deore drivetrain, which much higher on the Shimano hierarchy and offers more than Tourney groupset. 

The RockShock Judy fork on Ghost Kato Pro is a rather entry-level option, but its 100 mm of travel will feel velvety smooth on moderate dirt roads and trails.

Another improvement Ghost Kato Pro has seen is bigger rotors. Shimano MT200 hydraulic brakes clamp 180mm rotors which is a big improvement in terms of stopping power and braking precision.

The tires are Mitas Ocelot 29″ x 2.25″ wide, which is a go-to choice for most Kato models.

As a result of these upgrades, Kato Pro gives beginner riders more confidence to wander deeper into the forest and explore bike paths that were off-limits before.

Kato Universal 29

Most Versatile 29er

Ghost Kato Universal

Entry-level mountain bikers who are buying their first bicycle or upgrading from a Walmart bike should give Ghost Kato Universal a serious consideration.

This is a versatile aluminum bike with remarkable specs for the money. As a budget model, it has some downsides, but these are negligent for recreational cyclists.

Thanks to massive 29″ wheels and not too thick 2.35″ tires, Kato Universal rides well on tarmac and on dirt. If you want a comfy MTB to commute and ride trails on the weekend, this is the one.

Just like its smaller brother Kato Essential, this bike boasts Tektro HD-M275 brakes with 180mm rotors, a RockShox Judy fork (100mm of travel), and reliable Shimano Alivio components.

You can choose from two colors — a greenish blue combination and a black/blue paintjob — both of which look modern and give the bike an expensive appeal. 

Buy it if you don’t want to pay through the nose but want to ride every day and then some. 

Kato Advanced 29

Top Value Upgrades

Ghost Kato Advanced

Ghost Kato Advanced 29 is where the real improvements begin to show. This model comes with almost better everything, except for the fork which is still an SR Suntour XCM with 100 mm of travel and remote lockout.

First of all Kato Advanced has received better shoes compared to its Ghost siblings, so it now wears Schwalbe Smart Sam tires that are 29″ in diameter and 2.25″ in width. They’ll provide you with more grip, stability, and maneuverability on the trails. The wheels, however, are the same Rodi Excalibur XC.

Ghost Kato Advanced comes with many improvements in terms of components, but still maintains a reasonable price.

The rear derailleur on this bike is a Shimano Deore 10-spd, which is considered to be an excellent low mid-range option. It shifts smoothly and is quite durable. Compared to previous models, all the components on this model are from the Shimano Deore family.

The brakes are similar to the previous models – Shimano MT200 disc brakes with 180 mm rotors take care of stopping the bike.

These upgrades make Ghost Kato Advanced more capable on the trails and allow beginner and intermediate riders to feel more confident and head out for longer and more challenging XC rides.

Ghost Kato FS

Cheapest Ghost Double-Squish

Kato FS

The majority of Ghost Kato models are excellent hardtails, but this German company also offers some affordable full-suspension models .

Kato FS  has an SR Suntour XCR 34 fork with 130 mm of travel and an SR Suntour Raidon  rear shock also with 130 mm. These are light and nimble suspension parts that lean toward the mid-range spectrum, so they are a good deal.

Learn more: Suspension Explained

Ghost Kato FS is an affordable trail bike intended for beginner riders who are considering a purchase of their first FS MTB.

The groupset on this FS bike is SRAM SX Eagle . The rear derailleur has a flatter profile, so it is more resilient to falls and impact. In total, you get a solid range of gears.

When it comes to rubber, Kato FS has WTB Ranger tires. This combo gives you the best balance of speed and grip you can get. The wheels are Schürmann Yak, which is pretty new compared to other models.

Buy this bike if you want to experience front and rear suspension and push the limits on your trail rides.

Ghost Kato FS Universal

Best Kato FS You Can Get

Ghost Kato FS Universal

If you have a few extra dollars to spare and you want the best Kato FS has to offer, you should end your search with the Kato FS Universal model.

