And now for something entirely different from Crankworx: Ghost's 140mm-travel H AMR X is a bike-packing machine that's built around an eighteen-speed Pinion gearbox and comes with enough frame bags to head off into the bush until the zombie apocalypse wanes. Ghost knows full well that the H AMR X is an ultra-niche bike in a niche sport, but also that it might appeal to people wouldn't normally consider mountain biking to be their go-to activity. For example, picture climbers who have a long approach to the bottom of their ascent, or fishermen who want to get to a backcountry lake that would take days to reach on foot. Made it to basecamp and want to shred? Ditch the bags and the H AMR X turns into a normal mountain bike that happens to have a gearbox.
The 140mm-travel frame, which can accept 29'' or 27.5+ (shown) wheels and tires, is a down-sized version of Ghost's 160mm FR AMR platform, including a similar but different four-bar suspension layout. What's changed? The inclusion of Pinion's P1.18 gearbox means that Ghost has gone with a slightly different location for the main pivot, and the H AMR X's suspension design is said to put an emphasis on braking performance to keep things under control when you're coming in hot aboard a fully-loaded but capable mountain bike.
It also comes equipped with Cane Creek's new DBcoil IL
, which isn't a surprise given Ghost's penchant for coil-sprung shocks.
A Boost-compatible dynamo hub feeds power to a USB port up at the stem's top cap. Plenty of room for your climbing and fishing supplies, or all of your ''prepper'' gear.
I haven't been shy in the past about pointing out why gearboxes, while certainly interesting, are kinda silly for a performance mountain bike. That said, I can certainly see the appeal when it comes to pedaling a bike out into the backcountry (or across a country) on a multi-day, week, or month-long adventure where reliability trumps any other concern. And with little to nothing that would require adjustment, the P1.18 gearbox would also make sense for someone who isn't a diehard rider or handy with tools. Know how to tie an alpine butterfly bend knot but don't know what a B-tension screw does? Can you do a cack-handed cast in your sleep but mountain bike drivetrain maintenance doesn't extend past lubing your chain? Then derailleurs might not be for you.
All of the bags pictured on the H AMR X are included, and Ghost is also selling them separately. The Cordura fabric is waterproof, as you'd hope, but the seams don't get the same treatment. Instead, separate dry bags are found inside each, with the idea being that you would use these to keep the contents completely dry so nothing gets wet when you bring them into your tent at night.
The massive seat bag detaches quickly and can be strapped to a backpack to allow the dropper post to go through all of its travel, and the bike also sports a neat dynamo front hub with Boost spacing that's wired up to USB port at the top cap. Need to charge up your phone, light, or GPS unit? Not a problem.
It kind of makes me look forward to the zombies.