in: Bikes - XC
2016-2018. The Ghost SLAMR-X5 I bought this bike site unseen ordering it through MEC, becaue it was a fantastic value and was far more up to date than my aging Altitude 70. Let's ge one thing clear: It rode like shit. The previous bike was an all day marathon machine and this was a decender that could be pedaled uphill. Despite only having slightly more travel than the bike it replaced, it was a dog on the climbs, even with the lockout switch and I was constantly adjusting with the rear shock to get it to play nice. The 27.5 wheels were neat, the wider tires were neat and the Fox 34 TALAS suspension fork and Float shock were very good for the price I paid.
The 10 speed parts were badly out of date, so I bought a Full set of shimano XT 2X11 online from ebay and put it on. I also upgraded the wheels to Easton Heist wheels. I did this before even riding it once and regretted the huge investment. Later, I removed the dropper post and put on a regular one and put on some carbon bars. I also put on a remote locker switch for the rear shock, which it badly needed. After a year off with injuries, and only one actual season of riding it, I looked into getting a new frame to solve my issues with it, but ended up just buying used Ibis Mojo.