At the front, Kato FS Universal eliminates vibrations with a RockShox Recon Silver RL 130 mm fork. At the back, it improves comfort and trail performance with a RockShox Deluxe Select R 130 mm shock.

Shimano XT and Deore components give a mix of reliability, making sure to get you through every situation.

Ghost went all out with Kato FS Universal and equipped it with the best components money can buy for this much money.

When it comes to braking, riders will get a pair of Shimano BR-MT501 hydraulic discs with 180 mm rotors and dual pistons. These brakes will stop you on a dime when you need them to.

The wheelset and the tires are the same as on the cheaper Kato FS model, but they’re an excellent deal for the money.

So, if you’re getting deep into the trail riding rabbit hole and you need a bike that can follow along, we recommend Ghost Kato FS Universal.

Ghost Kato Series For Kids

Ghost Kato Kids Bikes

The love of trails and off-road cycling should be nurtured from an early age. Ghost gives you the tools to do that with the Kato Kid lineup of four affordable and capable models.

These 20″ and 24″ XC machines can go anywhere and do anything, painted in colors that all kids will love.

  • Kato Base 20″ – This 20″ kids’ mountain bike is everything a kid needs if they love exploring forest trails and fire roads. Kato Base 20″ has frame geometry tailored toward kids and a saddle that’s comfy for their hips. It sports wide tires, 8-speeds, and Shimano components that can handle some abuse.
  • Kato Essential 20″ – Some kids take riding seriously from an early age and need a bike that can handle it. Kato 2.0 has a 40mm front suspension that will make off-road rides more comfortable. But that doesn’t mean this 20″ MTB is not a good choice for neighborhood rides and trips to the school.
  • Kato Essential 24″ – Older schoolkids and teenagers can choose Kato 2.4 AL which comes with 24″ wheels, wide tires, Shimano components, and front squish. It’s an all-around good bike that does not weigh a lot and costs reasonably low.
  • Kato 24 Full Party – This bike is almost the same as some of the models we’ve seen previously. Quality Shimano components and wide tires give kids confidence and high performance on the trails.

Our Thoughts About the Kato Series


We love the low prices and quality brand names such as Shimano, RockShox, SR Suntour, and Schwalbe. We think riders will also love the excellent XC and Trail geometry, as well as the choice of colors.

What we don’t like as much is the weight of some cheaper models that sometimes exceeds 33 lbs. However, that’s a common problem with many XC bikes in this price category.

All in all, our conclusion is that the Ghost Kato series is comprised of thoughtfully-created bikes that don’t cost much. They’ll allow budding riders to go out more, practice their skills, and return home muddy and happy with their choice.

Where to buy Ghost Kato bikes?

Unfortunately, Ghost isn’t as popular in the US (yet) as it is in Europe. We’ve only found them available on REI and on Wiggle (and they sell at the speed of light!). So act fast!


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  • Hubs Front: Shimano HB-TX505 QR 100 mm Rear: Shimano FH-TX505 QR 135 mm
  • Wheels Rodi Excalibur XC19
  • Wheel Size 29"
  • Tires Rear: Mitas Ocelot 29x2.35, Front: Mitas Ocelot 29x2.35
  • Crank Shimano FC-MT101 44-32-22
  • Bottom Bracket 60 (S), 60 (L), 60 (M), 60 (XL)
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio RD-M3100 9-S
  • Brakeset Hydraulic Disc
  • Handlebar Ground Fiftyone Dia. 31.8 mm 0/700 mm (XS) 0/720 mm (S) 0/740 mm (M-L) 0/760 (XL)
  • Seatpost 400

Q: How much is a 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL?

A 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL is typically priced around €829 EUR when new. Be sure to shop around for the best price, and also look to the used market for a great deal.

Q: Where to buy a 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL?

The 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL may be purchased directly from Ghost .

Q: What size wheels does the 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL have?

The 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL has 29" wheels.

Q: What size 2023 Ghost Kato Universal 29 AL should I get?

