“Unique rear suspension gives control under all conditions”
The 27.5” Ghost Riot 7 LC falls into that niche between a trails bike and a full on downhiller. Call it a performance all mountain bike that doesn’t mind dropping off cliffs.
With 130 mm of travel, the Riot 7 LC applies Ghost’s Riot link design to a high modulus carbon frame. The carbon frame follows the current trend of angular shaped frame tubes but the lines of the frame are remarkably clean, giving this bike a purposeful look. The top tube swoops down to meet the seat tube, giving a low standover height, with a connecting bar stiffening the top of the seat tube.
The Riot uses what looks like a conventional 4 rocker suspension, but compresses the rear shock on both ends. The top arm of the Riot looks after the first 80% of travel, working much like a normal rear shock/suspension setup. The bottom half comes into play during the last 20% of the suspension travel, stiffening the shock and preventing bottoming out. This gives smooth and sensitive travel movement that keeps the rear wheel in touch with the trail with good feedback. The 130 mm Fox Float CTD BV LV forks give the feeling of being on a much longer travel bike.
Shimano’s XT groupset provides dependable shifting across all types of trail conditions. Easton’s Vice 27.5” wheelset does the rolling, mated to SchwalbeNobbyNics. A Rockshox Reverb dropper seatpost is a nice touch, allowing you to climb up hills with panache, and then dropping down the other side without having to stop for seatpost adjustments. The 7 LC’s solid feeling of capability means you will be trying out lines and trails you wouldn’t have dared tackle before, and at much higher speeds, with greater control.
Riot 27.5 UHM/HM Carbon
Fox 32 Float FIT Performance CTD 130 mm 15 mm thru-axle
Fox Float CTD BV LV 130 mm
Shimano XT SL
Shimano XT Plus 10-Speed
Shimano XT 11-36
Shimano XT 38-24
Shimano XT Disc 180 mm SM-RT76 – SEATPOST –
Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 31.6 mm Travel 100 mm (Size XS) 125 mm (Size S-XL)
Selle Italia X1
Ghost Low Rizer super light
720 mm 31.8 mm
Ghost AS-GH3 31.8 mm
SchwalbeNobbyNic 27.5” 2.25
11.9 kg (claimed)
SA Sport @ 603-3358 6650