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NCM Moscow Plus

An e-mountain bike equipped with high-end brake and drive systems, the NCM M5 is for adventurous riders who want to hit the trails comfortable in the knowledge that their ebike can handle whatever they throw at it.


Frame:   Alu. 6061, 26"*17.3 inches / Alu. 6061, 27.5"*18.9 inches / Alu. 6061, 29"*20.5 inches

Suspension Fork:   Suntour, XCM-HLO-26/27.5/29, with hydraulic lock system

Brake:   F/R: Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes,HD-E350

Freewheel:   LY, 8 Speed, 11-32T, Silver

Tire:   Schwalbe, Black Jack, 26"*2.1/Smart Sam, 27.5"*2.35/29"*2.35, Black

Saddle:   Selle Royal, Lookin-A200UR, Black

Crank:   Das-Kit, CM48,28/38/48T

Derailleur:   F: Shimano, Altus, FD-M310, R: Shimano, Acera, RD-M360


Battery:   Das-Kit, i5-4816, 48V 16AH, 768WH

Motor: Das-Kit, X15, Rear drive motor, 48V 500W, 32KM/H

Controller:   Das-Kit, CT-i5, 48V 18A

Charger:   Das-Kit, 48V3A

Display:   Das-Kit, C7

Net Weight (with battery): 26.0kg

Battery Weight: 4.0kg

Max Load (driver+bike): 125.0kg

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Customer Reviews

Bike assembled easy and ride good.

We purchased the NCM Moscow 29 E bike from Leon Cycles earlier this month. Communication was via 'Whatsapp' which I initially thought a little odd but worked out well. Once communication established the transaction was completed quickly and easily. We were able to arrange for the team to assemble the bike for us and we picked it up from the warehouse without an issue. We love the bike and are continuing to find new places to discover using it. Competitive price and great service.

Been riding the trails both road and mountain for a few months. Great power and no issues with components

I ordered the bike 4 days ago and today it arrived. Now my first impressions: it is easy to assemble, looks great, is cleanly finished and after a first short driving test I have to say, the hammer. It's totally easy to drive. If it stays that way, I can only say thank you Leon Cycle. Now I can cycle again, despite knee problems. Price-performance top

Great bike, this is my second e bike and by far the best. Watching e bikes over the last 10 years I think the Moscow 29er is fantastic. I live in the Dandenongs outside Melbourne with big steep hills and the Moscow takes them all on with great pulling power and gear range. 48v with 16 amps means over 750 watts of power. The bike is big and serious so getting on and off can be tricky but you do get used to it. With the previous bike (36v at 8amps) I was scared of running out of battery on a big hill and having to push the bike home but not with the Moscow. Also if you take the front wheel off you can get it in a hatchback like my Mazda 3 Which is nice. At $2200 it is a great buy.

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Product specifications.

Frame: Alu. 6061, 26"*17.3 inches / Alu. 6061, 27.5"*18.9 inches / Alu. 6061, 29"*20.5 inches

Suspension Fork: Suntour, XCM-HLO-26/27.5/29, with hydraulic lock system

Brake: F/R: Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes,HD-E350

Freewheel: LY, 8 Speed, 11-32T, Silver

Tire: Schwalbe, Black Jack, 26"*2.1/Smart Sam, 27.5"*2.35/29"*2.35, Black

Saddle: Selle Royal, Lookin-A200UR, Black

Crank: Das-Kit, CM48,28/38/48T

Derailleur: F: Shimano, Altus, FD-M310, R: Shimano, Acera, RD-M360

Battery: Das-Kit, i5-4816, 48V 16AH, 768WH

Motor:  Das-Kit, X15, Rear drive motor, 48V 500W, 32KM/H

Controller: Das-Kit, CT-i5, 48V 18A

Charger: Das-Kit, 48V3A

Display: Das-Kit, C7

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Moscow is the most green megapolis in the world. There are over a hundred parks and green spaces like gardens, squares and boulevards. You will definitely bump into a few of them wherever you go. Whether you are interested in memorial, historic parks, parks of wildlife or you just want to have a calm break from the speedy city life – city parks have something special for everyone.

Moscow leisure parks

The leisure Moscow parks are undoubtedly the most popular and famous with the locals and travelers. Today such parks provide a great number of exciting entertainments for Muscovites and city guests, adults and children.

The Gorky Park

The Gorky Park

Gorky Park opened in 1928 and was the first holiday park in the Soviet Union with playgrounds, a sports stadium, exhibition halls and attractions for kids. Today it has a fresh, vibrant appearance. The park features bike rental stations, a comfortable business area with Wi-Fi, an outdoor movie theatre and a greenhouse where you can buy fresh greens such as basil and lettuce. To contemplate the sky and the stars, go to the observatory and look through the telescope while listening to fascinating stories from astronomers. Enjoy many sports in the park: volleyball, handball, football or a peaceful jog around the beautiful surroundings.

Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye Park

Opened in September 2017, Zaryadye is the youngest on our list. Located just a few minutes away from Red Square, it includes various activities like the floating bridge with its thin V-form extension, an ice cave, also concert hall and an amphitheater. The entire territory of the park was divided into four zones of Russia: forest, steppe, tundra, and the floodplains.

Neskuchny Sad

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By walking along the Moskva River’s bank from the Gorky Park towards Vorobievy Gory (Sparrow Hills) you’ll reach Neskuchny Sad («Not Boring» garden), a wonderful place in the Moscow center, one of Moscow’s oldest parks, charming slice of wildlife. The park mostly consists of pristine forest, dotted with old summer pavilions, ponds and quaint little stone bridges. There are a lot of opportunities for different activities lots of children playground, a ping-pong and chess clubs, football fields and tennis courts, horse riding, tree climbing and having rest in one of the nice cafes.

Museon Park

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Hermitage Garden has always been known as an amusement, entertainment center with theatres, shows, cafes, summer pavilions, pergolas since 1830. Shalyapin, Sobinov, Nezhdanova – great Russian opera singers starred on the garden stage. Famous Russian composer Rakhmaninov conducted the orchestra. Sara Bernar, Maria Yermolova, outstanding actresses, played in the open air performances. Tolstoy and Lenin had a stroll in the garden. So lots of celebrities from different epoques liked it a lot and spent their time in Hermitage Garden. You can find here three theatres in the garden: Hermitage, Sphere and New Opera. During winter an ice rink works here and in summer a musical stage is assembled to host jazz and brass band festivals.

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In Sokolniki Park visitors can play billiard, chess or draughts, table tennis, as well as go cycling, roller blading and swimming in the summer and ice skating or skiing in winter. Each season is highlighted by special memorable and bright events, for example, Summer Jazz Festival or Baby Fest (for future mums), open air beach disco parties, Ice Cream Day, International Clown Festival and many other shows and exhibitions. The park has an observatory, kids center and a co-working zone with free Wi-Fi which is really nice for spending high quality work time there.

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Moscow nature parks

The nature parks are national reserves with the amazing forestry and incredible variety of animals and plants there. The breath of wildlife and the chance to be closer to the virgin nature excites both children and grownups. Hundreds of different species of animals can be found in Moscow nature parks. The richest woodlands with old and even ancient trees, like a 200 years pine-tree in the Elk Island National Nature Park, are the point of passionate interest for visitors.

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Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden) is one of the oldest gardens in Moscow. It was founded in the XVIII century by Peter the First (great Russian emperor). A larch that he planted himself still grows in the garden, so it’s more than 250 years old. At the time of its foundation, it was a garden with herbs and medicinal plants and was used as an educational center for doctors. Today there are the orangery with its tropical palms, the carp pond, and the immense trees that dot the landscape and turn wonderful golden shades in the autumn. Several restaurants and cafes work here making it a very nice spot for relaxation no matter what season it is. You can book a special tour or join the guided excursion group.

Losiny Ostrov

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park) is located at the north of Moscow. It covers 22 km from the west to the east and 10 km from the north to the south and it’s one of the most beautiful national parks in Moscow. Two rivers, Yausa and Pechorka begin here. You can find lots of fields, ponds, meadows, streams in the park as well as elks. Here you can enjoy guided tours, available in English. You can choose a guided tour about flora and fauna of the area, you’ll learn why elks are there, which animals are their neighbors. Or enjoy another excursion, which is totally devoted to historical past of ancient tribes once lived there, you’ll know about old Russian mythology, rituals and traditions.

Serebyany Bor

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Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest)

Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest) is a famous pine forest in the west of Moscow. The park has 230 forms of plant life, and is also home to watersports complex, providing a lot of activities for visitors. The layout of Serebryany Bor is unusual, as it is located on an artificial island between a meander in the Moscow River and a channel. There is an artificial lake, the Deep Gulf and picturesque Bezdonnoe (Bottomless) Lake in the depths of the forest. Serebryany Bor’s beaches are the cleanest in the city and very popular among Muscovites. On weekends it is difficult to find a free spot here, especially because a whole range of services are offered to visitors, from simple deckchairs to catamaran and yacht rides. Driving is prohibited on the territory of the island so be ready to use trolleybus to reach the entrance.

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Greenhouse of Botanical Garden

Main Botanical Garden of The Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest and most famous is Moscow. The garden is a real museum of nature with a very rich (more than 18000 types) collection of plants. The park was founded in 1945 at the place of the 17th century Apothecaries’ Gardens. The garden’s collection is turned into botanical expositions, made with use of modern receptions of landscape architecture. Here you can see a tree nursery, a shadow garden, hothouse complex, collection of flowers, a rosary, exposition of coastal plants, garden of continuous blossoming, Japanese garden and expositions of cultural plants and natural flora plants. The biggest part of Garden is the Tree nursery occupying the space of 75 hectares. About 2 thousand wood plants grow here. Another big exposition of the Garden is nature Flora, divided into six botanic-geographical collections: European part of Russia, Caucuses, Central Asia, Siberia and Far East. Pride of the Main Botanical Garden is the collection of tropical, coastal and water plants, which is considered as the best in Europe. The Japanese garden, a great model of Japanese landscape gardening art has a 13-level stone pagoda of the 18th century, stone Japanese lamps, ponds, falls and streams, tea lodges and more than 100 species of the most character Japan plants. It is especially decorative in spring, during Oriental cherry blossoming and in fall, when foliage blazes in crimson colors.

Moscow historic parks

Historic nature parks and estates once were the mansions of the Moscow aristocracy. At that far times the estates were outside the Moscow city limits, but after the city expansion and urbanization, they became easily accessible.



Kolomenskoye Museum and Park

The chief attraction of the park is undoubtedly the stone Church of the Ascension of the Lord. It was constructed in 1532 by order of Tsar Vasily III to commemorate the birth of his son and heir, Ivan the Terrible. But there is a lot more to see in the park: the pretty Church of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan – with its bright azure domes and plenty of gold. Further into the park there is a charming Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, built by Ivan the Terrible to mark his coronation.


Kuskovo Park

Kuskovo Park is one of the oldest country estates in Moscow. It was given to General Sheremetev by Peter the Great in 1715, but was left to fall into neglect before being plundered by Napoleon’s troops in 1812. Nowadays the estate has been restored to its former glory and is a good example of Russian 18th Century imperial architecture. The palace is a fine and rare example of wooden neoclassicism. It was completed in 1775, and the rich interiors remain unchanged since 1779. It includes a room hung with exclusive exquisite Flemish tapestries, an abundance of silk wallpaper and an impressive collection of 18th century European and Russian paintings. The palace looks onto the lake, which is surrounded by smaller pavilions: pretty Italian, Dutch and Swiss Cottages, Blank’s Hermitage and the old Orangery, where the State Ceramics Museum is located now, an extensive and absorbing collection of porcelain from the 18th century to the present day. On the other side of the lake is a large wood popular with local cyclists and joggers.

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